Testimonials: BBELS, Byron Bay

Sarah Serafim
Sarah Serafim
BBELS, Byron Bay
Duration: 12 weeks

I stayed in Byron Bay from September to December to attend a Cambridge exam preparation course. These 12 weeks were extraordinary! Byron Bay is a very small town that will change you. This town has everything from the Australian dream. Nature is beautiful, the beaches – to get a tan or play beach volleyball – are great and the waves are perfect for surfing and the evenings are perfect to party like you’re supposed to… A dream! It is said that Byron Bay is the best place to go to in Australia, and it is absolutely true! Since I went to some other cities of the East coast, I can tell you that you will be willing to go back to Byron after a few days! If you are looking for the Australian atmosphere, go there!

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Rosa Cayarga
Rosa Cayarga
BBELS, Byron Bay
Duration: 4 weeks

Only good memories

The best two months of my life! My trip was an incredible experience where the school played an important role. During my language stay in Australia, I felt home since the first day. Not only at school, but also outside – the atmosphere was simply incredible. The location was spectacular: dream beaches were walking distance from the school and I could practice surf and diving. I met some amazing people and today – about a year later – I still have very good friends in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Germany and Spain! If I could, I would totally do this again!

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Óscar Santos
Óscar Santos
BBELS, Byron Bay
Duration: 6 weeks

My stay in Byron Bay was extraordinary. Who would have thought that this 5000-people little town would have so much to offer? People in Byron Bay say that what happens in Byron Bay, stays in Byron Bay. I don’t agree with that, because Byron Bay will stay in my heart forever.

If you don’t know anything about Byron Bay, let me give you some information: the city is located in the north of Australia and offers an amazing weather all year round (I was there in winter and I basically never wore my jacket at night). It’s connected to the world through Brisbane airport (less than a 2 hours drive) and other smaller airports like Gold Coast or Ballina (less than an hour away). The first thing I noticed when I arrived was people’s kindness and cordiality. Don’t be surprised if you hear the famous “G’day” while you cross the street. Byron Bay is also a well-known holiday destination, mostly for surfers, which brings a lot of cultural diversity. In Byron Bay, you won’t meet only Australians. Outside the school, I met people from Canada, US and New Zealand. The weather affects the people a lot: in fact, Byron Bay is a buzzing city, where you can meet people in the streets at any time of the day or night. The live music in the bars also offers a lot of cultural and musical diversity.

The Byron Bay English Language School is even more beautiful than the city itself. Thanks ESL for the recommendation! The staff is very helpful and does everything possible to make your stay perfect. Classes are practice-oriented, so they forced us to speak English very often, since our arrival. I did a General English course and then an additional course to improve my weaknesses, my vocabulary and some Australian expressions.

But the school is not limited to the classes. Every day, Max (who was responsible for the extra-curricular activities) suggested some sport or cultural events (mostly free) to fill up our free time. The goal was not only to spend some good time together, but also to push us to speak English all day, even at weekends and in the most varied situations.

This was definitely the best way to meet people from all over the world and approach different cultures. From this point of view, this experience was very enriching. Friends soon became family and I think that these friendships will last forever. Last but not least, I would like to highlight the fact that BBELS leitmotiv is absolutely perfect: « Learn to live ! ».

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