TAFE Queensland is the government-owned and operated provider of world-class Technical and Further Education (TAFE) in Queensland. In some countries TAFE is also known as a Polytechnic, Technical College or Community College.
TAFE Queensland offers international students:
practical, industry-relevant training
a network of 6 regions with multiple locations across Queensland
a wide range of nationally accredited and internationally recognised courses
leading-edge technology and excellent facilities
strong links and pathways to university
a friendly, safe and culturally sensitive environment
underpinning government legislation including the ESOS Act2000 and National Code of Practice 2007.
TAFE Queensland has provided quality training for over 130 years and now enrols over 230,000 students each year, including up to 10,000 international students.
Hello my name is Johana and I come from Bogota, Colombia.
I am studying General English for 24 weeks at Lexis Noosa. I started my course in the intermediate class and studied at this level for 6 weeks and now I am in the upper-intermediate class. I will join the IELTS preparation course for 12 weeks and hope to strengthen my writing skills and perhaps I will take the exam, but I have not yet decided. In the afternoons I participate in the ‘News’ options class and really enjoy the different use of English this class offers, as it helps to improve my vocabulary and is interesting at the same time. My teachers are great and I like that they are native English speakers from different countries like, Australia, America and the United Kingdom because this helps to get used to different pronunciations, which we have to adapt to in real situations.
I chose to study in Noosa because I think there are a lot of Latin Americans in the bigger cities like Sydney and Melbourne and I wanted to integrate with other cultures and Noosa being a smaller city offers this opportunity. I am very happy with my decision and enjoy the beach, national park and the weekend activities, such as Australia Zoo, Fraser Island and the Aquarium at Underwater World. Noosa is also very touristic, so there are a lot of jobs and I think it’s easier to get hired here than other places. I am working on the weekend at a resort cleaning and a previous Colombian student introduced me to this job. I like it and it’s easy and also good to experience a different job, compared to my profession as a psychologist in Bogota.
I live in a share house with an Australian family and other international students, but I first lived in a very nice host family for my first month. The family was very kind and took me and their other student from Switzerland to many places and was interested in spending time with us. I have really enjoyed my time here so far and met many different cultures and like the experience of learning English from the beginning and seeing my improvements each day – it really works!
My name is Lucas and I come from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. I am studying English at Lexis Noosa for 6 months and I am currently in the pre-intermediate class. I decided to study in Noosa because my sister lives here and I think it’s a great location to meet local people and have the opportunity to experience Australian culture. I like my teacher and I have made friends with other students from Japan, Korea and Spain, everyone here is happy.
I have a job working at Chilli Brothers, which is a Mexican restaurant. I have enough hours and I work every Wednesday evening and during the weekend. When I finish school I would like to travel but I haven’t made any plans yet. I am just enjoying my time here and the chance to relax and learn English.”
Angela is our activities coordinator at Lexis Noosa. In addition to organising sport events, students nights and all the fun stuff that helps our students let their hair down after classes; Angela has extensive knowledge in health and well being, which she has integrated into her activity programs at the school.
“I grew up in the NSW south coast, studied Nutrition and worked as a consultant nutritionist for 7 years. I have furthered my training by becoming a yoga instructor in 2012. In 2013, I completed a masters degree in health promotion. My role at Lexis encompasses my passion for healthy living. My skills as a yoga teacher and in nutrition and promotion are utilised in the services and activities I provide for the students. We now offer yoga classes every Tuesday morning and I will begin ‘Teaching Nutrition Kitchen’ on Tuesday afternoons. This class will start from March and educates individuals on nutrition and cooking healthy foods. I have grown up on the beach and surfing is my passion. I moved to the sunshine coast for the surf and for the lifestyle. I have travelled extensively for surf travel and have experienced cultures from a diverse range of backgrounds. Drawing on these skills and experiences allows me to provide exciting and safe activities in the beautiful beaches and surrounding areas that Noosa has to offer.”
Cambridge students’ left their books behind and hit the deck on a sunset cruise along the stunning Noosa river!
Afterwards, the Cambridge students headed off to the Sogo bar for $4 drinks and $5 pints of beer all night (not forgetting the yummy $10 meals for our hungry students). It was a big night with lots of fun!
It is Manon’s last week at Lexis Noosa, so we thought we would have a chat about her time here and see what she is up to next 🙂
“Hello, my name is Manon and I come from Montreux, Switzerland.
I am studying a total of 6 months in Australia, now I am in Lexis Noosa for 3 months and after I will move to Sydney for the remaining 3 months. I am currently in an upper-intermediate class and both of my teachers; Dionne and Eileen are fantastic and have been supportive during my course. I choose to study in Noosa because it seemed to be a really nice place, with a beautiful ocean and lots of nature. At first I thought I would stay in Sydney the entire 6 months, but I am glad I choose to try something different and experience Australian culture in a smaller location first. I first saw Noosa in a brochure at my agencies office and their staff then advised me of the location, as they have personally experienced Noosa and recommended it to me. I am very happy with my course structure and think it is perfect for me and I have really improved my speaking and vocabulary. Sometimes the lessons have been quite easy for me, but it is also good to revise the basics that I already learnt in my home country.
I am living in homestay accommodation and am very happy. My homestay family is approximately a 5 minute walk to the school, which is nice. At first, I was surprised by some cultural differences, but now that my family and I have gotten to know each other, those differences are not so obvious anymore. There are a lot of activities to do in Noosa if you enjoy the outdoors. During my time here I have enjoyed BBQ’s, national park walks, lots of outdoor activities, but especially surfing. I will take home many wonderful memories and have met a lot of friends both international and Australian, I love the Aussie accent! I think Noosa offers a sunny life and everyone is very open, warm and friendly. People in Australia seem genuinely interested in meeting different cultures, which is nice. After my courses, I hope to travel part of Australia with some friends and maybe hire a van; I would really like to see Alice Springs. My main purpose in achieving an English qualification is so I can travel most places and be able to communicate. I think it is important to be bilingual and with English you can use it mostly everywhere. My goal is to study medicine and I hope to use my English to volunteer in a program, such as Doctors without borders. Thank you to everyone who helped with my Australian journey!”