Here in Noosa we have many amazing students who find a way to balance studying English, working and enjoying the beautiful beaches. Mireia is one of these students and she has been generous enough to share her experience with us.
Mireia has been in Noosa since December 2016 and she works at the Boathouse, a popular riverside restaurant on the shores of Noosa River. She has been working there as a dish-washer since January and she likes it because she has the opportunity to meet locals and because they sometimes give her food.
She works about 20 hours a week and feels that the job has helped to improve her English because she has to speak English in the kitchen with the other staff. If you’re looking for a job in Noosa she recommends writing a really good description of your skills. She also believes that local employers are looking for hardworking and flexible employees.
She sent out many resumes and after a month of looking got the job through a friend who was working there. She feels that working as a dishwasher was much more difficult than what she expected beforehand.
This is Leonore’s story in her own words. I am sure it will bring a smile to your heart as it did ours.
“From an early age I have wanted to come to this far far away country named Australia. Not only for the beautiful scenery but for culture. Also Australia is a really young country compared to most countries in Europe, and has a lot to show the world. Many people believe that Australia will be one of the up and coming countries in the next few years. It is for these reasons and for many others that I decide come learn English in Australia.
I would not say that my first couple of weeks were easy because I could not speak A WORD of English and still a young person. I found out that the hardest parts of living far away from home are during the events like Christmas or family birthdays.
However, after a few weeks I has some really nice friends who made me feel like in France. And then everythings every days went quickly, that how a totally unknown place became my new home. I am really thankful to my parents who gave me the opportunity to make my dream come true, which has been totally amazing. I learned so much, not only about the language but also about the culture, as well as know more about who I am and who I want to be.
After these 10 months in Australia I feel changed in a good way and proud of myself because the hugest achievement for me has to been to get my Cambridge FCE certificate. Passing this exam was my main goal and with the help of all the wonderful teachers I had I finally achieved it.
But now it is time to go back to where I came from (home) to end my trip, my experience, and my Australian life. I will miss everything here, not only the beach, the ocean but also all people I have met here and my wonderful host mother who made my stay in her home just perfect.
This is not goodbye from me, but simply Au Revoir.”
It is always lovely to hear that a student has had a wonderful time. It is really special when they write to tell you so.
Today we received a gorgeous ‘Thank you’ card and yummy cookies from Yolanda Manso Barbero. Yolanda arrived from Spain with very little English; just a few words and in twelve weeks is leaving us with a B1 level. She has chosen to do her next twelve weeks at our Sunshine Coast campus to broaden her experience and meet new international students. “I will be out of my comfort zone”, she told me. “It is hard to leave but I think being in a new environment will push my English further again”.
Good luck Yolanda and we are very happy that your time here was so successful.
Diego Luvckx is all smiles this morning having received an IELTS 6.5 result.
Diego came to Lexis Noosa from Belgium in October 2015 to study for 14 weeks. He arrived with a B1 (Pre intermediate) English level and was determined to make the most of his time here. He fell in love with the beach life style, especially surfing but didn’t lose sight of his English goals.
This morning he delighted his IELTS teacher, Anjali by coming back to show her his results. Hugs all round 🙂 Well done Diego, very proud of your efforts.