In February 2017 we welcomed Paul Bean, our new Activity Coordinator to Campbell. Paul is from the UK but has been travelling around the world for the past five years and has lived in France, Portugal, the USA, Australia and now New Zealand. He has worked as an Activity Director on board cruise ships and for a large UK-based language school so he brings lots of experience and ideas to the role.
In just one month, Paul has hit the ground running – making Campbell students more active with weekend activities, such as bush walks and kayaking, on top of Campbell’s regular English-based activities. He even started a running club, which is aligned with Campbell’s new health and wellbeing strategy.
We sat down with Paul in between his busy schedule planning and delivering a wide range of activities.
How’s your first weeks in Campbell been?
Campbell students are fantastic. I am fortunate to get to know them outside of the teaching environment and learn about their backgrounds and stories. Everyone I’ve met has a great personality, positive attitude and they really do make me love what I do and appreciate the diversity of the world.
How do you see Campbell Activities benefiting students’ English learning process?
The activities at Campbell have a huge benefit to their English learning because they are able to use English in more practical and social settings. As a native speaker, I have great respect to all students who are taking the time to learn the English language because without it we would not be able to communicate.
Why should prospective students come to Wellington?
If you are looking to study in a fun and vibrant city while building great friendships with people from all over the world, then Wellington is the place for you. With its beautiful landscape, picturesque harbour and an endless amount of events and activities happening in the city (not to mention the best coffee I’ve ever had!), it is no wonder that Wellington is such a popular destination for all. Come and join the fun!
And did we mention that he now has mastered the art of taking selfies with Campbell students and an animal or two during our visit to the Wellington Zoo?
To see the latest images from our weekly activities, visit Campbell’s Facebook page