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Interviews with the team: we talk to Luke, our new Social Organiser

Luke Barnett ELC Eastbourne Social Activities OrganiserLuke is the new social organiser at ESOE, he started a few weeks ago and the students love him! Here's what we found out:

So Luke, what qualities do you have to be a good social organiser here at ESOE?

I’m an extremely social person which makes me perfect for the job! I’m always positive and love doing all sorts of activities which means there will always be great variety in the ESOE social programme.

What would you say is your biggest achievement to-date?

Well in 2010, five of my friends and I collectively climbed the height of Mount Everest in one day. It was for charity and three other companies took part in the event. We started at 7am and didn’t finish until 9:30pm! It was an amazing day and great to be a part of.

What do you like for breakfast?

I love good old fashioned Bran Flakes and a coffee, nothing too exciting. I am looking into healthier options though!

Where’s your favourite destination in the world and why?

This is a tricky question. I think my favourite place I’ve visited would have to be the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, but I’m desperate to visit the USA and will be doing just that later this year!

Eastbourne events: Airbourne

How have your first couple of weeks been at ESOE?

My first weeks here have been so much fun! All the staff are so welcoming and helpful with everything. I still have a lot to learn, but I am getting there!

Do you speak any other languages other than English and ‘social organiser’ speak?

Unfortunately I do not! I can speak very basic Italian, but I would love to learn some more! Maybe the students can teach me more?

Are you planning any exciting changes to the social activities we offer?

I think that the social organisers before me did a great job and developed a great structure. I will however look to include more local events and activities so that the students can get a better idea of what Eastbourne is like as a small English town. For example, Eastbourne has great food and drink markets and festivals, sporting events and, of course, Airbourne – a spectacular and free seafront airshow.

What has Eastbourne got that larger cities haven’t?

I think Eastbourne gives you the chance to experience some peace and quiet and some really beautiful scenery. It is a lot smaller than London for example, which is always so rushed and busy. Eastbourne allows an escape from all that. Beachy Head is such a stunning place with many beautiful walks in the surrounding area and the seafront is very quiet and clean. At low tide there’s the chance to go rock-pooling. Affordable living and beaches which are not over-run with tourists make Eastbourne a really pleasant place to be.

Bike rides around Eastbourne

How do you like to relax in your ‘spare time’?

In my spare time I like to socialise a lot. So you’ll often find me at a local pub with friends talking and just having a laugh. I’m also a very keen gamer and when I’m not out and about, I am on my PlayStation. I also love playing football!

If you could make a movie what would it be about?

This is an interesting question. I’ve always been a fan of a story of someone overcoming difficulties and obstacles to achieve something great, so probably something like ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.

Do you have a favourite quote?

I don’t have a quote that I use a lot, no. But I am a huge Liverpool fan, and the famous quote associated with them is ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ so I’d have to say that.

Which social activity do you enjoy the most?

I really enjoy the table tennis tournaments and Wii Mario Kart tournaments that we host at school. We also have a pool table and lots of games. The tournaments are great fun to be a part of and we get a great attendance, and the best part is that they are free! The students love it and always request it again.

Camping in the woods

What activities have you got planned for our students over the next few months?

As the weather is improving I’m really excited about water sports, camping trips in the local woods, fish & chip lunches on the beach and barbeques in the garden.

My top five activities to look out for in 2016 are:
1. Volleyball in the park
2. Football matches against other local language schools
3. Paintballing
4. International lunches cooked in the school kitchen
5. ...and trips to London!

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