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Yey, your nearly there, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I've had a couple of interviews for jobs in Spain and one in France, but will not if i'm successful until end of next week, got another interview on Wednesday for a teaching job in a town an hours drive from Barcelona. I'll keep you posted. Need to get something by September as I'm living with my sis and she moves to Sheffield the beginning of September so I will need to sort myself out by then xx
Aced CP 5 :)
I'm annoyed at how slow I've been with it.x
Well I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Nikki. I love Spain, never lived there but been on many a package holiday when I was younger and I'm trying to learn Spanish. So I'll keep in touch for some free future lodgings lol.
The TEFL is kinda hanging around my neck now, want to get it finished. Have you got your certificate yet? x
Hi Adam, I know it's hard when your working full time to get stuck in, i also got a big bulk of mine done when i was off work for the week. I want to go to Spain and teach, had my first interview by Skype this morning for a teaching job in Gandia, nr Valencia, it went OK but i think i should maybe asked more questions. They are interviewing more people on Monday and Tuesday but they will let me know next week. I don't suppose i'll be lucky enough to get the first job i apply for but you never know :-) x
Hey Nikki, how are you? I've been really slack with the TEFL course lately, I've got to CP 5 and answered about half the questons then I've been sooooo busy at my current job that the TEFL has suffered. I have a week off now so going to get it aced!
Where are you going to be teaching?
Great! Keep us posted on Sevilla? I've been thinking of moving there next year as Madrid can be a bit hectic! You need a degree for British Council as far as I know, but as I said, there are countless companies in Spain. Watch out for ones that may keep promising you a contract but lie through their teeth! That happened to me after the Vaughan disaster - mid term, skint, had to take a job... but you can't even get access to the health service or any benefit rights etc without paying social security, and lots of teachers work in Spain's massive black economy.
Income tax can be pretty high, especially if you're autonomo, personally I prefer a contract but there are pros and cons both ways. I think if you sound good in the interview you should do well. When I was interviewed by my current employer I just asked normal questions like 'are your students level tested before they start or is it up to the teacher?' and 'do they take progress exams and if so are they based on the books they've been studying?' etc and she was well impressed - apparently half the interviewees are totally clueless, so just make it obvious you've got a brain and I expect you'll get something!!
best of luck :-)
I've sent my CV off to a few language schools I've found on a TEFL website and BLS Idiomas in Seville have sent me an application form. I don't have a degree but do have life experience and speak Spanish so I will apply and see what they say. I will also take a look at the British Council and berlitz. Im going to be in Spain in June and July and plan to blitz everyone with my CV whilst I'm over there.
The main thing most places want in Spain is experience, which can be quite annoying, although there are academies which will take you without, and I should think that having good Spanish will definitely help you.
Other 'big' employers here are the British Coucil and Berlitz - try contacting them and see how you get on. My academy is called One to One - they're a fairly professional bunch and teach other languages aswell. At most Madrid academies you get a mixture of private classes and office classes, but some teachers work actually on the premises of their academies, and a friend of mine has just found a job in a primary school.
There are so many companies here it's impossible to say who's good or bad - especially as my lack of a degree puts many of them out of my reach. You should both seek work and advertise privately on the lingobongo website. You may also be able to contact teachers who've been here longer than me - one guy wrote me an email just to say hello when I put an ad on there. There's plenty of scope for private classes, and you can also go along to the intercambio evenings that happen in pubs around town to meet people who might want lessons.
Other sites used by teachers for contact, advertising or advice are madridloquo and spainexpat. Of course, if you don't immediately find what you want in Madrid, you could always try somewhere else less competitive until you've got 2 years experience - maybe you have - I'm just going by your profile info which says you work for the police...
Of course the truth is that going round with your CV is the best way to get a job, it's all about how you present yourself.
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