How to Get a Teaching Job in Public, Private, and Semiprivate Schools in Spain

Let’s just say it–living the auxiliar life can be great, but it can also leave you wanting and needing more. The schedule is minimal, the job itself is usually…less than fulfilling, and the pay will likely have you moonlighting at a low paying academy or riding the metro around town for 25 different private classes. Without fail, lots of language assistants will be searching for a way to continue working in education, (and some likely looking for any way NOT to work in education), while still living out their dream life in Spain, with a decent salary. Sounding familiar yet?

Enter, the questions I get asked the most about my experience living in Spain; how have I been here so long as an American and how did I find work in international and semi-private schools in Spain?

In this post I will be very transparent on my experiences–good, bad, and terribly paid, so read on if you want some hard truths as well as possibilities for your future.

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8 questions to ask before you start private classes

This post could also be titled, “Everything I wish I knew about private classes before I started.” In over nine years as a teacher in Spain I have had to take on my share of private classes, usually against my own wishes and thanks to the insistence from my bank account. If you are an […]

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How to be an awesome language assistant

So you’ve been accepted into a language assistant program and you’ve likely been placed in a middle of nowhere town and CAN’T WAIT TO GO TO SPAIN. But maybe you don’t speak Spanish, maybe you’ve never been to Spain before, maybe you’ve never been a teacher, and your excitement turns into a little bit more […]

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What I wish I had brought to Spain

The first time I was moving to Spain as a language assistant, my mom oversaw most of my packing. The second and third time are none of your business. JKJK, obvi she was there to put her two cents in as well, mostly to ask if I had enough of all the things I didn’t […]

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Getting an apartment abroad…painlessly

Finding an apartment is a pain in the puto culo. Trying to get all of the things you want in the right location isn’t always a guarantee and usually ends in compromise. Add to this situation not being able to speak the native language fluently or have any friends or acquaintances in the city, no […]

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5 tools to make students excited to speak English

Teaching English is hard. Don’t trust anyone who tries to tell you your job is easy. Motivating kids to speak a second language when they aren’t giving one word, fill-in-the-blank answers, is even harder. “I’m going to lower anyone’s grade who speaks Spanish,” is another line that doesn’t work except for the biggest of brown-nosers. […]

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My favorite lifesaving websites for teaching English

Teaching English as a second language is not easy, especially when you first start out. If you have never done it before or had any previous training, you have probably never given much thought to your native tongue. If you still think that teaching English is inherently easy, think to yourself how you would explain […]

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10 FAQ for a Language Assistant

Before I dive into this, I have to say first that auxiliaries de conversación is the whole reason I am still in Spain.  If this is your goal, listen carefully. After studying abroad, it became very clear to me that I had to go back to Spain. I didn’t feel like I had gained the […]

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5 ways to teach in Spain

Moving across the ocean, (whichever one it may be), is a big step, literally and figuratively. Whether you are a recent graduate or experienced teacher, are bilingual or just barely answering, “Cómo estás?”, you want a program that is right for you. This is not an exhaustive list by any means…luckily things have improved since […]

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