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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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Everything you need to know to plan a wedding abroad

Short background: my husband is Spanish and I am American. I have lived in Spain for nearly ten years, and with him for seven of them. Our wedding was on July 6th, 2019, at 8:30pm, performed as a civil ceremony by my sister and his oldest brother. Keep this information in mind as you read…

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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 is quickly overshadowed by *anxiety*. Or…

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Malta in 36 hours or less

Malta is a hard place to define. This is due in large part to its geographical placement and historical significance. In case you haven't checked a map before your trip, (NO JUDGEMENT--I shamefully was completely mistaken on where in the world Malta was until literally 24 hours before we left), this little island sits shoulder to…

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A few major differences between Spanish and American weddings

EDIT: Since the publishing of this post, I recently have found myself planning my very own Spanish wedding, (with an American twist, of course!) Because I have sent this post to guests in order for them to have a vague idea of what to expect at a Spanish wedding, I thought I should make somethings…

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Everything you need to know about the Blue Lagoon

You've heard about it. You've seen pictures. You've planned your whole trip to Malta around this one beach. And I'm here to tell you...you've made the right choice. Now, what do you need to know before you go? You've got a couple of options. Take a taxi (check the prices online and in Malta ALWAYS…