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Okay, okay, there are plenty of other reasons why anyone would want to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in another country in general but there are also many exciting and unique reasons specific to Spain.
This is a short-medium sized post on why you should not only teach ESL, but why you should specifically teach ESL in Spain.
1). It’s FREE.
That’s right. You read it correctly. Teaching English in Spain, and by teaching English I mean being placed in an actual Spanish school, in an actual classroom, with actual students, all the while getting paid, is entirely free.
How can that be?
Well there are a number of reasons but the primary one is that the Spanish government sees the long-term value in it’s citizens becoming increasingly proficient in English and several years ago created a specific program to bring in native English speakers from around the world to work as auxiliares, language assistants, in Spanish classrooms to help raise up the next generation of English speakers.
Because there is such a high demand and because it is such an important issue to the Spanish government, the program is completely free, and comes with a monthly salary, free health insurance and all the perks of living in sunny Spain.
2). You get to live in sunny Spain!
Not only is teaching ESL in Spain free and your chances of being accepted into the program very high, you get to live in an incredibly beautiful place known the world over for its pristine beaches, snow capped Sierra mountain ranges, and tranquil coastlines.
Millions of tourists around the world come to Spain each year just to visit it’s breathtaking sights and surroundings and unlike many things in life that are more beautiful in post cards then they are in real life, Spain does not fall into that category by any stretch of the imagination.
Take a look at this article from Seeking The Spanish Sun that explains the Spanish alore very well.
Every story and documentary and Facebook post you’ve ever seen about Spain quite honestly doesn’t do it justice.
I mean, just take a look at these photos!
For more breathaking Spanish sights, take a look at another well-put article from Seeking The Spanish Sun.
3). You are able to partake in the unique Spanish culture and lifestyle.
Spain not only is an incredibly unique country in comparison to the entire globe, but even within it’s own continent Spain really stands out.
It could very well be that Spain is somewhat unique from the rest of mainland Europe because of the Pyrenees Mountains separating France (attached to mainland Europe) from Spain or the fact that the country is part of a long peninsula that juts out from Europe (the Iberian Peninsula), but whatever the reason Spain has developed over the centuries to be a truly rich and vibrant culture and society.
Just take a look at the Spanish eating schedule.
The rest of Europe might typically, because of culture and custom, eat their lunch around 12pm or so and their dinner around 7pm at in the late afternoon.
However, in Spain both of those times would be defined as a merienda, or snack, and would opt to eat their lunch at a late 3 in the afternoon and their dinner at a famishing 10 at night.
That might seem like a minor example but in many ways it is very telling of the way Spanish culture is different from the rest of European culture, which is why living in Spain is such a continuously exciting adventure full of rich foods, fun people and enjoyable way of life.
Doing life in Spain, with the exception of big, bustling cities like Madrid and Barcelona, has a tendency to move slower than many other parts of the world.
There is more of a focus on spending time with people, not fretting over money, worrying less and enjoying more.
It’s a real “stop and smell the roses” kind of culture.
4). No matter where you go, you are walking on history.
It’s mind blowing to think how old and ancient Spain is, and even more mind crippling to think of all the major world/historical events that have taken place there over the millennia.
It’s a part of the world that’s just really, really old.
For example, 35,500 years ago ancient people created the Altamira cave paintings in Cantabria, Spain, which the name Altamira itself might not ring a bell, but the paintings themselves you’ve definitely seen:
And the ancient structures that still exist today that can be touched and explored and experienced are just unreal. Take for example the Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, about a 45 minute car ride north of Madrid, which was built over 2,000 years ago when the city was Roman led.
It was built with zero cement or mortar and is incredibly still standing two millennia later.
How did it ever stand in the first place and not immediately topple over without being held together by cement? Roman ingenuity!
Each block was perfectly cut to fit on top of the one below and is held together by nothing more than gravity.
It’s so old and has been around for so long that it is impressively seen in artwork from over the centuries such as this sketch by English artist Edward Hawke Locker from 1824:
Spain is full of fascinating history that can be touched and experienced even to this day which is why you should choose Spain as your far-away destination to teach ESL if not for just the chance to see it’s ancient buildings and historical landmarks!
In other words, what are you waiting for? Come to Spain!
If you found this post to be helpful, take a look at our other posts as we discuss a variety of topics related to Spain. If you are interested in teaching and living in Spain for a year, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know so we can contact you today!