Why You Should Teach English in Spain (Pt. 2)

There are countless reasons why someone would want to come to Spain to teach ESL rather than another part of the world and many of the reasons are self explanatory (check out our other post on this topic). Who wouldn’t want to live in such a beautiful and culturally rich country as Spain?

In this post we are going to look at some of the other less obvious, but still incredibly beneficial, reasons why you should come to Spain to teach English.

Four-Day Work Week

That’s right! Even though school will be in session five-days a week, you will only be required to teach and be in the classroom four out of those five days.

You won’t know till you arrive the first day of class on October 1st (the Spanish school year goes from September to June but you’ll start a month after they do), but you will either have every Monday or Friday off.

That means, you’ll have a three-day weekend every week that you can dedicate to exploring your city or town, traveling all throughout Spain, going to the beach or taking a long-weekend trip to Germany or France.

The four-day workweek is great because it is the perfect balance between working hard and building up your experience and resume as an ESL teacher, all the while taking advantage of the beautiful and unique country you’ll find yourself in.

No Prior Teaching Experience Required

Maybe you’ve never taught ESL before but are looking for an opportunity to begin building your resume and experience. If that’s you, or even if you already have extensive ESL experience inside or outside of the classroom, this is the perfect position for you.

There is no requirement of previous experience and is open to anyone under the age of 60 that is a native English speaker.

If you’re looking for your “big break” into the ESL world, or have your TEFL certificate and would like to put some miles on it, then teaching English in Spain is the perfect fit for you.

The Salary is Great

In comparison to the average Spanish salary, what you will be making as an ESL teacher is amazing! And the best part is you won’t be paying taxes on anything!

As an ESL, or auxilar, in the Spanish public school system, you will be making anywhere between 750€ to 1,000€ depending on where you live.

For example, if you live in Madrid, the largest and most expensive city in Spain, you will be making a monthly salary of 1,000€ which will cover all your living expenses and then some. Since the cost of living (see our other post on this topic) in Spain is so much cheaper than, say, the United States, you can get by with a lot less and still live a very comfortable lifestyle.

If you’re living in a smaller Spanish city or region, such as Badajoz, you will be making about 850€ a month which will be more than enough since the cost of living in less populated areas is significantly less expensive than Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia, the three most populated cities in Spain.

In short, the salary you make as an ESL teacher is plenty and the pot is sweetened even more since there will be no taxes to pay on top of it!

Every euro you make is a euro you keep.

Free Health Insurance

One of the best perks from teaching ESL in Spain is that the Spanish government will provide you with free health insurance all the while you’re there teaching.

If for some reason you ever needed to go to the doctor because of a cold, or head to the hospital for something more serious, the Spanish government would take care of it and, best of all, foot the bill.

If you have any specific questions about teaching ESL in Spain leave a comment below or send us an email at rvfspain@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

For those of you who have already taught ESL in Spain before, what are some other exciting benefits or perks that you experienced?

 


 

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 rvfspain@gmail.com letting us know so we can contact you today!

Why You Should Teach English in Spain (Pt. 1)

It’s Spain!

Question answered. Post finished. Done for the day.

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!

Spain A

Spain B

Spain C

Spain D

Spain E

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:

Spain F

So old!

 

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.

Spain G

Amazing!

 

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 H

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 rvfspain@gmail.com letting us know so we can contact you today!

Steriotypical Spanish Breakfast in Photos

1. Cafe con Leche

Food 12

You can have it on the go at your local bar:

Food 22

Or make it at home:

Food 23

2. Meat and Cheese Plate

Food 20

Captura de pantalla 2018-03-14 a las 10.48.48
Credit: http://www.theoptimalistkitchen.com

3. Magdalena’s

Captura de pantalla 2018-03-14 a las 10.54.06
Credit: saborapan.blogspot.com.es

4. Pan Tostado con Tomate y Aceite (Toasted Bread with Tomatoe and Olive Oil)

Captura de pantalla 2018-03-14 a las 10.50.20
Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra2sqQ97Hsk
Captura de pantalla 2018-03-14 a las 10.51.52
Credit: http://www.persucarhipa.com

5. Tortilla

food-1290636_1920 copia

Food 21

6. Croissant

Food 11

 


 

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 rvfspain@gmail.com letting us know so we can contact you to set up a free 20 minute consultation!

Teach English in Spain

Captura de pantalla 2018-02-15 a las 19.46.42
North American Language and Cultural Assistants program (Credit: http://www.ielanguages.com)

 

If you’re a native English speaker and are not living in Spain, soaking up the Spanish sun, travelling around Europe on the weekends and making money while teaching English, then you need to seriously consider all your life choices that have left you in such a dark and forbidding place. Teaching English and working in Spain is simple, exciting and very feasible! If you have a Bachelor’s degree of any kind and are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, then you are eligible to participate in the North American Language and Cultural Assistants (NALCA) program, allowing you to teach English in Spain!

What is the NALCA program?

The North American Language and Cultural Assistants program (also known as the English Auxiliar Program) is run by the Spanish government to bring in, you guessed it, North Americans to teach English in the Spanish school system. NALCA has been going on for quite some time, which is surprising because very few people outside of the program even know it exists. For the American college student who just graduated and still doesn’t know what to do career-wise or the Canadian TEFL teacher wanting a change of pace, the NALCA (English Auxiliar) program is the surest, easiest and most guaranteed way of living and working in Spain for non-EU citizens.

How much does the program pay?

You would be earning anywhere from €750 to €1,000 ($925 to $1,230) each month depending on the cost of living in the city you are placed. That might not sound like a lot but because of the low cost of living in Spain you would have more than enough. If used well, the money you make alone from teaching in NALCA will pay for your housing, food, everything you need and weekend trips around Spain and Europe. That’s not even taking into consideration the extra money you might make from private English tutoring on the side where a native English speaker can easily charge €15-20 per hour.

How much would I be working?

You would be working anywhere between 20 to 25 hours each week, and only four days a week. Not bad! Your free day would either be Monday or Friday, allowing for long, three-day weekend trips to travel around Spain or visit another country in Europe or Northern Africa with ease.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is typically from January 1st of each year to Mid-April. The program itself doesn’t begin till September/October of each year and runs to June/July of the follow year.

Can I renew the program after each year?

Yes! The program is renewable for up to three years. After initially being accepted and working for a year, you will be asked by your school if you are interested in renewing again for a 2nd year at the same school. It is only possible to renew at the same school where you worked your first, or second year, otherwise you will have to reapply for the entire program again if you would like to be placed somewhere else or in a different city, and at that point you are at the mercy of the Spanish school system in terms of where you are needed most.

Challenges of the program

The paperwork! NALCA is an incredibly rewarding and exciting opportunity but it does come with its fair share of paperwork and bureaucracy. Moving to another country to live and work is never as simple as it sounds, but it is possible, especially if you know what you’re doing. RVF Spain Consultants is the expert on all things related to moving, living and working in Spain and we offer one-on-one, personalized assistance for all those wanting to work and teach in the NALCA program in Spain. We guarantee to walk you through everything, from the VISA to applying to the program, applying for and receiving temporary Spanish residency, opening a Spanish bank account, making sure your phone works in Spain, and a plethora of other related services to save you stress and a perpetual headache.

Teaching English in the NALCA program is not only itself rewarding and worthwhile, it is a fantastic opportunity to experience an exciting culture, learn a new language and travel the world. Start your journey to teach English in Spain today!

 

NALCA (English Auxiliar) program requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree of any kind;
  • U.S. or Canadian citizenship;
  • NO prior teaching experience of any kind is required;
  • NO age limit.

 


 

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 rvfspain@gmail.com letting us know so we can contact you to set up a free 20 minute consultation!

How to get phone service and internet for those visiting Spain

Sim card

One would think buying a SIM card or purchasing a phone plan in Spain would be
simple enough but, like most things in life, it can be very confusing and
overwhelming, especially if you don’t speak the language and have no idea where
to start. If you’re lost in the Spanish world of phones and all you want is to have
wifi that works and minutes to be able to call friends and family, then read on
weary traveler!

Where to begin?

If you’re simply passing through and aren’t planning on staying in Spain for more
than a few days or weeks, then there’s no need at all to purchase a Spanish phone
plan. So what are your options? Outside of stealing McDonalds wifi every few
hours, the cheapest and simplest option would be to purchase a 1 or 2 GB SIM card
that can easily be put in your phone that would give you the predetermined
amount of data and minutes in Spain for 30 days.
A 1GB SIM card typically costs €5 and a 2GB is usually in the ballpark of €10. If
you’re new to Madrid or Barcelona, or any Spanish city for that matter, and need
your phone to use as a mobile map, then the 2GB SIM card should work just fine.

What brands should you purchase?

Vodafone, Lyca Mobile, Orange, Lebara, Movistar and Yoigo. Vodafone, Orange,
Movistar and Yoigo are the four biggest brands, but Lyca Mobile and Lebara will
get the job done just fine, and will most likely be even cheaper.

Where can you buy these mysterious SIM cards?

Any of the above mentioned SIM cards can be purchased at their respective stores
scattered around Spanish cities (a simple Google maps search while you’re stealing
McDonalds wifi would be sure to tell you where). They can also be found at your
typical corner store as well as below ground at metro entrances.
Make sure to have your passport on hand as the only way to purchase one of these
SIM cards, or any type of phone plan in Spain, is with proper identification. After
paying for the SIM card, make sure to ask the employee to put it in your phone for
you, and program it if necessary. Often times they have to activate the SIM card by
calling it from a special phone.

sim card 2

Try to safeguard your normal SIM card till you’re back in your home country by keeping it tucked away in your suitcase for the remainder of your trip. And how can you go back to the service from your typical carrier? It’s as simple as throwing out the Spanish SIM card and replacing it with the old one.

 


 

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 rvfspain@gmail.com letting us know so we can contact you to set up a free 20 minute consultation!