School: CEIP Miguel de Cervantes
City: Valdilecha, Madrid, Spain
My name is Elisa Vazquez. I’m 25 years old and I’m an American from Pennsylvania.
I was placed in CEIP Miguel de Cervantes (a primary school) in Valdilecha, a small town outside of Madrid.
At my school I assisted in English, Natural Science, Social Science and P.E. classes. I had classes with infantil (5 year olds), first grade, second grade, fifth grade and sixth grade.
After the first year I decided to renew as an auxiliar and do my Masters at Universidad de Alcala de Hernares. I was able to be placed in a different school this year (much closer to the center of Madrid) and I’m planning on renewing for another year at my current school.
I have really enjoyed my time here in Madrid and I would recommend it to anyone needing a break from the States or just to take some time to figure out what your next moves are in life.
The one thing I would like to mention is that teaching here is different than in the States. As with anything else, there are pros and cons to the education system here. With that being said, if you’re planning to join the auxiliar program here in Madrid, I’d advise you to come with an open mind and be ready to experience something new!