Teaching English in Spain
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 6, 2012 7:42 AM Last Post By: welshman1
Aug 23, 2012 4:17 AM
Teaching English in SpainHello,
Having read many posts - I appreciate this has been raised on numerous occasions (TEFL careers/various countries) but I would appreciate some advice having undertaken significant research but not achieving a great deal.
I decided to change careers (and travelling in Australia & Asia and try teaching. Initially, researching CELTA/Trinity, with only one course in run in Wales, plus the cost and intensive nature of the course (having just spent a year doing my Masters in Journalism), I opted for a 130 hour online TEFL course and did 5 weeks recently, teaching/assisting on two English Immersion Programmes in Spain. (Business people and students).
The intention to teach in Spain for a year (learn some Spanish), before travelling/teaching in South America.
Although I understand many of the jobs are in Madrid, I prefer Barcelona - having visited twice - handed out CV,s used Lingobingo (sends out CV to all 219 institutions in Barcelona) and applied for various jobs earlier in the year , I have had zero response. I appreciate the extreme economic circumstances in Spain at the moment and high unemployment, but there appears to remain a demand to learn English in order to enhance job prospects.
I've read forums/job adverts on TEFL.com & eslcafe and appreciate that without CELTA/trinity and little experience this does not help my chances.
Apologies this is very general query but any advice would be appreciated. (the obvious being get CELTA etc., try a different city/country)..
Aug 23, 2012 6:08 PM
1You can't "appreciate the extreme economic circumstances in Spain" if you're questioning why your email-sent CV hasn't been responded to. Forgetting the fact that the job searching process has changed over time, you seem to be void of the fact that nobody in their right mind would respond to the half million CVs they recieve in a week.
Aug 25, 2012 12:39 AM
2You have to make the effort to be there and walk into places, to see their DoS or hiring person,. Barcelona is that popular, you'll need them to remember you by making that effort, and you'll need the qualifications and experience to be competitive.
There are many, many other places in Spain, and S. America to go to initially.
Aug 25, 2012 5:06 AM
Aug 28, 2012 12:58 PM
4Thanls everyone for replies. I had visited 25 plus schools in Barcelona earlier in the year, handing out my CV & attempting to speak with the director. Travelling there next week - will see what happens.
Aug 30, 2012 2:45 AM
Oct 6, 2012 7:42 AM
6Just to update - Eventually secured a contract with Berlitz in Barcelona, with whom I did a summer camp in Jaen this year. Will probably try to complete my CELTA in Barcelona next summer. Just had a fun week, jumping through hoops to secure my NIE. You can't beat queuing at 6 every morning. Cheers.
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