Yes, I am currently teaching English in Spain.
No, I did not plan it, nor am I a qualified teacher (or claim to be one).
But somehow I ended up here and I’m really glad I did.
After quickly realising this, I was on the hunt for something new and almost immediately it fell right in my lap.
Just a couple months into my au pair stint, I met a girl who was working as both an au pair and also teaching English in a school. After a good conversation with her, I had already mentally quit my au pair job and was ready to be a teacher. She put me in contact with the right people, and after several emails and an interview, I had a job – all in the space of 2 weeks. The timing really was perfect.
What I’d signed up for was a late entrance to the Auxiliares de Conversacion programme with the Communidad de Madrid (Madrid City Council).
This programme places roughly 800 native English speakers in schools all over the Madrid region every year, to help with English classes. Applicants are required to have a Bachelors Degree (in anything) and legal papers to live in Spain – something I thought I needed as an au pair (not actually necessary), so I already had.
Learning English is a priority in Madrid and in all schools it is mandatory (for at least a few years). I was placed in a bilingual primary school in quite a nice area of Madrid, where luckily for me all the students already had quite good English levels (phew, because my Spanish still sucks…).
My contract is 16 hours a week, and pays 1000€ per month tax free. Pretty sweet considering I’d been living off just 280€ per month as an au pair.
For the most part I really enjoy my job.
The kids make me laugh on a daily basis and my co-workers are really nice. I have no deadlines, targets or reports to make; I am rather stress free.
However, at times the work can be boring – listening to kids read me the same story over and over again is really no ones idea of fun. But at least it’s easy work.
Although I do enjoy it, I can’t say I’m dying to be a teacher now. It’s really not my passion and not something I see myself doing long-term. At the moment it’s convenient – an easy job that allows me to stay in Spain (legally) and also earn enough money to travel often.
I plan on staying in the programme for one more year, in order to cross a few more things of my bucket list, and travel a little further.