Auxillar de Conversación

How am I able to move to Spain and actually get paid for it? It must be a conspiracy theory. False. It’s all thanks to the North American Language Culture and Assistant program Spain has sponsored for almost 10 years.

twain-quote1Long story short, the program was created as an effort to teach the new generation how to speak English because Spain was falling behind the rest of the European countries. In larger cities like Madrid or Barcelona you wouldn’t be able to tell because almost everyone speaks English, thanks to the high level of tourism in those cities. However in smaller cities, like Soria, no one speaks English. Since there is a university here the ones who are studying translation can speak English but the older generation can not. Often times they speak better French than English.

The Auxiliar de Conversación in Spain is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to escape the real world, no matter what stage of life you’re at– even if you have a family you can move here.

Pros:

  1. All auxiliars work between 12-16 hours a week. That means you maybe work 3-4 hours a week and still get to have a three day weekend. My school gave me the opportunity to choose which day I wanted off.
  2. They give you a living stipend of 700 euros a month! Converted that’s about $800. I teach English privately as well to earn extra money which can sometimes be another 200 euros.
  3. You get medical insurance! Not a lot of jobs in the U.S offer medical insurance so this was exciting news to me. Health insurance works differently in Spain and it’s one of the best policies in Europe.
  4. There is no program fee. Other programs with higher support have program fees since you have to go through a third party.
  5. You get to live in Spain for year and travel! You can’t really top that one.

 

Cons:

  1. Very low level support. There are other programs you can do that are through a third party that give you more support and information about all the documents you need.
  2. Everything is in Spanish, so if you don’t understand it might be difficult to get all the requirements.
  3. Finding a place to stay is on you. Luckily I found a place within a facebook group and am living with university students, but I know people that had to stay in hostel until they got a place of their own.
  4. Sometimes payment can be late depending on the region. The coordinator of Castilla y Leon, my region, openly said that they’re usually late with payments.

 

There might  be more in each category but those are what I can think of. There are other resources like Facebook and travel blogs that really helped me out throughout the entire process. Response times can be slow too which make everything even more frustrating. All in all it’s a great opportunity so regardless the pros outweighs the cons. Again, you have the opportunity to live in Spain and get paid to teach English! I’m not sure what’s it like in other cities but the chance to teach English privately is enormous, and from my experience, you can charge as little or as much as you want. I know one girl who charges 10 euros but I charge 15 and the moms seem to be okay with that price. The only hard part is trying to save money. If I was in a larger with more stores I would have a hard time. It also helps that I don’t eat meat so I don’t spend money on food as much as I did back in the states. I hope that this post helped those who had questions understand what I’m doing over here!

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