Who are you?
If you’re asking me this you’re probably on the wrong blog.

Where are you?
Madrid, Spain.

How long will you be there?
From September 2014 to July 2015.

What are you doing in Spain?
I’m working as an auxiliar de conversación. Basically, I’m an English teaching assistant. I work in a primary school helping bilingual teachers with lessons and activities. I’m working for the Spanish government and was placed in a town called Ajalvir. I work 4 days a week and spend the rest of my time wandering around Madrid, searching for new recipes, and planning trips.

How did you become an auxiliar?
I applied through an organization called CIEE. This is not the only way to become an auxiliar though. In the end, auxiliares work for the same person (or rather entity), the Spanish government. It is possible to apply directly through the government. Check out this page with some helpful tips and advice about becoming and being an auxiliar. The bonus of applying through CIEE is that this organization helps you with a lot of the paperwork and transition such as how to get your visa, look for an apartment, apply for a TIE, navigate the metro, etc. which can certainly be worth the money if you have never been to Spain or Europe as was my case. I certainly got a lot of information from the orientation, and it was a great way to meet other auxiliares. You can also be a Language & Culture assistant (the more generic term) in plenty of other countries such as China, Korea, and Chile, but the qualifications may differ.

Are you traveling every weekend?
If you’ve kept up with my blog, you’ll quickly realize that that’s not possible or that I have neglected to post about a lot of trips. I do travel when I can and have a list of places I’d like to go, but I realize the monetary, physical, and mental limits of traveling. It can be tiring to travel on a budget. A lot of planning takes place, and some weekends it’s just nice to be in Madrid and relax.

What are you doing after your year teaching is over?
The question of my generation, “So what are you doing after…?” I’m looking at master’s programs in education, which would likely start sometime next year since the deadline has passed to start this summer or fall. In the meantime, I will be moving back to California to live with my parents. I definitely can’t afford California rent right now (and I’m secretly excited to be spoiled for a bit). I will likely be studying for the California teaching certification exams, working out, and looking for a short-term job. And I would love it if you would come visit me because I have to make new friends AGAIN!

Have you found your Spanish boyfriend yet?
Nope, still riding solo and happy about it! With just a year here, it really didn’t seem practical (very romantic, right?).

Have any more questions?
Let me know!


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