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Teaching ESL & living in Madrid? Possible?
« on: June 04, 2003, 04:30:00 PM »
Can I live in Madrid teaching ESL? Anyone out there doing it? I\'ve only got enough savings to live about 4 months without working, so I\'d like to get a job as soon as possible once getting the certificate.



Does anyone know if it\'s really difficult to work as an ESL teacher in Madrid? I\'m willing to do other work, as well, to compensate the wage, but if rent is 600 euros, which is about $700 USD, I\'m hoping I\'d be making at least 1,200 - 1,500 euros a month teaching? Is that realistic?



Just curious, thanks!



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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2003, 03:22:31 PM »
Hi dingo...

You asked... \"Anyone out there doing it?\"

Hmmmmmm... I would say EVERYONE here is doing it!!!

I would say to save for 6 months without working to be safe.

This site is all about what you want to do. Try doing some searches on teaching here, you will learn a lot.

I have lived in Madrid for 7 years (I am legal here) and I was teaching English the first year I lived here.

You can earn a living teaching English here but most jobs are for in-company classes and ecpect to be run ragged for your salary.

Very few teachers work at a single school and in the school itself.

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2003, 10:55:04 PM »
Jer--how hard was it to become legal?  Curious.....
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2003, 02:50:32 AM »
Magnolia,

Jerermy was born in England, I believe, so he is a natural candidate for EU citizenship-- even tho he grew up in NY (I'll have to ask him again).  He has dual citizenship for the USA and England-- or did a few years ago when he decided to moved to ESP.

I'm married to Spaniard and although I cannot be a \"citizen,\" (unless, of course, I applied), I am a legal resident of Spain and can therefore work, legally.

In other cases, Spain used to grant residency to illegal aliens who could prove they'd been in Spain for 2 years. However, that law has changed. I believe it's now 5 years you must remain in Spain before applying for residency.

As far as work is concerned, they now require that you acquire a work visa from your country of residence.  No exceptions.  But this law (ley de extranjeria) has changed so many times, that it just might change in our favor again!

PS. Read the article on Immigration & Spain, Putting things in perspective It may help you to understand the situation a bit more.

Hope this helps!

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2003, 01:01:04 PM »
Hi Magnolia.

I got MEGA lucky and was born in Scotland as my father was US Navy stationed there.

I was born near the end of his tour of duty there so I lived in Scotland as a baby less than 3 months ( needless to say I can't remember any of that  ;) ).

So, I did live illegally in Spain for a few months on my first visit  as a student but when I decided to come back and STAY  B)  , I applied for a work permit for the EU and was pleasantly surprised when they sent me a British passport.

So, in a nutshell, it was pretty easy for me to become legal here.

Tracy is right, they used to offer \"Amnesty\" to immigrants who had been in Spain a long time but that has ended and nobody seems to be sure if it will ever come back  :angry:

 
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2003, 11:50:27 PM »
Somewhere on this site I think it was Jer who said 15hr/week teaching added up to an income of about 600euros a month. I'm thinking if I can get another 10 hr in per week I should be alright. Also you might be able to get rent cheaper than 600 a month if you share a flat.  
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2003, 01:02:43 PM »
Thinking out loud again, Flipflop???  :lol:  
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