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The Expatriate Cafe / Australian wanting to work in Spain - advice needed.
« Last post by Nikitatee on January 13, 2018, 03:20:44 AM »
Hi there,

I am a 31 year old female Primary School Teacher wanting to work in Spain for 6-12 months in 2019. Initially I thought I should try to get a job teaching English but I was also told I should look into International Schools in Spain. The only thing is, all of the schools I've seen so far are for British teachers, or at least teachers with UK qualifications. Obviously, being Australian, I have Australian qualifications. I have a Bachelor of Education Degree + 6 years full-time teaching experience in Primary education.

My question is, how hard would it be to find a job in either an International School or any other Primary School setting in Spain? Am I looking in the wrong places? Should I be looking at Government schools/private schools etc?

Also, will I need to complete a TESOL certificate or equivalent?

I guess I just would like to know how difficult it would be for me to find a job teaching in Spain and if I should stick to just teaching English/tutoring.

Thanks heaps in advance.
Hi all, first post on here, forgive me if I'm breaking any site rules or doing something incorrect,

I'm an American student in the middle of a year-long study abroad in Spain. My situation is the following

I applied for and received and a long-stay VISA to last the full duration of my stay in Madrid, until May 31st. However, what they put on my passport wasn't that, but rather a type D visa valid from 8/15 until 11/27. They told me at the consulate that I had to apply for a TIE within 30 days of getting into the country. I did set up a couple of appointments, one in October and one a couple weeks ago in December. I couldn't make it ot the first one because of issues getting empadronado, which I was told was necesary for the TIE on the sede website. I did end up getting empadronado in late November (I was not very on top of this and its coming back to bite me), in time for an appointment Dec. 15 to get my TIE, but I missed the appointment. My visa is now expired. I had plans to travel back home for the break, and I was able to make it through customs without any issues on the way out. However, getting back in I'm not certain I'll be ok.

I will be traveling back on the 10th of january, and after that I will be staying within the EU (and depending on what I find out, within the schengen as well) until I go back home for good. I've already made another appointment for the TIE in february. I guess my questions are: what will my immigration status be when i'm flying back? will I have the schengen tourist visa? was i in the country illegally when I left? if so, what are the chances of getting busted on the way in? What are the potential consequences if I do get flagged at customs?

I'm also a clean cut white male with no history at all of immigration problems, if that makes a difference in terms of getting inspected closely

Employers post job opportunities / Re: Native English teacher for Valladolid
« Last post by Sancozela on October 24, 2017, 09:04:40 AM »
This is so wonderful that I found it.
The Expatriate Cafe / Re: Want to apply to teach in Spain - advice needed!
« Last post by Yogomonoyakub on October 12, 2017, 10:39:13 AM »
How many days do you remember?
I'd like to point a couple of things out, as there is disparate information here.

Firstly, US citizens swearing allegiance to the Spanish king and renouncing other allegiances at a swearing in ceremony does nothing to your US citizenship. But, please also know that those naturalizing in the US also swear to renounce other allegiances, with essentially no effect unless the other countries of which the person is a citizen care about it. The US does not, and Spain also does not.

In most cases, countries that allow/recognize dual citizenship consider their citizens theirs alone, i.e. the US considers US citizens as just that - only US citizens - even if they are also Spanish, Australian and/or Pakistani citizens. Spain might have special recognition of some of its nationals, like those who are also nationals of Portugal or Colombia, but the fact that Spain considers US citizens who naturalize in Spain as only Spanish is nothing new, and nothing to be afraid of.
Is there another alternative? Besides you mentioned.
Expatriates in Spain / Aviles Castillon Asturias Looking for other families
« Last post by Zecyl on August 13, 2017, 10:52:01 AM »

I am Spanish my husband is British we have two children and we always go to Aviles in summer and we would like to meet with other families, my girls are getting older and will be great to have some friends. They are 11 and 13 years old.

If anybody knows of a group or have some advise on where to find them please let me know.

Hope to hear from you,

Expatriates in Spain / expat cafe
« Last post by Lynne on July 14, 2017, 01:13:59 PM »
Most of the posts seem old...and there seems to be no response to those few members who posted recently
North American Language and Culture Assistant Program / Re: Bringing children
« Last post by oceanslily on June 20, 2017, 07:30:07 PM »
I realize this post is a year old, but figured I'd chime in for anyone looking for this. Yes, you can get accepted and get visas with children, but the process becomes a lot more complicated. First of all, do not expect any straightforward information from the visa offices. We went in multiple times (Chicago), sent my brother in, and in the end, never fully submitted our applications (I'll explain). Please keep in mind this was just our experience from 2014 and things may have changed.

When you're sponsoring a spouse and/or children,  you need to prove greater financial means (your amount plus a couple of hundred of Euros per person) and a notarized letter of support is not acceptable. You all need insurance and background checks for anyone over 18. The child's birth certificate and your marriage certificate needs to be apostled (sp?). You need applications for all of you and to pay the visa fee for every applicant as well.

What tripped us up in the end was needing a lease. As a family, we had to prove we had housing arranged. This changed everything at our final appointment, as I sent my brother to inquire about this in person and he was told we did not. We'd been in Spain and had flown home for the visa -- we could have arranged housing while there.  Since the consulate had never really done this visa for a family before, they wouldn't give us any information of the likelihood of our visa being approved or what steps to take if it wasn't (or if we'd have to pay MORE fees). Since we didn't have the lease and were staring at hundreds of dollars in fees for what seemed like a gamble, we opted not to go through with the application process.

I'm considering applying for next year (2018) and am willing to try again, knowing what I know now.
Employers post job opportunities / NATIVE COUNSELORS IN NATURE CAMP
« Last post by Molino de Butrera on June 05, 2017, 07:57:29 PM »
We are recruiting English Speaking counselors for the Nature Camps we run in Molino de Butrera (Sotoscueva, Burgos), in the North of Spain, close to Cantabria and Basque Country.

The main goal in our camps is to familiarize kids with English and make them enjoy while practicing this language. So we are not teaching English in a classroom, but running funny activities in English with kids from 7 to 17.

We take especially care of the safety in every moment, none of the activities that kids participate in involves any risk or requires special physical nor psychological conditions and none of the activities can affect them negatively in neither of these aspects.

Environmental activities: hikes for discovering landscapes, animals and plants games, natural handcrafting…
Sports: aquatic sports, canoeing, bike routes, rock climbing, archery, classic sports, alternative sports, traditional sports of childhood…
Creative handcrafts: Juggle-balls, percussion instruments and workshops, decorated t-shirts, bracelets and other artistic crafts…
Large games and theme days: gymkhanas, capture the flag, Olympic Games, Mythology day, Pirates day…
Evening activities: songs, night games, terror house, stars evening, storytellers, musical evenings…
Excursions: hiking around an interesting natural protected area
Camp out: Sleeping outdoors during a hike

We look for enthusiastic and creative people who love working with kids (this is essential) and willing to share an amazing experience in an exceptional natural environment.
Previous experience in camps will be an asset.
You can have a look in our website:

- 25th June – 1st July
- 2nd – 15th July
- 16th – 29th July
- 1st – 9th August

In case you are interested, please, submit your Resume and a motivation letter to (Marta Gómez).
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