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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?
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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.
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Is there another alternative? Besides you mentioned.
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Expatriates in Spain / Aviles Castillon Asturias Looking for other families
« Last post by Zecyl on August 13, 2017, 10:52:01 AM »
Hi,

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,

Cecilia
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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
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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.
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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.

ACTIVITIES:
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:
www.butrera.es

Dates:
- 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 educadores@butrera.es (Marta Gómez).
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I've reviewed all of the rules and there doesn't seem to be anything indicating whether or not someone who is autonomo can apply for Cultural Assistant Porogram. As someone born in a Latin American country I can attain Spanish citizenship after two years of residency, not estancia as the student visa provides. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!  :D
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I am currently enrolled in the Master in Teaching program. There is not a lot of information and it is important to understand:

1. Instituto Franklin at the University of Alcalá is deceptive and misleading.
2. They disguise their Master's Programs which have no official accreditation.
3. They mislead students that using Foreign Credential Evaluation Service leads to accreditation of their degree.

As educators and researchers of Bilingual Education and American Studies since 1987, it is absolutely shameful.

As continual administrators for foreign student programs, they jeopardize academic and professional careers of their students.

As of 2016-2017, at the master's level, only the Master's in American Studies is officially accredited.

All “Teach and Learn” Programs have no official accreditor:

1. Master in Teaching (No Official Accreditor)
2. Master in International Education (No Official Accreditor)
3. Master in Bilingual and Multicultural Education (No Official Accreditor)
4. Master in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (No Official Accreditor)

These 4 programs are called “university accredited,” which is part of the deception. The University of Alcalá might be officially accredited. But universities are NOT official accreditors.

The official accreditor IS the Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación (ANECA) in conjunction with the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (MECD).

These 4 Instituto Franklin programs are NOT officially accredited. That is what “university accredited” means.

“University accredited” is misleading jargon that allows them to hijack the word “accredited.” There is no official credit in such programs.

The university can approve the existence of the course. True. This is stating the obvious function of a university. Essentially,  “universities administer courses.” Yes they do.

“University accredited” is a front for false conveyance of equivalency.

It permits misdirection and omission of the clear and consequential differences of two distinct (and unequal) types of master's degrees in Spain.

The official master's degree have advantages in and, in some cases, the only access to:

1. The Public Sector Labor Market
2. Earning a PhD
3. Transfer Credits
4. Receiving Public Grants
5. Public Pricing and Funding Models
6. Highly Qualified Instruction

In Spain, the definition of an Official Master's has been in effect since 1999 after Spain signed the Bologna Declaration. To be official, you must be evaluated and then accredited by ANECA (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación).

Instituto Franklin and the University of Alcalá are fully aware of the difference between an Official Master´s (Másters Oficial, Másters Universitario) in Spain and the non-official master's(título propio, Másters Propio, Másters título propio).

As educators and researchers of Bilingual Education and American Studies since 1987, continual administrators of foreign student programs, and former exchange students themselves, they are aware that prospective students are likely not familiar with legal language, legal language in Spanish, and cultural distinctions of consequence.

Rather than informing students, they are profiting from omission. In this case, omission is exploitation.

In English, their materials never mention the word “Propio,” everything is a “Masters” or “MA” which is likely by design because:

1. Lack of official accreditation looks bad
2. Given entry to both, students would choose something official over something non-official
3. They can charge the same tuition (or more) than an official program

It is likely they do not pursue official accreditation because:

1. They would have to do more work earn official accreditation
2. They would have to do more work to maintain official accreditation
3. It would cost them more to be officially accredited
4. It would be harder to admit foreign students
5. They would have to hire more qualified teachers
6. They may have to hire more staff/teachers
7. They may not be able to get official accreditation for programs
8. Students would have to be officially evaluated, which could affect graduation rates
9. They may lose access to the “Auxiliares de Conversación ” student population

On top of all this, Instituto Franklin documents a path to foreign accreditation AFTER completion of the program. This is is not only misleading but it is also false.

They instruct students to take completed transcripts to a Foreign Credential Evaluation Service for “accreditation.”

This is misleading and false because Foreign Credential Evaluation Services are not official accreditors. Foreign Credential Evaluation Services provide a range of recommendations for official institutions, but are not official accreditors themselves.

Directing students to this false outcome is enough sustain a student's faith to complete the entire course, pay non-refundable tuition, and attempt to use a non-officially accredited degree without ever knowing that the degree was NEVER officially accredited, and therefore CANNOT be officially accredited by the prescribed methods.

At this time, the legal implications are unclear. The ethical implications are not. Current practices of Instituto Franklin at the University of Alcalá are misleading and deceiving.

This UAB does a good job of showing and explaining the difference:

http://www.uab.cat/web/study-abroad/graduate/what-are-the-differences-between-an-official-master-s-degree-and-a-uab-specific-master-s-degree-1345713249545.html
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Hi Adam, I have the same question... Have you had any response?  Please share.  Thanks!
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