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Expatriates in Spain / Costa del Sol - good places for senior expats to live?
« Last post by skippobon on May 31, 2016, 03:06:37 PM »
Hola a todos!

Can anybody recommend urbanisations or places to live which would be good for an elderly British couple?
My parents are looking for a place in the Marbella/Estepona area and are hoping to find somewhere with similar aged people for socialising.

Thanks in advance!

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Finding work in Spain / Part-time TEFL courses
« Last post by samasher on May 26, 2016, 05:51:57 PM »
Hello,

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the difference between part-time and full-time TEFL courses? My current work schedule won't allow me to study full-time for a month but I did find this course: https://www.tefl-iberia.com/courses/part-time-tefl-course-barcelona/

Does anyone know if part-time courses are as well recognised / respected as the regular full-time courses?

Thanks
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Visas & Immigration / Insurance and the Auxiliar program
« Last post by Lotus123 on May 17, 2016, 04:05:49 PM »
Hey there,
For those on the Auxiliar program....
It's confusing, do you get insurance after you get in to Spain?  Because it seems you need it to get the visa. 
If we do have to get our own health insurance,
Anyone from US get a cheap easy option for staying in Spain? 
Many thanks!
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North American Language and Culture Assistant Program / Re: DELE exam
« Last post by aperry on May 05, 2016, 12:58:25 PM »
Speaking of DELE, if you fail the exam first time time around, can you retake it?
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Self-Employment (Autónomo) / 20% allowance for new autonomo?
« Last post by ni68ana on March 30, 2016, 06:48:37 PM »
Hi all,
I'm thinking of starting as an autonomo here in Spain. I was told by an asesor who I met with that when you first start off as an autonomo, you can deduct 20% from your gross income for tax purposes - in addition to your other expenses - to make it easier for you as a new entrepreneur. I think she said it applied for the first two years. Can anyone confirm this? I've searched all over the internet but couldn't find a thing about it. Really hope it's true!
Thanks in advance :)
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Hi all,
I'm an American citizen married to a Spaniard, and we've been living here since September 2015. I understand that I'll be eligible to apply for Spanish citizenship one year after that - in Sept. 2016.  Questions regarding dual citizenship aside, what I'm wondering is - how long does it take from the time you apply for naturalization, until you actually get the process completed and have the Spanish passport in your hand? Does it depend on the registro civil where you apply? We'd be applying in Zaragoza.
Any experiences or information you could share would be very helpful.
Thanks a lot in advance!  :)
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Hey,

You might even have other assistants in the same school as you depending on how large it is. 

If you work in a medium-large city, there will be a lot of other language assistants in the same city.  Even if you work in a town there will probably be a few other assistants in the town.  If you work in a really small town there will probably be other assistants in neighboring towns or the nearest city/larger town.  So no matter where you go, there will be other language assistants around probably.

Definitely check out the facebook groups for the program, once you get to Spain other people will post about meeting up in your area.

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Hi all!

I am considering applying for the 2017-2018 year once I graduate and I was wondering if you meet other assistants at your placements? My brother is currently doing something similar in Korea and he has made great friends with his coworkers who also came to Korea to teach. I would love to travel and make some friends while I'm there and meeting others who would also want to travel would be awesome. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Josh
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They will just place you in the region closest to the region you selected that has open slots.  For example if you select Valencia as your first choice (doesnt have a program), you will more than likely get placed in Murcia.

With such a higher number, you'll probably get placed in Madrid if you get placed at all (it is possible, but you might get notice in late summer or even early fall).
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North American Language and Culture Assistant Program / Re: Bringing children
« Last post by Patrick on March 21, 2016, 02:34:10 AM »
I would guess the biggest problem would be a residence permit for them.  The residence permit we get is given through a student visa.
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