Los Auxiliares de Conversación en España
For the last two years, I have been an English teacher in Spain. I work at a public high school and report to the Xunta (regional government) of Galicia in Northwestern Spain.
My job is pretty damn awesome. But it’s also only ideal for a certain kind of person. Interested? Check it out.
The auxiliares program has relatively few basic requirements. If you have a Bachelor’s degree and are a native speaker of English from America or Canada, you can get this job.
If you jump through all their bureaucratic hoops. And oh does the Spanish government have hoops.
In my experience, the arduous application process is designed to weed out anyone who isn’t passionately invested in working and living in Spain. Because, yeah, it’s a royal pain in the ass. Times fifty.
You need to apply online, which is annoying because the Ministry of Education’s website has one of the most confusing interfaces I’ve ever seen. And then you must mail in specific documents to their office, whereupon you are given conditional acceptance to the program and a placement number.
You will need a medical statement in a very specific format, a letter of recommendation that no one will read, a passport, an FBI background check, and pretty much any damn document that you can think of!
You will want to stab someone at about a million points during the process. And the only advice I can give is: get started early as you can. Applications open up in November-December. You should be ready the minute that they do.
Even if you aren’t sure you’ll be going to Spain, if you’re waiting to hear back from other opportunities, doesn’t matter. Get your shit together sooner rather than later.
Because you WILL have to wait on the Spanish government and they are slow as f***. And until the government sends you your official work contract, proof of insurance, income, etc, you CANNOT apply for a visa. And you really need one of those.
The first time I came over, I sent all my documents to the San Francisco Spanish Consulate exactly 1 month before my flight left the Portland Airport. The consulate recommends budgeting at least 1 month. Lucky for me, things worked out and I got the visa with a week to spare. But it doesn’t always work that way. Soooo, get your shit together early, early, early, people!
Now the good news: if you make it to Spain and just love your life here (and your job), renewing the contract is a much simpler process!
I didn’t need to do much of anything to get back in the country (legally, I think). Of course, now there’s issues…
Check out the official site for más información: http://www.educacion.gob.es/exterior/ca/es/menu_fijo/programas/auxi_canada.shtml