Auxiliar de Conversación Program

With the main English teacher and later coordinator at the end of my first year, Chiqui. June 2015


I participated in the North American Language Assistant Program from 2014-2017 in the regions of Galicia and Madrid, Spain. I taught students ages 3-12 and learned so much about teaching and the Spanish and Galician cultures during that time frame.

Now I work as a freelancer in Madrid and I primarily focus on translating, writing, teaching, and consulting. In the coming months, I will be adding lots more content here about applying to the program, packing and preparing for your time here, applying for the student visa and later on, after you’ve landed: getting your temporary residency card, applying for an autorizacion de regreso if you want to travel home for Christmas break or over the summer without your current student TIE card, what it’s like to teach at a school, reapplying for another year in the program, enjoying your year in Spain, how to stay healthy while living in a big city and much more!

If you’re interested in reading up on a couple of main getting-settled steps for your upcoming move to Spain, explore the ins and outs of everything you need to know about banking and healthcare – the latter is especially important if you are coming from the US and are looking for excellent private healthcare coverage – if you plan to do a Master’s after your time as an auxiliar. (More topics are in the works!)

Keep checking back to this page as I update it fairly often and I’ll be adding more posts related to auxiliar life and how to make the most of your time while participating in one of the programs.

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I traveled to quite a few places during my first long stint in Spain and took advantage of how cheap flights and train tickets were.
What are you waiting for? The unique world of teaching English in Spain is waiting for you! (Photos from my first year in A Coruña)

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