Update On My Life

So to keep everyone updated, I switched jobs.

My job at CEAN was far, my hours were late at night and they weren’t giving me the hours they promised. Also, my boss wanted me to do all of these company classes and gave me no help on how to get to these random places.

I had a little crying fit because I couldn’t find this building. I was stranded on the side of the freeway. I made it to the class because I asked 5 different people where to go. However, my boss lectured me about how it was my responsibility to be on time. Which is true, but how can I get anywhere on time if I don’t know how to get there?!  There was also a moment when I realized I wasn’t enjoying living in Spain because all I was doing was lesson planning and working. If I wanted to be worked to the bone I’d do that in the States as a waitress.
So I applied to a handful of other jobs. While I was looking at the auxiliary facebook group, I saw a couple jobs. Then I got an email about a job that was full-time hours, plus better pay.  It is with a public school and I would be an English teacher for the preschool. I’d be home by 7 PM at the latest so I still would have time to go to Meetups and do errands.

When I quit my job at CEAN, they were of course very angry. My boss went off about how I was a terrible person. I didn’t feel too bad because I didn’t get very much support at that job. It was a little infuriating how she dug into me.  I had asked her about my contract, asked her about transportation and asked her about my hours and never got a response.  So for her to yell at me for being irresponsible was a little ridiculous.  I’m glad I don’t have to deal with this woman again.
Anyway, I survived my first week as a preschool teacher. I was terribly nervous because I was never a babysitter and my Spanish is not very good. However, everyone has been so nice.  My co-workers held my hand and were so welcoming. It’s nice to feel part of a community again.

The children are much smarter than I thought they’d be. I’m slowly learning how to understand them despite the language barrier. For the most part, we sing songs with the children, play games and then some coloring activities. I think this week has shown me that I’m much more capable than I thought I was.

8 thoughts on “Update On My Life

  1. I’m happy to hear that things worked out for you in the end and that you were able to find a new job. It definitely is so important to actually enjoy your time here in Spain and be in a supportive work environment. Out of curiosity, did your job change have any affects on your visa? Since I am with the auxiliares program I only have a student visa and can’t technically work here.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! I have friends who would love to travel the world and teach. I’ll remember your thoughts on this!! ❤

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  3. Wow! I totally needed a TEFL to teach English and TtMadrid was the best of the schools from which to receive it. The expats I knew who were not TEFL certified did not know how to teach (except to toddlers) and could not get hired. I’m glad your experience was different!

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