Musings on Teaching Abroad
So I guess it is time I review my program because if you are planning to teach English in Spain, you should know the options.
I received my TEFL through International TEFL Academy. I don’t think anyone really needs their TEFL 75% of the time. Most countries don’t require it if you have a Bachelor’s Degree. If you don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, you can get private classes with a TEFL but full time positions will be limited. Not to say you can’t make an awesome living off private classes. It’s just a lot of time on the metro everyday.
Reasons to Get a TEFL
In retrospect, I wouldn’t get a TEFL license. It’s a waste of time and money. I paid $900 for the license and then $1200 for my Spanish classes, visa and job support with TTMadrid. It was a complete waste of money. BEDA and Auxiliares de conversacion are free and you get your job ahead of time. It’s much less of a shit show: interviews, apartment hunting and drama.
Only get a TEFL if you are planning to do this for a long time, want to beef up your resume/ qualifications and want to be fully prepared to enter the strenuous world of teaching. There will be anxiety no matter what, TTMadrid lessened it a little bit for me but at a high cost.
TTMadrid has great people and the staff is great. However, the TEFL license is so unnecessary here; It’s just a waste of money.
Having people support your emotionally, professionally and bureaucratically
Visa process is much easier
Spanish classes are provided
Built in friends for a lifetime
It is pricey
You don’t need a TEFL
My Future Plans
I was playing with idea of going to other countries or staying. Who knows?! I’m going to apply to BEDA and Auxiliaries, then perhaps some other countries like Portugal, Italy, Belgium and South Korea. No matter what, I have to go back to the United States for three months to obtain a visa again. I just have to figure out what I want by March so I can get the visa process started.
BEDA application open in November and closes in April.
Auxiliary opens in January and closes in March.
I love traveling and there is no better time to do it while I’m single, young and with zero commitments. I love seeing new places and challenging myself. However, I would like to get an apartment, a dog and start collecting things (perhaps get a boyfriend).