As an expat, I´ve been asked how I managed to find a permanent job as a teacher in Madrid. It´s tough landing a job if you´re not from any of the countries that belong to the European Union.
Many people come over from North America through an exchange program. Here´s how I did it:
- I wanted to move to Spain to receive more education, so I applied to a Master´s program at a University in Spain.
- After I was accepted I applied for a student visa (this was mandatory).
- I realized I didn´t want to move out of Spain after I would finish my Master´s, so halfway through the program I applied to an exchange program to teach English at a private bilingual school. As I already possessed a student visa, I didn´t need to return to Canada and apply again.
- My exchange program was a maximum commitment of two years. Halfway through the year, the school I worked at expressed interest and asked me to work for the them full-time after my two years would be concluded.
- My residency status changed from ¨student¨ to ¨married to a Spaniard¨ because I got married at this point, so I was granted a residency permit. If I had not gotten married my school would have sponsored me to get a work visa.
A timeline of the steps goes like this:
Master´s program was 1 year long.
Teaching exchange program was 2 years long.
I was hired by the same school right after that. I´ve been teaching there for a total of 5 years so far.
While it´s usually not difficult to get accepted into an exchange program to teach, you should like teaching or have the desire to teach, otherwise, you´ll be doing something you don´t like doing.
Signing off –
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