Hello all! So I guess it’s about time to let you all know what my life is like on a daily basis. For those of you who think I moved to Spain just to eat a ton of tapas, and travel around Europe – you are only half right. I came to Spain to be an Auxiliar de Conversacion through a program called BEDA. Now that I’ve finally got a routine down, I can let all of you lovely people in on what the heck I’m doing over here.
7:30 AM: wake up and get ready for work. My school doesn’t have a dress code for their teachers, or profes, which is awesome because after working in advertising, I couldn’t bear to wear business casual on the daily. Look at me channeling my inner teacher with this classic cardi + dress combo
8:15 AM: Start my 45 minute commute to work. Yeah, it kinda sucks, but I only work monday-Thursday and this was the tradeoff for living in the heart of Madrid.
9:00 AM: Arrive at my school! My start time changes everyday, but the earliest I have to be at school is 9AM. My school is in a smaller neighborhood in Madrid, and is a semi-private Catholic school. Everyone there is the absolute best (teachers, students, other faculty errybody). All of the teachers I work with are super nice, and have welcomed me with open arms and lots of chorizo.
9:00AM-11:15: I usually have two 45 minute classes during this time period. I teach everyone in the school (3yo-16yo). And I’m actually creating the lesson plan, teaching it, and creating activities for every class I have. I was honestly a bit worried I wouldn’t like the teaching gig, but I love the kids and teaching has been a surprisingly good time.
11:15-11:35 : Mandatory snack break. Spanish people usually eat five small meals a day, and this is one of them. During this time all of the teachers (myself included) go to the cafeteria to share a loaf of french bread and some spicy chorizo. This is where I practice my Spanish listening skills because the teachers talk SO quickly it’s hard to understand much of anything (pero, no pasa nada).
11:35-12:30 : My last class before siesta!
12:30- 2:30: All the kids go home and have a long lunch with their families (talk about adorable). Sadly, I have to stay at the school during this time because my aforementioned commute is too long to go home and have lunch. But I make the most of the mega break and plan my lessons for the following week.
2:30-4:00: I have two more classes to teach before the day ends. These classes range from elementary science, high school (ESO) English, and art.
After school I usually have one private lesson (so I can make some extra cash moneyz), and then I go home! My life here is really laid-back, fun, and different from what I’m used to. Hopefully this post gave you a little glimpse into what my life is actually like.
Besos y abrazos,