Hi Guys! As Shannon already explained, there is a lot more to our Spanish life than traveling and generously priced food. We
unfortunately do have to work. Now that I have my weekly routine all figured out, I think its time I share what I do.
My official job title is Auxiliar de Conversación, and that basically means I pretend that I totally know what I’m doing in front of a highly critical audience made up of 11-18 year olds. I have exactly zero teaching experience and was pretty much thrown into it. Essentially, they pay me for speaking English with my “perfect American accent” (their words, I swear).
7:30 AM: Wake up and get ready to educate the future of the Spanish people. Schools here tend to be pretty relaxed, and like Shannon, I don’t have much of a dress code to adhere to. I can wear jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. I try and keep it moderately profesor-y with a minimum of jeans and a collared shirt.
8:40 AM: I (ideally) leave my house for my commute. Its a grueling 15ish minutes…foot and on the metro (aka its super close). I really lucked out with the location of my school, and the fact that I can walk there is almost unheard of in Madrid. Unlike Shannon, however, I work Monday through Friday.
9:00 AM: Start working. Everyone at my school is amazing and the teachers have made me feel like a part of the team. Everyone values the work I do, and it is really nice to feel like I belong.
I am mainly responsible for conversing with the students. This can range from just asking them questions about their lives to creating vocabulary worksheets. I do some lesson planning, but it is all based around conversation stuff and never anything like grammar.
11:00 AM: Break time. I just go to the teachers lounge and hang out and practice Spanish. I normally have between 1-3 classes between this break and when I start at 9.
11:25AM-End of day. My end time varies a lot more than my start time. Monday-Wednesday I finish around 2, and Thursday-Friday I finish around 5. I have anywhere between 3 and 6 classes each day, and I am anywhere between 50% and 100% worn out when I’m done. Its not that the job is hard, but I spend most of the day on my feet using my “teacher voice.”
Tuesdays and Thursdays I also have private lessons that I do on the side. I don’t really love doing them, but the money is good and I enjoy teaching the students. Overall, its not too demanding, and I am enjoying things here in Spain. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about my life here.
Besos y abrazos,