Sammy is a first-time British language assistant and friend of one of my colleagues here in Madrid! Here is a mini interview of her time teaching in Spain.
1. Where are you from?
2. What made you decide to be an Auxiliar de Conversación?
A lot of people I know recommended it, and it guaranteed me a secure placement.
3. Is this your first time in Spain?
No, I’ve been on a few family holidays there before.
4. Which program hired you?
5. What region were you placed in?
Comunidad de Madrid
6. Why did you choose Madrid?
Because it was the capital city, and I’ve never been before. Also, I was told the level of English was bad here, so E would be challenged to use my Spanish.
7. What grades do you teach?
2nd, 3rd and 4th
8. Have you worked with children in education in the past?
Yes, I have done a months worth of work experience in British primary schools, and 6 months in the language department of a British secondary school.
9. What has surprised you the most about the Spanish education system?
The lack or organisation/spontaneity (though I’m not sure why that surprises me about Spain haha!)
10. What is your favorite part of the job?
Getting to know the kids and their individual personalities.
11. What is your least favorite part of the job?
Cliquey staff/rude children.
12. What’s your favorite word or phrase your students use?
Jope macho, “dont worry, be jjjappy,” halaaaa, he’s “molesting” me!
13. Are you going to renew your position for another year?
No. As much as I’ve loved working, I miss home too much.
14. What’s your favorite part of living in Spain?
The coffee, the cheap fruit, the weather, the family I live with, and their dogs!
15. What advice would you give a prospective auxiliar?
Stick at it, you may surprise yourself.
Gracias, Sammy! 🙂
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