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Have questions about the auxiliares de conversación program? Going to study abroad in Madrid?  Want a copy of the flyer I used to advertise private English classes?  To get in contact for any reason, feel free to email me:

rebewithaclause [at] gmail [dot] com

or

@RebeWithaClause

17 comments:

  1. so i just read the living shit out of your blog for the past 5 hours, not exaggerating. I was accepted in the BEDA Program so I accepted only to be offered a Madrid Placement with NALCA hours later, I accepted that, too. I spent the last week trying to decide on which to decline and almost wanted to decline both after reading so many horror stories with the Auxiliar Program and realizing BEDA is for aspiring teachers essentially (and quite frankly i can't afford it right now as i'm paying off my tuition to get my degree in a couple weeks). but anywho stumbling across your blog was refreshingggg it has redetermined me to go for it, to teach abroad, and with the NALCA program the hell with it, i'll be fine! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I'm glad you found the blog refreshing and helpful. I'm looking forward to following your blog to hear about your time in Madrid.

      I was paying loans the whole time I worked as an auxiliar, so it's definitely feasible. Let me know if you have any questions!

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  2. I need your advice! I'm taking my infant with my to Spain for the auxiliares program. Any tips? On a scale of one to you're-nuts, how doable do yu think this is???

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    1. Hi Beth!
      I don't have any experience myself in this situation, but you can make it work! I'd recommend checking out various parent expat groups via a Google search and Facebook groups search. I do recall seeing a group of mothers in Madrid having regular meet ups and such (with their children too!). I'm sure it would be helpful to pick their brains, and for your infant to interact with the other kids. You could also try posting in the current auxiliares Facebook group to ask if anyone else has a child with them.

      Since it's only 16 hours of work each week, that's way fewer hours to pay for a caretaker than the American 40 hr work week. Also, there are many expats in Spain, many who are not auxiliares, so I'm sure you could find an English-speaking babysitter if that's what you wanted. Best of luck! Feel free to email me if you have further questions. : )

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  3. Hi Rebe,

    My name is Alexandra, and I contact you from Acadomia... We send teachers at students home for giving them classes...
    We are always looking for Native english teachers in Madrid... So, if you know people looking for giving English classes, please do not hesitate to contact us 917 81 41 90.
    We pay between 15-17€/hour.

    Many thanks,

    Best,

    Alex.

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  4. Hola Rebe,

    I recently applied to profex and received an application number of 15_2XAQ001118. Does this mean I am #15 or #1118?

    Thanks!

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    1. I think it's likely that this means 1118, based on the number of people who usually apply.

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  5. Thanks so much for this blog...sooo glad I found it and I will be diligently writing notes as I read. I just got accepted and will be moving to Spain in September 2015 so in doing my research I found your blog! Are you still in Spain teaching? I am @lepetitetraveler on Instagram. Monica

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    1. You're welcome! Glad you found it too!

      I'm not still in Spain—am actually in Montpellier, France at the moment, but will be visiting Madrid for a week in July. I'm excited for your move to Spain, though! Feel free to email with any questions you might have. (And sorry, I don't instagram!)

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  6. Hey, just so you know I already was able to apply for the BEDA program for next year. It opened December 1st. I have an interview on the 22nd!!

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    1. That's fantastic news—thanks for the update! Good luck!

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  7. Hi

    I'm aware this might be off-topic since I'm not enrolled in any of the "auxiliares de conversación" programs mentioned above, it's a question I have regarding the site tusclasesparticulares that I recall you mentioned in one of your posts.

    I've managed to get 6 alumnos so far, and I could say everthing has run smoothly with all of them except for one particular student, who's been constantly refusing to "recuperar" lessons that she had cancelled herself and keeps postponing the new ones. When I confronted her about that yesterday very politely she not only responded super agressively and in a stand-offish way but also told me that she wants to cancel the lessons once and for all, that has both shocked me and hurt me as well cause it was the least I expected of her.

    Tried to get in touch with her but she won't take my calls nor reply to my messages or give me a logic reason as to why she's behaving and treating me that way.
    She's refusing any attempt to talk it out and solve the situation.

    So this morning I've sent a query as to what to do to the "tusclasesparticulares" team, but I'm not sure whether they'll get back in touch.


    I know that there isn't a formal contract that I could use in my favor, but do you know if there's anything I can do?

    Thanks in advance,

    Love your blog btw

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    1. Hi there! Did you clearly lay out your cancellation policy before beginning with each student?

      I'd recommend letting that student go, and using this as a learning experience. From this point forward, when searching for new students, make sure your policies are clear from the start: Is there a minimum number of lessons per month? How much notice do you require for cancellations? If they can't make it one week, is it required to make up that lesson? Do they pay monthly or weekly? Etc.

      You could definitely write this out into an informal contract (in Spanish as well) to sign after their trial lessons. You might also choose to include this information on a personal teaching website, so that prospective students know your policies from the start.

      Good luck!

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    2. Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it.
      I'll definitely implement what you've suggested (it's something I did intend to do actually, but didn't in the end because I thought that people are trustworthy, at least she seemed to be reliable).


      I have no clue whatsoever as to why she's acting this way.

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  8. Hi, i have sent a box containing 2 x 900g baby milk formula to my friend in Tenerife, who is on an extended holiday, from the UK. The milk formula i sent cannot be bought in Spain and is needed by the baby. I marked the item gift, what it was and the cost $23. ~i am now informed that this is in Madrid awaiting customs clearance. The telephone number i have for Madrid just rings out. If i'd known how complicated it is to send baby milk to a baby that needs it, it would have been cheaper and more convenient for me to fly over with it! Any ideas on how i can speed up delivery of this parce. Thanks Daz

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    1. Hi Daz! That was thoughtful of you to send the milk formula - I'm sorry it's being held up in customs. :/ Based on my experiences, if they didn't request any additional info from you, the best advice I can offer is simply to be patient. Hope it gets to your friend soon!

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