Yes, I know – you sometimes think exciting things and dream job offers only happen to other people. I used to think so too. But then I decided to make these exciting things happen! It went like this:
A friend was telling me about her experiences while teaching English in China and I suddenly realized what I wanted: A fulfilling job in a beautiful foreign city! To teach English abroad and enjoy life fully! Sounds like a dream, right?
Well, a lot of people are making this dream a reality. They all dared to take the first step – to become masters of their lives. And that’s what I did too.
After that, I just followed a few necessary steps with determination.
I chose a city I had always dreamed of – Barcelona. I put some effort into training. And I got the experience I had always wanted! Here are some more details about these steps.
Now, let me tell you the reasons why I’d suggest Barcelona to anyone following this path:
Walking through Barcelona is like wandering through a dream. This largely has to do with the famous architect Antoni Gaud?. He left his enchanting, playful mark all over the city.
His most famous work though is La Sagrada Fam?lia, his unfinished symphony. It just takes your breath away. As do most of his creations.
Come to think of it, Barcelona has it all; from the grand medieval towers to the wonders of modern architecture.
Let’s not forget its amazing parks and boulevards. You could walk for days there and never get bored!
The possibility of learning another language.
Always wanted to learn Spanish? Or maybe you are interested in learning Catalan, the co-official language of Cataluña. Well, what better way than communicating with the locals daily… If you immerse yourself in the language, try to use it in everyday situations, without fear of embarrassment – you will get the hang of basics easily and then move on to more complex things.
Your students can be your teachers if you let them. It also makes the classes more fun! Anyone you meet around the town can teach you something. Just be open and go easy on yourself!
Spanish is the world’s second most spoken language. Also, it’s the language of the exciting rolled R, colorful idioms and pleasing melody. Just listen and drink it in!
Spain is home to an unrivaled artistic heritage and Barcelona a heaven of museums.
Among these, best known are Picasso Museum, with around 3800 pieces by this controversial genius, Casa Batlló, one of the most iconic structures in the city, MNAC, with works from 1000 years of Catalan culture, and MACBA, the perfect place for modern art admirers.
Of course, there are many more museums in Barcelona for the art lover in you. All you have to do is choose!
Food and holidays
Eating in Spain is not just a routine, it’s a celebration of life!
There’s a huge variety of regional dishes for you. Whether it’s paella from Valencia, gazpacho from Andalusia, or casseroles of Cataluña – you are guaranteed an amazing treat!
It doesn’t matter if you eat at a neighbourhood tapas bar or in an ultra-modern restaurant – the food is fantastic!
Although you can find these dishes in Barcelona, why not try them in their original regions?
Sure, your job will be somewhat demanding, but you’ll also have time to travel! And, oh my, the things you can see…
Beautiful coastlines, the enchanting palace of Alhambra, ancient cities where different cultures merge, magnificent mountains…
There is an ample supply of students in Barcelona. The vast majority of Spaniards speak only a bit of English.
However, since English is more and more recognized as the language of future for tourism and business, many people are keen to learn it.
That’s where you come in. You can choose to work in a language school, give private lessons or teach in companies. Find what suits you best. That being said, you will need to get your NIE.
All in all, you won’t make a fortune, but you will live comfortably, enjoy your free time and save enough for trips!
Teaching English in a foreign country can be a transformational experience.
You will learn more about yourself. You will learn to adapt to various situations that happen in class and outside class. You will learn a lot about different cultures, make long-lasting friendships and gain unforgettable experiences.
Working abroad does wonders for your self-confidence. And also for your CV!
So take the first step!
By Dimitris Vlachos
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