Testimonials from Happy TEFL Barcelona Graduates

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As soon as I finished my TEFL course, I started working as an English teacher for in-company classes. I remember how exciting those days were. I had a lot of fun, I remember my students had so many stories to share and they were all willing to improve their English.

While I was working, I started to get more and more busy, I even had to reject some offers or cut down some hours of work, but my students would always ask for me to be their teacher. That’s when I realized, I didn’t need to be a native to be a good English teacher. My boss offered me more courses, but I remember not being able to take so many.

As time went by, I realized teaching was what I wanted to do, so I decided to go back to school and apply to University of Barcelona to become a Primary Education teacher.

I got in, and after 4 years in university I became an English Primary teacher. That is what I have been doing ever since. And I LOVE IT!

Paula Perez Marcos, Barcelona (Spain)

“My husband and I both completed the course in early October. It’s only been about a month and a half, but we have both found work and are settling into a weekly routine. Both of us do a combination of private tutoring and online teaching, and he also teaches one evening a week in an academy. I found my private tutoring jobs within a few days of posting just one ad on tusclasesparticulares.com.There were actually more people responding than I was looking to take on as students! I found other jobs via word of mouth. When you’re looking for work, keep your eyes and ears open and get connected with all the TEFL Barcelona Facebook groups. And then, be prepared to make friends with your students! All of mine are friendly, funny, and kind and I really enjoy seeing them each week. You’ve probably heard that teaching English in Europe isn’t the most lucrative career choice, and so far we’re finding that true, which is why we added our online teaching jobs. We like variety, so this works for us. The amount of freedom we have in making our schedules is great. Overall, the amount of work you get will coincide with how much you want and how much you hustle to get it! We’ve found what we learned during the ITA TEFL course super helpful and valuable in our teaching thus far!“. Phoebe and Caleb Hamel, (USA)

“I finished my TEFL course at the end of August, just at that perfect moment when September starts for the “hiring frenzy”. Unfortunately, I had some family matters to sort out in the UK, so deliberately didn’t start looking for work. I was in the UK for most of September but still kept peeking at the main sites that help teachers find work (one of the best things at the end of the course was the job support and advice given, including great tips for interviews, curriculums, and places to look for jobs). It’s true that in September all the schools, academies and privates want to begin classes so the opportunities are certainly there, I was convinced that work would have dried up by October and I would have to make do with a few private “cash in hand” classes, and start again in January for the next big hiring phase. So I was pleasantly surprised when I began to get interest in my cv, and like a snowball effect had about three interviews in one week! And that was without really trying! Now I am teaching morning classes at a US company 10 minutes outside of Barcelona Sants station, and then a few days per week in a Global French based company in the heart of the city. I have a mixture of students, I teach the FCE to upper management and I teach Business English in 1:1 classes. I also have lower levels of small groups and they are always fun because the students are so enthusiastic to learn and improve, it really warms my heart after some lessons! I think that although there are a lot of teachers in Barcelona, there is plenty of work to go around, especially if you feel confident in your abilities (even if you don’t feel you are I can assure you that the knowledge you acquired during the TEFL is priceless and that will ultimately shine through). It did for me, and I look forward to building up more classes in the new year”. Christina Nicoll, (UK) August course 2018.

“When I arrived to Madrid with no real teaching experience and a low level of Spanish I’ll admit it was overwhelming. However, after only two days in the city I knew I loved it and within three days I had a full time teaching position. I teach at an academy for an adults and have learned so much. Finding a job is not difficult and if you are excited about teaching you will learn so much every day. I teach adults and engineers and executives at a business and teach about 25 hours a week. While that may seem like a lot, many big academies like mine provide holiday pay and even free spanish lessons! Teachers are clearly a commodity and even without experience if you have determination you will succeed in Madrid and likely throughout Spain as well“. Kirsten Hausmann, (USA)

American graduate Otis Banwell on his first job after graduating fron TEFL Barcelona Spain“No one I know has had to struggle or leave the city due to a lack of work”

“I’ve been teaching English in Barcelona for five months now and have had a wonderful time. I got here in January to get certified and though only four weeks long, the TEFL course I took with you, Lisa, Jamie and Michael provided enough information and hands-on teaching experience so that when I graduated in early February I felt ready to start teaching right away. Some of my more proactive classmates actually got hired and started getting paid to teach before we had even completed the course!
In my job search I started by posting a profile on tusclasesparticulares.com and in just one week I had found enough students that I did not need to continue looking for jobs. Everyone else who graduated in my TEFL class went on to teach a combination of private students and classes through a school or business but no one I know has had to struggle or leave the city due to a lack of work.
Barcelona is an amazing city and teaching English allows me enough free time to spend a good part of my schedule exploring and relaxing.
One piece of advice I have for potential TEFL teachers is to do everything you can to get a visa in your home country and then when you get here start the process right away of getting all your official documents that allow you to live and work here legally; it takes a while to figure out and is a good idea to start right away. I am currently trying to extend my six month visa and am hoping it works out because I love it here and want to stay!” Otis Banwell (USA).

“Since finishing the course, I’ve had a lot of success teaching”

“I completed the course in November, which meant waiting a month until the next semester started. (Spain takes a month-long Christmas break.) But once everyone was back from holidays, work was not an issue to find. It was harder to find housing than it was to find students. I advertised English classes on tusclasesparticulares.com, which is where most of my students contacted me. And on days I wasn’t being contacted, I was contacting potential students”. Jessie Conroy (USA)

“Getting a job was surprisingly easy for me”

“I really enjoyed my experience with TEFL Barcelona and would recommend it to anyone I know. The teachers were approachable and extremely supportive. Within the second week at the school, I was teaching a class on my own! I was so nervous as I am not a fan of public speaking but the support I received from the teachers gave me the confidence that I could teach a group of adults an English class.

While the course is only four weeks long it is extremely intensive and as a teacher, you will grow so much in just the one month. They covered English grammar that I hadn’t even learnt back in school in Canada and different teaching techniques that could be used for any class size at all levels. We also learned the International Phonetic Alphabet which is a unique skill to have, especially for myself because I can only speak one language but at least now I can read two alphabets!

Getting a job was surprisingly easy for me, as I was hired before I even completed the course! I work for a language services company and I am a private tutor for people ages 6 to 52. I was also able to maintain a work schedule that catered to my needs, for example, I don’t work on Friday’s because I wanted to be able to travel on the weekends. Becoming an English teacher is a really great option for someone who doesn’t want to work in a traditional office 9 to 5. I get to travel the world and still make some money so I can’t complain. TEFL Barcelona is a great place to study and get your certification all while you get to live in Barcelona!” Olivia Kelly (Canada)

Our graduate Melanie Valerga is now confident when teaching grammar“I’m enjoying being an English teacher very much”

“When I started thinking of studying to become an English teacher I was terrified about teaching grammar as I had never really studied it.
When I started the course there were days that I thought, ”Oh wow, I’m going to have to teach this!!”
Luckily for me, I got a job in an academy a week after finishing the course, so everything was fresh in my mind.
I started working with children, which is fun if you have a good group. Very soon I was asked to take over a group of adults. That was more challenging as adults want to know why and how everything works. When I prepare the class I have to study the grammar to make sure they don’t catch me out on anything.
I’m enjoying being an English teacher very much. I recommend it to everyone who speaks English well”. Melanie Valerga (Gibraltar)

“I am loving living in Barcelona. It is one of the most amazing cities I have been to”

“Since finishing the TEFL course, things have been going so well. It took me one week after finishing the course to land my first job at a school in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi for a summer camp. I am one of the main English teachers and every day is a new day.

I plan the lessons, I interact with the children and help out with other school activities.

For one week during this camp, we went to La Garrotxa and what an experience that was! Since being at this school, more opportunities have arrived. I’ve met parents who now want me to do private lessons with their children and the word spread and I am in contact with a few families now. It’s funny how things work out.

Besides teaching, I am loving living in Barcelona. It is one of the most amazing cities I have been to. I have met the most amazing people, eaten the best food, and explored/still exploring this historic city. I am so happy that the TEFL program exists because, without it, I don’t think I would be here in Barcelona.

Overall, I would recommend the course to everyone without hesitation. The teachers are amazing; the people I met through the course are still my friends till this day, and it gave me the knowledge I needed about teaching English”. Stephanie Rhawie (US)

Hanna Gunther the US testifies that finding work in Barcelona requires a bit of patience, during holidays months“Once January and September roll around, you will hardly have to look for students.”

“Finding teaching work in Barcelona requires patience, persistence and flexibility. However, finding students is not an issue because so many people are wanting to learn English for their jobs or for school. At first, your schedule may seem scattered, but once you gain some consistency, it smooths out and becomes much more enjoyable.

If you decide to come to Barcelona to teach, beware of holiday months (December and August). People leave the city for one month and work is slow.I’ve been teaching English in Barcelona for five months now and have had a wonderful time. I got here in January to get certified and though only four weeks long, the TEFL course I took with you, Lisa, Jamie and Michael provided enough information and hands-on teaching experience so that when I graduated in early February I felt ready to start teaching right away. Some of my more proactive classmates actually got hired and started getting paid to teach before we had even completed the course! Once January and September roll around, you will hardly have to look for students. People will come to you. It is a challenging job but so incredibly rewarding to help someone communicate in a new language. I would highly recommend teaching abroad if you are interested in education, languages or travelling”. Hanna Guenther (USA)

“I have been living in Barcelona for five months now and I think it’s safe to say that I love it. I have no complaints about my experience in the TEFL course; it was informative and fun, and helped me to meet some great new friends and current roommates. Lisa, Jamie, and Michael provided more than enough resources to find a job and effectively teach English. However, they are not going to hand you a job upon graduation; you must be dedicated in applying and interviewing, but I can assure you it is all worth it in the end. I currently work at two different language schools, where I teach a range of kids from 5 years o