Hablas espanol?

Sometimes you throw an idea out there and information comes your way. Like the e-mail from my dad forwarding some information from a neighbor about an English-teaching program in Spain. No teaching experience or certification needed. Just apply, be accepted, and go.

I hadn’t considered Spain before, but as other doors seem to be closing (or at least becoming less wide-open) I’m open to other options.

Then I looked a little closer. Nope, this program is specifically a ten-day program. Not what I was looking for. Sad trombone.

But I looked around the site anyway and way down the page on the FAQ I found some interesting sentences:

However, if you are interested in a career in English teaching and would like to move to Spain, [company] is the largest in-company English language training firm in the country with offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Santander, Vigo, Valladolid, Valencia and Zaragoza; we constantly hire native speakers to join our team of teachers.

You don’t say…

Clicked on a link to go to a different part of their site to see that this is indeed their primary business. That other thing was just a special program designed to lure in some tourists looking for a different vacation experience.

I had never thought to look directly for companies that want to hire English teachers. I mean, obviously if I did TEFL certification afterwards I’d need to find a job. But I’d always though you should probably go through step A to get to B.

Turns out this company does not require any certification. Instead, they train you. A big benefit of that is that you’re all ready to go with this company.

I looked around on the site some more. The way they write about the experience sounds awfully appealing, but I know from previous experience that all that glitters is not gold.

Then I stumbled on another paragraph on their site:

When teaching English, our motto is very simple: “The success of a language-training program depends solely on the human and technical caliber of the trainer.” All the rest is pure adornment. If you want to join us, we will train you ruthlessly in our methods and materials; but in the end, it will be your caliber, not the caliber of our methods and materials, that will make or break the course and decide your future with [company]. We are the best company in the world to work for if you are good at your new trade. If you are not, we are brutally Darwinist. You must make the decision. We will bend over backwards to make you good, but you will ultimately be the final measure.

A bit harsh, right? And I like it.

Unlike, well, let’s say just about any product out there these guys say up front, “We’re not for everyone.” When’s the last time you heard a company say that? I’m trying to imagine a car salesman saying, “You know, I just don’t think we carry anything that will fit your needs.”

And then reality all comes crashing back:

Unfortunately, we can’t hire non-EU citizens.

Well, #@&!.

Seems like there’s so many options available if you’re already in Europe while us Americans are stuck on this side of the pond.

Sigh. Well, if nothing else maybe this is another avenue to pursue: direct teaching options through certain companies. How do you even start looking for those? Particularly ones that’ll hire Americans?

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2 Responses to Hablas espanol?

  1. Kristin says:

    I just met a girl who’s teaching English in Guatemala. She doesn’t speak Spanish, but… she’s learning! It’s a fun challenge!

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