Louise’s time teaching English in Spain

Experience in school, including tasks, classes, and relationships with students/teachers

An overall excellent teaching English experience in Spain. It was a cultural shock when kids would come up and hug me after class. I’m still finding my feet around matching the right level of content to the correct course. I have a presentation about Ireland once a week, and we speak and play games in class. Students are interested to learn about my culture and talk about their culture in Spain. Teachers are limited with English, but they try their best to communicate. The tutor has excellent English and is very caring. She often gave me a cup and coffee pod for those days I forgot to bring them to school.

Experience living with your Host Family. Have they made you feel welcome, relationships, activities, etc…

The host family have been an absolute blessing! They made me feel so welcome. In the morning, you can see the beautiful sight of hot air balloons from the bedroom balcony. There is also a great espresso machine in the house. Dinner usually is late at 8/9 pm, which was a culture shock for me, but I’m always excited to try new Catalan/Spanish food. We visited another country called Andorra. The VAT rates are lower here, which is fantastic! I saw my first hockey match in Puigcerdá, and it was thrilling. There’s a horse fair coming up soon in Puigcerdá, and I’m very excited to go with the family and go horse riding with the family horses.

Your general experience whilst on the program from prior expectations to your current experience

This experience has overextended previous expectations.

Changes/Improvements in both personal and professional development

I can’t think of any changes on a personal level, but I’m always open to hearing from others. On a professional level, if a student/s were misbehaving, I would communicate with their teacher rather than going to the tutor.



Advice for any new/future Voluntary Speakers placed in your town/city (best places to visit, things to do, activities with a host family, favourite restaurant, bar, etc……)

– Bring clothes suitable for the Winter and Summer.
– Try to learn some Catalan before travelling.
– Best bar to go to is Central.
– Best Café is Cakes ‘n’ bakes. (Jennifer speaks English)

Advice for new/future Voluntary Speakers placed in your school?

– The tutor Núria has the best English.
– Google translate can help.
– Many can speak French.
– The school can provide gluten and dairy-free options for lunch.
– You can ask for art materials from Martha.

Advice for new/future TEFL Voluntary Speakers about living with your host family or Spanish families in general

– They will spoil you.
– I would always try new food, like a mini octopus with tentacles, and you can always say it isn’t for you after. The family won’t be offended but will appreciate that you’ve tried.
– Try to establish the family’s routine so that if you want a quiet coffee in the morning, you’ll know what time to wake up. Always good, to, because if you want a shower, you won’t disrupt their routine in the morning, but you get that little me time before the start of a busy day.
– The family has a pet rabbit called Cinnamon who loves hopping into the bedroom if the door is left open so I would keep any chewable in the wardrobe. Better safe than sorry.
– The host family will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable.

Share some of the best moments in your school, host family and in general whilst participating on the

– My best moment in school was making black cardboard bats for the classroom windows for Halloween.
– Best Spain host family experience as we went on a hike to hear the stags roar in the mountains in France; it was an incredible experience.
– General best moment – sitting at the Central bar in the town square with a Campari spritz looking at the bell tower, thinking that a few weeks previous I was sitting on the sofa in Ireland, not thinking I would be living in Spain.

Any regrets about joining? Would you recommend the program to others? And what would you say to someone thinking about teaching English abroad for the first time and thinking about joining this program?

– No regrets about joining the programme.
– I would recommend it to others.
– I would say that there will be days when you will get homesick, but you can WhatsApp video call family and friends. Remember, this is a short time, and make the most of it!

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