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  • jaynee22
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    12 December, 2006 at 11:55
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    hi there,

    anyone got a few minutes to spare, to give me a bit of advice?

    i’ve just come out of a 15 year not-very-pleasant relationship and i want to make a completely new, fresh start.

    having been a pre-school/nursery teacher for 20 years, i think taking the CELTA course is the way forward for me.

    my problem is this: i’ve had it with the UK and it’s horrible winters (and one of it’s horrible men!!) and want to move abroad permanently. i don’t want to be too far away though, because of my daughter, still in the UK.

    good old spain seems to have a fair amount of TEFL positions and i think that wherever i took the course, i’d like to settle down there.

    when my house is sold, i plan to take a trip to valencia, to see if the city and the more rural areas give me the feeling of wanting to live there.

    i would then take the CELTA course there and hopefully (if i can pass the course!), make it my home.

    so the big question is this: does anyone know whether valencia has many jobs on offer to TEFL teachers OR would i be better looking at another spanish city?

    i’d appreciate ANY help or advice from anyone who’s in the know about spain and TEFL jobs.

    so, if you think you can help me in any way, on any of the areas mentioned above, it would be greatly appreciated.

    best wishes,

    jayne.

    email : sam.allen70@ntlworld.com

    nt
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    23 February, 2007 at 11:36
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    Hi Jayne

    I too moved to Spain to get away from the UK, the weather, the prices…

    I’ve lived in Barcelona for 4 years now and I don’t plan on leaving any time soon.

    Spain is very diverse, so it’s difficult to generalise about working in diffferent cities, but I’ll tell you a bit about Barcelona, some of which I’m sure will apply to Valencia!

    I teach about 25 hours a week, mostly to businesspeople. The schedule is hard, because I have classes starting at 8am, and the last class doesn’t finish until 9pm. There’s usually a couple of hours first thing, then nothing until lunchtime, then nothing again until the evening. You get used to it fairly quickly, but it still takes its toll! But this is normal for Spain and, I’m told, quite normal for TEFL around the world (I’m yet to find out!)

    Pay is fairly low, but then so is the cost of living compared to the UK. I’m paying less than half in rent compared to when I lived in London. And Barcelona is expensive compared to many cities in Spain, or so I’ve been told!

    I found it difficult to get going socially. But this is Catalunya, and it is notoriously difficult to break into a Catalan social circle. I have one student originally from Italy. He’s lived here 16 years and told me he has been invited to a Catalan house only once!! But I now have a few good Catalan friends, and socialise with them now as much as with other expats, especially as my Spanish is getting better…!! You’ll probably find it easier to get started socially in other parts of Spain.

    I took a CELTA when I first moved here and I’d definitely recommend that. You’ll have trouble getting a job here without a qualification of some kind, and \"CELTA\" on my CV has always been good to me!!

    I’ve never been to Valencia (must get round to it one of these days – I hear it’s a lovely city) but there’s some info about teaching there here:

    http://www.transitionsabroad.com/public.-.-.pain.shtml

    I hope this helps – let me know if you have any particular questions about teaching in Spain, and I’ll try to help.

    Have fun!
    Nicola
    :)

    jaynee22
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    23 February, 2007 at 13:42
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    Reply To: TEFL jobs in valencia

    hiya nicola,

    thanks so much for your reply:i was beginning to give up hope!

    this is such a coincidence, it must have been meant to be (which is probably dreadful english, hence the need for me to take a CELTA!!).

    just this morning, i’ve sent my application form in to do exactly that, to take a CELTA in barcelona.
    i’ve given up on valencia, as it’s holding The Amerca’s Cup this summer so rental for anything is sky high and i simply can’t afford 1400 euros a month for somewhere to live.

    so, earlier this week, i decided that having looked at the TEFL jobs available throughout the rest of spain, barcelona looked a pretty good bet and i’ve applied to do a CELTA through the Cactus people.
    who did you take yours with, how did you find it and any ideas if one school is better than another, as i can’t see what could stop me from applying to 3 or 4?

    being a nursery teacher, i then want to take either the Young Learners or the extention course, as that’s the field i’m aiming this sideways career move at:what do you think?

    if you’ve been there for 4 years, the city’s got to have quite a lot going for it, but i must admit, the social side of things is worrying me, as i’m not too keen on my own company and like nothing more than a few ice cold beers and a chat!!!

    it would be brilliant to think that i might know just one person in the whole of barcelona! did you just take yourself off to spain not knowing anyone or did you have friends there already?

    any help, advice, info etc would be greatly appreciated, as i keep having self-doubts about whether i can do this all on my own – it’s a hell of a big step, to leave everything and everybody you know back in the UK, but if i don’t do it, i know i’ll regret it.

    anything you can help me with would be more than welcome, so it would be lovely to hear from you again, on any topic!

    thanks nicola.

    best wishes,

    jayne.

    jaynee22
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    23 February, 2007 at 13:56
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    hi nicola,
    just had a thought, if you’d like to get back to me, my email address is sam.allen70@ntlworld.com
    byee,
    jayne.

    nt
    Participant
    1 March, 2007 at 14:30
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    Hi Jayne

    Sorry I didn’t get back to you before. That is a coincidence that you’re thinking about Barcelona! I don’t blame you about Valencia if that is the rent they’re asking – 1400 euros is more than a month’s salary for most teachers here!

    I don’t think there’s really one school better than any other for taking the CELTA. The course content is the same and all the centres are externally moderated to ensure the same quality standards, so I think it’s more about who’s on your course with you – which of course is total pot luck!!

    I’d definitely say it’s worth applying to 3 or 4, nothing to lose right? And then if more than one offers you a place, go with whichever takes your fancy the most.

    I think it’s a good idea to take the CELTA first and then do the extension or the CELTYL later. You’d be limiting yourself a lot if you only had the CELTYL I think, in terms of work available, but if you have both, then you’ve always got teaching adults to fall back on while you’re looking for a job taching kids.

    Don’t worry too much about the social side of things – there’s plenty of exapts in Barcelona so even if you can’t win the Catalans round, there’ll always be someone to have a beer with…!!

    I did the same thing, just upped and left, and to be honest the first few weeks after the course was a bit of a nightmare. You don’t really have time to worry about things during the course, but then you have to start looking for a flat, sorting out work permits, that sort of thing, and I thought about turning round and going home again more than once! But then after about a month everything was sorted, I had a flat, a job, paperwork, and everything was good in the world again. And I’m so glad I didn’t turn around and go home.

    Got to rush now but I’ll send you an email – maybe we can meet up if you make it to Barcelona?

    Nicola

    jaynee22
    Participant
    2 March, 2007 at 8:28
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    hi nicola,

    good to hear from you and thanks for your thoughts and advice on \" all things barcelona-ish!\"

    so you did exactly what i’m hoping (no, GOING!) to do, just took yourself off to spain – very brave!
    i’m bringing my 2 cats with me and they can’t return to the UK for at least a couple of months after they’ve been in spain, so i’ll HAVE to stay and make it work for me!!

    did it take long to get a half decent job after finishing your CELTA, did your school help you or did you go round the various language schools yourself? do you do much private one-to-one work?

    because i’m a \"mature\" student, i’m going to rent an apartment/flat for the duration of the course – it’d be more fun for me if i stayed in student accommodation, but as a 40 something, i’ll be quite a bit older than most of them!! however, people tell me i don’t look my age, i certainly don’t behave as some people of my age do and i definetly don’t feel it!! (plus, not everyone likes cats!)

    i’m getting quite excited now, as i’m coming over to barcelona with my best friend next thursday, the 8th, until the following monday, just for a visit and a look around, to see if i get a good feeling about the city.
    i know you had a bit of a stressful month after your course, but did you just know barcelona was for you from the beginning?

    flats/accomodation – i’ve been in touch with a couple of rental company’s, but do you have the names of anyother rental places that i can contact before next week ( obviously that’s if you get this before then).

    also, the books they recommend to read before the course:i’ve ordered a couple from amazon. did you get any and did you find them useful before and after the TEFL?

    sorry for all the questions!! there’s so much i want to know because like you, it’s a huge step i’m going to take and a bit scary, (especially at my age) but i ‘m determined to do it and begin my \"new life\" in spain.

    it would be brilliant if we could meet up next week, but don’t worry if you can’t, maybe i could meet you when i actually come over for the CELTA – that’s assuming i get a place on a course, ‘cos i think some of the pre-course tests are pretty hard (or am i just thick??)

    i’ll look forward to hearing from you and i know you’re not a \"one woman barcelona tourist information centre\", but again, any answers would be really appreciated.

    thanks nicola.

    best wishes,

    jayne.

    Miranda
    Participant
    12 January, 2008 at 16:40
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    Hi, just found this forum, so much useful stuff. I’m about to embark on a course and want to work in Spain but probably further south. I’m in my late 50’s so it’s yet another career change for me. We’re seriously thinking of moving to Spain but if we go in the next couple of years one of us will have to do at least some part time work. My daughter (+ her Spanish speaking Dominican Rep husband -married last year + her 16 year old daughter are likely to move also).
    I’d be so interested to hear if you are making any progress with your move, and anything you’ve found out. My big concern is what sort of level of Spanish is needed to get a job teaching English there.
    We are planning to move either to the Costa Tropical area – east of Malaga or possibly to the area just South of Valencia. We’re visiting for a few days in early Feb. My husband is a paramedic and speaks NO Spanish so is unlikely to be able to find much work if we move but I’d leave him in charge of the dogs etc!
    Hope to hear that things are going well for you.

    carolemh
    Participant
    26 January, 2011 at 21:58
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    Can you let me know how it worked out?

    I am in a similar situation 2 years down the line from you

    jder
    Participant
    1 February, 2011 at 23:51
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    Reply To: TEFL jobs in valencia

    Can you let me know how it worked out?

    I am in a similar situation 2 years down the line from you

    Hello Carol,

    I’ve not read any elses response to this as the thread is two years old. But what I will say is that Valencia is a wonderful place and there is a good group of English teachers there. It seems to attract really open and down to earth people. Let me know if you have any specific questions about Valencia and I’ll be happy to respond.

    bambooalex
    Participant
    28 April, 2011 at 13:29
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    Hello Carol,

    I’ve not read any elses response to this as the thread is two years old. But what I will say is that Valencia is a wonderful place and there is a good group of English teachers there. It seems to attract really open and down to earth people. Let me know if you have any specific questions about Valencia and I’ll be happy to respond.

    Hi

    I was wondering if you could give me any advice on getting a TEFL job in Valencia. I am going to take a CELTA course in England this August and plan to move out to Valencia in September to give me the best chance of getting contracts from the start of the teaching year. I already know Valencia quite well as a sity becaus ei lived there for 6 months as part of my degree. But unfortunately I don’t know where to start when it comes to teaching English there! Any information would be really helpful.

    Thanks!

    Alex

    norgstar
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    10 June, 2011 at 19:54
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    I hear you, its tough to make the right decision. I wanted to get away from the UK and there are so many advantages to being in Valencia. I came out here originally to be a property developer but when the crash crisis effected housing I had an opportunity to start teaching even without ANY tefl qualifications. Just being a fairy well spoken native seemed to do the trick.
    My only downfall has been living too far away from the city to immerse myself into Spanish culture. But I have been lucky enough to meet other teachers who have been so busy they’ve passed their students to me as they couldnt cope with the load. there are so many teachers in Valencia but not enough inbetween inland and the city.
    I think for me the main problem was the salary (teaching is good when the work is there, but sometimes during holiday periods it can be expensive to pay the rent) so I was lucky enough to find an alternative villa a little further out in Casino’s which was really very cheap. That helped me have some independence and be out of the noisy city – which is great but not so much during Las Fallas! I have moved on from that little villa now but it was a great platform and gave me the confidence I needed to set up lessons and make a go of it. Happy to help anyone if they need advice, us girls have to stick together. my email is norgstar@hotmail.com

    maggiemay
    Participant
    4 October, 2011 at 11:21
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    Hello,
    I was just wondering if any of the posters on here could give an update on how their moves worked out. I am thinking about moving to Valencia in the new year, and it would be great to read positive stories from people, as well as pitfalls to avoid.

    maggiemay :)

    glucose
    Participant
    4 December, 2012 at 14:09
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    Hi guys,

    My name’s Lucas, I’m also moving to Valencia (just bought my flight!) on Jan 4th this coming year. Really excited! I completed my CELTA about a month ago, and am looking forward living in Spain and learning Spanish.

    One thing I’m struggling with – I basically plan to arrive and then bombard the academies/schools with my presence and CV. However, I can’t seem to find a good list of the academies in Valencia apart from a few dotted around when I do a quite extensive google search. Can anyone point me in the direction of how to locate all these academies please? I’d quite like to know where they all are before I leave so I can get right on it as soon as I arrive.

    I’m relatively optimistic I’ll be able to find work, part-time if nothing substantial, and if not I can teach privately for a while until I find my feet. I know a girl who’s doing just that in Valencia at the moment, but as she’s teaching privately she doesn’t know about academies.

    Lastly, can anyone recommend a decent hostel to stay in for the first few days before I find more long-term accommodation?

    Any help will be much appreciated!

    Cheers,

    Lucas

    dan
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    10 December, 2012 at 10:20
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    Can anyone point me in the direction of how to locate all these academies please?

    A good number of them are listed here: http://www.eslbase.com/schools/spain

    glucose
    Participant
    10 December, 2012 at 17:39
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    Thanks so much!

    Exactly what I needed :D

    SunSeaSpain
    Participant
    30 May, 2013 at 8:39
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    I’ve noticed quite a few of you are looking for a starter job in Valencia…so if that’s the case please contact me as I’m looking for teachers for a new centre opening in July, Email: teflapp@gmail.com or pm me here.
    Thank you

    Hitnat
    Participant
    8 July, 2014 at 11:18
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    Dear all on this stream,
    I know its getting on a bit but this stream seems really relevant to my present situation so was wondering what peoples experiences have been and if you have all faired well in your English teaching careers in Valencia.

    I am hoping to move out there towards the end of the year and was wondering what the present situation is like. Obviously I keep hearing there is lots of work in Spain but I will believe it when I see it (call me a cynic).

    I have just passed my CELTA at International House and am presently looking for some work here in London to notch up a few hours before getting to Valencia.

    I am moving out there with wife and children so it is obviously important to arm myself with as much info and knowledge as I can. Any help, experiences or pointers in the right direction would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks,
    all the best,

    Hitnat

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