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How to Apply to the Instituto Franklin to Teach in Spain

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How to Apply to the Instituto Franklin to Teach in Spain

So, you want to apply to the Instituto Franklin to teach and learn in Spain. With the help of current participant Clare Boerigter, we walk you through the application process for 2017-18. Check out why Clare chose the Instituto Franklin in her last post. Other than having to gather documents and putting a good deal of thought into my two essays, I did not find Instituto Franklin’s application process to be that harrowing. But it did take time – so the earlier you start the better. I got in touch with one of the contacts listed on Instituto...

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Teach English in Spain: the Instituo Franklin Program Basics

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Teach English in Spain: the Instituo Franklin Program Basics

Teaching in Spain is one way to obtain a legal estancia in Spain and a good stepping stone if you’d like to live here long term. And there are no shortage of English teaching programs that provide you with a visa and stipend to make ends meet between your tapas and weekend trips! Clare Boerigter talks to us about how she decided to do the Instituto Franklin program, and what advice she has for teachers looking for a serious program with an M.A. involved. Last October I sat down with my laptop and a notebook and Googled “Spain +...

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Moving to Spain: Ten Cardinal Rules for Teaching Private English Classes

Posted by on 13:18 in Auxiliares Norteamericanos, Blog, COMO Trabajar / Work in Spain, Money in Spain, Private Lessons Spain, Teaching in Spain | 6 comments

Moving to Spain: Ten Cardinal Rules for Teaching Private English Classes

Over the last decade, Spain has made a huge push for its population to become more proficient in English and as a result, native English speakers are in extremely high demand. For Language and Culture Assistants, AuPairs or other jobs that are moderately paid, extra income from private classes can mean the difference between a frugal year or enjoying all that Spain and Europe have to offer. However, before agreeing to take on a new student, consider COMO’s Cardinal Rules for Teaching Private Classes first: 1. Spread the Word Word of mouth is...

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Moving to Spain: Getting your Empadronamiento

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Moving to Spain: Getting your Empadronamiento

A solicitud de empadronamiento is the procedure for registering yourself as living in a Spanish municipality and constitutes legal proof of where and how long you have lived at a certain address. The process is free and can be made by those residing in Spain regardless of legal status – and, ojo: being registered is a requirement for obtaining a TIE in many comunidades. Typically, your city or town will have at least one office where inscription in the registry, known officially as the Padrón Municipal de Habitantes, can be done. In...

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Moving to Spain: The Cliffsnote’s Version

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Moving to Spain: The Cliffsnote’s Version

Wondering how to move to Spain? Our biggest piece of advice to prospective expats is always the same: DO YOUR HOMEWORK! There are a number of factors that go into making the decision to move, from location to duration and everything else under the Spanish sol. As expats in Spain who have successfully helped others transition into their vida española, we want to make it easy for you. So, here’s the Cliffsnotes version of the most important steps to take when gearing up for your move: Learn (some of) the Language Not only will a grasp of...

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Moving to Spain: 8 Questions to Ask Your Spanish Landlord

Posted by on 13:30 in Blog, COMO Llegar / Arrival in Spain, COMO Vivir / Live in Spain, Cost of Living in Spain, Housing in Spain, Moving to Spain, Paperwork in Spain | 1 comment

Moving to Spain: 8 Questions to Ask Your Spanish Landlord

When moving to Spain, often your first order of business is finding a place to call hogar, dulce hogar. And, like many things in Spain, it’s an exercise in patience! Renting a flat in Spain is far from a simple task, but it’s one of the most importantes. After you’ve found a few flats you’re interested in viewing and have made appointments to see them, be prepared to ask your landlord the tough questions. While this may cancel out a few accommodations early on, you’ll end up saving yourself a lot of trouble. Not...

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Moving to Spain: Must Know Vocab Words for your Health

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Moving to Spain:  Must Know Vocab Words for your Health

Often times when planning for a move abroad we stress over the vocabulary we think we’ll need – introducing ourselves, asking for directions, ordering food, saying please and thank you, etc – and skim over the boring stuf But like it or not, getting sick in Spain is all but inevitable. So, why not bite the bullet now and brush up on some essential words to know for healthcare and hospitals in Spain before your fever-riddled brain all but annihilates your ability to speak Spanish. To get you started, COMO proudly presents an A to Z guide for...

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Moving to Spain: COMO Consulting’s New eBook

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Moving to Spain: COMO Consulting’s New eBook

They say experience is the best teacher; as teachers ourselves, we find this to be partially true. But, who says you can’t ask for a little help once in a while? Let’s rewind nine years. Cat and Hayley are on flights from their hometowns to Spain to participate in language assistant programs; Cat to teach high schoolers near Seville with the Ministry of Education, and Hayley, in El Puerto de Santa María, to share a classroom with the little ones through CIEE. Apart from culture shock, difficulties grappling with the language and...

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Moving to Spain: 10 Packing Don’ts

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Moving to Spain: 10 Packing Don’ts

No one expects you to make the move to Spain with a single suitcase, but pack too heavily and you’ll find yourself regretting it come moving day. And we’re talking from two people who moved to Spain in the era when two suitcases were a free perk of cross-continental flights! A good rule of thumb when deciding how many bags to bring is to test that you’ll be able to transport everything by yourself (no carts, no escalators and no friends!). If you can’t make it out the door with all of your luggage solo, you’ve definitely overpacked....

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Moving to Spain: Budgeting Quick Tips for Your First Weeks in Iberia

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Moving to Spain: Budgeting Quick Tips for Your First Weeks in Iberia

How should I budget for Spain, and how much money should I take initially? That is the million-euro question (every pun intended). Your first few weeks in Spain will be the most expensive, sin duda, and you may have to make your money stretch for months. One thing is certain – the more you bring, the more comfortable you’ll feel. We’ve talked to many ex-assistants or veterans who say to aim to save around 2,000€ to get you set up. This amount will allow you to cover the expenses involved in getting to Spain, arranging your housing...

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