Moving to Spain: COMO Consulting’s digital resource to help you get started

Moving to Spain to teach English? Or perhaps a language or culture immersion trip to Spain? Or considering relocating to Spain but unsure of where to start and how you’ll figure it out.

Yep, we’ve been there, and we were there long before blogs, webinars and social media was of any help.

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Cat overpacked for Spain. 2007

Let’s rewind a decade. Cat and Hayley are on flights from their hometowns to participate in language assistant programs in Spain; 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 no one to turn to, we were both journalism graduates with no idea how to handle a classroom.

Oh, and everything in Spain, from opening bank accounts to finding an apartment, was tough.


Hayley took this incredibly embarrassing photo. 2007

But we survived and we learned, and that’s the basic principle behind COMO Consulting: to help you move to Spain – teaching English or otherwise – as smoothly and as enjoyably as possible. We’ve written an eBook to make sure your first weeks in Spain and your first steps to setting up your life here are as hassle-free as possible. You’ve got the visa and the flight, but what comes next?

Moving to Spain: A Comprehensive Guide to Your First Weeks Teaching English in Iberia

What You’ll Get
Moving to Spain is a ten chapter, 135-paged book that covers your first weeks in Spain, from getting residency paperwork sorted to earning extra income. We’ve included information that we think will be relevant to first-time expats in Spain, especially those participating in an English teaching program or those who have school-aged children.

Rest assured, we’ve made the eBook easy to read and in a logical progression that coincides with the first steps you’ll take to get settled in Spain. It’s also factual, up-to-date and with just a dash of humor – an expat in Spain’s best friend. We’ve beefed up the contents for 2018’s edition, our fifth.

A Preview of Chapters and How We’ve Broken It Down
We based Moving to Spain on our own experiences living and working in Spain by starting with the questions we had, from packing woes to paying bills. Things have certainly changed since 2007, so we updated everything by speaking with experts: consulates, companies and other well-established expats.

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Each chapter starts with an anecdote with how we messed up, followed by all the pertinent vocabulary and expressions you’ll need to get each task done.

From there, each chapter is chock-full of information to help you understand Spanish systems and get step-by-step advice for everything from choosing a mobile phone and rate plan to setting up private classes.

The nine chapters include:

Packing for Spain: What should I bring and not bring? What is the voltage conversion? I’m an auxiliar: what materials should I pack for school?

Arrival Paperwork: What’s my first step? Does residency mean citizenship? Where do I go for a NIE, and what’s it needed for? How do I get empadronado?

Looking For a Place To Live: What are the major websites to use for apartment hunting? How much will I pay for a security deposit for my apartment in Spain? What questions should I ask a renter or landlord? What happens if I don’t have a contract?

Selecting a Mobile Phone and Internet ProviderIs it expensive to have a mobile phone? What’s a toque? Are those internet sticks worth it? How do I set up internet in my rented flat?

Banking in Spain: What’s the difference between a cuenta residente and a cuenta no residente? How has the financial crisis affected Spain? I read about FATCA; will this new law affect me? How can I make international transfers?

Health Care in Spain: What’s covered under my private insurance? What should I do if I have an emergency? Do English-speaking doctors exist in Spain? How can I fill a prescription?

Traveling Around Spain: How can I get to and from my job placement? What companies operate in Spain? Any money-saving tips to maximize my budget?

The Spanish School System: How are schools broken into courses? What do students study? More important, when are my days off?

Teaching Private Classes: How do I find tutoring gigs? How much should I charge? What should I do during class time? Are there any fun games to play?

Spanish Culture 101: How do Spaniards dress? Is it true that they’re all Catholic? What’s a typical day like? When are business hours?

In short, all of the questions that we had as newbies to Spain have been answered in Moving to Spain: A Comprehensive Guide to Your First Weeks on the Iberian Peninsula. It’s informative, honest and helpful to anyone making the big move to Spain.

You can download Moving to Spain by clicking the image below. This will route you to our online store where you can purchase the book using PayPal.

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Our feedback from these indispensable guides speak for themselves:

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We’re confident that Moving to Spain is the best resource for young people making the jump to España. Click here to connect to our online store and download Moving to Spain for 10 euros – a small price to pay for sanity or peace of mind or even a little reassurance.

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? After downloading Moving to Spain, f you have any questions regarding moving to, working in or living in Spain, please get in touch at – we’d love to hear from you!

Author: Cat Gaa

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  1. Just purchased! Really looking forward to reading this tonight while I start packing and get ready to leave for Spain in a couple of days 🙂 I LOVE the graphics and the layout so far. And I’m so happy to support other young writers and expats trying to do something different. Well done ladies and best of luck to you with your new ebook!

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    • Hey Blayne – much appreciated! We hope you find the book to be useful in many ways, and certainly give us a shout if you have any follow-up questions. Best of luck with your aventura española!

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  2. Just purchased! Really looking forward to reading this tonight while I start packing and get ready to leave for Spain in a couple of days 🙂 I LOVE the graphics and the layout so far. And I’m so happy to support other young writers and expats trying to do something different. Well done ladies and best of luck to you with your new ebook!

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  3. Fantastic resource and very comprehensive. Wish I was headed out in that area again soon!

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  4. By the way, LOVE the packing list! Exactly what I was looking for. I’ve got it all printed out and ready to check off 🙂

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  5. This sounds terrifically useful, I’m glad to did it! And…I love that photo of you giving your overstuffed luggage the thumbs-down. Super adorable. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Jennifer, and we appreciate your shares! Maybe next time, we’ll write about traveling Spain with kids!

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  6. Oh, how we wish this resource was available 10 years ago. When we relocated to Gran Canaria. Boy, did we have to wing it back then.

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  7. Thanks so much for putting this together. I think it would be incredibly helpful! We spent a few months in Spain last year, and I have to say that, while a beautiful and wonderful country, there is definitely a lot of red tape involved in anything official in Spain :). This would be well worth it for the banking and health care sections alone!

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  8. Your e-book is going to be an extremely valuable resource for anyone moving to Spain. It seems like a small price to pay to prevent countless headaches and frustrations. Thanks for publishing your hard-learned lessons.

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