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10 Mistakes Auxiliares in Spain Make Again and Again

So you’re moving to Spain in a month, what now? Now that mid-August has arrived in full-force, the inevitable panic that accompanies an impending move abroad has slowly begun to sink its claws in. This is nowhere near as evident as in my inbox, where I receive a daily barrage of emails from future English [...]

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Everything You Need to Know about Teaching English in Spain with BEDA

I began this blog right before I moved to Spain in 2010 to teach English for two years. Consequently, I receive many queries, tweets, emails and carrier pigeons asking me how I did it. Now I went through the auxiliares de conversación program through the Spanish Ministry of Education, thought there are several other routes [...]

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A Guide to the Regions in Spain for Auxiliares de Conversación

It’s that time of year again. The applications are about to open for the auxiliar de conversación teaching English in Spain program that I’ve done for the past two years. Let the mayhem commence! With many many posts on here about being an auxiliar, from tips and tricks, to expat stories, to travel and tapas [...]

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The Kinds Of People You’ll Meet in the Auxiliar Program in Spain

This week’s guest post comes from a fellow northern Spain blogger, coincidentally blonde and also named Liz, from Liz en España and A Midwestern Life about the kinds of people you meet when you do the auxiliar de conversación teaching program in Spain.  After being in the Auxiliar program for 2 years, you start to notice a lot [...]

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That time I almost got deported (twice)

Did I mention I am the unluckiest person in Spain, and quite possibly the whole world? Either that or the luckiest. My friends back home in Virginia used to have a running list of “things that would only ever happen to Liz.” And damn, my last six months dealing with the legal system and border [...]

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Key tips for auxiliares, part 5: How to defer student loans in Spain

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since I brought you some new key tips for living in Spain as an auxiliar de conversación. By now you’ve probably been working for exactly a month, getting settled in for your new year in Spain, making new friends, trying new foods, learning some important (read: naughty) [...]

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The Long Farewell: Hasta Luego, Spain!

As some of you might already know from my various hints on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or maybe we’ve talked through normal means of communication, I’ve left Spain. Indefinitely. For a while. Maybe. Jesus, that was hard to write. I’ve been back home in DC for almost a month now, and it’s taken me nearly [...]

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The Expat Files: Alisa in Galicia

Perhaps one of the least known regions in Spain is Galicia. Situated in the northwest corner of the Peninsula above Portugal, Galicia is far from, well, anything. Well off the beaten tourist track, unless you are walking there on the battered dirt roads of the Camino de Santiago, Galicia remains one of the few undiscovered, untouched regions in [...]

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