Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Top 5 Reasons to Be an English Teacher in Madrid

You can teach English as a second language in virtually any city in any country in the world. Choosing where to work can be mind-numbing. Here are my top five reasons to choose Madrid for your TEFL career:

1) It’s a great way to learn Spanish. Whether it’s free Spanish classes through the academy you work for or just taking advantage of students who are too lazy to speak English in class, you should have ample opportunities to improve your Spanish skills.

2) There are 14 official holidays each year in the Comunidad de Madrid, many of which create puentes – 3, 4, or even 5-day weekends! Plus you usually get a week off at Semana Santa, two or three weeks for Christmas, New Year’s, and Los Reyes, and a couple months in the summer.

3) Madrid’s a capital city full of museums, different neighborhoods, nice parks, movie theaters (including many in English), and lots of shopping. So there’s plenty to do between classes.

4) There are hundreds of English academies, so it’s rare to be out of work (unless you want to be). There are also tons of Spanish people out there looking for private tutors for themselves or their children.

5) If you just want to take a year off to travel Spain, it’s a good way to pick up some extra cash while you enjoy your year abroad.

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