Having lived in many countries I always had a special fascination for Spain. Having come here when I was younger I fell in love with what seemed to be a vibrant and passionate place and people and of course the amazing food and culture. For me, Spain was embodied by the language, the hot summer sun, and its unbreakable bond with tradition and history in its buildings, music and dance.
I used to work in the scuba diving industry, and in 2010 I changed my life on an island paradise to seek more security in the grown up world of work back in England. Working in the office, I would daydream about exotic climes and hot countries. I realized that I was wishing my life away, waiting for the weekend and yearning for adventure.
One day I decided, I had had enough of life in an office and decided to pack it all up and take a leap of faith. I booked my flight to Spain. Impulsive, true . . . but what was I waiting for?
I knew I needed a career change, something to sustain me whilst I was living in Spain . . . but, what? I drew on my previous experience in the diving industry. One part of the job that I loved was teaching and showing people something new and giving people a different point of view . . . Something I could do with no prior knowledge of Spanish whatsoever. That settled it! Teaching English! Now I had to find the perfect place to turn this dream into a reality. Two of my very good friends had been living and working in Spain as teachers for the past 8 years, both had been very supportive of my plan to move. One of them had done his course at TtMadrid and praised them highly. “The course is a month-long course which is intense but incredibly fun,” he told me. “TtMadrid are fantastic, they are like a family and offer a lot of ongoing support after you finish your course.” He forwarded me one of the many job alerts that Tt graduates receive daily, saying “They help you find a job and go out of their way to help their graduates.” I looked into it a little more and found many words of praise about TtMadrid, and I decided to get in contact. Within 24 hours I had received a response from Lisette who was incredibly helpful with information, and the next day I had been accepted on the course after an interview. As I was dealing with the stress of moving my life from one country to the next, packing, selling things I no longer needed, I received daily emails giving me advice in preparation for the big move, what to expect, what to bring, and testimonials from other teachers about the life of a teacher in Madrid. I felt a lot of support and excitement, which made my big move seem less of a worry.
On the first day of the course, I arrived at the office and was greeted by friendly faces. I felt at home straightaway and knew that I had made the right decision. Throughout the course TtMadrid staff were always there to give me a helping hand and support, provide all the information you needed and on hand to answer those silly questions that you always wanted to ask but weren’t sure if you could. Now after some highs and lows of the first year in the world of working as an English teacher, I am finally feeling settled into my new role. Teaching is a rewarding, tiring and fascinating job; I work with people from different backgrounds, levels and experiences. I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. I enjoy creating classes and teaching my students and the amazing discussions and debates that we have.
The path of becoming a teacher can be hard, stressful and frustrating at times, but what can I say . . . it’s completely worth it!