Auxiliar de Conversacion Program for Filipinos

In this post I will talk about my journey to become an Auxiliar de Conversacion in Spain.

The Language and Culture Assistants Program 
is an initiative of the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.

I first heard that Filipinos can come to Spain to work as English teachers or assistants back in 2015. I was told that an acquaintance whom I’d met at a pub crawl was moving to Spain. It sounded like another story of a Filipina wishing to work abroad, but her story piqued my interest. She was a successful broadcaster in the country, but she gave up everything and moved to Spain to become an English teacher. Some friends who knew that I’d been wanting to try living abroad suggested that I speak with her. And so I did.

This acquaintance said she felt happy with her job but always felt like something was missing and she needed a change. So, after sometime searching Google, she found that Spain offers foreigners the opportunity to live, study, and work in the country as a language assistant. The language assistant (or the auxiliar de conversacion), will work 12-16 hours per week after taking a teaching certification course. I was tempted to take the same route but was not exactly encouraged by the price: a hefty €3000+, and this is excluding the visa application and the flights. In the meantime, I was desperately trying [and failing] to save up the money I would need to even get my visa application approved.

Dreaming of the land of tapas, flamenco, and Javier Bardem.
(Photo: The Quirky Pineapple)

Fast forward to 2018, when a friend mentioned that the Spanish government also offers the same program, but there was no need to pay any fees, besides the visa application and airfare. Of course, I got curious, and this curiosity led me to read blogs upon blogs of people’s experiences as auxiliares.

I also vowed to make 2019 the year that I will move to Spain as an auxiliar de conversación.

And here we are.

Basically, an auxiliar (or auxie for short) under the Ministerio will be assisting English teachers during fun activities in the classroom to help practice the students’ English skills. The Ministerio partners with public primary, secondary and language schools for this program. Auxies are expected to be in the classroom for 12-16 hours and are paid €700 or €1000, depending on the region they are placed.

Filipinos are allowed to become auxiliares in specific regions, whether inland or on the Spanish islands. Unlike the other countries, Filipinos are required to schedule an in-person interview with the Education Adviser first before uploading their application requirements in the Spanish portal called Profex. The application period usually runs from mid-January to mid-April, with regional placements sent out in May, and the final placements, which include the name of the school/s, are sent out in July. Classes begin in October and end in May or June (in Madrid).

I wish to take many siestas in the OG siestaland, España.
(Photo: World Atlas)

I wish for my website to become a resource page for Filipinos who want to live in Spain as an auxiliar. Most of the resources online are specific to North Americans, the largest group of auxiliares, which has been a partner of the Spanish Ministry since 2011. There aren’t that many blogs and Facebook groups that talk about the auxie life as a Filipino, so I wish to add to that small number of resources for Filipinos. Stay tuned for more posts about my Auxie Journey! CM

81 Comments

  1. rio zamora
    August 2, 2019

    i am graduating this march 2020 bsed major in english.. can you share please the interview process , like tips on how to get into thd program, ive only had volunteer teaching experience to less fortunate children here in manila, and i would really want to explore as esl teacher abroad. hope i get a response. t
    ive been searching around web and its very few for filipinos.thank you in advanced!

    Reply
    1. CM
      August 8, 2019

      Hi, Rio! Welcome to my blog!

      Okay, let me answer your questions:
      1. Yes, fresh graduates can apply.
      2. You need to schedule an interview with the Education Adviser based in the Philippines before you can register in their portal. Depending on where you are graduating from, you may schedule the interview through your school or on your own.
      3. Teaching experience, whether formal or volunteer work, is valuable. The EA will check your conversation skills. Be bubbly!
      4. Like my Facebook page (link somewhere here), and the Facebook group that I created for more tips. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/457829701657105/
      5. If you don’t have one yet, open a personal bank account. One of the requirements for the visa application is the proof of funds. The earlier you open one, the better.

      Reply
      1. rio zamora
        August 19, 2019

        thank you!!!!
        can you share on how much is the show money in the savings account? based from your application. more power in advanced! your blog really helps..i joined the fb group too!

        Reply
        1. CM
          August 22, 2019

          Let’s try to avoid the phrase “show money”, as you do need the money to survive in Spain. 🙂 You should have enough for at least 3 months since your first allowance won’t be available until November. Keep in mind that you have to pay for your own airfare and your accommodation. Most landlords require a fianza or a month’s deposit on top of your first payment. So be sure to have at least €1500 or ₱96000. But much better if you have more than ₱100000.

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      2. Shai
        April 12, 2021

        Hi miss CM! I would just like to clarify, there is no registration free if you will apply for the Auxiliares de Conversacion program? (planning to apply next year) All you have to spend on when you get accepted in the program are visa fees and airfare? I am a bit confused because I’ve read in some sites that there is a fee of 1000+ USD for applicants. Also, do you have an idea on the application process if you’re from a partner school?

        Thank you very much in advance!

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        1. chmntr1
          April 13, 2021

          Hello, Shai.

          The there are many language assistants programs in Spain, and the most popular is the one under the Spanish Ministry of Education– this is the one that has no registration fee. The rest are under private entities whose registration/joining/enrolment fees range from €175 to €3,600.

          If you are from a partner school, then the best person to contact about the application process is your school’s coordinator or the alumni who are doing/have done the program.

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      3. LJ
        June 7, 2021

        Hello! I just wanted to ask if this also applicable for Filipinos who are currently based in another country, like in my case I am currently based in UAE but I’m interested with the program. How’s the process?

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        1. chmntr1
          June 7, 2021

          Hi, LJ!

          There are many auxiliares de conversación programs. The most popular, managed by Spain’s Ministry of Education, is only open to applicants residing in the Philippines. You may have luck with the other programs such as BEDA, ConversaSpain, or RVF.

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          1. Kris
            July 24, 2021

            Hi, can you apply auxiliares de conversacion even when you are in Spain already?

          2. chmntr1
            July 27, 2021

            Hi, Kris. Yes, you can, but not for the Ministry program as it’s directed to those who are residing in the Philippines.

  2. Athena
    August 17, 2019

    Hi, I have done the Skype Interview with the Staff and curious about the VISA application process. Can you help me understand the process if that is okay?

    Reply
    1. CM
      August 18, 2019

      Hey, Athena!

      When did you do your Skype interview? I assume this happened in January. Have you been instructed to do anything else since then?

      Also, is this for the auxiliares de conversación for the Ministry?

      Reply
      1. Athena
        August 18, 2019

        Hello, I did the interview just this Friday. I am just concerned about me being here in Thailand, not certain if the process will be different.

        Reply
        1. CM
          August 19, 2019

          Hi again. I’m a little confused because the program of the Ministry closed in April this year. Are you talking about another program? Is this with BEDA (Comillas)?

          Reply
  3. Gina
    September 27, 2019

    Hi, I graduated last 2017. Do they allow applicants that are not fresh graduates? What is the step by step application process? I would appreciate your response. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. CM
      October 27, 2019

      Hi! Yes— I graduated in 2012. 🙂
      They allow applicants up to age 60.
      Read the rest of my blog for the steps.

      Reply
  4. Diana Rose
    November 5, 2019

    Hi just wanna ask if their looking for ESL certificates or do they do background check on schools bcoz I’m a graduate of finance in a local college and I heard other schools have program such as ESL which is an advantage for them.

    Reply
    1. CM
      January 4, 2020

      Hola!

      No—they don’t really look at your ESL background or degree, though of course having ESL teaching experience is an advantage. The deciding factor whether you will be accepted or not is your demeanor during the interview with the education adviser. You have to be engaging, bubbly (but don’t overdo it) and straighforward. Remember that you will be a teacher, not a lawyer. 😉

      Bear in mind that this was my experience last year, but so far it hasn’t changed.

      Reply
  5. Es
    January 15, 2020

    Hi Chai! Is there a way for me to email you further about the auxiliar program? Instagram won’t allow me to message you for some reason. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. CM
      January 18, 2020

      Hi! Someone was able to send me a message on my IG, but in case you need further info, please join the FB group I made and you can PM me from there. 🙂

      The FB group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/filipinoauxiliaresdeconversacion

      Make sure to answer the survey questions so I can add you!

      Reply
  6. Jenn
    January 21, 2020

    Hola!

    I have a question with the application. I didn’t graduate from top university. I came from a small state college in our province. Do you think they will still accept my application?

    Reply
    1. CM
      January 21, 2020

      Hola, Jenn!

      Priority is given to partner schools, but that does not mean your application won’t be accepted just because you didn’t graduate from those schools.

      The thing is, the availability for those from non-partner schools is now very limited, so the chances may be slim for that reason. I suggest looking for other language assistant programs if you are really interested to come to Spain to teach English as a language assistant. Make sure to constantly check the Ministry website for updates.

      Reply
  7. Bea
    February 19, 2020

    Would you mind sharing your interview experience? Like how long did it take and what were the questions asked? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. CM
      February 21, 2020

      Hi! The interview took more or less 15 minutes. The Education Adviser asked the following:

      – Tell me something about yourself
      – Do you have any teaching experience?
      – How did you know about the program?
      – Why do you want to join the program?
      – What are your plans after the program?

      That it, pretty much.

      Reply
      1. CM
        February 21, 2020

        *That’s it. LOL

        Reply
  8. kath
    April 24, 2020

    Hi Chai!!! As for the requirement that they need a “speakers of English as native language” for Filipinos, I just want to ask on how you prove this? Do they need to see some certification on the schools you went? I’m just confused about this hehe.

    Reply
    1. CM
      June 1, 2020

      Hi, Kath! They will assess through the in-person or Skype interview. When I applied in 2019 I was interviewed by the education adviser based in Manila. This year, I was told the applicants were interviewed by officers based in Australia. You may include a certification (such as IELTS or TOEFL), but that is not necessary.

      Reply
  9. Ferdie
    June 15, 2020

    Hi,
    I am currently here in Vietnam as an ESL Teacher. I had taken the Business Administration major in manageement before I fi nished my MBA degree. I have TESOL too. I would like to relocate in Spain. Could you please give me some advice on how to do it? please ….

    Reply
    1. CM
      June 16, 2020

      Hi! If you read through this blog, there’s plenty of information. The degree does not matter. What’s important is that you have a degree. The TESOL certification is not a requirement, either.

      First, visit the webpage of the Ministerio de Educación in the Philippines. https://bit.ly/3d4dJzu

      Reply
  10. Ferdz
    August 12, 2020

    Hi! I had taken a Business Administration major in management before I finished my MBA degree. I have TESOL which is accredited by ALAP in the UK. I am currently working as an ESL Teacher in Vietnam for more than 2 years. My questions are: What is the best time to submit my application (since I am here in Vietnam)? What am I going to do to proceed with the application? What is the first to last step that I need to do? Please advise…

    Reply
    1. CM
      August 12, 2020

      Hi. The Ministry’s priorities are 1) those from partner schools, and 2) those who may not be from partner schools but are residing in the Philippines. A couple years ago people from abroad could apply, but that may have changed.

      The best time, of course, is during the annual application period, which runs from January to April.

      You can keep reading this blog, or read the Ministry’s official website.
      https://www.educacionyfp.gob.es/filipinas/convocatorias-programas/ministerio.html

      You’re welcome.

      Reply
  11. Pete
    September 3, 2020

    Hi. Will they ask for your diploma or transcript of records? I graduated a long time ago, 1990. I may have misplaced them. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      September 3, 2020

      Yes, it is required.

      Reply
  12. Julia
    September 6, 2020

    Hello! I’m planning to apply for the year 2021-2022. Do you think they will push through with the program next year especially because of what’s happening? I graduated from a partner school back in 2018 and I heard that even previous graduates are allowed to apply through their school but that’s in conflict with what you mentioned in your blog. Does it vary per school? Thank you so much!

    Reply
    1. CM
      September 7, 2020

      There were auxiliares even during the Spanish recession in 2008, so I likely they won’t cancel it.

      Reply
  13. Rinalyn Asper
    September 20, 2020

    Hi ! I’m a BSED English students, and I’m willing to apply as a English teacher in preschool , for more experiences. And to help students to their english learning This year 2020-2021. I would like to know how can I apply ? Thankyou.

    Reply
    1. CM
      September 24, 2020

      Hi! This program is in-person, so you cannot do online classes with it; you have to be physically in Spain.

      At this point my best advice is to focus on learning and teaching English, and reach at least a C1 level.

      Cheers and good luck!

      Reply
  14. […] and follow their application procedures. For the Philippines click here. There’s also a great blog that goes through the entire process for Filipino […]

    Reply
    1. CM
      September 24, 2020

      Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

      Reply
  15. liz
    October 16, 2020

    Hi Ms. CM,

    I’ve heard that there will be an opening this January 2021. What I am worrying about right now is that how will I know if there’s a schedule already on January for the submission of application? Aside from the group pages that I joined on fb.

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. CM
      October 17, 2020

      Hi, Liz.

      Where did you hear that? Last year, the January opening was still for partner schools. The one for the public was made available in April.

      The best website to check would be, of course, the Ministry’s official pages: http://www.educacionyfp.gob.es/filipinas/convocatorias-programas/auxiliares-en-espana.html

      Reply
  16. Justin
    October 21, 2020

    Hello, I’d like to apply for the LAP in Spain for 2021-2022 but my concern is that I’m a graduate of BSBA in Marketing Management and has no related teaching experience. Do you think I’m qualified for the program? Pls respond.

    Reply
    1. CM
      October 24, 2020

      Hi Justin,

      A lot (and I mean a LOOOOOOOTTTTT) of auxiliares, even those from the US, don’t have any teaching experience whatsoever. Some of them are fresh graduates of non-education-related degrees, while others were working in other fields and just applied to the LAP. The teaching experience may or may not give you an advantage, but at the moment, it’s not a strict requirement.

      If you are from a partner school, do check with the LAP coordinator, because each partner school has different selection criteria outside of the general requirements stipulated by the Ministry.

      Reply
  17. Raymund
    November 3, 2020

    Thank you very much for this blog post!

    (Allow me to connect with some aspiring auxies through this thread)

    Any app from auxie-affiliated universities for the 2021-2022 batch? Ano nang progress sa application sa mga school ninyo?

    Reply
    1. CM
      November 4, 2020

      Glad you’ve found this blog helpful! Good luck!

      Reply
  18. Julio
    November 5, 2020

    Just done with my interview last October 29, 2020. It’s a part of pre selection process from my previous uni. Still waiting for the result.

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      November 6, 2020

      Great! How did it go? When I did my interview I knew right away that I made it. Did they say when you’re going to find out? And who did your interview?

      Reply
    2. R
      November 6, 2020

      Hello! May I ask what uni is this?

      In UPD, we haven’t received any notice yet since we submitted our CVs and letters.

      Also, FYI guys therell be no Stage 2 app for 2021-2022 intake. Dami raw nag-apply from partner unis.

      Reply
      1. chmntr1
        November 9, 2020

        Yes, this is correct. They have also updated the website to say that there will be no Stage 2 (application for aspirants from non-partner schools/public) for next year’s batch.

        Reply
    3. Justin
      November 8, 2020

      Hi Ms. CM!
      I passed the pre selection process in our Uni. I was told to wait for the Spanish Embassy to contact me for the Interview. May i know what are the possible questions? and is it going to be the last interview?
      This is my first time and taking a leap of faith..btw I owe this blog a loooot of infos❤
      Big Thanks!

      Reply
      1. chmntr1
        November 9, 2020

        Hi, Justin!

        The questions at the Spanish Consulate, if they will ask at all, will be based on the documents that you presented. They can also be personal or related to your current/previous work. For example:

        – What are your parents’ jobs?
        – Why did you join the program?
        – What’s your current job? Are you quitting your job for this?
        – When did you graduate?

        Take extra caution with questions related to your proof of economic means. This is the usual cause for visa denial.

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        1. Tring
          April 24, 2021

          Hi! When you replied to Justin saying: “Take extra caution with questions related to your proof of economic means. This is the usual cause for visa denial.”

          I would like to know what are the possible questions “related to your proof of economic means”?

          Thank you!

          Reply
          1. chmntr1
            April 28, 2021

            Hello, Tring. Basically, what you say/answer should be in line with the documents you will provide. For example, if you say that your parents are sponsoring you, then you should have their documents included as well.

  19. Julio
    November 8, 2020

    It was okay. Not sure if I can make it pero hopefully makapasa. I am still waiting for the result. I was interterviewed by the director of the language center and a Spanish professor.

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      November 9, 2020

      Language center? That’s new. From which uni did you graduate?

      Reply
  20. Julio
    November 9, 2020

    West Visayas State University po.

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      November 10, 2020

      Ah, yes. WVSU had already done their interviews. Good luck! Hope you’ll make it!

      Reply
  21. Claire
    November 10, 2020

    Hola! Is the application for 2021-2022 already up? 🙂 I’m planning to give this a shot next year.

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      November 10, 2020

      Hi, Claire. Yes, it’s underway, and partner schools have already closed their own application process leading up to the Stage 1 interviews. It was also announced in the official website that they are not opening the Ministry program to the public.

      Reply
    2. chmntr1
      November 10, 2020

      Yes, it’s underway. In fact, partner schools have already closed their application period leading up to the Stage 1 interviews with the education adviser. It was also announced on the official website that the Ministry’s Language Assistants Program will not be open to the public (non-partner school aspirants) for school year 2021-2022.

      Reply
  22. hannah
    November 10, 2020

    Hi CM! I’ve been a silent lurker on the FB group and your blog since last year, would just like to say thank you for sharing all the info that you can about this program. Really helpful for aspirants like me! 🙂 More power and keep safe in Spain!

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      November 10, 2020

      Aww, thank you, Hannah! Good luck with the application and your aux adventures in Spain!

      Reply
    2. R
      November 10, 2020

      Hello! May I ask what FB group is this? Can applicants join as well? Been also looking for possible FB groups out there to gather more info. Thank you! Applicant here btw.

      Reply
      1. chmntr1
        November 11, 2020

        If you look on the right side of this webpage, scroll down and click on “JOIN OUR AUXILIAR FACEBOOK GROUP FOR UPDATES!” Please answer the security questions before I could approve you. Thanks!

        Reply
  23. […] batch of language assistants. Unlike our North American language assistant counterparts, Filipinos vetted by the Ministry are limited to about 200 or 300 per […]

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  24. Ella
    December 5, 2020

    Hi, Regarding Visa Application. I’m planning to quit my job this January. I have savings around 100k, will it be enough or should I just keep my job until my visa is okay?

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      December 5, 2020

      Hi, Ella! I’d say it’s better if you have more than 100K in your account given the situation.

      Reply
  25. Justin
    January 9, 2021

    Anybody here from Xavier University?
    I was looking for a groupchat for XU aspiring Auxies. By the way, I’ll have my interview with Ms. Sandra next week. Wish me luck! Thanks ❤

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      January 11, 2021

      Good luck with your interview!

      Reply
  26. Honey
    February 13, 2021

    Hi! I really want give working in Spain a shot. How do I start to apply for this?

    Reply
  27. Honey
    February 13, 2021

    Hi! I don’t exactly have any idea where to start. I badly need your advice as I really want to give working in Spain a shot.

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      February 14, 2021

      Hello. You can start by going to the Ministry program’s official webpage: http://www.educacionyfp.gob.es/filipinas/convocatorias-programas/auxiliares-en-espana.html See if you qualify.

      And then reading the posts here.

      Reply
      1. Honey
        February 18, 2021

        Thank you so much! I just visited the website and it said that request for interviews are already closed. I am confused on how I am supposed to schedule an interview in the first place and when to schedule. Also, I am a licensed teacher but I did not graduate from a University or any of the partner schools mentioned. Do I have a shot in this?

        PS. I know I am asking too much but is it okay if I can personally contact you through email? Your advices would mean a great deal to me as I am in awe of how you made it through. This is my email: hontorresrubio@gmail.com. I understand if this makes you uncomfortable and you would rather not, I am a stranger after all. Just trying to shoot my shot. God bless po!

        Reply
        1. chmntr1
          February 20, 2021

          Yes, the website says the call for applications is already closed for the incoming school year (2021-2022). That simply means you have to wait until September or October this year when they open the call for school year 2022-2023.

          Reply
  28. Jade
    March 25, 2021

    Can I apply on my last year in college? I’m not an education major but I’m really willing to pursue this program. Can this be a pathway to gaining permanent residence in Spain? I’m so desperate to give myself a better life. Looking forward for your answer.

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      March 29, 2021

      Hi! Yes, you can apply on your last year in college, but I highly suggest you finish your degree and gain some teaching experience. A lot of people join the program thinking that all they need is the ability to speak English, but it’s more than that. And yes, this is one of the ways you can obtain permanent residency. Good luck!

      Reply
      1. Jade
        March 29, 2021

        Thank you, may I ask how long will it take to become a permanent resident in this path? Because different sources give different answers. Some say 2 years because of the whole Spain and former colony thing, some says 4 years so I want to ask you. Regardless of how long I’m willing to wait for España.

        Reply
        1. chmntr1
          March 29, 2021

          It will take a while because the visa that you will have with this program is a student visa. You need a resident visa to even count for the citizenship. After 3 years of staying in Spain with the student visa, you can modify it and get either an autónoma visa, or a working visa if you have found a company that is willing to process the paperwork. After 2 years under the resident visa, then you can apply for citizenship (this is where the “Philippines as a former colony” thing you mentioned comes into play). So it won’t be that quick.

          Reply
          1. Jade
            March 29, 2021

            Thank you so much for this, atleast now I have an insight on what to expect. Growing up I was exposed to many languages from watching different dubs of Disney movies and I think this is the reason why I really love Spain. Well, I can understand some French, Portuguese and other languages but I can say that I can already speak Spanish that’s why I want to improve more. Thank you again, I can’t thank you enough.

  29. Cleist
    May 27, 2021

    HiI I just want to ask if there’s a need to contact or communicate with my school (Xavier University) which I believed listed as partner school in this program. I graduated last 2013 and already have a Masters Degree in a different school.

    Thank you! 🙂

    Reply
    1. chmntr1
      May 29, 2021

      Hello, Cleist.

      You should definitely contact Xavier (and the school where you took your master’s if it’s also a partner university). Each partner school has its own requirements before endorsing the list to the Office of the Education Adviser in Manila. People who join through Phase 1 have a higher chance of being accepted, because there’s no guarantee that the Office of the Education Adviser will open Phase 2, like what happened this year (for the incoming school year).

      Reply

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