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