Are you thinking of becoming a language assistant? Are you in the process of applying for the position and don’t know which region to choose? In this series you will read about Filipinos who shared their thoughts on life as an auxiliar de conversacion.
I recently conducted a survey to help incoming and current Filipino auxiliars understand our roles as language assistants, and to give an insight about the different regions (called comunidades autonomas— autonomous communities here) and why our fellow Pinoys chose them. Thanks to the members of the community who answered the survey!
Next on our list of interviewees is Zoe!
Zoe, 25, Oviedo, Principado de Asturias (currently); Granada, Andalucía (previously)
What stage of the Spanish education system do you teach? (Infantil, Primaria, Secundaria, Bachillerato, Vocational School, Official Language Schools)
Were you part of Stage 1 (partner school), or Stage 2 (public call)?
I applied to be an aux before the stages were part of the process.
Why did you choose this region?
I chose Andalucía after a quick Google search, and I ended up loving it.
How many teachers do you work with? What subjects do you teach, and what do you usually do as a language assistant?
I usually work with around 7, but here in Asturias I only work with 3. I usually make presentations, correct pronunciation errors, think of fun ways to discuss material, and prepare students for official English tests.
How’s the “payment”? Are you always paid on time, or have there been any delays?
Always been on time.
How’s your house-hunting experience? Tell us about your living situation.
I’m used to it at this point, but I usually find something within the first few days. In Granada, I lived in a shared apartment and now in Oviedo, I live alone.
How do you travel to school?
Have you experienced any difficulties this year? (Not enough communication with the coordinator, difficulty with Spanish paperwork, etc.).
Any other tips/advice you’d like to share with incoming language assistants?
Bring interesting/ traditional things from the Philippines. The students love seeing them. I have a malong with me that I show my students and they find it really cool.
The language assistants’ answers are unedited, and by answering the survey, the responders gave this blog permission to post their photo (optional) and their responses.
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