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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:48 pm    Post subject: Advice for a pre-beginner? Reply with quote


I'm just posting to ask about some general advice for someone looking to move to continental Europe, most likely Spain, to look for teaching jobs. I'm planning on doing a CELTA course in August and move over as soon as I've completed my course and look for jobs. The course costs around £1250, is that a normal price for a 4 week long course? I've got an English Literature degree, but I have no teaching experience. I'm a 23 year old English male so I'm hoping that will help too. Ideally I'd like to live in Spain or Germany, but I've read on the Germany boards that it can be quite difficult to get work there without experience or even just knowing people there.

I'm hoping to have around £1500 saved up for rent, deposit, travel, food expenses while I look for work and get adjusted to living abroad. Does anyone think that that's a reasonable amount of money to have saved up or would they recommend more for getting started in a new place? I'd like to save some money to travel after I've been working, is this something I should find relatively easy to do on a beginner's teachers pay? I spent a month in Seville last Summer and found food etc to be incredibly cheap compared to England. One of the main reasons I'm wanting to move to a foreign country is to learn a new language, and because my Spanish isn't exactly what anyone in their right mind would call fluent I'd love to get lessons. Are language lessons cheap? Are there many language exchange programs in larger cities such as Madrid and Barcelona? I'm going to study the language again before I go over to a point where I can get by, but I want to support my day to day learning with actual courses/tutors.

I'm also moving away to enjoy life in a larger city so any general advice about life in big Spanish cities would be awesome, such as public transport, crime, nightlife, locals attitudes to foreigners etc.

Thanks for any forthcoming advice!
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