I mentioned in my last post that, with the start of April, things are winding down incredibly quickly. To be honest, I’m surprised by how quickly the year has passed. We’re creeping up on the end of my contract, after which I will promptly head off to my WWOOFing weeks prior to my family’s arrival in Europe. It’s wild to think about; seems the older we get, the more quickly time passes. Longer attention spans, perhaps? Regardless, I’m hitting the end of my contract, which means that I must search for a new job.
Thankfully, I have already secured gainful employment! Granted, I will have to change my category title, as I will no longer be living in Italy come summer time. I’ve enjoyed my time here in Florence, will always look back on it fondly, but as ever, one must go where the money is, and Spain happens to be the next stop on my job train.
Back in January, I started the process of applying to the Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Cultural Assistants in Spain program, offered by the Spanish Ministry of Education. My cousin participated in this program for two years and raved about her experiences, so it seemed the logical progression of my time here in Europe. I applied last year as well, just in case my job here in Italy fell through, and thankfully during my second round of applications, I was accepted again. I will be going to Spain to teach English, functioning something like a teaching assistant. Think about what Katie does in Japan and you’ll get an idea of what I’ll be doing in Spain. I’ve actually hijacked some teaching material from the JET program website, so thanks for being on that program, Katie!
In the application, I was given the opportunity to request regions of Spain in which I would prefer to teach. I’m crossing my fingers for Valencia since I’m familiar with the area and there’s a chance for free lodging in the family apartment. Cataluña is my second choice, and then Ceuta/Melilla third, though I’m doubting I’ll get the last option. I have two friends currently in the program, one of whom is renewing for next year so we might be in the same area. He informed me that some regions are restricted to British applicants, so I’m hoping (since I applied as a UK citizen) that I’ll be free to all of the places that I’ve applied for. We’ll see what comes of it. I should be getting my placement later this month, so cross your fingers for me that I’ll get Valencia!
Seems this thread will be changing to Adventures in Spain, soon!
PS: For anyone interested in applying to this program, check out their website here for more information. The application period for this year has closed, but it’s always something to keep in mind if you’re interested in experiencing a life abroad!