North American Language and Culture Assistants – Review
I thought this would be an appropriate topic to talk about given that my website is written for English and Hispanic people.
What is the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program?
This program, if you apply and are accepted, allows you to become a cultural ambassador in Spain. You will be representing your country and teaching students. This usually means you’ll either be teaching French (if you’re from Canada) and/or English. You will also teach students about the culture in the U.S. and Canada.
The auxiliares program is offering positions right now. Check it out!
You can find the program’s main office in Madrid, on Paseo del Prado, 28, 5ª planta. However, they have offices all over Spain. If you’re travelling through Spain, check out if there one’s near you. Here’s the link: http://www.mecd.gob.es/eeuu/dms/consejerias-exteriores/eeuu/auxiliaresusa/CONTACTS-SPAIN_13-05-16/CONTACTS%20SPAIN_13-05-16.pdf.
I’m interested. What do I need to do?
You don’t need to have an incredible level of Spanish, but you do need to at least have some basic communication skills to get started with the program. If you participate in the program, you will need to pay for your own accommodations and food.
Your application must be accepted by the Ministry of Education of Spain. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal—you’re helping students gain a greater understanding of your culture.
You can only apply if you have a citizenship in the United States or Canada, have a clean background and have at least some college experience.
What are the positives and negatives?
Let’s be completely real here:
You only work 12-16 hours a week. This is perhaps the biggest perk of this work. You don’t have to work all that much.
You will be able to travel all over Europe. You’ve got a lot of time in your hands and you won’t be working 40-60 hours a week.
If your Spanish is at an intermediate level, you’ll have a much easier time.
You don’t work much, but you also don’t get paid all that much either. It’s enough for rent and food, but you’re not going to be swimming in money.
You will have to get lucky; you are placed in a random school. This is the biggest downside in my opinion. If you end up in a lousy school and your bosses are bullies, you’re stuck with it. Pray to the heavens and get lucky and it’ll be the experience of a lifetime.
You don’t get that much help. They’re not going to coddle with and guide you towards housing, etc. If you have only a basic understanding of Spanish, beware! Be prepared and you’ll have a good experience.