Staff Spotlight: Paula

Teach English in Spain: Public Schools in Madrid

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is when I went to the USA to work in a non-profit organization’s multimedia department. That experience changed my life. I was in a country which I have never gone to before. I was alone with my backpack but I was very happy for the opportunity I had in front of me.

I would lie if I say that everything was perfect since the very beginning. But I started meeting people and eventually found my own space. It as an amazing experience

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Helping lots of people make their dreams come true is something really rewarding. We give them the opportunity to come to Spain and teach in Spanish schools. That means that they will discover a new country, new culture, and learn a new language if they want. It’s amazing! I have learned a lot about how to help people in that way, and I really like it.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Lots of them tell us how being a Language Assistant has changed their lives, their perspective, and their career paths. That's something really important, as they will dedicate the rest of their lives to a profession they'd discovered without knowing that it was going to be so exciting and important for them.

Some of them have never thought about being teachers. However, after living the experience in Spain, they say they really want to become teachers once they are back in their countries.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose the Graduate Program. That way, you can balance your professional experience and your personal life very simply – working in a school, being a student, and learning how to teach your language to foreign people while you study the TEFL course.

That's something I consider important when you are away from home. You need to find yourself, and have your own space too.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The fact that our Language Assistants usually tell us that they have grown a lot both professionally and personally. There's a lot of work behind every candidate, and we really try our best to give them the best experience they've ever had. We also make sure that they feel supported during the whole program, and that we try our best to help them whenever needed.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Work closely as a team, take care of every part of the selection process of our candidates, give them support, and make them feel that they are not alone in all this process.

There're lot of new things that they will have to go through, so I think that making them feel supported is very important. I wish I’ll have that help too if I’ll ever be in the same situation.