I am loving my experience teaching English in Spain. The schools are amazing, I teach primary at three local schools. I feel safe all the time, and the people are very kind and helpful.
However, I do have concerns about conversaspain’s role in organizing my teaching experience. I paid 1000Eu for their help and was told that I would receive assistance in my visa application and that conversaspain would provide my Spanish health insurance and a bank account. My experience so far has been that I had to apply for the visa entirely on my own. I am from Canada so whenever I asked questions about the process they would tell me to ask the Canadian consulate. It ended up taking months to get the visa and was very difficult to achieve with no aid.
When it came to the bank account I had to set it up entirely alone when I arrived in Spain even though they said it would be set up for me if I used their bank of choice- Sabadell.
As for the medical insurance- that is managed by the spanish education authorities. They not only give us our insurance but they also provide our monthly stipend and help to place us in our local schools.
So in the end I paid a lot of money to a company that did not help in the ways they promised and I could have saved a lot by just applying straight to the regional education authorities. This is something I wish I knew before I paid!!
If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I’d I had to do this all over again I would probably not go through conversaspain. I would apply directly to the spanish education authorities and would save a lot of money. In the end I did all the hard work and paid conversaspain for doing absolutely nothing.