One day I was browsing my school’s job search portal looking for a summer internship and I came across an ad to teach abroad in Spain. I had absolutely no prior interest in teaching, however, the job description sparked my interest, and it seemed like it would be an interesting experience, so I decided to apply.
Within a week of submitting my application, Spain Internship followed up with me to set up a Skype and telephone interview. They were there for me through every step of the process and answered any questions I had.
Since I go to a fairly large university, it was somewhat difficult for me to find the right person to sign my training agreement (a document required for all interns under Spanish law) however they helped me through it all.
It was then that I decided that they were the perfect placement company for me.
My most meaningful souvenir is a keychain of the oso y el madroño madrilleño. It is a keychain of a statue of a bear climbing a tree. It may seem pretty insignificant but this bear statue served as a meeting point for my friends and I.
Since we found the cell phone service in Spain to be fairly expensive compared to our home countries, many of us often only used our phones for emergencies or when on Wi-Fi. So whenever we wanted to meet up we would go somewhere where there was Wi-Fi and message each other through WhatsApp, a free Internet based messenger, saying “ill meet you at the oso (bear) in 15 minutes, or something along those lines.
If you do end up working or studying in the center of Madrid you will probably hear a lot of reference to the iso, or you might end up using it yourself, as it is a central meeting point for many.