Pros: Great support staff from Meddeas. I was placed in a bilingual school and really liked the facilities and students. I feel like I grew as a professional and it has helped me decide to really go into teaching or not. My school followed my contract and I had little frustrations. I didn't have to take work home. My school had transportation for me and provided lunch each day.
Cons: You get a preference on where you want to be placed, but Meddeas doesn't really listen because it's based on each school wants. So basically it doesn't matter what you give as your preference. We are overworked (way more hours) compared to the Auxiliares (government program) so I think we should get paid accordingly. Pay by hour is very very little. I got placed in a school out in the country so my commute was long.
Overall, this is a great program for those who didn't study Education and want to spend a year abroad trying out teaching. I didn't work in the classroom at my school so I didn't get exactly the experience I wanted to figure out if I enjoy teaching and want to continue or not. The bottom line is, it depends on what school you get. My school didn't need me teaching whole classes so I didn't have to do that. It was harder to travel that I imagined because I worked five days a week. But I feel closer with my school and the students because I was working whole days, and I absolutely loved my students. You are not the lead teacher in any way so this may not be the right job for people who really want to teach abroad as a career. It's not the kind of program that will develop you as an educator. But it was a great experience and I would recommend it to others.