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Try TEFL Teaching in Spain!

My TEFL Experience provides volunteer English teachers to a non-profit academy in the heart of Valencia, Spain, to help give English lessons to Spanish students affected

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My TEFL Experience Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Impact

    6

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    9

My TEFL experience

I would highly recommend doing this to anyone who is unsure or a newly qualified Tefl teacher. Alyx and Paul are lovely and Gil is very helpful too. I found having my teaching observed very beneficial as I was able to follow through on feedback given, and perfect my teaching. My students were very nice and made me feel very welcome.

Program: Try TEFL Teaching in Spain!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    7

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

My TEFL experience

I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering in Academia Solidaria. I also enjoyed socialising with the other teachers. There was always someone to bounce my ideas off. I found Alyx, Paul and Gil to be most helpful in any query I had. I received excellent training and I gained confidence throughout the two weeks I was teaching. I think they facilitate a fantastic support network to newly qualified teachers. I hope I gain employment in an academy like Academia Solidaria in the future. I would recommend newly qualified teachers or people who aren't sure if they would like to do TEFL to try out volunteering in Academia Solidaria first.

Program: Try TEFL Teaching in Spain!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

A wonderful volunteer teaching experience in Valencia Spain

I had such a great time there. I had such a positive experience with the Spanish students at the school. They were wonderful. I also enjoyed staying at the apartment with 3 fellow volunteers and became good friends with one of them who was closer to my age.

As far as Valencia it was a great city to visit and to explore. There was so much to see and do in spare time and I was trying to improve my Spanish and I must say that people were very patient and helpful whenever I asked for help in my stumbling Spanish.

Alex from Canada

Program: Try TEFL Teaching in Spain!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Pay and Benefits

    10

  • Teacher Support

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Academia Solidaria - The total package

I found AS following my son's advice to find out what job prospects were available for people with the CELTA qualification (I'm thinking of doing one). The ethos of the academy immediately resonated with me so following a successful Skype interview with Alyx, I took 2 weeks annual leave and booked my flight. A few months later the day arrived and off I went to Valencia.

The apartment was close to the Metro (which was on the line to go and come from the airport) and just a 15 minute walk to the beach. Several trips were taken to the beach! The ladies I shared the apartment with Eline, Caroline, Emma and Eleni (not all at the same time!) were amazing. We all got on so well and in fact helped each other with lesson prep. work, grammar queries etc. I have made some friends for life!

The instructions Alyx sent me to find the academy were comprehensive to say the least! Photos of buildings I would see etc. The teachers there were friendly as were Alyx and Paul. The latter offered any kind of help required. My students over the 2 weeks (Beginners, Elementary and Pre-intermediates) were wonderful. Apart from the PI group, most students were mature and brushing up on their English. I have made some friends amongst them and hope to see some of them next year when they visit England.

We attended an "intercambio" in a Bar where English speaking volunteer teachers had the opportunity to meet Spanish people to do a language exchange. There were other opportunities to socialise.

This experience has been invaluable to me for confirming that I really would enjoy teaching English as I loved every minute of it. The programme was very well managed by Alyx and Paul and the only thing I would suggest is that it would have been really helpful to have received the course work a bit sooner than the week before I flew. Primarily for preparing exercises for classes as well as printing everything off beforehand. However, if it didn't happen it's probably due to normal academy challenges! There's no doubt that occasionally helping students in Spanish was useful for the beginners and elementary classes but CELTA teaches you not to speak in the native language, so don't worry if you don't speak much Spanish.

To sum up, if you're thinking of doing this, do not have any reservations, just do it!! I did not regret a single moment and in fact, wished I was there now! Photo of me with one of my beginners group (me in the blue denim dress).

Program: Try TEFL Teaching in Spain!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

MTE volunteer

I have just completed a 3 week placement with MTE and had an enjoyable time. Alyx, Paul and Gil were all friendly, helpful, supportive and approachable during my stay.
The school is clean, spacious and has the resources to help carry out varied lessons. The lesson plans are provided by the school so it takes the stress out of lesson preparation.
I was lucky enough to teach all 4 levels to help increase my own experience. All the students are lovely and they genuinely want to learn English.
The flat provided by MTE is very nice and spacious. It is situated in a nice area and close to good transport links, making it easy to get around Valencia.
I would highly recommend MTE, particularly if you have no or minimal classroom experience.

Program: Try TEFL Teaching in Spain!

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