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How to Fight the TEFL Stress, Meet People, and Stay Active in Barcelona

Perhaps the most valuable skill that I came to love and hate during my TEFL course in Barcelona, Spain, was time management. It was obvious after the first day of class that I would need to refine this skill and, for me, having active things to do outside of the classroom was absolutely crucial to […]

How to Apply to the Meddeas Language Assistant Program

So you want to live the dream? You want to teach English in a school in Spain and you want to do so legally. Well good news for you, there are a few great programs here in Spain that actually allow you to do so by teaching as an “English Language Assistant”. These programs allow […]

Spain Lockdown Not All Zoom and Gloom

When Spain suddenly went into lockdown, her TEFL course went from a classroom setting on Friday to Zoom the following Monday. Abi Keane gives her account on how she dealt with the changes, as well as finishing the course and doing her teaching practicum online.

Learn To Teach! Travel And Make Friends For Life!

What started out as a course to learn how to teach English, later turned into 33 shared countries and a friendship of a lifetime.  Rewind to January 2014, Alli and I met in our  International TEFL Academy class in Barcelona, and became instant friends.  We had both left behind successful careers in the U.S., sold […]

How To Obtain A Long-term Student Visa To Study In Spain

About two years ago, my partner and I decided we wanted to live in Spain for one year.  We both love Spain and have always wanted to spend at least a year here to learn the language and be immersed in the culture.  The trick was finding out how to do it legally, and thankfully […]

Two Strange Catalan Christmas Traditions

Tió de Nadal (“Poo Log”) The Tio de Nadal (which is Catalan for ‘Christmas log’) is a character that plays a big role during Christmas in Catalunya. In the context of Christmas, ‘tio’ refers to a log or tree trunk. In Castellano (the Spanish dialect spoken in Spain) tío means ‘uncle’ but is also used […]

My Life As An ITA TEFL Student

Starting off the day It’s Monday morning in week three of my Certificate in TEFL course at ITA Barcelona, and I wake up to my alarm at 9 a.m. in my very tiny studio. I open the tall balcony doors to let some fresh air in and turn off the AC, hoping that this is […]

5 Things You Need To Successfully Teach English Online in Barcelona

The technical requirements: 1. A Laptop/Computer (or iPad) with a camera: You will need a computer with a camera in order to teach online. Be sure you have a camera, as you’ll need it to videoconference with your students. 2. Strong Internet Connection: Be sure you have a solid Internet connection, wherever you are. When […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Teach English Online While Living in Barcelona

Work from home: No commute, need I say more? Make your own schedule & No minimum hours: Now, I will say there are so many different companies to choose from, each have different requirements and contracts. Some give you a set schedule and require you work a minimum amount of hours a week- each company […]

Teaching English Online While Based in Barcelona

You finish your TEFL course at International TEFL Academy  Barcelona TEFL, receive your official certificate, and then you’re faced with the difficult task of deciding where to teach. Should I go to Europe, Asia, Latin America? I decided to stay and teach English in Barcelona, Spain? It’s exciting, yet nerve-wracking, to dive right into a […]