Part 3 of our 5 article series on teaching English in Spain. Information on teaching "in the black", meaning illegally, with or without papers, but under the radar of the Spanish tax and immigration system.
Even without the visa there are opportunities in the still strong black money market
If you can somehow pull it off, teaching English in Spain can be a great first step into the country. Many English teachers don’t last more than a year or two, particularly if you’re teaching children. Yet many of these people are still living in Spain because they’ve gotten their papers and branched out, making connections through their fellow teachers, students, friends and roommates. They find jobs in other fields or even in English teaching related positions too. For example, a teacher I know is now doing conversation classes over the phone, another is doing voice-overs for commercials, and yet another is doing web development.
There are so many opportunities for Western expats… once you have a foot in the door and a visa in your passport. The foot in the door will take you 6-12 months in Spain to find, and the work visa will take a bit of luck. Even without the visa there are opportunities in the still strong “black money” market (which isn’t as crazy as it sounds).
If you do find yourself teaching English in the “black” (without a visa), here are a few tips:
Some employers are better than others, of course, with there being some very nice, very sympathetic bosses!
A comprehensive list of REAL resources for English teachers plying their trade in Spain covering everything from acronyms and lesson planning to grammar reference and peer support.
Jobs in Spain and job sites for those seeking jobs under the Spanish sun. This list is possibly the most exhaustive list of job sites in Spain on the entire Internet, I shit you not.
A unique, paid teaching opportunity with a temporary visa for Spain
Our first part of five articles providing information about teaching English in Spain. Discussion of TEFL, TESOL, certificates, TEFL school accreditation, and what to expect from your TEFL course.
This article has information about alternative ways to get a working visa for Spain in particular for journalists. It will give you detailed instructions on how to get the visa, what documents you need, who to contact and if you are eligible to get a freelancer's working visa for Spain. It can help set up your visa before you have an actual job in Spain which is often hard to do.