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!
Our second part of five articles providing information on teaching English in Spain. Discussion of the items you'll need to do before you leave and in the first few months you're here.
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If you're thinking of teaching English in Spain, read these articles first, adventure later.