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Life in Spain

Posted: March 19, 2010 in Travel
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THE MOVE

Circumstances have brought me to Spain. The moment I set foot in Spain, it was “All in all”, has been a challenging change of environment, scenery and culture. Adapting to a new country and place, one which is more progressive and richer than your own, not only to a new culture, but to a new idea of culture. That first trip was eight years ago, the truth is, I never really thought that I would. I believe it´s because of divine providence  that I am here now. However, I realized that if I was going to make a move, I have to do it then or I likely never would. Looking at that way, decided to move, and within few months,I set up in Madrid. 

CASTILLANO

Moving to Spain was not as easy as what expected—especially in the beginning. My language mix-ups ranged from the hilarious to the frustrating, speaking a language other than your own daily has certainly not been easy and it was a couple of years before I really felt comfortable. I am particularly curious by mañana habit, los toros, los choros, la paella, el sol, el flamenco,  la siesta and las playas. I knew about Philippines as one of Spain’s former colonies, but this was new, as it knotted my English-speaking life and my hunger of improving my Spanish together in a new way.

LIFE & WORK AWAY FROM HOME

I´ve been here almost a decade now and find myself living in just another country, It´s finally home away from home. As I settled into life in Spain, I discovered something I did not expect. Living & working in a foreign country, when you have adjusted to it, is life as usual—it just happens somewhere else. Going around Madrid no longer bewilders me because it’s now my city. It´s where I work, move and live.

ESL TEACHING

As the group is small and my students are adults and when you as a teacher is honestly interested in other people, cultures, and the world, any barriers quickly collapse. If you really give attention and listen to them, you can design the course to fit into their needs, get along well, and still cover the material required. You don´t normally hit it off very well from the beginning of class and if they are quick learners with a good basic foundation, I don’t mind setting aside the textbook then allowing students lead into topic areas that otherwise would not be covered and using them to illustrate new language skills. Teaching children in small groups is a lot of fun and as they are good imitators, the load of work is lighter. However, working in a Spanish company/academy is tough. There is uncertainty and many times it´s energy draining and time-consuming. You are expected to working long hours for low wages, no matter who you are working for. They’ll pay you little. Being an English teacher is not particularly difficult—the most difficult & frustrating part will be organizing your schedule so you’re not traveling an hour or more throughout the day to different class locations.

Photo: the “correos”

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MY TYPICAL DAY

Posted: December 5, 2009 in Travel

Work description

I’ve been working almost seven years as ESL Teacher here in Spain, and although it gives me greater freedom than I had when I was in my first teaching job, and though I only have to work 4-5 hour (work a day) but I am always  outdoors for more than 9-10 hours.

Always on the move

What I find hard is actually moving from one place to another to conduct classes. Although I’m not really sure if it is actually a problem, but I still don’t find it easy  “teaching from one place to another”. It gets dark and cold in the winter in Spain (at dawn and early night), and personally I’d rather sit and wait for my students “stationed” than always “on the move” to go to the next class.

The course

Normally, Language courses start in September and end in June. So here is what a typical day looks like for an ESL teacher like me if you ever wondered what. (more…)

Another Day

Posted: November 8, 2009 in Travel
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*Time to Rewind and Unwind*

The clock goes
Another day to the routine I´m bound
Stop! look! listen and  pause!
Make sure, nothing would let you down

Always take time for a break,
Cause rest and pleasure are at stake!
When loads of work seemed like a cross,
Go and unwind. YOU are the boss!

JH S. Buscato ©2009 all rights reserved

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