Conversation Assistant Jennifer Brickey

Meet Jennifer Brickey

ESL teacher Jennifer in Paris

Jennifer took advantage of her location to visit Paris!

Jennifer Brickey is an Auxiliar de Conversación in Valladolid, Spain. After falling in love with Spain, she returned to teach English and has already been here for two years, teaching and traveling!

Why did you start teaching English and why did you choose to teach English in Spain?

After graduating with a degree in Education, I wasn’t ready to settle down into the American lifestyle. I had spent some time volunteering in Spain during my college career, and fell in love with the Spanish culture and language. I decided to come back after graduation and have been here for the past 2 years living la vida española!

Where do you teach in Spain and how did you find your teaching  job?

I am currently teaching in Valladolid, Castilla y Leon. I am working in an instituto, which is similar to a high school. My position is “Auxiliar de Conversacion” and I work for the Spanish government. I found the program by researching on the internet. There are a lot of positives and negatives to this particular program, but it is one of the main options for those who would like to stay in Spain on a legal student visa.

How many hours do you usually work per week and what is your pay?

For 15 hours a week I receive 700 euros per month from my program. In addition to that, I teach private lessons in the afternoon. I charge 15 euros per hour for private classes and found the families that I work for through a website.

Was being able to travel a main factor in deciding to teach English in Spain?

Upon first obtaining the position in Spain, I wanted to absorb the rich culture of Spain more than coming here just to travel through Europe. With that being said, having extra money set aside to travel with has been wonderful. And living and working and Europe, it’s impossible not to take advantage of traveling to new places with vacation time and days off.

What cities and countries have you been able to travel to while teaching in Spain?

While living in Spain, I have been to France, Portugal, England, and Italy. I have also taken the opportunity to see as much of Spain as possible, traveling with new Spanish friends to places that their families are from, or participating in festivals in different pueblos around the country.

What countries are next on your list for travel while teaching?

The next country I hope to visit is Greece. I love the Mediterranean culture and Greece in the summer time is said to have a lot to offer.

Is teaching in order to travel worth it? Would you recommend it to others?

Teaching English here in Spain is so much more than the experience of traveling. Everyday brings a new challenge and a new exciting adventure. Traveling around Europe is only an added bonus!
I would absolutely recommend this experience to others. Being away from family, friends, and the comforts of your culture is never going to be completely easy, and the Spanish lifestyle can take time to accustom to. But living and working here has changed my life for the better, and whenever I do decide to move back to the American lifestyle, I will have amazing memories that will always be with me!
Everyday brings new challenges when learning a new language, eating new foods, and following a new culture. Follow Jennifer’s experiences and travels as she takes in a newly nomadic life full of siestasfiestas, and everything in between!  

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