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Hi All,
My name is Darcy and I am a new member and first time poster. I know that you all have probably read these types of posts hundreds of times but I am in need of some advice or assistance or anything really. I am from a tiny twin Caribbean island known as Trinidad and Tobago. I am a recent university graduate (BSc. Psychology) and I also have an intermediate Spanish level. I have been helping Spanish speakers with English online and in person for almost 5 years and i feel in my heart that i have truly found my calling. For me the ideal experience would be for me to work in Spain but I am starting to feel like there are no avenues for someone like me. I know my chances would be better if i had a TEFL or CELTA certificate but the cost of doing it in my country is almost twice or three times the average price. I considered doing it online but i really don't want to miss out on the practical aspect of the course. I see that there are some jobs which would hire persons without the certificate but i realize the chances of getting those are next to none. My country was recently granted visa-free travel to Europe but even with that I would still need to do the impossible, which is obtaining a work permit. I feel like I am out of options but I don't want to give up on something that I really want to do. Has anyone ever been in this position? What would be the best step? I am willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish this.

So sorry for such a long post :/

Thanks in Advance guys! ^_^
 

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Hi there,

Your only real option is to come over on a student visa, which would allow you to work for up to 20hrs a week. However, you do actually have to be a genuine student, which means enrolling on and paying for a course upfront.

That said, with an unrelated degree and no TEFL qualification, you would struggle to find work. My advice, therefore, is to a do a TEFL course through a provider who can organise a student visa for you. One such company is TT Madrid (TEFL Madrid | TEFL Course Madrid). While I have no personal experience of them, I know of several people who have used them and been happy with the service. If nothing else, it's worth a look.

Hope that helps, and if you have any other questions, please ask.

Briona
 

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Thanks for the response Briona, this is in fact one of my options and I am liking what this particular school has to offer! I am still open to any other forms of advice but I think i would be gearing towards the one you presented! :)
 
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