TEFL Course Week 1: Role of the Teacher

My online TEFL course through International TEFL Academy started this week, and as nerdy as this sounds, I was really excited to start learning! Apart from a weekend training I took back in 2012 from the Minnesota Literacy Council, I've never had much formal training on how to be an effective teacher. The plus side is … Continue reading TEFL Course Week 1: Role of the Teacher

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UCETAM Language Assistant Program in Madrid: Overview and Application Process

UCETAM (Unión de Cooperativas de Enseñanza de Trabajo Asociado de Madrid) is another Spain teaching program for Americans. According to their website, UCETAM: "...is an independent organization that was created in 1985 and now comprises 104 teaching cooperatives, Labor Societies, Foundations and Associations, which are arranged in a legal manner and joint ventures with Social Economy … Continue reading UCETAM Language Assistant Program in Madrid: Overview and Application Process

Spanish Ministry’s Auxiliares Program: Application & Timeline

The Spanish government's auxiliares program, also known as the North American Language & Culture Assistant (NALCA) program, is arguably the most widely known teaching programs for foreigners in Spain. Accepting over 2,000 assistants each year, NALCA is a popular program for people of any age who may be looking for a "gap year" or a way to simply … Continue reading Spanish Ministry’s Auxiliares Program: Application & Timeline

Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, Colombia

El Santuario Las Lajas (Las Lajas Sanctuary) is a beautiful basilica located in a canyon in Ipiales, Colombia. Built with a gothic style between 1916 and 1949, Las Lajas is a popular tourist destination near the Ecuador border not only for its architecture, but for its religious and cultural significance in the region and its family-friendly walking trails, … Continue reading Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, Colombia