Auxiliares Category Archives

Auxiliares de Conversación: Renewing Profex for Another Year

As all of us auxiliares de conversación in Spain know, early January to April is the most exciting time of the year for one main reason: THE APPLICATION PERIOD TO REAPPLY OPENS UP! Of course after a second of using the North American Language and Culture Program’s page-that-shall-not-be-named (Profex), we all know how fast that excitement vanishes. Whether it’s your second, third, or even fourth year (like me) as a language …

How To Get An Empadronamiento in Spain

So you packed up your things and made the big move to Spain. Great! But now what? The first month here can be a bit daunting as you’re searching for an apartment and applying for your NIE/TIE residency card. Where do you start? Well the first step in this unenjoyable bureaucratic process is to get an empadronamiento. But don’t worry, this part is very easy, and it’s FREE! What is the empadronamiento? …

Pisos 101: How to Find an Apartment in Spain

I recently posted an article and video on how to pack when moving to Spain. (If you missed them, have a look!) Since then I’ve gotten several requests for a post about apartment (piso) hunting for newcomers. So here is everything you need to know about how to find an apartment in Spain. When it comes to living abroad, the apartment you choose to live in can make or break your time in that …

Buying Prescription Glasses or Contacts in Spain

This week my one-year anniversary of living in Spain happened to coincide with my God-knows-how-long anniversary with the same pair of glasses—it was time to bite the bullet and buy some new specs. I’d much rather spend money on fun things, like tomar copas with friends or ir de vacaciones, but I suppose seeing is alright. If you’re traveling or moving to Spain and fall into the category of less-than-perfect eyesight like me, …

How Everything Went Wrong My First Week as an Auxiliar de Conversación

The single most important skill you must have when traveling or living abroad is the ability to problem-solve. In life, being able to solve problems is the mark of a self-sufficient adult. While traveling, it’s the main determinant of whether you will run out of money, become stranded in a foreign location, or if you make it back home again. Though I already knew this very well having lived abroad and …