“TEFL in Madrid is more fun than you can you ever imagine!” written by – William Garcia

Attended: EBC Madrid, Spain in November 2004

Course choice: Google search and a friend’s recommendation

“TEFL in Madrid is more fun than you can you ever imagine” Our thanks to 2004 EBC graduate William G. for this post.

I arrived in Madrid in November 2004 and I’ve never looked back. In Madrid, we work hard but we play harder. We EFL teachers teach as early as 8 am. and can end as late as 7 pm, working 20-25 hours a week but guess what? we earn more and can play more than most full-time office workers in Madrid. Of course, if you want to work more hours, that’s doable as well but if you earn between 1,500 to 1,800 euros a month working less hours than a full-time office worker who works 40 to 50 hours a week and earns 800 to 1,000 euros a month, why stress yourself out? Teach, earn, travel, party and enjoy the Spanish way of life, which is work hard but play harder.

Why can we do it? The answer is very simple. We have two accredited, world recognized certificates that literally allow us to teach English in any city where we wish to work in.

The next question was how do I pay for this dream? The answer was and still is, train to be an accredited, certified EBC TEFL/TESOL teacher, work as an EFL teacher abroad and finance your travel dreams. Simple really. Travel can be expensive but it can also be super affordable when you can do it using your wages as an English teacher. Of course, you must be certified and have accredited certification because the best paying language schools will only work with certified EFL teachers.

I was skeptical at first but when I got to EBC and became part of “la familia EBC”, I knew I’d made the right choice. I met a lot of other EBC graduates in Madrid who, just like me, were there to travel, see the world and have some fun as well.

How did I get into this?

The travel bug hit me, I wanted to see Europe, I know it’s teeny weenie compared to the USA, Canada or Australia but it was always been on my bucket list of things to do. I went with EBC because I’ve always wanted to go to Spain. One great thing about Madrid is that I could visit Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels or Prague on my weekends or long weekends and get back to work on a Monday. Europe’s great because it’s small compared to back home where you need about 3 days, non-stop 24 hours driving between 2 people to cover around 3,000 miles to get from San Francisco to New York and lo and behold, you’re still in the USA! I did that drive once with a girlfriend and it was not nice, and looking back, probably dangerous too. However, we were young, fresh out of college, hadn’t seen the East Coast so we did it but it wasn’t a nice experience.

Years later after having decided to work as an EFL teacher to be able to travel Europe, I found to my delight that I could be in three countries in a day! It was so exciting and frankly awesome. We flew to Amsterdam and then drove from Holland to Belgium and finally to Germany all in 1 day. Awesome!

Travelling is great, you meet people of all nationalities and form lifetime friendships. You may even learn 1 or 2 foreign languages, leave your heart in a city or two but what the heck you are only young once. Live your travel dream and later on when you’re on the 3M (marriage, motherhood, mortgage) phase of your life, with maybe less free time on your hands, you can look back and say, Wow I’ve been to 20 different countries. And I’ve got all these wonderful memories to look back on and you know what, I find myself smiling, feeling so happy that I gave myself that chance to live my travel dream and have all these wonderful memories that nothing else can never give me. Digital tourism is OK but nothing beats the real thing, the real feel, the real smell of 20, 30, even more countries in a lifetime.

A por ella, vamos a Madrid y disfrutemos de la vida! Go for it, let’s go to Madrid and enjoy life!

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Great course! You'll work very hard (it's very intensive) but definitely worth it. I totally recommend it.
Sol Montaser
09:00 27 Jul 18
The class was very good. The instructor John is friendly and very thorough with his classes. William, in the front office, is a joy and is very helpful with all of my course needs. Tita, is very nice and was helpful in explaining different options for working and staying in Madrid.
Jaime Tully
08:59 27 Jul 18
John is a good teacher and he puts efforts inorder to understand your requirements. He teaches you in the right ways, like how to present the language in a simple way, how to keep the motivation on, etc.It´s a intensive course but it´s really worth !!Willam is a good administrator. Thanks for all the help and support. 🙂
Tanya Bhagat
11:41 18 May 18
The course is very intensive but IT IS REALY WORTH! If you are looking for a course that teaches you how to become an English teacher, well this is the best one. You really get the better skills for teaching English at all levels with a clear knowledge about what you are doing. The staff of the course is really nice and helpful. He is a really nice person who helps you whatever you need.Teachers here at really good and they really know how to train you as a English teacher very well.
Dro !
11:24 18 May 18
I am very pleased with my experience at EBC Madrid. Professor John was an amazing mentor that really prepared my classmates and I to teach English. I feel confident going into the job market and finding a teaching job.
Elizabeth Wohlford
15:28 08 Mar 18
EBC Madrid had equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills I need to be better in teaching. William is so nice and is very accommodating to us students. And, John is the best teacher who can simplify and make the students understand even the most complicated grammatical concept. Kudos!
Anne Marnelli
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is very intensive but it helps a lot to bring out the best in me. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. I'm very thankful for all the guidance and help that I received from EBC. I highly recommend it.
Roxanne A.
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is really useful. It makes you equipped with the right knowledge, training and attitude. Things you need to have that confidence to go out and face the world as an English teacher. Highly recommended!
Pedi Dela Cruz
14:25 08 Mar 18
This is a great place to get your TEFL certification. The staff is kind, organized and very helpful. It was such a comfortable learning environment that I enjoyed very much. I liked the personalized attention and I got a lot more confidence and experience to be an English teacher. Thanks for everything!
Victoria Metz
10:35 02 Feb 18
I found the instruction throughout the course to be very effective and I finished the course feeling excited and prepared to begin teaching. There is nothing fancy about the EBC facility, however this doesn't in any way reduce the overall quality of the course. John, the instructor, has extensive experience (both as an TEFL teacher and a TEFL course trainer), which is evident in the thoughtful organization of the course. My class had only five students, which created lots of time for personal attention and advice. Make sure you come prepared to work hard!
Adam Schreiber
12:06 14 Dec 17
It was a great and intensive course! I learned and enjoyed this whole learning how to teach experience. Thank you very much for your time and knowledge. I feel well-prepared now. EBC Madrid, 2017.
Michele Buitron
11:57 14 Dec 17
I've just finished my EBC TEFL course. It was a great experience. I definitely recommend this course. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. It was just a pleasure. Thank you so much and good luck!
Natalia Egorova
15:04 10 Nov 17
The course has been really useful and the teacher, John, made the classes so much fun and very interesting. It is has been a great experience and has helped me realise how much I really enjoy teaching. It has also been a bit intense at times but I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to become an English teacher.
Natasha Jimenez
20:17 05 Oct 17
Class of August 2017.It's been a busy stressful 4 weeks but I am happy the group and I have all made it and we have TEFL certificates to show for all our hard-work and sleepless nights. Much thanks to our trainer John for his patience and ability to find solutions and guidance to help you find your way and energy throughout the course. EBC international is the best place to learn and share your knowledge of teaching. And for people like me who has no idea how to teach things like grammar and also to learn the grammar...this is the place to be!
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11:14 31 Aug 17
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