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Frequently Asked Questions

1 How many documents will I receive?

2 Should I attend the Orientation Session?

3 Which Initial Orientation Session should I attend?

4 When should I contact my school?

5 Can I be placed at more than one school?

6 When should I arrive in Madrid?

7 Where and when should I look for accommodation?

8 Why does the school not answer my e-mails?

9 How can I contact the Consejería de Educación, Juventud y Deporte?

10 How many hours am I expected to be at school?

11 How will I be contacted?

12 Holidays and Absences

13 Which are my duties as language assistant?

14 I have changed my mind. What should I do?

15 What should I do prior to my arrival?

16 Will I know my schedule in advance?

17 When will I receive my first payment?

18 Can I open a Spanish bank account?

19 Can I choose or change school?

20 What type of health insurance will I have?

21 NON Europen Citizens: How do I get my NIE number and the TIE card (Student’s Identity Card)?

22 Europen Citizens: How do I get my NIE and "Certificado de registro"?

1 How many documents will I receive?

You will receive two documents:

1. A letter of appointment ( carta de nombramiento). The document has been signed digitally. Print it out in colour. You will not receive a hard copy of this document. Please, read it carefully to understand the details of your appoinment.

Take it with you to the consulate on the day of your appointment when applying for your visa (non European citizens).

2. A letter of recomendation (carta de aprovechamiento). The document reflects the language assistant's performance during the school year. It will be signed by the Principal at the end of June.

USEFUL ADVICE: Please save all documents (letter of acceptance, copy of your passport.... ) and have copies readily available.

2 Should I attend the Training Sessions?

YES, attendance to the training sessions in september is compulsory.

The exact dates can be consulted on this web page.

3 Which Initial Orientation Session should I attend?

You should attend the Comunidad de Madrid Orientation Session ONLY. It will take place between the 15th and 30th of September and usually last half a day. It will be held at the CRIF "LAS ACACIAS" C/ General Ricardos, 179 MADRID. We advise you not to buy your plane tickets until you know the dates of this session.

Assistants working in other regions should attend a different orientation session organized by the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. Languague assistants appointed to Madrid do not need to attend this meeting.

Please consult the exact dates on our web page.

4 When should I contact my school?

Once you know which school you have been appointed to,  contact the school as soon as possible, but be reminded that schools are close until the end of August.

The details of the school  and the coordinator are provided on your letter of appointment.

5 Can I be placed at more than one school?

Some assistants may be placed at two schools. You will go to each school twice a week. Please contact both schools for further information.

6 When should I arrive in Madrid?

You should arrive in Madrid in time to attend the Orientation Session. Dates will be published on our website to allow you to book your flights accordingly.

7 Where and when should I look for accommodation?

Living in the centre of Madrid has its advantages but very often closeness to the school avoids travelling and prices vary considerably. You will find useful addresses in the handbook “Guía del Auxiliar ” in our web page.

8 Why does the school not answer my e-mails?

Schools are closed from mid July to the end of August.

9 How can I contact the Consejería de Educación, Juventud y Deporte?

You can contact us at   auxiliares.conversacion@educa.madrid.org

10 How many hours am I expected to be at school?

16 hours a week in class, usually four days a week, and some extra hours for coordination.

11 How will I be contacted?

We will contact you: by e-mail or by phone - a Spanish mobile phone is required.

12 Holidays and Absences

Language Assistants are entitled to the same holidays at Christmas and Easter as the school staff. Your position ends on the 30th of June (30th of May for "cupo Ministerio").

You must comply with this calendar unless for unforeseen circumstances which have to be clearly justified in writing and authorized previously in writing by the Principal.

Absences from the centre for medical reasons must be justified in writing by the doctor.

Any other unauthorized absences from the centre will imply the loss of your position.

Medical attention must be received in Spain.

The school year calendar is available on our website. Please arrange your travelling accordingly.

13 Which are my duties as language assistant?

The basic duties of the assistant are:

To assist the regular staff at class

To conduct conversation classes in the foreign language

To supplement the classes with exercises in reading, dictation and oral composition

To give pupils an insight to the way of life in his/her country.

To prepare material.

Assistants may also be asked to participate in extra-curricular activities such as workshops, field trips, music and theatre performances, or sports events.

14 If I have changed my mind, what should I do?

It is absolutely vital for the Consejería de Educación, Juventud y Deporte that you notify any resignations as soon as possible to the following addresses:

1. Consejería de Educación, Juventud y Deporte ( Madrid Regional Government):    auxiliares.conversacion@educa.madrid.org

2. Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deportes (Spanish Government):

USA and Canada: renuncias.auxnort@mecd.es

Australia, New Zeland, Holand: renuncias.auxextra@mecd.es

 

15 What should I do prior to my arrival?

DO NOT forget to contact your appointed schools and let them know the date of your arrival.

If possible, BRING VISUAL MATERIALS concerning your home town, background …

16 Will I know my schedule in advance?

In most cases Primary schools are run between 09.30 and 16.30. Classes in Secondary schools are normally between 8:30 and 15:30, 4 days a week. Fridays or Mondays will usually be your day off, depending on the school. Contact the school on this issue, but be aware that they will not know your definite schedule until the beginning of the term.

17 When will I receive my first payment?

Payments are received at the end of each month. However initial payments may take a little longer and therefore financial provisions should be made for this period.

Depending on the school you will be paid by check, cash or by bank transfer.

18 Can I open a Spanish bank account?

Yes, you may open a Spanish bank account. Advice on this matter will be given at the Orientation Session.

19 Can I choose or change school?

You cannot choose or change your appointed school. The Comunidad de Madrid boasts an excellent public transport network and all schools are easily accessible from the town centre. Preferences of location or changes cannot be considered.

20 What type of health insurance will I have?

If you are a non European citizen you will be provided with a health insurance that will cover you from September 15th to July 15th.

If you are a citizen of the European Union: you need to come provided with your S1 or your European Health Card only if the first cannot be obtained.This document / card is valid in all the “Seguridad Social“ (the Spanish National Health System) .You are entitled to medical attention at any “centro de salud”( local surgery ) or Seguridad Social Hospital.

*Those European citizens who are not entitled to a European Health Card should purchase their own private insurance.

Notice: If you require medical attention at home, it should only be received during the holiday periods, and not during the school terms.

21 NON Europen Citizens: How do I get my  NIE number and the TIE card (Student’s Identity Card)?

The Student’s Identity Card ("TIE", Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) authorises legal residence in Spain following the expiry date of your visa. If you apply for this card, the NIE number will be automatically allocated to you and will figure on the Student’s Residence Card

Instructions concerning your student’s residence card and NIE will be given at the Orientation Session; therefore, attendance to this meeting is essential.

New language assistants have one month (as from the date of their arrival) to apply for their Student’s Identity Card.

The NIE is a number all non Spanish citizens need when operating any financial transaction in Spain.

Further instructions will be issued on line.

 

22 Europen Citizens: How do I get my NIE and "Certificado de registro"?

As a European Citizen you are entitled to live in Spain without any special permission but you need to register officially if you plan to stay in the country for more than three months. You will have to apply for a “Certificado de Registro” which includes the NIE number.

The NIE is a number all non Spanish citizens need when operating any financial transaction in Spain.

Instructions concerning the “Certificado de Registro” and NIE will be given at the Orientation Session, therefore attendance to this meeting is essential.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS

DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT  auxiliares.conversacion@educa.madrid.org

We look forward to meeting you in September!