How to Spain is a blog geared toward auxiliares de conversación and EFL teachers in Spain. We’re here to answer your questions, give you some tips and tricks we wish someone had told us our first year here, and provide information and how to’s to help you settle into your life in Spain and get the most out of your year as an auxiliar!

For those who’d like some personalized help, we also offer translation, consultant and concierge services. If you’d like some extra attention, check out our Services page for details and prices or contact us directly

Maggie: is originally from the East Coast, but has been living in Spain for over 8 years and she absolutely loves the place! She’s got two cats and loves animals so she’s always happy to talk with you about how to become a foster home if you miss your furbabies back home. While in Madrid, she’s worked for two different auxiliar programs, several different language academies and summer camps, as well as individual families as a nanny or private teacher. She loves teaching and loves giving advice regarding schools and classes! Welcome to Madrid, she can’t wait to speak with you!

Carmen: is a Spanish born, American raised Southern California adventuress who has been living in Spain since September 2006. She enjoys teaching English and was an Auxiliar for a few years. She is a keen traveler and photographer with a passion for Spanish culture and wine. Among her friends she is the PR for fun and free activities in Madrid and amongst everyone else, she is “Miss Info” of everything in Madrid and Spain, hence her resonance with this blog.

Tally: has never participated in the Education Ministry’s auxiliars de conversación program but has managed to keep herself in “estado regular” since arriving in Madrid in January 2014. She was an auxiliar once in Alcobendas but she’s mostly taught academy and in-company classes. Tally is a museum person, a movie person and definitely a food person. Her teaching schedule is usually pretty packed out between academy classes and private tutoring but she still finds time to hit up Cine Dore, Caixa Forum and the occasional Sevillanas class. She’s looking forward to sharing all the stuff she wish someone had told her when she got here.