I’ve been having lots of people (okay, more like 4 people) reach out to me lately about the progress of the auxiliar de conversacion placements. I’m still amazed that actual people besides my mom are reading my blogs (hi ma!), but I want to reiterate that I’m always willing to respond to emails and messages on social media. Okay, back to the topic. Most of the people asking me questions are in various stages of limbo since they’ve submitted their application and wanted to know essentially “what the hell is going on right now”. Honestly, I’m kind of in the same boat, but here are some nice guidelines on how things are being processed.
You successfully applied, but you haven’t been accepted yet:
As of June 27th, 2016, the last inscrita reached was 4791. If your inscrita is higher than that, don’t panic, dozens of placements are continuously offered as many people have to decline their positions. Be patient, but be proactive. At this point, it would behoove you to join some auxiliares groups on Facebook as they usually have lots of updates about the ministry’s progress. Sometimes people who have to back out of their placements are even willing to “give” the position to someone in the group who is still waiting!
You’ve been accepted, but haven’t gotten your carta de nombramiento:
Maybe you’re like me and it has been a grueling month and a half since you’ve been accepted into the program. Maybe you’re tired of having nothing concrete to tell your family when they say “hey baby, what’s going on with the Spain thing“? See, the carta de nombramiento is basically an official contract as an auxiliar in Spain. It details your school assignment, length of stay, salary, etc. Without it, you are unable to obtain your visa, so you’re literally just sitting on your hands until it comes. Well, there is really nothing you can do to speed up this process, but there are three main things to remember while you’re waiting.
- Your inscrita means nothing after you’ve been accepted. School assignments are given completely at random, not first come first serve.
- Keep in mind variations of the academic year. For example, Madrid’s school year typically ends much later than other regions. Some schools don’t even start assigning their new auxiliares until July.
- Apparently, it is possible that your profex can list your school assignment before you receive the actual email/letter! Log in from time to time and see what’s going on.
You’ve gotten your carta de nombramiento, but you don’t like your assignment:
If you’re just being a brat, get over yourself. This is an amazing opportunity! Some people would teach physics to tadpoles for a 10-month, WELL PAID stint in Spain. Don’t micromanage your future. If you have a legit reason, I get it. Maybe you need to live closer to your boyfriend. Perhaps your assigned school is a 2 hour commute from the nearest affordable piso. So on and so forth. You can A) Email the ministry and explain your situation, asking for an alternate placement. Since lots of people decline their positions throughout the summer, some regions/centros become available that weren’t available before. APPROVAL OF THIS PROCESS IS BASED PURELY ON LUCK. Or B) Find someone else who also don’t like their placement, and email the ministry asking to be switched. Apparently, they are more likely to accommodate this way as you’ve done most of the hard work yourself.
You’re fine with your carta de nombramiento, but you don’t know what to do next:
Now it’s time for you to get your paperwork in order! Visas, finger prints, medical records, the new sexual offender check, etc. You can also start looking for housing, living essentials, and tips on what to pack! I’m not this far along in the process, so I can’t speak on any of these things directly(Update: Read about My Visa Experience at the Chicago Consulate here!). Check out some of these blogs for pointers:
Where are you in the application process? Are you happy with your placement?