After nearly three weeks of incessantly checking my email for my city and school placement, it came through this morning, and I’ll be teaching and living in Logroño – the capital of La Rioja.
Being considered a first year applicant (because I declined my position last year), I was certain I would be placed in a remote village of La Rioja. This would have been perfectly fine with me, although I would have preferred a big city, like Logroño. Well, big for La Rioja standards at least. I believe that my low inscrita number and selection of not teaching a certain age preference on the profex application helped secure me a city center teaching position.
My school is an Escuela oficial de idiomas, which from what I understand means that my students will be ages 16 and older and consist of people who are trying to learn English. This was a shocker to me, in all honesty. I guess I thought all placements were at primary (CEIP) and secondary (IES) schools. However, I am completely happy to be here. In fact, I have quite a bit of experience teaching an older crowd. I’ve taught tennis and pottery lessons to adults for years. On an unrelated note, the only group I don’t have a large amount of experience with is the high school age group.
Since the school is located right in Logroño, it means that I will be living in Logroño and shouldn’t have to worry about transportation to and from work. I couldn’t be happier about being able to walk to work either! Although my drive in the U.S. is only 15 minutes, I still despise it. I wish I could just walk. Now, I’ll be able to!
I’m ecstatic, to say the least, that I will be living in Logroño too. This truly is the position that I had been hoping for. I wanted to live in the city and be part of all Logroño and La Rioja has to offer. The placement came at the right time too, as you may have read the other week about me having second thoughts about the whole teaching in Spain thing, but no longer! I will be going in September!
Stay tuned as I prepare to leave for Spain, learn more about Logroño, improve my Spanish, and, of course, write about it all.