If you're planning on moving to Spain, or even just thinking that maybe you'd do it, it feels so exciting! Wow, moving to Spain? To walk around a country with thousands of years of history, eat authentic Spanish food made by actual local Spaniards, and talk to the locals and learn a new language? What an inspiring thought. You could see architecture that hasn't been touched in hundreds of years, built by ancient cultures that walked the same cobblestone streets that you could walk!
Only problem is...where do you start? How do you get there? How long could you stay? How do you create a new life in a foreign country? How do you find someplace to live, make friends, and learn to communicate in another language? Is it even realistic?
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My name is Jamie. For as long as I can remember, I had always dreamed of living in a foreign country. I was so excited to see things that were so completely different from my little Florida life, and I knew adventure was calling me.
So, one day, I just did it. I committed to moving to Spain. I made a lot of mistakes and honestly didn't know what I was doing for a long time - I wanted to learn Spanish but for the first 4 months I didn't speak a word! When I got back home, I decided I needed to put together the information that I wished I'd had when I first moved to Madrid. I took my personal experience and tell you exactly how things work and what you should prepare for. I answered questions that I get all the time. I created the ultimate guide to moving to and working in Madrid, Spain.
How much will you make in Madrid? How much does rent cost, how often will you get paid, and how much will you be able to travel? I give you an in-depth explanation of my budget while teaching English in Madrid, and show you what you can expect for yourself.
What do you need to get a job teaching English abroad? Once you get the job, what do you do? Can you make extra money on the side? I explain the Spanish school system, show you how to find private students of their own, what to teach them, and even how to get an Au Pair gig.
Madrid's a big city - where do you even start? Which neighborhoods are safest? Where can I find people like me? I give you the personalities of the most popular neighborhoods, as well as provide you with information you'll need to find the apartment of your dreams.
What kind of Visa do you need? How do you get paid while in Madrid? Do you need to become a resident? I advise you on the generic legal information required for expats moving to and working in Madrid, as well as how to get it all done.
There's nothing stopping you from going on that trip you've always wanted to go on and moving to Spain! With the tools and experience of someone who's already been there, you can follow your dreams and truly live la vida Madrileña!