Alyona B and Kris T
Alyona B (January 2020 to present)
Kris T (September 2019 to present)
We have really enjoyed our time here at ECI Andujar, and in the town itself. If you drive you are within easy reach of any part of the peninsula, if not there are busses to most big tourist spots that take a few hours (take the earliest possible coach to get more time or stay overnight in an AirBNB). Andujar itself has some of the best places to eat, even former Michelin-starred places, and a ton of places to have a coffee (or beer) in the sun.
What has been new for us is the attention to Cambridge and Trinity exam preparation. The school takes students’ preparation for these exams seriously, which is great.
Even though the COVID-19 quarantine has been a stressful time for all the teachers and schools all around the world, ECI managed to organize the whole process quite smoothly and thanks to the training we received from the academic management, all of us learned how to teach online very quickly. Of course, we’ve been mastering our skills of teaching online throughout recent months, but the initial training was extremely helpful and everyone was supportive and patient. We were sharing ideas and materials with each other and the team work really helped us to move forward.
Also, we are immensely grateful for all the help with our paperwork concerning our move to Spain. Julie guided us through this complicated process, which helped us to settle in.
If you want to work for a professional reliable company, develop as a teacher, meet new interesting people who are passionate about their teaching jobs, this is a place for you!!
September 2019 to present
This is my first year working for El Centro de Ingles and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I was attracted to school because if its professional attitude and the various opportunities presented to advance my teaching career.
This year I have taught a range of ages from primary through to adults. This has allowed me to develop my teaching style and adapt to the various needs of my students. I big part of my teaching has been the Cambridge exams. This was an area that was quite new to me when I arrived, but thanks to the excellent programme of support for teachers at the school, I now feel very comfortable delivering these types of classes.
For the last few months my teaching has changed considerably due to COVID-19, however the company’s response to the pandemic has been excellent. We were set up giving online classes in less than a week, and I maintained a full timetable until the end of the year. I have also been able to develop my online teaching which is a very useful skill to add to your CV.
September 2017- present
I´ve worked here for three years now and what initially attracted me to the school was the fact that they came across as very professional and supportive – a place where I could further improve my skills and I must say I have. At ECI you work with students aged 6 to 18 mainly (some adult classes as well) and the main focus is on Cambridge exams which is great work experience to add to your CV. However, if you´ve not taught Cambridge before, planning and structuring these lessons can be very time-consuming and requiring a lot of effort. As a result, you end up putting in a lot of extra hours. Nonetheless, once you dominate the skill, it gets a lot easier.
Teaching online is another thing we all had to get used to given the circumstances, but we managed to get it up and running and it works very smoothly indeed now.
Cian Jordan Quinn
I have worked for El Centro de Inglés for two years now and would thoroughly recommend the academy to anyone looking to advance their teaching career.
I was initially attracted to the academy by its professional approach to TEFL and support in skill development. I feel that I have been empowered to develop professionally, specifically in the areas of exam preparation and improving students’ reading comprehension.
COVID-19 took us all by surprise and I must state clearly here that ECI acted quickly and effectively, getting online platforms and digital resources organised within days of Spain announcing a national emergency. I was very impressed by this and felt fully supported in transitioning to teaching classes online, which was completely new to me.
Anyone considering a career in teaching is in safe hands here. If you want to improve professionally, I recommend applying.
Dates employed: September 2018 – June 2019 and continuing
The town is small and quiet although in spring and summer there always seems to be something going on! There are plenty of bars and restaurants and the people here are really friendly.
You can get around the town quite easily on foot and most of it is flat. There´s a rail station and bus station which connect Andujar with Cordoba, Seville, Malaga and Madrid.
The school is modern with interactive whiteboards and you have your own room to put your personal stamp on. There´s a lovely patio in the middle of the school which brings in lots of light.
Materials and Resources
There are so many materials to use! There is everything you could possibly need for every level.
Everyone here is extremely helpful and professional. There is always someone on hand to help you or give you advice.
You will probably be teaching a mixture of kids and teens and possibly exam classes. It means there´s plenty of variety in your week and you can gain a lot of experience teaching different groups.
There is a lot of training both external and in house. You get plenty of opportunities to grow as a teacher and get new ideas to try.
Finding a Flat
I arrived Monday afternoon and by Tuesday afternoon, I was in my new flat! The process was so smooth and easy and there were a few flats to look at so it wasn´t just a case of having to take the first one I saw.
Cost of Living
It is a lot cheaper to live here than it does to live in some other Spanish cities. Water comes in at about 55 euros for 3 months, electricity about 70 every 2 months and gas just depends on the time of year and what you have connected to it. You can get a much bigger flat here than you could elsewhere for the same money.
It was easy to get set up with a doctor when I first arrived here. Cover is pretty similar to the UK but prescriptions are a lot cheaper! If you do need to go to the doctor, get the first appointment in the morning because they rarely run on time!