All My Madrid Details.

I promised a longer post with more details, so here it is.

Yesterday, I received this email from the BEDA coordinator:

I am very pleased to inform you that you that you have been selected to take part as a Language & Culture Assistant in the BEDA Program with Escuelas Católicas Madrid and Universidad de Comillas in 2012/2013. Congratulations!

Further information will be communicated to you by email next week with dates for the course in September and details of your school and the hours.

Well, the next week part of the email turned out to mean the next day…I received another email this morning with my school information and the number of hours a week I’ll be working. I was assigned the maximum amount of hours (24) which makes me very happy because that means I get the maximum amount of pay (1040€)! My school is located in the city of Alcalá de Henares in the Madrid community. I looked up some of the things in the city and saw this:

Isn’t it beautiful?!

That is the Plaza de Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares. It’s only a few minutes from my school. Guess I know where I’ll be spending all my free time when it’s nice out!

Now I really need to get cracking on all my visa paperwork. The email they sent us stated that we must be in Spain by September 12th so that gives me a a few months to get everything in order. Then I have to think about all the oh so joyous things like apartment hunting, setting up a bank account, getting my NIE, and a phone. Fun times ahead.


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. therootedtraveller
    May 18, 2012 @ 14:35:40

    I just got assigned too. Apartment-hunting is what scares me the most!


    • Yari
      May 18, 2012 @ 15:33:25

      Same! I’ve been looking at a few places and they all seem nice but I’ve been told by SO many people to not put down a deposit on a place that I haven’t seen with my own eyes so I’m waiting until I get there. At least the rent in the city I was assigned is pretty low, which makes me very happy. Where were you assigned?


  2. therootedtraveller
    May 18, 2012 @ 15:52:14

    I feel the same. It’s really important to find somewhere close to one of the major stations too! I was assigned to a school right by Getafe Central, but I’m looking into just getting a place sort of North of Madrid and commuting. I commute a lot at home so I’m used to it.


    • Yari
      May 21, 2012 @ 23:19:47

      My school is right across from the train station in Alcalá de Henares, so I’m very excited about that. I’ve actually found a few apartments that I like in that town on idealista. Plus, I found a family that lives there that is looking for an au pair. So many things to consider. I’m still not entirely sure whether I want to live in my school’s town or live closer to the city and commute. A lot to think about…


  3. elludingennui
    May 21, 2012 @ 22:14:39

    How exciting and congrats! I actually will be doing the BEDA program this year also! 🙂


    • Yari
      May 21, 2012 @ 22:19:52

      Congrats to you too! I’m so crazy excited. Spain has been consuming my thoughts every single moment of everyday since I found out. I’m so ready to just be there already…


  4. elludingennui
    May 21, 2012 @ 22:22:57

    I completely understand! It kind of borders on obsession really…..sounds like you were lucky to get the 24 hours a week! I’ll be doing 16 a week….and I’ll be close to the center of Madrid…. I’ll figure something out.


  5. elludingennui
    May 21, 2012 @ 22:24:39

    Wait….I just saw your other post saying that you are in Maryland????! haha too crazy. I live in Pasadena!


    • Yari
      May 21, 2012 @ 22:30:46

      Based on their facebook page, I don’t think you’ll have any issue getting some extra money with clases particulares. Did you apply to auxiliares de conversación through the ministry too or did you just stick with BEDA? It’s going to be so weird for me to hit the decline button when I get my placement from the ministry.
      And that is crazy that you’re in MD too! I’m close to the College Park area. I’ll actually be heading in your direction tomorrow because I’m going to the Glen Burnie MVA to get my fingerprints for my background check lol


      • elludingennui
        May 21, 2012 @ 22:49:14

        It’s a crazy small world sometimes! I haven’t joined their facebook page yet..hmm…maybe I should do that now….
        I did apply through the Ministry, but have not received an acceptance yet. I think I probably applied a little too late. I believe my number was 5000 something.
        If you have any insight on how to get the documents translated/notarized/Apostilled I would appreciate it. I’ve had some difficulties trying to get information out of the Embassy. I have my FBI “I’m not a criminal” document and also my medical document. It seems odd you have to go all the way down to the GB MVA to get your fingerprints taken. I went to a police barracks close to the airport for mine.

      • Yari
        May 21, 2012 @ 23:21:18

        My inscrita for the Ministry in 1711 so I’m thinking I’ll probably hear from them by the end of this week.
        As far as the documents go, our consulate doesn’t require the documents to be translated. You can mail the documents right to the state dept in Annapolis if you don’t want to make the drive to receive the apostille of the hague (as long as the BGC has a gold seal, you should have no problems with that). Now the medical document does need to be notarized and then certified and then the state dept in annapolis can give you the apostille. Here’s a great link with all that information:
        Most banks have a notary, so if you don’t know one, I would try and call your local bank and ask them about it. I know that’s what a lot of people on the auxiliares facebook group were planning to do. My sister happens to work with a notary so that’s who is doing mine.
        If you send me a quick email to, I can forward to you the email I received from the embassy with all the visa requirement details.

      • Yari
        May 21, 2012 @ 23:21:43

        Oh and I completely understand about having issues with the Embassy. It took about 5 emails before I finally got a response from them.
        And I ended up having to go to Glen Burnie because NONE of my local police stations do fingerprints anymore. I ended up having to call the state dept in Baltimore and have them make an appointment for me. It was a pain.

      • eludingennui
        May 21, 2012 @ 23:24:50

        I sent an email 🙂
        Oh, also, do you know the name of the facebook group? I searched under BEDA, but nothing came up….

      • Yari
        May 21, 2012 @ 23:34:53

        Just sent you an email with all the consulate stuff and the link to the BEDA facebook group 🙂

  6. Kelly
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 01:05:12

    Just figured I’d comment on here – last night I got a BEDA placement for 2013-2014! I am so so excited!!! I’m pretty sure your blog helped get me there, so thanks for writing 🙂


    • Yari
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 02:13:36

      Congrats on getting accepted!!!! I’m glad my blog was helpful to you during the process 🙂 I’m excited to meet the new people next year! Hopefully, I’ll see you around Madrid.


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