BEDA FAQ.

First off, HELLO my lovely readers! I know I have sucked in posting this past month. I have been quite busy at my school and I traveled to London during a long weekend we had last week (I’ll write another post about that later this week). I have been bombarded with emails regarding BEDA and the application process so I figured I would write a post answering the major questions I’ve gotten. To those that emailed me, I did finally respond! Again, I am SUPER sorry for replying so late…I’m normally not that bad, I promise!!

Anyway, here are the main questions I’ve gotten about the program:

When does the application period end?

January 31, 2013.

What is the Skype interview like and when did you find out about yours?

I received an email about a week after I submitted my application informing me of the date and time of my Skype interview. I know things are different this year, however, because the application period ends in January as oppose to March like last year. So I don’t know if the coordinator has already sent out emails letting people know when their interview is for or if she will start to do that after the application period ends.

As far as the interview, it’s nothing to stress over. First of all, the interview is in ENGLISH. The only question the coordinator asked me was my preference regarding what age group I wanted to teach and the number of hours I wanted to work. The rest of the interview was me asking her all of the questions I had about the program and living in Spain in general. Think of the interview as your opportunity to highlight any experience you have that makes you a good candidate and to show how enthusiastic you are about the program. My interview lasted a grand total of 7 minutes and I think that was the average time for most of them.

Is BEDA very competitive?

I would say BEDA is more selective than competitive. There are certain things that will give you an advantage:

  • Knowing Spanish
  • Experience living abroad (especially in Spain)
  • TEFL certificate
  • Education degree
  • Experience working with children

Having any of the things above will give you a GREAT advantage. It’s not like BEDA gets a TON of applications. Generally, for each opening, they have 2 candidates. At least, that’s what the coordinator told me during my interview last year when I asked her about the odds of being accepted/rejected. However, the program has gotten a lot more fame so that ratio may have increased this year.

Also, it doesn’t matter when you submit your application. BEDA is not like the Ministry program where preference is given to those who apply earlier. So if you haven’t sent in your application yet, no worries…but you only have a little over a month left, so get on it!

Can you live off of the monthly stipend?

First off, your stipend will depend on how many hours you work. So you could earn anywhere from 693-1040 euro. Most auxiliares will tell you that you’re going to have to supplement the stipend by giving private classes…and that’s true. I don’t, but that’s only because I live with a family so I don’t pay for rent or food. It’s always toughest the first few months, but once you learn how to manage your money and start to get a good grip on private classes, you’ll see the stipend is plenty.

Has BEDA ever had payment issues like the Ministry program?

No, BEDA has never had payment issues. The auxiliares are always paid on-time via direct deposit at the end of every month.

Do we get to decide when we take the mandatory course with Comillas and how long is it?

No, you have no say when you take this course. You will be assigned a group and once that happens you will be given a day and time for the course. This year, most of the classes are on Fridays, either in the morning or evening depending on how many hours you work.

The class generally lasts about 3 hours. Somedays it’s not that bad and others you can’t wait for it to be over, but I would say I have definitely found the courses to be helpful.

How much assistance does the program give with getting all your paperwork/cards/bank/apt when you get there?

BEDA is EXTREMELY helpful in getting you all set up. During orientation, we filled out all the paperwork in order to get our NIEs. This was such a relief for me. They provided all the documents we needed and let us know exactly how we needed to proceed. BEDA handles making the NIE appointment for you and sends you an email letting you know when your appointment is. You go with a group of other auxiliares and a worker from BEDA to your appointment at the police station when it’s time for you to file all the paperwork to get your NIE. I really can’t express enough how helpful BEDA is with that whole process.

BEDA also sets up your bank account for you. At orientation, we received our account information and debit card. All you have to do is make sure to go to the bank again once you have your NIE to switch your account over from extranjero to residente.

During orientation, you also fill out all the paperwork regarding your contract and your enrollment with Comillas for the course. The only thing BEDA does not help you with is finding an apartment. But I’m sure they could give you some tips/advice if you emailed them.

What exactly do you do at your school?

This question really depends on your school and the coordinators for the BEDA program there. At the school I am at now, I only work with the English teachers. I teach 1 and 2 ESO (so the equivalent of 7th and 8th graders) and 1 Bachillerato (equivalent of juniors in HS). With my ESO kids, I take half of the class for 25 minutes and do whatever activity the teacher and I have decided on, then I switch and take the other half of the class for 25 minutes and do the same thing. I take my half of the class to a laboratory so I am on my own with them during that time. With my Bachillerato students, I teach them on my own for 55 minutes. I do the listening and speaking section of their English book for whatever unit they’re on and then whatever activity I would like for the remainder of the class time.

Each auxiliar will tell you they do something different. Also, it depends greatly on the age group you teach. I enjoy having the older kids because I find that I can do more activities with them that I enjoy and are a bit more challenging.

Do you enjoy being an Au Pair? Can you really do this while participating in BEDA?

Yes, I really love being an au pair. Granted, I don’t really see myself that way. It really feels more like I was adopted into this family. I loveeeeee the family I live with. I refer to the parents as my Spain Mom and Spain Dad and I love the kids as if they were my siblings. Obviously it’s possible to do something like this while participating in BEDA since I’m doing it 🙂 I would HIGHLY recommend it because I feel like you gain a whole new experience by living with a family rather than on your own or with roommates. It really is a matter of finding a family that you feel is a good fit for you. Don’t make the decision lightly, however, because it is a big commitment.

I think that covers most of the questions I get about the program. If I missed any or if you have another, please leave it in a comment below.

I will be updating again soon about my London trip and about my upcoming trip home for the holidays!!!

¡Hasta Luego!

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura Jean
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 02:19:47

    Thanks for answering my other comment and all questions here or in the other post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  2. Mar
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 22:03:32

    Hi, how long is the course at Comillas?

    Reply

    • Yari
      Jan 17, 2013 @ 22:07:44

      Do you mean how many hours? It’s generally 3 hours, once every other week when you first start BEDA. Afterwards, you have class much more sporadically, but they are still around 3-4 hours. Right now, I don’t have to attend class because I tested out of having to take the Spanish courses, but my friends have had class around once a month.

      Reply

  3. queserasera22
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 05:37:44

    How long is the duration of the courses at the University? Do you have to take the courses every week throughout your whole year teaching with BEDA

    Reply

    • Yari
      Jan 28, 2013 @ 20:27:46

      The courses generally last about 3 hours. And no, they are not every week. When we first started the classes were about every other week, but that was only the first month or 2. after that, I would say we’ve had class once a month. I haven’t had class since November because I tested out of the spanish courses they give you. My friends, however, have had class about once a month.

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  4. conquistadoracareese
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 22:01:25

    I don’t know if you already have a monthly/weekly/daily however you want to break it down budget blog post but if you don’t. could you pleaseeee post one? Your blog is relieving soooo much of my stress lol thank you so much!

    Reply

  5. jcdpeterson
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 02:01:51

    This blog is very helpful, thanks!
    Couple of questions: When you do find out whether or not you’ve been accepted?
    Does your visa allow you to seek other work, i.e a tour guide, private tutor, au pair, etc.? Thanks again!

    Reply

    • Yari
      Mar 13, 2013 @ 23:38:34

      In our last meeting, BEDA mentioned that people would be findind out if they were accepted during the first weeks of April. This could change, though, since that’s what they said last year, but most people found out in May. It seems they’re doing better with their time schedule this year so it could very well be in April.

      And no, the visa does not allow you to seek any “legal” work here. That’s why most people end up giving clases particulares on the side. I’m an au pair, but I didn’t sign any paperwork or anything in order to do it. I used aupairworld.net to search for families and ended up being contacted by the amazing family I live with now. I also know of other auxiliares who are tour guides…again no contracts or anything.

      Reply

  6. bea
    May 16, 2013 @ 20:40:45

    hi, i heard this program is also offered (or that they have schools) in adalucia, is this true? if so, do you know where in andalucia?

    Reply

  7. conquistadoracareese
    May 17, 2013 @ 16:09:01

    I was offered a placement in Carabanchel at San Gabriel yesterday!

    Reply

  8. conquistadoracareese
    May 17, 2013 @ 16:09:59

    Could you please tell me anything you know about the place/area/anyanyanything? hehe thanks!

    Reply

    • Yari
      May 18, 2013 @ 15:51:05

      I don’t really know much about the areas, but your commute shouldn’t be too bad from the city center so that’s nice! I would ask on the BEDA Facebook page and see if anyone there like the current auxiliar at the school could give you any info.

      Reply

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