(Closed) NWR – My fiance was offered a 6 month unpaid internship in Spain!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Waitingbee57:  What are you working as currently? I’d assume there are lots of American companies in Madrid, which I guess you’ll have better chances of finding work at. However, Europe is not like the US when it comes to finding a job. I’m not sure with the specifics for Spain, but the crisis hit them very badly and unemployment among the younger population was so bad – 40% of the youth I think, so I’m not sure what the situation is like now, but if even the educated (finished with great grades) locals have a hard time getting a job, just to warn you it might not be as easy as in the US (where at least I assume it’s generally easier as people can be fired so easily – here you’d have to think twice about hiring someone).

However, as it’s for half a year only anyway, I would think about paid internships (in your field of expertise, it should be very fruitful for them as they would get a skilled person with international experience) or anything related to English. Offering English tutoring for students for example.

What are you going to do with your son, though. Assuming he doesn’t speak any Spanish, either, are you going to send him to daycare there?

Otherwise maybe there’s something you can do for a US-based company back home that only involves online work?

Post # 5
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I studied abroad and knew some friends who got jobs (although they spoke the language generally). But you may be able to find a job working at a store, working at a university (study abroad coordinator? something like that?) You could try to be a nanny because those jobs are temporary, but that may be hard with a kid. You could try to teach English for a semester or school year. Would your Fiance stay a few extra months for you to complete that job?

Post # 7
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Your best bet would probably be to get a job as a nanny helping the kids learn English. 

That said…the job situation there is BRUUUUUTAL so I would honestly plan to not having an income while you’re there. 

I think it would be a wonderful opportunity for your son. I lived in South America for 4 years in my teens. It was rough – I mean really rough. But looking back I so appreciate the opportunity, and 4 years as a teen in a developing country with bodyguards and bulletproof vehicles is nothing like 6 months as a younger child in Spain, which is a really awesome country. 

Post # 9
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Waitingbee57:  15k wont get you far somewhere like Madrid dear, where would you be staying? 2 bedroom apartments in Madrid for example cost $1500-$3000/m – with the $1500 figure giving you something “nice enough”…as in not very nice at all…

Assuming you get a place on the cheaper end, you’ll be left with only $9000 for everything else. And those places on the cheaper end? According to most expat standards, they are not nice places at all. If you’ll need something furnished, you’re most definitely looking at the higher range. 

Post # 10
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Waitingbee57:  I don’t have any helpful advice about job hunting/living in Spain, but I wanted to say that this sounds like a very exciting opportunity for your fiance! My fiance and I dream of working abroad some day, so I’m jealous! I’m also a big soccer fan. Hope your family enjoys the experience!

Post # 11
4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

It’s extremely hard to get a work visa. Extremely. You’re likely looking at saving everything you can now and living the cheap life in Spain. Even if you could get a visa, someone who isn’t fluent in the national language would have a hard time in any country.

Post # 12
1054 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Waitingbee57:  I’m an ESL teacher to second graders. I have an ESL license as well as an elementary license but I also teach in a public school which requires licensure. Before I started teaching in a public school, I considered teaching abroad and was surprised to see that there are A LOT of opportunites for english speakers to teach abroad. Like you, I don’t speal another language, but most programs don’t require that. In fact, they usually want you to only speak English to the students. I have a friend who is just finishing up a a 2 year job in Spain as an assistant teacher. I believe she got her ESOL license which is pretty easy to do and I know she was offered multiple positions. If you’re okay working with children, I would definitely look into that.


Here is a placement website…and I’m sure you could find plenty more…





Post # 14
67 posts
Worker bee

This will be amazing if you can pull it off but I second some PP’s in saying it will be extremely difficult. I studied abroad in Spain, met my SO in Spain, and tried to move/work there after my study abroad trip was up. Very difficult to find work and very difficult to obtain a visa. I’m excited for you if you can manage to figure something out, but don’t be too set on this. Those ESL sites and programs do sound nice but they do not pay much and they also carry fees. Sorry for being a debbie downer. 🙁

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