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We are so excited to share this exciting announcement with you! 

This is especially exciting for us because it has been a LOOOOOOONG time coming, but we finally made the decision to do it. 

So without further ado…..


Yes, you read that right! In September, we will be moving to Spain, and specifically to Madrid. 

Circulo de las Bellas Artes Madrid

Living abroad has been a dream of ours for a long time, and we finally decided to make it happen. 

Although it wasn’t an easy decision because we will be leaving family, jobs, our students, and friends, it was a journey we wanted to take and try at some point in our lives. 

We felt as though if we did not try it, we would always regret not doing it, and be left with the dreaded unanswered question of “What if…?”

Living with that “What if…” question was not something we wanted to do. We had already put off moving abroad for about 3 years because of family matters, personal reasons, and COVID, and we did not want to do it again. 

Teach English in Spain Auxiliares

Obviously, some of these reasons were our own choosing because it just wasn’t the right time to leave for us personally and professionally, but others, like COVID, were more out of our control. 

That’s why we decided to take control over our situation and not live with that lingering “What if….?

While we made the decision to resign from our current jobs—both of which we love—it certainly wasn’t easy. 

You might already know this, but we’re both educators and love the schools we work at, and most importantly our students. Having to tell them that we are leaving and won’t be back next year was heartbreaking. 

After years of working with them, watching them learn and grow into better people, and having them teach us more than we have probably taught them, it was heart wrenching to say goodbye. 

But while we will miss them and they will forever be a part of our lives, this was an opportunity that we wanted to take for ourselves and something we’ve always wanted to do. 

Mike with a Karen flag he donated to his school before leaving.

It’s exciting, scary, sad, and a bunch of other emotions all rolled into one, but we knew that all of these emotions would come with it, even if they’re hard to deal with at times. 

Navigating all those emotions are better than dealing with the regret and what if…had we never even tried.

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – André Gide

Now, what will you be doing in Spain? You might be wondering….

Spain English teacher

We are going to be teaching English through the Auxiliares de Conversación Program, which is also called the North American Language and Culture Assistant Program.

It’s run by the Spanish government and is one of the best, and easiest, ways for Americans to live in Spain. 

Our goal is to transition into working for an international school once we are there and hoping that will lead to a way for us to live in Spain long-term. 

Nalda, La Rioja, Spain

As our journey continues and we inch closer and closer to our move to Spain, we will continue to provide updates, travel advice and information, as well as our thoughts on the whole process. This is going to be a huge life move for us, and definitely one that’s filled with a lot of of emotions!

Keep an eye out for updates! We have some BIG things in the works…!

If you are interested in doing something similar, check out our posts on teaching English abroad:

7 Programs of Teaching English in Spain

6 Programs to Teach English in Europe

How to Apply to the Auxiliares de Conversacion Program in Spain

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