This summer has been so stressful. It started with me wanting to go back to South Korea to make some money and finally become debt free. After months of getting no interview requests, I finally got offered 2 positions in July.
Both were with the public school system, one in Busan and another in a smaller city whose name I can’t even remember. Of course I went with the Busan one! So I gave my written acceptance, and was about to send off my documents when my friend urged me to email one of the teaching programs in Madrid as she was able to get a position that way a few days prior.
At this point I was already pretty dead set on going to South Korea, but the idea of making new friends, re-learning Korean phrases and being in a long distance relationship worried me, so I sent an email. Unfortunately, the program was out of spots but suggested a school that was looking for a language assistant. I emailed, interviewed and was offered that position.
At this point I had to make a decision so that I could tell my recruiter in Korea. I felt really bad because I had already accepted the position and hate going back on my word. However, I felt that I would rather back out at the point before the contract was written instead of heading over and then deciding midway through the year I couldn’t handle it.
So I left Spain on July 31st thinking I would be headed back by the end of August.
The school I was hired by wouldn’t send me the contract via email (which is how most teaching programs in Spain work) and I had no way of getting a new visa to get back into Spain legally. I could have tried my luck at customs and gotten away without all the correct paperwork, but I’m a worry wart and I decided to find another way to get back to Spain legally.
Enter the BEDA Program. I was very lucky to be able to get a position with a school earlier in September and applied for my visa three weeks ago. Yesterday it was finally ready and I booked my flight. 3 more days until I leave Toronto and head back to Madrid!
tldr; After months of not knowing where I would end up, I was able to secure a position with BEDA and am heading back to Madrid on Sunday!