How many hours will I teach each week at the academy?
Between 16 and 24. The academy is open from Monday to Friday 09:30 to 13:30, and in the afternoon from 15:30 to 19:30. You will, on average, teach 3 classes per day; some days you might have 2, and other days you might have 4. If you have classes in the morning and afternoon, you aren't expected to stay onsite and wait. You are free to go off and explore (or take a siesta!) if you have a few hours spare.
How many students are in each class?
That can vary, depending on the time of year. The broad answer is anywhere for 1 to 20 students. The average is around 6-8.
Will I be observed during my classes?
Not all the time, but we do reserve the right to make observations whenever we feel it's necessary. We will generally observe you during your first class, and give you some feedback for things to work on over the course of your stay. Providing that there aren't any major issues, you will be working freely, on your own, unless you ask for further assistance. We have an obligation to provide our students with a high standard of education, and we must ensure that this is met at all times.
What happens if I'm really nervous?
Everybody gets nervous sometimes, it's perfectly normal. Most people finish their first class wondering why they were ever worried in the first place. If you are particularly worried about stepping into the classroom, then it would be a good idea to come and spend a week observing other classes before you begin teaching. We won't charge you anything to do this, so you have nothing to lose!
Why do I have to pay to teach at the academy?
The academy is a place for Volunteer teachers, like yourself, to come and gain experience. We are there to help you every step of the way providing all of your materials, support and advice. The minimal contribution (approx 2 euros per class) from the students doesn't even come close to covering the running costs of the academy, so we need to make up the deficit in another way. Why don't we just charge the students more? The answer to that is simple. We don't want to! The academy is so financially accessible for the local students, that learning English has become a reality for hundreds of people who would never have had this opportunity without our help.
How much does it cost to come and gain experience at the academy?
84 euros per week.
Where do I stay while I'm in Valencia?
How do I apply?