Originally from Ukraine

English Teacher in Spain

Evgenia's Story

Evgenia’s story is proof of how personal networks and introductions are extremely valuable when searching for a job in Spain. In her case, she was introduced to her first employer, Training Express, by her Spanish language teacher.

When Evgenia and her family first arrived in Spain in March 2015, they received shelter, financial aid, language tutoring and counseling in one of the Refugee Reception Centres (CARs) in Madrid, which are run and financed by the Ministry of Employment and co-financed by the European Social Fund. Evgenia has warm memories of the staff from the CAR and she emphasizes how valuable this support was: “Thanks to the State’s financial aid, I was able to follow an official training which enables me work as an English teacher and to receive my TEFL certificate. It was also through the language teacher here that I secured my first job. Now I can work and support my family financially. It would have otherwise been very difficult for us to take care of our children’s basic needs and to integrate into Spanish society. The Ministry also funded the costs associated with validating my degrees.”

“Now I can work and support my family financially. It would have otherwise been very difficult for us to take care of our children’s basic needs and to integrate into Spanish society”

In Ukraine, Evgenia was the owner of a language training business. While she now patiently waits for her degrees to be validated in Spain, Evgenia is taking advantage of her existing skills and teaching experience by working as an English teacher at different teaching academies in the capital, Madrid. She has created many opportunities for herself and mentions that there is a high demand for language skills in Madrid: “After several months it has become quite a challenge to be constantly moving all around the city by public transport to be able to meet all of my customers’ demands!”

Evgenia is satisfied with her integration experience, especially since financial help is limited in availability in Spain. She also reveals her enjoyment of Spanish culture and traditions and has forged meaningful personal relationships - describing Spanish people as “sociable and kind”. Evgenia aspires to settle permanently in Spain with her family and to manage her own business. Based on her own experiences, Evgenia’s passion is to be able to support migrants arriving in Spain to access language training, and to help them navigate local challenges such as administration, securing work permits, accessing healthcare and finding education.

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