Christina Bates - Spain TEFL Ambassador
Social Media Ambassador - Madrid, Spain
First time living abroad, yes. But I’ve been to Ireland, Vietnam, South Korea, Peru, Switzerland, Croatia, Belgium & London
I always regretted not studying abroad while in college and I made every excuse possible afterward that prevented me from living abroad. I finally made a trip to Peru and realized two things. One, that my Spanish was awful and I needed to actually learn Spanish and two, that I LOVE to travel and I needed to figure out how to do it more often! So I decided moving to a Spanish-speaking country while teaching English would be a great way to fulfill that dream.
I absolutely love helping people so being an ITA Ambassador allows me to help others who are currently in the same position I was when I first started out. I love to share my experiences, the good, the great and of course, lessons learned along the way. In addition, I love sharing my experience via photos or videos. It brings life to my current reality plus I kind of view it as my own personal diary of my adventures.
- Save up an extra $1k to have in case of emergencies.
- Don’t spend so much money when you first get here. Take some time to get to know the lifestyle and establish a budget.
- Keep an open mind throughout the first 6 months and embrace the changes.
- Get ready to change your life! :-)