Christina Bates - Spain TEFL Ambassador
Social Media Ambassador - Madrid, Spain

ITA Alumni Ambassador - Christina Bates - Madrid, Spain

Where are you from? Las Vegas, Nevada
Age: 30
Star Sign: Pisces
University: University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) “Go Rebels!”
Major: Hospitality & Business
Spirit Animal: According to a free recent spirit animal quiz I took online... my spirit animal is a bear.
ITA Alumni Ambassador - Christina Bates - Madrid, Spain
Is this your first time abroad? If not, where have you traveled?

First time living abroad, yes. But I’ve been to Ireland, Vietnam, South Korea, Peru, Switzerland, Croatia, Belgium & London

What made you decide to teach abroad?

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.     

ITA Alumni Ambassador - Christina Bates - Madrid, Spain
Why did you choose to teach English in Madrid, Spain?
The main reason I chose Spain was that I wanted to learn Spanish. I could have easily gone to Latin America to learn Spanish but I wanted to be in Europe because I had never really traveled anywhere in Europe before. I chose Madrid because of its central location and wide job opportunities!
What are you most excited about being an ITA Ambassador?

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.   

ITA Alumni Ambassador - Christina Bates - Madrid, Spain
If you could go back in time, what piece of advice would you give yourself before you went abroad?
- Brush up on some basic Spanish by listening to a podcast and using an application such as Duolingo.  

- 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! :-) 
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