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Teacher Spotlight: Colin Meldrum

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Meet Colin from Teach Abroad Spain 2016-2017! Check out what he has to say about living and working as a teaching assistant in Madrid:

Where are you from?

I'm from Idaho, but I've lived all over the United States, as well as in Quebec, England, and France.

What was it like to work at your school?

I taught at a bilingual primary school called Angel Leon in the town of Colmenar Viejo, about 30 minutes north of Madrid's city center. I worked with a first grade teacher and two of her classes; I also worked with two fifth grade teachers, one with one class and the other with two classes.

With the first graders, I felt a bit lost at first, but once I learned their names and got a sense of the teacher's routines and teaching strategies, it was really fun to observe such young students learning a foreign language. By the end of the year, they had a very basic but impressive foundation of vocabulary and most of them could answer a couple dozen questions. My participation as an assistant consisted of a) taking small groups out into the hall to review vocabulary with flash cards and games, and b) keeping an eye on the students’ workbook activities in the classroom, helping them with instructions or giving them a nudge in the right direction when they got confused.

With the fifth graders, I especially enjoyed the fact that they were ready and excited to have conversations in English. Their activities varied quite a bit, but usually my participation involved team-teaching lessons from their English language, social science, and natural science text books. In my case, team-teaching usually meant that the teacher was responsible for planning and framing the lessons, but he or she would frequently (and spontaneously) invite me to lead an exercise (for example, if it was a reading lesson this would mean calling on students myself to read paragraphs, correcting their pronunciation, engaging the students by asking questions to get them thinking and to check their comprehension). If I ever had an idea for an activity, the fifth grade teachers were very open-minded about it as long as I was ready to lead the activity myself. This would often involve a spur-of-the-moment change of plans, which is very natural in a Spanish classroom.

I really enjoyed the rapport and friendship I built with the other assistants. We had lunch together nearly every day and became a great form of support for each other.

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Why did you decide to teach abroad?

I was already a teacher of English as a foreign language, and I had already lived in England and France. In fact, I was dying to get back to Europe. More specifically, I wanted to immigrate to France, but life wasn't lining up to allow me to move back just yet. I had always been interested in Spain and had studied Spanish, so things worked out perfectly to teach abroad in Spain for a year. I wanted to have a short experience living in a Spanish-speaking country; I wanted to get more experience working with children; and I wanted to get as close to France as possible while sorting out my options for immigrating there in the near future. The year played out beautifully: I had plenty of opportunities to visit France while also enjoying Spain, and I got accepted into a master’s program in Paris for the next academic year, specifically in teaching foreign language to youth, which I wouldn't have considered studying before working as a Language and Culture Assistant.

Did you get TEFL certified? How did it help you?

Yes and it helped me tremendously. I would never have been well-enough equipped to work alongside my fifth grade teachers as confidently or effectively as I did.

What was your favorite place in Spain?

Honestly, I didn't travel within Spain at all during this year, despite the fact that I had planned to and would still love to. I spent all my travel money and energy on visiting France. However, I've heard so much about Granada and Asturias that I recommend them. And since flights are fairly cheap in Europe, I recommend visiting other areas of Europe that I've visited in the past, like Greece, Italy, and Germany. You'll find that everyone takes advantage of the opportunity of living in Europe in different ways: I've met auxiliaries who were in the process of making Spain their home; I was in the process of making a neighboring country my home; and still others go wild booking whatever cheap flights they can find every month or every couple of weeks and having a blast squeezing everything in that they can before the year is up.

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What is the funniest thing a student said while you were teaching?

Come home with me? – A first grader

What was the biggest challenge of teaching and living abroad?

It’s hard to gauge if you’re living a new experience to its fullest. You never know if you’re spending too little or too much time studying Spanish, sightseeing, travelling, teaching private lessons, interacting with locals, interacting with fellow expats.

What will you miss the most about teaching abroad?

If I were quitting, I'd miss the feeling of helping people communicate effectively. But I'm in this field for good because I can't get enough of that feeling.

How did teaching abroad influence your career and life path?

It made me realize how much I loved teaching and how much more adaptive I was than I had ever imagined before. It also made dedicate myself more to teaching; this helped me to identify myself as a language teacher and make life decisions accordingly. I continue to teach English to this day!

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Teacher Spotlight: Juan Pablo Gargiulo

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Meet Juan from Teach Abroad Spain 2016-2017! Check out what he has to say about living and working as a teaching assistant in Seville, Spain:

Where are you from?

I’m from Allen, Texas!

What was it like to work at your school?

I taught at the Colegio Alemán Alberto Durero (The German School - Albrecht Dürer): a private, bilingual German-Spanish school. My favorite thing about the school was the quality of the English department and the students’ motivation to learn. I was able to give a week-long creative writing workshop with the students!

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Why did you decide to teach abroad?

I had recently finished my master’s degree and was looking for the next step. I had always considered teaching, and I always wanted to travel, so CIEE and teaching abroad seemed like a great way to kill two birds with one stone. My goals were to practice my Spanish, gain some teaching experience (and see if I liked it), and spend some time living abroad and traveling. I'm happy to report that I accomplished all three and then some.

What was your favorite place in Spain?

My favorite place was Gracie Barra in Seville. It was the gym where I trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and where I made some of my closest friends. Every week I trained and occasionally competed alongside these people. They were a large part of my Seville experience.

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What is the funniest thing a student said while you were teaching?

"You remind me of Ted Mosby!" or "John CENA!!!"

What was the biggest challenge of teaching and living abroad?

The biggest challenge was adapting to a less materialistic life. Life in the United States is often a lot more comfortable than the rest of the world---we take for granted that we have things like air conditioning, heat and tumble dryers, and cars. But you quickly learn that you don't need those things. In fact, you can often live a happier, simpler life without being burdened.

What will you miss the most about teaching abroad?

I will miss my students and the teachers at Colegio Alemán who took me under their wings. I will also miss my teammates at Gracie Barra. And of course the old, beautiful city of Seville itself.

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How did teaching abroad influence your career and life path?

I see myself continuing to work in education and I would love to keep traveling and working abroad. Perhaps I will go back and try to bridge my experiences with politics and education.

It's all coming together...

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Slowly… but surely. It’s been a bit of a scramble here in Tampa the past couple of weeks. Preparing has been an adventure on its own. Yesterday, I returned from Tallahassee, my state capitol; I went to get my fingerprints and background check taken care of. Now, I wait for my documents to be returned from the Apostille. 

** Quick tip: when dropping off your information for the background check, you can find a local service to pick up your background information and get all the notarizing done and sent diretly back to you. The  Apostille service I found: Capital Connections, was supper reliant and now I can have everything done at once.

For the most part, I feel like I have everything put together for my appointment at the Consulate this August. I have faith in the process and know everything is falling into place, so for now, just going to continue to stay on top of my paperwork and enjoy the time I have left here with my family and friends before I go. 

Additionally, I feel reassured by my new friends from the program every day, which is helpful. We have been using Facebook and specific groups to get to know each other, or find housing and roomies. It is nice to have an open forum for the group to ask questions, socialize, and share the same excitement of moving abroad!

Well, that's it for now!
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Holiday Adventures Part 2

Puentes for days...

So each town in the Community of Madrid (including the city of Madrid) is allowed two local holidays per year. They're published in December (google BOCM festivos locales or something like that) and they rock. Madrid's spring holiday was San Isidro Day, but I work in Boadilla del Monte so I still had to go to school. However, Boadilla's holiday was this past Monday (29th May) and it was fabulous because the metro ran normally (on Madrid--city--holidays the metro is usually half capacity and the buses run every hour or so, versus 7-15min like my bus for example) and we got the day off! So I got to experience some San Isidro celebrations since I was in town (because I didn't have a day off) AND got to travel this past weekend (win-win) for my town's holiday. May is a wonderful month ❤

A (very hard to see) dance performance from San Isidro weekend, near the royal palace:

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Spring in Spain

Spring in Spain. Honestly, the weather is just so utterly pleasant in April and May. It rains a little bit, though really nothing compared to what I'm used to back home in Nashville or D.C., and the temperatures at midday are in the mid-70s (I understand Celsius but I refuse to conform--it may be better for science, which is debatable because aren't Kelvins better for science?, but Celsius doesn't have the precision of Farenheit! One degree Celsius is such a large difference!).

Anyway, spring here just explains so much. All I want to do is sit with friends and drink at table on the sidewalk for hours and hours while the waiter drops tapas on the table every so often. It's truly the most relaxing, enjoyable way to spend time, and it's a fantastic way to get to know coworkers and meet people. There were so many days these past few months that it was so wonderful to just meet friends for lunch and relax for a bit (seriously, the siesta is a marvelous thing). 

Having such lovely weather has made exploring the city really fun, with all the parks in bloom and the sun shining. A couple sites to visit if you're in Madrid in the Spring: Parque Oeste, Retiro, Plaza de España, and the Templo Debod. As always, a couple photos:

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Holiday Adventures Part 1

So the week of Semana Santa (Holy Week) started and ended in Spain for me (with Sevilla being a major highlight), but all the days in between were spent traveling Europe.

From Luxembourg to London to Copenhagen to Dubrovnik, my friends and I mastered hai hai and hai in Danish (hygge was beyond our abilities), toured King's Landing, and discovered that Luxembourgish is a language (but all the signs and official documents in Luxembourg are written in French and/or German). 

One of the aspects of being an Auxiliar that never ceases to amaze me is the ability to travel all over Europe. Flights can be €20 or so if you book far enough in advance, and there are so many requests for private lessons (which typically pay €20/hr in Madrid) that it really doesn't break your budget if you save a little and plan (and don't mind being semi-broke when you get back to Madrid). So, a few photos from my non-Spain Semana Santa adventures:

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Eating My Way Across Europe

Why travel if you don't get to experience the food, right?! When visiting a new city or country, many adventurers want to consume the local and authentic cuisine. For those of you looking for recommendations, I've composed a list of places I've eaten, what type of food they serve, and for some, if they have free WiFi available.

Southwestern Europe

  • Valencia, Valenciana, Spain
    • I didn't get to try any special restaurants while I was there because we made sandwiches and spent the majority of the time on the beach, but you can't go wrong with paella. It's native to Valencia!
  • Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
    • Mercado de San Augustin   
  • Granada, Andalucia, Spain
    • Note: the bars/ restaurants in Granada serve free tapas when you order drinks!
    • Kasbah: Spanish-Moroccan restaurant in Albayzin (where there were many other Moroccan restaurants to choose from, too!)
  • Segovia, Castilla y Leon, Spain
    • If you're willing to take a little risk, try cochinillo, it's a slow roasted suckling pig native to Segovia
  • Lisbon, Portugal
    • Time Out Market: great variety, try some seafood plates
    • Pharmacia: lunch (I'd recommend just going for drinks, though)
    • Taberna Portuguesa: Portuguese plates to share
    • Pasteis de Belem: famous pastry shop

Western Europe

  • Tralee, Ireland
    • Ballyseede Castle: eat either at the bar or in the dining room
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    • The Elephant House: known as the one of the spots where JK Rowling wrote "Harry Potter," I'd recommend going here only for a cup of coffee and the experience
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Coffee & Coconuts: brunch, WiFi
    • Pancakes Amsterdam Westermarket: traditional Dutch pancakes, WiFi
    • Bartack: great food but on the outskirts of the city
    • Bird Thai Cuisine: in the Red Light District, WiFi

Central Europe

  • Radda in Chianti
    • Pizza Pie
    • Le Forchette del Chianti: absolutely amazing Italian food! It's a little pricey, though, so bring a full wallet (along with an empty stomach)
  • Florence
    • Acqua al 2
  • Siena
    • Morbidi
  • Prague, Czech Republic
    • The Globe Bookstore & Cafe: breakfast
    • Aromi: Italian cuisine
    • Lokal: Czech food, mess hall style
    • Sudicka/ Name Problema: Croatian cuisine
    • Hergetora Cihelna
    • If you're visiting Prague during the Christmas market season, you must absolutely grab food from the stands! Try a little bit of everything and wash it down with mulled win!
  • Hungary, Budapest
    • Circusz: brunch
    • Vintage Garden: brunch 
    • Mazel Tov: Israeli/ Middle Eastern cuisine
    • Trattoria Pomo d'Oro: Italian cuisine
    • Doblo: wine bar (Hungarian wine is actually quite popular, and good!)
    • Great Market Hall: go for lunch or just a hold-you-over snack
  • Berlin, Germany
    • Distrikt Coffee: brunch, WiFi
    • Le Bon: brunch, WiFi, cash only
    • Chipps: brunch
    • Cafe Bondi: breakfast, cash only
    • Baraka: Moroccan/ Egyptian cuisine
    • Cocolo Ramen: authentic Ramen
    • Madami: Vietnamese cuisine
    • Katz Orange: more expensive but delicious
    • Shiso Burger: Asian-style burgers, cards for orders over 20 EUR

Feel free to leave comments with other suggestions! Hope you enjoy this food as much as I did!

Semana Santa

If you want a truly Spanish experience, I highly recommend heading to Andalucia for Semana Santa! As teachers, we are given about a week and a half off, which is plenty of time to travel around and explore all the sights! Last time that I lived in Spain (Huelva), I used the long break to visit my cousins who lived in Moldova, a decision I don't regret since they moved back to the U.S. soon afterwards. However, having lived in Andalucia and missed this enormous celebration, I always had a desire to go back and experience what I missed out on. Fast forward a few years, I 'm now living in Madrid and voila! I have the chance to actually go experience it.

For my trip, I took the train from Cordoba to Sevilla and then took a bus from Sevilla to Huelva to visit some old friends and enjoy the beach. Each city had some amazing processions and beautiful sights to enjoy. Cordoba was perhaps my favorite for viewing the processions as it was easily to find them just by listening for the sound of the marching bands in the streets and was also less crowded than Sevilla, however, Sevilla did have more to offer.

Semana Santa is the week before Easter (the dates of which change depending on when the first full moon of spring is, so it can be either at the end of March or towards the beginning of April). Many people also have the Friday before that week and the Monday after off as well. In Spain, Semana Santa is traditionally celebrated with religious processions filling the streets. This is most popular in Andalucia where the processions can start at 5:00 in the afternoon and easily last until 2:00 in the morning. Several of the larger churches near the city centers will sponsor a procession, which will typically leave from their church and finish at the city's cathedral. Each procession is made up of penitents (people dressed up in long robes and tall hoods), a float of Jesus, which is followed by a float of Mary, one or two marching bands playing somber music, and sometimes women dressed in traditional black veils and black dresses to mourn. The floats are carried by many people underneath. All of this adds up to quite a scene flowing through the streets of Andalusian cities! 

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If you are interested in enjoying this uniquely Spanish tradition, here are some of my tips for Semana Santa:

1. Make sure you book in advance. Everyone in Spain travels during this week since they have a bit of time off. A lot of tourists also travel to Andalucia during this time for the Semana Santa experience.

2. Stay in Sevilla for at least the Thursday and Good Friday of Easter. Plan to stay up most of the night as you watch the processions continue on to dawn on these days. It's an incredible experience to hear the cries of the women following the processions and the bursts of mournful songs that come from people on the balconies. 

3. Sight see during the first part of the day and then plan to watch the processions in the late afternoon and evening. 

4. Pick up a processional schedule booklet from the local tourist information office as soon as you get into the city. This will give you all the times and locations of the processions throughout the week. 

5. Also pick up the schedule of tourist attractions as many are either closed or have reduced hours through Semana Santa.

5. When in doubt, always go to the cathedral. All of the processions will pass through the cathedral of each city, so if you can't figure out where all of the processions are, just plant yourself outside the cathedral to watch. 

6. Bring sunscreen!! It might be early spring time, but the sun is quite strong here in Spain and you can get a pretty bad burn just walking around the city. 

 7. Pack a small bag with water and snacks, especially if you plan on doing a bit of walking around or want to see several processions at once. It's easy to get dehydrated with all that sun and you won't want to ruin the processional experience by being hungry while watching. Just don't go over board or you might have trouble getting in to some of the castles and museums to visit.

8. Bring a light sweater or jacket. The temperature changes quite drastically in Spain with the sun, so you'll probably be a little chilly in the morning, evening, or sometimes in the shade too, even if it's quite warm in the middle of the day. 

9. Make sure you have a camera! This is something you'll definitely want to capture on film. 

10. Enjoy! =)

 

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What Part Of Forever

“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” – Margaret Peters

It’s been a while since my last post that spoke about one of my very first posts: Embracing Uncertainty. Uncertainty means “indefinite or not clearly defined.” When we describe life events fraught with uncertainty such as living abroad, time is a theme that pops up frequently. You have the beginning months where everything seems so new and you feel like a tourist, then, you begin work and establish a sense of routine and then, seemingly suddenly, the year is about to end! For our time here in Spain, it’s almost the end and, again, the uncertainty is rearing back up saying, “I am back. Hello, life. What’s next?” I realize that as I get older this type of lifestyle, one that embraces uncertainty, is one that makes me feel like I am growing and learning and not feeling stagnant or misplaced.

With each day that passes, I grow, as a person. With each opportunity that arises, I try to push myself outside of my comfort zone, working towards that growth. My time abroad has shown me that I don’t know myself as well as I thought. Time spent challenging myself has been the reason for my personal growth (and I consider time, although it’s free, to be priceless.)

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I started this journey looking for more answers about who I am; I wanted to know as much as I could about Spain because my ancestors are from Mallorca. During my first day at my school here, I made a presentation to my students called “About Me” in which I spoke about my life, my friends, my country, and most importantly my family. Not too long ago, I was talking to my class and I held up a photo of my grandmother, whom I affectionately call Tata. It was then that I told my students the reason why I came to Spain, and why I teach. Time moves on so quickly and life can change in a heartbeat. And, in my case it did. Looking back, I never imagined that I would not be able to see my grandmother again. Those first days in front of my classes were the beginning of my life in Spain inspired by Tata. It’s been a journey that I will always appreciate because I know that she wanted me to be happy, as she told me in our last happy conversations together. As time moves on, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her sweet smile or soft voice. She is the reason I started to teach English. Her life inspired me. Each day I walk into a class, I carry her with me in my heart. She may not be with us any longer but her story lives on through my work.

Spain taught me some valuable lessons, and one of the most important lessons I have learned so far is that you don’t know what tomorrow might bring. I know that I would not have learned the lessons I needed to had I not come to Spain. My soul opened up and my heart has once again embraced another culture that has embraced me back. I am very grateful to have this opportunity.

I was extremely blessed to have been able to see Tata one more time before she passed. Remember to tell those people in your life how much they mean to you regularly and if they do something to upset you, it’s ok to be upset but remember that at the end of the day, time is all we truly have. There are a set number of days on our calendar that we will be here. Live your life, be well, let go and carry on.

“Cause you never think that the last time is the last time. You think there will be more. You think you have forever but you don’t.” – Dr. Meredith Grey

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Thanks for reading,

Leesa with two EE’s

Update: I have been busy with the other CIEE teachers that I interviewed. We have been working on our website called Dreams Abroad. The website will highlight the lives and of expatriates living in Madrid. We will follow each teacher just like I did during my first round of interviews. I am excited for this next journey, and I want to thank CIEE for the opportunity to post my material on their site. It was through this site that my vision began!

Please visit our site: https://www.dreamsabroad.org

The AZ to Spain Visa Documentation Process: Part 1

As a future CIEE Language and Cultural Assistant in Madrid, Spain, we are required to obtain a Long-Stay (180+ day) Student Visa from the Spanish Consulate in order to remain in the country.  As stated on the Spanish Consulate website, "The Visa will be valid for 90 days. During the first month of your stay in Spain, you must go to the Local Police Station where you will receive a 'Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero' (NIE/TIE). " The following information is my experience being an applicant from Arizona and going through the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles, focusing right now on the documentation process. Below are the steps we (my boyfriend and I) are taking in the initial documentation process. Check back for Part 2 the actual Visa appointment after June 23rd!

  1. Make An Appointment In AZ, we have to fly to Los Angeles, CA for an in-person appointment! To successfully achieve your visa before mid-August 2017 (for the Teach in Spain – 4 weeks immersion, other programs differ, see the CIEE Spain Visa Guide for help) we’re instructed to schedule our appointment between June 19th and June 30th. Since there are very limited appointments in the Los Angeles Spain consulate, I booked an appointment in mid-April for June 23rd, 2017! If you haven’t booked now, keep looking and refreshing the page since appointments are continually added. Making the actual appointment when times are available is SUPER easy.

 Navigate to the site (link above). Click “Make an Appointment”!

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Create a username and password, then follow the prompts and select the time that works best for you.   

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They will email you appointment confirmation and it will be titled “The Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles Appointment Confirmation”. On the email they will include links and further instructions for your Visa appointment. (You also must print the email confirmation page and bring it with you too.)

  1. Read the website for your specific consulate! Now that you’ve scheduled an appointment, you need to invest time in reading the site for everything you need to bring with you! I spent maybe an hour and a half (I'm a fast reader) to read everything and open links and research documents.
  2. Download the Visa Application Checklist This is literally the list that has all the documentation you need to bring with you for your Visa. Download and print all the documents needed from the website (most documents you need to get on your own, I will expand more on this.)
  3. Make your own list of steps to obtain EVERYTHING. Here is MINE below: 
  4. Visa application form – (Download on Spanish consulate website, fill out in capital letters with black ink) Original and a photocopy
  5. 4-6 copies of passport photo (white background, obtain at CVS Photo by house, takes 5 minutes $13.00 for 2 copies)
  6. Passport - Original and a photocopy of the main page (I have this already.)
  7. Driver’s License - Original and a photocopy
  8. Acceptance Letter- Original and a photocopy (Ministry of Spain sends this early June)
  9. Evidence of Funds – Original and one photocopy - print 3 months bank statements in mid-June
  10. Medical Travel Insurance - Original and a photocopy (CIEE sends this in late May)
  11. Medical Certificate - Original and a photocopy (Print on Spanish Consulate website)

Schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor –make sure to let them know they need to print your Medical Letter for the Consulate with their letterhead and sign documents for you, bring the CIEE medical form on the CIEE application site AND bring the medical letter with translation on it already. Keep in mind you’ll need your immunization records if your doctor does not already have them to sign off on CIEE medical form. (Tip: The County Records office will have all your immunizations records, as medical providers are required to send this data there.)

  1. Certification of “absence of police records” –Original, a photocopy and translation into Spanish.

In Arizona we must obtain a FBI background check. We went through an online FBI-approved channeler at http://www.myfbireport.com/. We obtained fingerprint cards Monday, sent them in priority 1-day mail at FedEx ($26.00) on Tuesday, and then received our FBI background check forms by Saturday ($39.95 +$9.00 for the 1 additional copy we need for our school, +$14.00 optional USPS Priority Mail). We obtained the document inside of a week, but it does take a couple stops and exchanges before it's ready for the Visa appointment. Here are the steps for AZ:

  1. Stop by Phoenix Police Records Department to obtain 2 copies of fingerprint cards This process only took 15-20 minutes around 8:00 am when they opened, bring an ID and $6.00 per card, $12 total. It was strongly suggested to grab 2 copies just in case a print isn’t readable, the second copy will help provide a second print to analyze. You don't want to have to go back and do the process all over again. 
  2. Send 2 copies of fingerprint card & Request Forms (print on my FBI report website) to:
  3. National Credit Reporting
  4. ATTN: FBI Consumer Report Request
  5. 6830 Via Del Oro, Suite 105
  6. San Jose, CA 95119
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This is what the My FBI Report site looks like...
  1. Obtain Spanish Translation certified through Rev ($33.00/per page, if no records, the FBI background check is only 1 page) They say it is a 24-hour turnaround but they literally sent my translation in 15 minutes!
  2. Mail FBI background Check to U.S. Department of State in DC for Apostille.  $8.00 per document (need money order--processing time is 5 weeks)
  1. Visa fees $160.00 Money Order only - Money orders are to be addressed to the General Consulate of Spain Los Angeles.
  2. Prepaid “Express mail” envelope through U.S. Postal Service or FedEx completely filled out with your name and address in both the “To” and “From” sections, (pick up in early June...)
  3. Disclaimer duly signed (print this 1 page form from Los Angeles Spain Consulate website)

And there you have it! Again, this is for the Los Angeles Spain Consulate for Arizona residents, even so, always check the Spanish Consulate website! Overall, we spent $155.95 for everything mentioned above excluding Visa fee, gas $ for the drive and hotel for a night for our in-person visa appointment. 

Good luck everyone! I will post Part 2 right after my visa appointment June 23rd!

It'll be just as magical as Beauty & the Beast once you've finished gathering the documents!

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But seriously though, we should get medals with our visas...

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Boyfriend & I after conquering the 13th Annual 4.2 Mile Pat's Run in Tempe, AZ | April 22, 2017

Many blessings,

Kamalía 

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