So you're applying to be a cultural ambassador/conversation assistant in Spain! Hooray! Here are a few tips based on my own experience with the process:
January: Apply to the program via Profex. The following links will help with that process and explain everything:
April-June: Wait for regional placement email and then city/town placement email.
June-July: Receive carta de nombramiento from your assigned region
Go to Spain! Er… wait…back it up a bit...
Okay, unfortunately it’s not that easy--- you have to deal with both US and Spanish bureaucracy to complete the oh so wonderful visa process and drop a $160 Money Order. But don’t worry, as long as you have everything you need and follow all the instructions on the consulate website, the auxiliaries website, and blogs like mine- you’ll be fine.
Here is my guide to the visa process through the Consulate General of Spain in Chicago. (This is based on my own experience in 2018, with a Basque Country placement-- please be aware that visa requirements and gov't processes are subject to change at any time)
Before you even think about the visa appointment itself there are a few things you need to get done. Make sure you start these early, but remember they cannot be more than 3 months old by the time of your visa appointment- so plan accordingly.
Make your visa appointment at the consulate several months ahead of time because summer is like rush hour for consulates and appointments go like hotcakes. ;) Make the appointment here: https://app.timetrade.com/tc/login.do?url=spainconsulchicago
Visa Requirements for auxiliaries (besides the two documents listed above): http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/CHICAGO/es/ServiciosConsulares/Serviciosconsularesenchicago/Documents/documentosvisados/auxiliaresconversacion.pdf
--Also don't forget to double check everything, make copies of everything (color), and keep documents from getting damaged or crumpled in any way.
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