Do you want to gain international experience? Are you keen to start a new adventure in the sunny land of Spain? Then, the first step is applying for the program. Here you will find everything about the Meddeas application process.
Applying for any program can be daunting. But no need to worry. This post is here to relieve the angst by providing useful tips and advice to get you through the Meddeas application process.
Stage 1: Program’s Information and Application
Now, you’ve read the blog, studied the Meddeas webpage, and are interested in finding out more and applying to join one of the Meddeas’ Programs. Then, it is the moment to read the Program Brochure and the FAQs of the program you are applying for.
Read the Program’s Information and the FAQs
It is very important to read these documents before applying. They will provide further information about the different programs you can apply for, your eligibility, and other useful information about the application process. This information will be your friend for the entire application process. You must read it thoroughly and take notes if needed.
It is important in this application to consider your interests when it comes to your living and teaching circumstances. Again, it’s indispensable to read the FAQs before answering these sections.
There are two choices for accommodation: independent housing or host family. Both provide a unique living experience in Spain. To get an understanding of the two, the Meddeas blog provides an insightful read.
Fill in the Online Application Form
Once you have read all the information it’s time to fill out the online application form.
First, the application asks for some basic information to determine your eligibility for the specific program that you are applying for. Then you will be asked for further information to know you better: name, contact details, where did you study…
Then, the application form will ask you about any other languages you can speak. Don’t worry if your Spanish is not up to scratch. Considering your role is to teach English, speaking Spanish is not a necessity. Take it from someone who knew very little Spanish when starting this internship!
Also, it will ask you to provide any previous teaching experience or volunteering with children. If you have no direct experience, any other experience that you think will benefit your application is useful. Do not be scared to mention it.
Finally, the application form also asks for additional information to get a better understanding of your circumstances and interests. This gives Meddeas an idea of your personality and potential.
Stage 2: First Online Interview
If you successfully managed to get to the next stage of the Meddeas application process, then WELL DONE! Now it’s time to get yourself prepared for the first interview.
First, you have to make sure you have a working laptop with a video camera. This interview is via video call with a Meddeas interviewer based in Spain. Besides, take into consideration the time difference with your allocated time slot.
As mentioned previously, the FAQs are an important resource throughout the interview process. It’s important to read them thoroughly. The interviewer wants to know that you have done your research and are passionate about the program. He or she may test your knowledge and ask questions about the program.
Be Clear on Your Interests
It’s also important to consider your reasons why you want to become a Meddeas participant and what you want to gain out of this experience. It will be useful to remind the interests that you selected in the online application form. The interviewer will discuss them in further detail.
As with many interviews, they may ask you to draw on your previous experience that would be beneficial to the role. Also, they can inquire how you would use your experience in a classroom environment. If you don’t have a lot of experience working with children, I would suggest looking up some simple classroom activities suitable for different age groups and language levels. Anyway, remember that previous experience is not required.
Show Your Personality and Enthusiasm
They may also ask some situational questions. For example; “Tell me about a time you were stressed and how you dealt with it” or “Tell me a time when you worked well in a group”. Although you don’t know what’s going to be asked, it’s always good to write down a few memorable situations in which you used and adapted your skills beneficially.
Overall, if you have done your research and preparation, then the interview should be simple and enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to show your personality and enthusiasm. This interview is for Meddeas to get an idea of your personality and whether you have the skills and traits that will make you a great participant in the program.
So, smile, relax and just be yourself.
Stage 3: Second Online Interview
If you make it through the first interview, you might be invited to a second one. This interview is a similar process to the first interview. The Meddeas interviewer wants to learn more about you and the type of participant you could potentially be. Be sure to show your passion for joining the program and again be sure of your reasons for joining the program.
Also, consider what you think Meddeas looks for in a participant and occasions where you have shown such attributes. Be prepared to put your speaking skills to the test.
Like in the first interview, don’t be afraid to be yourself and think outside the box as you want to be a memorable applicant.
Stage 4: The Wait…
Once you’ve completed the last interview, it is a waiting game. You should hear if you have been successful in the Meddeas application process around two weeks after your interviews. Don’t forget to check your spam folder! If they have not responded, then no news is bad news.
If you are a successful candidate and there is a placement that matches your profile, Meddeas will contact you with your specific placement. Bear in mind that this does not mean that all of your interests will be accomplished, as each school looks for a particular profile.
If you have got into the program and accepted a placement, then CONGRATULATIONS!
You will receive a pre-agreement offer that outlines the details and the next steps! Once you have read and signed the agreement, then it is time to prepare for your exciting new experience in Spain!