Hi, I’m Kyle Millar, from Nova Scotia on the East coast of Canada. I’ve been working with Vaughan Systems for over seven years now and have stayed with the company because I’ve found it very rewarding to be part of such a fast growing and creative company. Working with Vaughan I’ve always had the opportunity to do something new and challenging.
Teaching with Vaughan has branched into a variety of areas for me as I’ve been able to develop written materials for the company and expand into working in radio and television.
I currently host three programs on Vaughan Radio and I also collaborate with Aprende Inglés TV where I taught in the Vaughan Inglés 4.0 course, host a game show called The Verb Circus, and appear as a judge on The Sony SingStar Karaoke TV program.
I’ve been able to meet a lot of very interesting people and have had very rewarding professional experiences. I’ve taught in the palace of the President of Spain, many large corporate headquarters and have met a lot of very interesting people. I’ve even provided voices for a game for the PlayStation Portable (Play English)!.
I would highly recommend working with Vaughan Systems to anyone who is creative and looking for a challenging teaching position with opportunities to expand in new areas.
Hi my name is Layla. I am half American and half Spanish. I’ve lived in Spain, the States, Italy and Germany. I studied Tourism Management at the University of Alcala de Henares. Being a travel agent was great fun, but I just didn't feel intellectually challenged. One day, when I was really burnt out with my job, I heard about this man that had a town where everyone spoke English. I became intrigued and contacted Vaughan. It's funny because it had never crossed my mind before to be a teacher. If someone had asked me when I was 18 what I'd see myself doing in the future, the last thing on my mind would have been an English Teacher in Spain.
I started teaching in December 2004. I signed up for absolutely everything. I absolutely love my job. Teaching is such a rewarding experience. Just the thought of being able to enlighten people with your knowledge, is a beautiful thing.
I started teaching on the Master course in October 2006. It's great because the progress that students make on the course is really noticable. When they begin on the course students often find it difficult to ask and answer even the most basic questions, but by the end of the course they boast great fluency with the language. On the very last day of Vaughan's most intense course they get their diplomas and thank us for teaching them English.
I also teach in the Humanities department and started this in 2007. I’ve taught just about every subject Humanities offers. I love new challenges and this has definitely been one of the top ones for me. I love sharing culture and fascinating stories.
Another exciting element has been working on the television on Vaughan System's English 4.0 course and now I have two radio shows on Vaughan Radio. One is Kid’s Time, for children and intermediate students and the second, Square One, is for complete beginners. I love doing my radio shows. No one cares what you look like because they can’t see you. It’s just your teaching voice enlightening the listeners.
What do I want to get through to everyone with what I have written above? The message should be clear: coming to Vaughan isn’t just teaching English, it can be a career where there are no limits as to what you can do. Besides, can you think of a better country to live in than Spain- where it never rains and all you have is bright, blue skies all year round?
Elsa Balsera Gómez
At university I never thought of becoming a teacher. I studied ‘English Philology’ and in my first year at university, I remember telling everyone that I was never going to become an English teacher. I guess I had the wrong idea of what language teachers could do with their lives. But I still remember teaching my first class, and the way I felt after it. It was definitely something else.
I started teaching in Vaughan in 2006 when I moved to Madrid from my home city, Extremadura. I had already been teaching English for a few years before deciding to come to Madrid and apply for a job in this company. My first job for Vaughan Systems was in Vodafone and I was given a quite ‘challenging’ schedule that forced me to wake up a lot earlier than I had ever done in my life before. But this was definitely worth it because I learned that after that I could get used to just about anything, and it helped me a lot to grow and get accustomed to living in a big city (the traffic while rush hour, how a big company worked from within, etc). One year later I was offered the job to teach on the Masters programme, and I’m glad I decided to accept because it gave me the opportunity to meet and learn from a fantastic team of teachers and a very demanding programme, and then it led me to my previous position as the Coordinator of the Masters Programmes.
Hi! My name is Mayte and I hail all the way from Manila, Philippines. I came to Madrid to study Spanish for 6 months after finishing my degree in Economics and that was way back in 2002. I studied Spanish in La Univerisad de Complutense. I obviously fell in love with Spain!
I still remember when I first heard about Vaughan. I was doing my post-grad in International business, and someone mentioned VaughanTown. Four star hotel for free and all you have to do was speak in English, they said. Personally I thought it was too good to be true. What did I do? I applied and went as an “anglo” volunteer. I loved the experience so much I went again after a few months. I then heard they were hiring teachers… I sent my CV, next thing you know, interview, training and Voilá… it was official. I was a Vaughan teacher. After 2 years, I was asked to join as the VaughanTown Coordinator.
I’ve been in the company for 5 years and I am now coordinating not just VaughanTown but other volunteer projects too which is what I’ve always wanted.
What’s great is that even though I’m in the office, I still get to do a variety of things such as teaching, going off on VaughanTown programs, etc. every now and then.
I obviously learned Spanish at some point J (I think I might even be fluent now!)
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