It is very hard to exaggerate Barcelona. With a population of nearly 2 million, it is big enough to offer the widest range of choices in arts, culture and entertainment but small enough to find your way around. Catalonia´s capital sparkles with vibrant colours and intense energy.
At TEFL International in Barcelona we will do everything possible to make sure you have an enjoyable time in this fantastic region. We are a small and friendly team offering you the warmest welcome and a range of social activities and excursions to suit everyone. Tapas evenings, café crawls, sailing trips, skiing, windsurfing, wine tasting, beautiful beaches – we can arrange just about anything! A welcome dinner at the start of the course helps ensure you get to know your fellow trainees at an early stage. Yes, the course is intensive but we do make sure you have the opportunity to get the most out of your weekends and evenings.
Situated between the blue waters of the Mediterranean and the Tibidabo hills, Barcelona is on the doorstep of some of the great playgrounds and vacation retreats of Europe. The Balearic Islands are to the east, the Costa Brava (Wild Coast) and Pyrenees to the north, the Penedes wine region to the west and the Roman city of Tarragona, the monastery at Montserrat and the beautiful resort town of Sitges to the south. There is so much to explore!
The time for Barcelona is now. It has led the region of Catalonia in a resurgence of a unique and intriguing culture, which makes it an unforgettable city to experience. It is home to some of the most visionary artists of the modern era. From the modernist spires of architect Antonio Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral to Picasso’s Cubism and Dali’s Surrealism, the unique Catalan perspective has had a dramatic impact on the way we see the world today.
Stroll down the main street, the Ramblas. This grand boulevard takes you from the elegance of the Plaça Catalunya right down to the sea. You will see grand opera houses, ornate churches, flower stalls, artists, street mimes, classy cafés and great shopping. Visit the lively produce market to see an explosion of fresh products and colours. Try a ‘tortilla espanola’ (potato omelette) and a café con leche in the market café.
Wander deep into the bohemian Gothic quarter, a tangled mix of seemingly undiscovered and grand squares, schoolyard plazas, art nouveau storefronts, baby flea markets, musty and classy antique shops and balconies with jungles behind wrought iron bars. The centerpiece of the Gothic Quarter is its colossal cathedral, a fine example of Catalan Gothic, started in 1300 and completed 600 years later. The Picasso Museum, far and away the best collection of Picasso’s work in Spain is just nearby.
And finally, a word about Barcelona’s nightlife: At times it seems that there are more clubs, cafés and bars here than anywhere else in the world. Dinner only really begins to be served after 9 pm and the choice and range of cuisine is excellent. Afterwards you can pick from a thousand near perfect bars tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, trendy cafes in the Eixample district and open-air nightclubs in the Tibidabo Hills amongst other options.
With all this to offer, Barcelona is a great place to have fun. History and character, buildings with no straight lines, artists and theatre, wild festivals and an even wilder nightlife, bronzed beaches and refreshing mountains. Barcelona is a gateway – to Catalunya, to Spain, to the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Pack your swimsuit and your skis, your art history book and your clubbing shoes. If you’re in the mood to surrender to the charms of a City, let it be in Barcelona.
Sample costs – in USD:
- All inclusive lunch menu $6-$8
- Glass of beer or wine $2
- Coffee $1
- Bus/metro ticket $1.30 single trip or $7 for 10 individual journeys
- Cheap $5 – 6
- Mid-range $18
- Expensive $20+
- Tapas dishes about $3 each
- Paella dishes from $10
Barcelona, Spain Staff Center
Lisa Girling (Director)
Lisa has been teaching English since she graduated from Durham University at the end of the 80s.
In Barcelona she has taught in several universities and was until recently Head of Department at a private business university. Lisa moved into teacher training a (good) few years ago and took over as Director of TEFL International in Barcelona 3 years ago. She likes to think she runs the centre with a firm but gentle hand, is obsessed with Humanistic ideals and is famously easy to win over with tea and dark chocolate! When not in the school (and she virtually lives there) Lisa enjoys being outside in the countryside or on the beach, spending time with her family and cats, reading and painting.
Originally from Folkestone, England, Jamie was travelling from 1999 to places such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Indonesia following his passion for the surf until settling in Barcelona in 2001. He took his TEFL certificate in 2001 and is now a Trinity Diploma qualified teacher and Cambridge oral examiner.
Luke, previously an archaeologist in the UK, has been teaching English in Barcelona for 6 years. Since completing the Cambridge Diploma in TEFL he has been working as a teacher trainer. He also gives business English classes and is a certified Cambridge oral examiner. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding and sings with his band, Smart Bomb.
Jane is originally from the south of England and worked in magazine publishing and marketing in London before moving to Barcelona. She has 7 years English teaching experience, and has worked as a teacher trainer since completing the Trinity Diploma in 2005. Jane is currently studying for a PhD in Education at the University of Nottingham, specialising in CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning). In her free time she loves snowboarding and cheering on her favourite Barcelona football team, RCD Español.
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- Located on the North eastern coast of Spain
- Situated between the Mediterranean and the Tibidabo Hills
- A wealth of Spanish culture
- Easy access to France and Western Europe
- Situated on the doorstep of one of the greatest playgrounds and vacation centers of Europe
- The enchanting Balearic Islands are to the east
- The Costa Brava (Wild Coast) and Pyrenees to the north
- The Penedes wine region to the west
- Unlimited social activities and cultural sites such as the Roman City of Tarragona
- Rich architectural and artistic tradition such as Picasso’s Cubism and Dali’sSurrealism
- Friendly hospita