Thousands of people have come to Spain to work as language teaching assistants, or “auxiliares de conversación” in Spanish schools.
This year, 239 of these language teaching assistants told us about their experiences by filling out a survey that was written and analyzed by me, Kate Peregrina. I had time to do all this because I work as an auxiliar de conversación.
Notes about reading the graphs:
- “N = ” tells the number of responses to each question.
- The number in brackets [ ] is the number of responses to a particular answer
- On some bar graphs the percentages add up to over 100% because respondents were asked to check all that apply.
So here’s what 239 language assistants in Spain had to say about their cities and lives during the 2013-2014 academic year.
El Corte Inglés
Where do you draw the line between a small town or big city?
Participants were asked:
- Is there at least one Corte Inglés in the city/town you live in?
El Corte Inglés is Spain’s only department store chain. They sell just about everything you could ever want: clothes, shoes, books, electronics, yoga balls, peanut butter. Most of them are multi-story.
Because they are so giant and such enormous distribution centers, they tend to be located in big cities, and places that are not in the middle of nowhere.
Boredom and Being at home
Living in Spain is fun and exciting every day, right? Well, for 35.7% of survey respondents, that was not the case this year.
Among respondents who lived in a city with a Corte Inglés, 27.92% agreed that their daily lives were pretty boring.
Among respondents who lived in a city without a Corte Inglés, 50.00% agreed that their daily lives were pretty boring.
Being at Home
Working part time (Does 12 hours a week even qualify for part time? I know 13-year-olds who baby sit more than that.) means having a lot of free time.
44.7% of respondents reported that they spent most of their free time at home.
Among respondents who lived in a city with a Corte Inglés, 33.12% agreed that they spend most of their free time at home.
Among respondents who lived in a city without a Corte Inglés, 66.27% agreed that they spend most of their free time at home.
Here are some circle graphs about the number of friends respondents had in their cities.
I suppose you could say that respondents that live in a city/town with at least one Corte Inglés have a larger circle of friends.
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