Nobody expects The Spanish Ministry of Education!
I got this this morning:
Enhorabuena por haber sido seleccionado/a para participar en el Programa de Auxiliares de Conversación en España para el curso 2013-2014.
Nos ponemos en contacto contigo para informarte de los siguientes asuntos:
CURSO DE ACOGIDA
Con el objetivo de orientar el trabajo de los auxiliares de conversación y hacer que su experiencia sea lo más beneficiosa posible para todas las partes implicadas en el Programa, el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte y las Comunidades Autónomas han organizado diversas actividades informativas.
Los auxiliares destinados a las Comunidades Autónomas de:
Andalucía, Cantabria, Extremadura, Galicia, Islas Baleares, Madrid, Murcia y País Vasco
serán invitados a participar en las actividades de formación organizadas por la Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad Autónoma de destino. Los auxiliares recibirán información sobre las mismas en las próximas semanas.
CARTAS DE NOMBRAMIENTO
En los próximos días recibirá por e-mail su carta de nombramiento como Auxiliar de Conversación dependiente del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. En la carta figurarán los datos de contacto del centro educativo a donde irán destinados.
My first reaction? I groaned in exasperation because it was written in Spanish. That’s right. Why would something so important and official be written in Spanish?! It’s important to bear in mind that the last couple of weeks I have checked my emails literally as soon as I wake up, so upon seeing there was an important email, and trying to read it for at least 5 minutes with half shut eyes that were full of sleep before actually realising it was in another language, I feel, is a fair excuse.
The fact that I am supposed to be able to read, write and speak in Spanish is IRRELEVANT.
In any case, it doesn’t even tell me where I’m going. Oh no, that would be too forward thinking for those silly Spaniards. It is merely an email to inform me that in a few days there will be another email telling me specific details about what they told me in this one (i.e. the training sessions they have offered me and the school where I’m being placed).
WHY ARE THEY TORTURING ME?
What sort of evil, savant, idiot, genius sadists are they that they would constantly give us hope with emails like that and then throw us down when they actually contain nothing of any point whatsoever?!
How dare they. At least now I have the update that I have to go to a training programme which I don’t know where it is, when it is or how long it is, and I have confirmation that I might find out in the next few days where I will be going in Spain.
Now all my fears are gone. Thank you, kind Spaniards.
The Ministry of Education in Spain aren’t the only ones who are utterly futile with their emails. The British Council are much the same. The amount of times I have received emails telling me to be on the lookout for other emails that will soon be flitting their way through to my inbox on GoogleMail. Like I wasn’t doing that already! Or to tell me to not follow the instructions on an email I had previously received until I have received another one. It’s insane.
I’m sure the cons of the application process of all this will be outweighed by the amazing experiences I am sure to have on my year abroad. But my God. What an effort this is turning out to be. And I am still no closer to finding out my exact location.
Let the wait continue...
And in the meantime, here's Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition sketch: