Early Years Coordinator at El Limonar International School Villamartín since 2016
“After twenty four years of teaching in the UK, I felt that I needed a new challenge and a change of lifestyle for myself and my family. It was always a dream of mine to live and work in Spain, so I was overjoyed to be offered the post of Reception Teacher and later promoted to Early Years Coordinator where I could share my experience with the Early Years Team.An area of education that has always interested me is ‘Communication and Language’, so when meeting my Reception class for the first time, I knew this would be a challenge to embrace. It was wonderful to hear the different languages spoken and meet with the enthusiastic and lively characters, but I soon realised that I had a double challenge ahead of me. It wasn’t just about delivering a fun and exciting Early Years Curriculum, but for the children to learn, understand and be confident in speaking English. I soon found myself clutching for my guitar and singing action songs which happened to be a great success in the children’s eyes!
We are very lucky at El Limonar to have a wonderful outside environment for the children to explore their outdoor learning, so with the help of my team we are expanding on more exciting ideas of developing this area further.”
Primary English Immersion Tutor at El Limonar International School Murcia since 1999
“Life as a Primary teacher at El Limonar International School Murcia is certainly never dull! From the moment I walk into the school in the morning, I am bombarded with the children’s enthusiastic welcome and insatiable thirst for knowledge, which only ceases (as far as I am concerned) when they are prised away at the end of the day.
For the moments when one needs some respite, there is relative tranquility and bonhomie (the “relative” refers to the former, not the latter!) in the staff dining-room, where we converse in a multi-cultural, relaxed environment.
The sound of the school bell propels us from one lesson to the next, and I am always surprised when another day, or even year, has finished. But then I look at how the children have changed in the ten months that I have known them and how much they have learnt and I feel proud they have risen to the challenge… just as I have!”
Art teacher at El Limonar International School Villamartín since 2014
“I have lived in Spain for 12 years and have recently been given the fantastic opportunity to join the dedicated team at El Limonar International School to teach Art & Design. It is certainly a challenging role as I teach primary year students right up to GCSE and A Level! There’s never a dull moment! It is so rewarding to watch students gain skills and confidence through explorations and experimentations in a wide range of media and materials. Opening their eyes to the history and many cultures of art, and showing them how they can apply the ideas of artists and craftspeople to their own work, leads to both exciting and creative outcomes. Students are often surprised and experience a real sense of achievement – and that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”
Year 4 Class Tutor at El Limonar International School Murcia since 2004
“When I was offered a post at El Limonar International School Murcia, I was fresh out of university and at an important crossroads in my life. A four month position offered me the opportunity to practise my Spanish and submerge myself in a completely different culture. Little did I know how this decision would change my life.
Fast forward over ten years and here I am living in a small coastal village, within walking distance of the beach. This, accompanied by a warm, sun-blessed Mediterranean climate, lends itself to an idyllic way of life.
I have made many acquaintances, developed strong friendships and even met and married a wonderful man. Professionally, I do not think I could wish for more. I work in a wonderful environment where every day is challenging but fun thanks to the children’s infectious sense of joie de vivre. My colleagues are a supportive, close-knit unit who share in the small, every day triumphs of teaching children with enquiring minds, and are always there to lend a hand.
My fulfillment, both professionally and personally, is quite simply down to taking a leap of faith all those years ago, and one I do not regret for a moment.”
Kevin and Sue Moran
Secondary Computing & Maths at El Limonar International School Murcia since 2005 & 2003
“We came to Murcia over ten years ago together with our three children, who were then six, three and two. Our home is a large farmhouse in the Campo de Ricote, a remote region in North West Murcia. It has several thousand square metres of land where we grow olives to make oil, and almonds. We also grow some of our own vegetables, keep chickens for eggs and share our house with six cats and a tiny dog. The pace of life here suits our family: the children enjoy swimming and have lots of space to play. For us, a significant advantage to living in Spain is that our children are bilingual and we are not so far from all our relatives in the UK who visit regularly…
Weekends and the long summer holidays are spent enjoying the outdoors, even in winter the daytime temperatures are very pleasant and in the cold winter evenings the log fire keeps the cold at bay. As a family home and place for our children to grow up it has been idyllic and although now they are older there is a lot of driving, we could never be tempted back to the city.”
Primary Coordinator at El Limonar International School Villamartín since 2008
“When I was asked by the headteacher of my previous school, where I could see myself in five years’ time, my response was ‘Living and working in Spain, playing my guitar in the sun.’ Well, it happened. My wife and I have been living here and working at El Limonar, in the Primary Department, for seven years. As in every school, each day brings along its own problems to solve and pleasures to enjoy. After seven years, I continue to be in awe of our students who are able to switch from language to language, when the need arises. For a school with an age range of 3 to 18, El Limonar International School Villamartín has a smaller, familiar feel to it and that’s one of the main reasons why I hope to be here for many years to come.”