Europe’s third largest country, Spain has a highly developed and stable democracy. Since the death of Franco in 1975 and EU accession in 1986, Spain has experienced rapid economic growth and modernisation. The stereotypes of siestas and mañana are long gone and Spain is now an attractive choice for foreign investment.
An international assignment is an exciting but challenging prospect and you will need to adapt immediately to a new set of cultural rules including different attitudes to relationship building, time management and decision making. Failure to do so may cause misunderstanding and frustration to anyone living and working in Spain.
Communicaid’s Living & Working in Spain courses are designed to respond to the needs of international assignees moving to Spain by providing practical information and advice on the various aspects of living and working in Spain, as well as conveying an understanding of the underlying elements that shape Spanish culture inside and outside the workplace.
A Communicaid Living and Working in Spain course will provide you with:
- A comprehensive overview of Spain’s cultural context including historical, social and religious
- Key communication tools and skills to understand—and respond to— business and social
subtleties and nuances of Spanish culture
- An awareness of culture and country shock—and ways of surviving it
- Essential practical and information to improve your experience of living and working in the
Who should attend
Living and Working in Spain will be of benefit to you if you:
- Are about to relocate or have just relocated to Spain for business purposes
- Work on short-term assignments or projects in Spain and spend periods of time in Spain
All our Living and Working in Spain training courses are designed to meet the specific needs of our clients depending on their personal/organisational requirements and existing skills set. A Living and Working in Spain course typically includes:
- Managing culture and country shock
- Preconceptions and stereotypes of Spain
- Spanish people and Spanish society
- Practical information on living and working in Spain
- Social and business etiquette
- Attitudes and values in Spanish business culture
- Management and negotiation styles
- Effective business communication
- Tips and strategies for successful living and working in Spain
- Working practices and business etiquette in Spain
Living and Working in Spain courses are available seven days a week, 365 days a year, either at one of our training centres in London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York or at your offices in any location worldwide. We usually recommend a one or two day course but can also offer a more flexible format to suit your schedule.
Suitably tailored materials will be used throughout your course and your trainer will provide a balance of structured input and discussion of case studies and scenarios relevant to your own particular context.
The most appropriate training format, content and approach for your Living and Working in Spain course will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy (please click here to read more about our approach
Living and Working in Spain Course Trainer
Your Living and Working in Spain trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. Detailed below is a sample profile of a member of our Cultural Awareness Training team.
After graduating from the University of Durham with a first class degree in Spanish, AB moved to Barcelona where she lived for most of the following decade. She worked extensively as a freelance translator and interpreter with clients including La Vanguardia (a Barcelona newspaper), The EU and Arthur Andersen and she also spent a year as communications co-ordinator for Olivetto advertising agency. In London, AB also translated for Norman Foster and spent six months as conference co-ordinator and interpreter for Cable and Wireless. In 1999, AB qualified as an English language trainer and spent a year teaching English and Spanish in Barcelona.
AB completed an MA in Intercultural Communication at Anglia University and now works as a freelance intercultural training consultant. In addition to her formal qualifications and work experience overseas, ABs extensive worldwide travel and interest in other languages and cultures make her an experience and empathetic cultural awareness trainer. She has delivered Living and Working in Spain programmes to delegates at Cadbury Schweppes and is now based in Barcelona.