If they work like they do in our town around the rest of Spain then I can understand it.
Stop work, even if there are customers etc. at 10.30am to have ‘breakfast’ at a local bar. Nice if you are getting paid to do it.
Go back to work, ignore customers and then leave on the dot of 2pm. Very nice if you can get it, most can’t now though.
I think that here in Spain what they do really need are trustworthy, patient and well spoken native english teachers. All the parents I know are desperate for their children to get into the bilingual courses and want native english teachers to help their children learn as much as they can.
It’s hard work for little pay to do private lessons but every little helps (to copy Tesco’s quote). Those who are staying here could look into local schools who need native english teachers (degree needed though) as here in Andalucia the Junta has a fund to pay for a native person to help out with the lessons (700 euros per month I believe?). They often get American students so come on you Brits, get your names down on the lists!
Ask the school directors rather than the english teachers as they understandably are starting to be a bit wary of those who speak, read and write better than they do without the teacher training degree and a month in Dublin learning english….. obviously very worried about their job security.
Obviously this would help local native Brits but it also helps the spanish community by teaching them ‘proper’ english to possibly enable them to get a job abroad. ?