Our post-course e-mail support group was started in August 2004 and has now reached over 1,800 members, all of whom took (or are going to take) their CELTA course at IH Barcelona.
We use the group for a number of purposes:
FAQs include feedback on particular schools as places to work; where to find and what to charge for private lessons; various administrative procedures (becoming a legal resident; working freelance; tax issues...); advice on teaching business English and young learners and so on.
Once you are a member, you can ask further questions and access the archived messages (currently over 11,000 messages since we started).
As soon as we have accepted your application and received payment for your course we automatically send you details of how to join -- so in fact it's not just post course support that you'll get. All we need is an email address from you.
NOTE It is only possible to join the group if you have done CELTA at IH Barcelona: it is not open to anyone else.
In fact we should now really be talking about groups and communities, in the plural, as we're currently in the process of changing the set up, while still providing the same amount and type of support.
Since March 2014 we have had a separate CeltaStars Barcelona forum for everything "Barcelona" except jobs so that, if you don't stay in Barcelona after your course, you can choose not to get those sorts of messages.
And (since October 2014), we have a separate CeltaStars Teaching, Learning and Technology forum to provide help with and discussion of matters of all kinds relating to our profession.
Membership of the group is free; all we ask in return is that you support the community you become a member of, by helping to answer the questions that get asked whenever you can...
CeltaStars Teaching and Learning