Teach Abroad in Spain

56 Teach Abroad Programs in Spain

Get Paid to Teach English Abroad in Spain

Teach in Spain and gain professional experience through this opportunity provided by International TEFL Academy. There are five program options that participants may choose from upon deciding to teach abroad and help locals learn English. Programs are available in nearly a hundred locations throughout the country.

International TEFL Academy
GeoVisions

Develop a greater understanding of Spanish culture by working as an au pair in Spain with GeoVisions. The program places participants a host family in the cities of Madrid, Malaga, or Santander. Expectation include helping with childcare and household duties. Applicants must commit to taking Spanish language classes while in Spain to meet the visa requirements.

LanguageCorps – Teach English Abroad

LanguageCorps has 20 programs in 18 different locations. Programs are offered in Costa Rica, Vietnam, Thailand, France (Paris), Egypt, Italy (Rome), Spain (Barcelona), Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic, Cambodia, China, Greece, Hungary, Russia, and Turkey.

Room & Board In Exchange for Teaching Jobs in Spain

Cultural Embrace wants you to be more than a tourist; we want you to interact with the local culture and community you are visiting. Whether you are a student trying to gain academic credit and work experience, or a professional looking for that meaningful vacation or corporate team building retreat, or a retiree that wants to revive your life in another exotic destination, Cultural Embrace of...

Cultural Embrace by API
Language Assistant with full board accommodation in Spain

We are looking for young native-level English speakers that want to live a fantastic experience in Spain, helping in a Spanish school working with children as Language Assistant. The grant program offers full board accommodation, a monthly allowance (300¬ to 450¬) and the opportunity to learn a new language and a different culture. Recent graduates and gap years preferred. Multilingual Educa...

MEDDEAS
Conversation Assistant Programme for Schools

CAPS is looking for young people who would like to have a cultural experience in Catalonia or Valencia- Spain helping in a school, with children as Conversation Teaching Assistant. The programme offers you full board accommodation, a monthly allowance and the opportunity to learn a new language & a different culture. Program Description: As Conversation Assistant (CA) you will be assigne...

Home to Home
Teacher Training in Madrid with 100% Job Placement!

Experience the thrill of teaching English abroad through this international program provided by tt Madrid. Upon completion of a four week training in teaching the language, participants are assisted by the organization in finding the most suitable teaching placement for them. To be eligible, applicants must have been educated until the age of 21 and must be able to effectively communicate using...

Tt Madrid
i-to-i TEFL Courses & TEFL Jobs Abroad

Spend time in Spain while mentoring locals on the fundamentals of the English language with i-to-i UK Ltd. With over ten international opportunities to choose from, participants can immerse in the Spanish way of life, brush up on their Spanish skills through daily conversations with locals, and help others gain more knowledge of English. Programs are available in five different locations includ...

BridgeAbroad

International participants have the chance to share their knowledge of the English language through teaching programs with BridgeAbroad in Spain. Situated in Barcelona, this program allows participants to not only fulfill a valuable teaching placement but it also allows teachers to further their work experience and become certified in teaching English as a foreign language.

Spain Internship

Spain Internship offers international teaching placements in five cities throughout Spain. Prospective individuals from around the world can help students develop various language skills such as Arabic, Italian, and French. This program is offered throughout the year.

Find Teachers Training and Placement in Spain!

Live and teach in Spain with BEST Programs. Teachers work in Madrid as teaching assistants to nursery and kindergarten students. Participants may undergo an EFL workshop in preparation for an evaluation test. This program is available to all nationalities aged 18 and up.

Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad

Teach English in the best cities in Spain with Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad. Positions are open in Marbella, Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. The programs include two weeks of intensive Spanish language lessons and accommodations in a private room in a shared apartment.

InterExchange

InterExchange has 29 programs in 14 different locations. Programs are offered in Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, France, Germany and 9 other countries.

Instituto Hemingway

Witness the natural wonders of Spain while teaching in one of ten program locations where this opportunity is available. Offered by Instituto Hemingway, participants have the chance to learn more about the Spanish way of life through working with the locals, teaching the country's young learners, and exploring some of the country's most picturesque sights. No prior teach abroad experience is re...

INTESOL Spain

Embark on this remarkable journey while teaching in a foreign country through INTESOL Spain. After four weeks of professional TESOL training in Barcelona, participants have the chance to immerse in the classroom setting through the lifetime job assistance of the organization.

Load more
Matador and Bull in a Bull Fight in Spain

How to Teach Abroad in Spain

¡Buen Viaje! Off To España To Teach!

Bullfighting, classic art galore, decadent tapas, and vino to power your day — it's no surprise traditions such as these have consistently propelled Spain into the top ten migrant destinations in the world. If you're curious about the Spanish lifestyle but aren't quite ready to commit to a lifetime in España, teaching abroad is a great way to try it on the local for a year.

Food & Culture

Depending on what country you’re from, the Spanish meal times may lag behind what you’re used to. Breakfast is typically eaten between 9 and 10 a.m., lunch between 2 and 3 p.m., and dinner between 9 and 10 p.m. There’s no such thing as “fast food” in this culture. Leisurely lunches are the norm, not the exception, and last around two hours.

Meal time in Spain is a social event, no matter if you are eating at home or dining out. Some popular regional delicacies are: gazpacho, a cold tomato-based veggie soup; paella, a rice dish considered by many non-Spaniards as the national dish of Spain; churros, pastry strips, deep fried and rolled in sugar and cinnamon; pisto, the Spanish version of France's ratatouille; and jamon iberico or Iberian ham. Tapas is another delight. This assortment of small appetizers, ranging from olives and cheeses, to peppers and squid, are enjoyed before dinner.

When in Spain, savor the Spanish wines. Ranging from Rioja reds, to refreshing Cavas, to deep Sherries, these delights will have you conversing in Spanish with your dinner party mates in no time. And, of course, you can always end the night with a chocolate favorite of kids and adults alike: Kinder Bueno bars. Yum!

As with moving to any new country, it's wise to get acquainted with social norms of society sooner rather than later (as this will also save you a lot of frustration). Perhaps one of the largest culture shocks when living in Spain as an expat is adjusting to the Spanish clock. Timekeeping is a relative concept in the culture, so don’t be shocked if things start fashionably late. Except the midday siestas, of course.

Another important note is to take extra caution at pedestrian crossings. Drivers aren’t keen on always stopping. And be aware that directness in speech is part of their culture. While in other cultures, it may be considered extremely rude to tell someone their dress looks horrible on them, or they are overweight, this direct statement is common in Spain and not considered rude. On the contrary, it would be rude not to say something.

A major cultural staple throughout Spain is the general love of all things futbol, or soccer to those in the U.S. The games and teams are followed with passionate interest, so pick a team, and join in on the excitement.

Things to Do

If having a car isn’t in the budget for your time spent in Spain, fear not. Public transportation is excellent throughout the country. You can travel by train to major hubs, and then transport by bus, which travels to places trains don’t go.

Once in a major city, it is easy to get around via the Metro. Just take note the metros don't run 24 hours a day. During the week in Barcelona, they shut down at midnight and resume again around 5 a.m. with longer operating times on Friday and Saturdays. 

Taking advantage of Spain's public transportation system is especially great for exploring other regions of the country on weekends off from teaching. From discovering the treasure trove of El Greco artworks in Toledo, to exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site Alhambra Palace in Granada, to soaking up the sun in Costa Brava, there's no shortage of fabulous places to explore after the school day is over.

Teaching in Spain

In larger Spanish cities the cost of living can be expensive and living in super-small spaces is common. Renters can expect to pay well over $1,000 USD per month for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center of Madrid. Finding roommates, either through your teaching abroad agency or school, hooking up with a host family, or finding onsite housing can end up saving heaps of money in the end. 

Rural areas of Spain offer cheaper rent but think that is how you will save a ton of money. Teaching in a more metropolitan area such as Barcelona or Madrid will earn you a higher salary than a teaching gig in the Spanish countryside. Both rural and urban teaching positions in Spain offer amazing experiences and payment will reflect the cost of living. 

Homesickness. Ahh, the dreaded homesickness. No matter the initial excitement over tapas and siestas, there’s bound to be a point where you miss your family, friends, and tried-and-true customs just a little too much. Fear not, there are always plenty of ways to combat this. Staying connected via social media is a great option. Posting Instagram photos of your travels, Facebook updates linking to your latest blog posts, and Tweets highlighting fun moments, are all great ways to stay in contact. Technology is great tool to help you to stay positive. Skype your loved ones, or check out funny videos online when you really need a pick-me-up.

Teaching abroad in Spain is much more than ticking a country off your bucket list. It’s about the lifelong relationships you will form with your students, students’ families, fellow teachers, and members of the community, and the experiences and memories you will surely acquire and forever cherish. Buena suerte!

Jessica Tiare Bowen

Jessica Tiare Bowen is a freelance writer and the founder of UsedYorkCity.com, an online travel magazine that covers the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. Not surprisingly, she lives in NYC.