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52 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.

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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.

Get Paid to Teach English in Spain with i-to-i

If you want to get yourself to Spain and change lives by Teaching English as a Foreign Language, an i-to-i TEFL Course can open the door to thousands of Teaching English jobs and get you ready for your first day in the classroom. We offer a range of TEFL qualifications, which can be studied online or at weekends, plus you don’t need any teaching experience. Find out more and get started on your...

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...

InterExchange

Assist locals in learning the English language through this teach abroad program offered by InterExchange in Spain. For one to three months participants will be based in the culturally-rich city of Madrid. To be eligible for this opportunity, individuals must be between the ages of 18 and 35, hold at least a high school diploma, and must either be an American or Canadian citizen.

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.

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...

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...

Connect-123 Internship & Volunteer Programs

Connect-123 has developed this incredible placement in Spain to individuals who are interested in teaching in a local non-profit educational institution in the culturally rich city of Barcelona. With positions lasting for seven months to even a year, no prior teaching experience is required as long as they are willing to educate the young minds in the local community.

Teaching Programs in Oxford TEFL Spain

There are two program options to teach in Spain with Oxford TEFL. Participants may choose between teaching in Barcelona or Cadiz where they mentor interested individuals in communicating through the use of the English language after undergoing a four week TEFL training. Prior teaching experience is not required.

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Take a stroll at Alameda Park in Bilboa, Spain. You probably won’t be teaching here but you should definitely visit or perhaps even take your students on a field trip.

How to Teach Abroad in Spain

An Inside Look into Teaching English in Spain

Many young professionals, at the latter part of their college career or upon graduating from college, decide to go to Spain to teach English. Why Spain instead of other European countries? The demand for English teachers in Spain is growing, as English proficiency levels in Spain stand drastically lower than those of its neighboring countries. During this time of economic uncertainty, learning English is a way for Spaniards to stand out in the job market. Young professionals and college students in the United States and Canada decide to teach English in Spain for a myriad of reasons including launching their careers as language educators or immersing themselves in the Spanish culture and taking part in European excursions.

Teaching Placements

This is the most common question asked by individuals looking to teach English abroad. There are ways around being TEFL certified to teach English in Spain.  However, the opportunities are certainly greater if you do have a TEFL certification. There are essentially two different options for teaching English in Spain. The first option is to be a Language and Cultural Assistant in a public school (sometimes private), and the second option is to be an English teacher in an English language academy.  The two sections below will outline the expectations and differences between the two options.

Typically Language and Cultural Assistants (auxiliaries) are placed in a primary, secondary or an adult language school. An auxiliary is a native English speaker whose role is to contribute to the bilingual program by planning English conversational lessons with an emphasis on their native country’s culture. 

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The most popular program is through Spain’s Ministry of Education. This program provides a 1-year grant to 2,000 native English speakers in the United States and Canada. 

Participants of this program can be placed in any region of Spain. When applying for the position, applicants are able to choose their top two regions, but have little say on their exact placement. An auxiliary can be either placed in a city or a small town.  As much as an auxiliary might prefer living in a large city, it is important to not rule out the towns as these smaller communities can have a lot to offer culturally. Additionally, the public transportation in Spain (and most of Europe) makes travel very easy. 

Similar to the Spanish Ministry of Education’s auxiliary program, CIEE Teach Abroad has partnered with the Junta de Andalucia to place individuals in a year-long Language and Cultural Assistance program in both the major cities and small towns of Andalusia. 

There is also the Bilingual English Development and Assessment (BEDA) program, which places participants in private catholic schools mainly in Madrid. Unlike the other two auxiliary programs, BEDA requires the auxiliaries to take a course at Comilla University on bilingual education and assessment. 

Work Schedule. Language and Cultural Assistants work in the classroom 12 hours a week. Because they are not full-time employees, they are not required to be TEFL certified. These programs are often a great opportunity to sort out post-grad plans or to spend some time abroad before launching one’s career. On the other hand, it is a great stepping stone into the field of teaching.

Expectations. In order to be qualified for a position within an English academy, you must be TEFL certified. In doing this, you have the option to enroll in a TEFL certification class with the academy where you will be teaching upon arriving to Spain, or you can enroll in an online TEFL certification before arriving to your destination. However, if an individual decides to go this route they will have to find a way to fulfill the mandatory classroom hours. International House and International TEFL Academy are two of the many English academies through which one can obtain their TEFL certification at in Spain. Working at an academy, you are more likely to have a secure job with full-time hours which are 20-25 classroom hours.

Salaries & Costs

Many people do not teach English in Spain (or anywhere in Europe) for the pay. An auxiliary typically gets a monthly stipend of 700 Euros whereas a teacher in an academy can make anywhere from 1300 to 1800 Euros a month. That said, the cost of living is relatively low compared to many of the surrounding countries in Europe and the Unites States, for that matter. One of the best ways to supplement a native English speaker’s income is by giving private lessons in either their home, at a café or at the client’s home. Classes can range anywhere from 14 - 25 Euros per hour depending on experience and the region.

Accommodations & Visas

As a Language and Cultural Assistant, a participant is eligible for a 1 - year student visa. In order to obtain their visa, they will need to go to the closest general consulate to get all of the paperwork processed. The Language and Cultural Assistance program is the easiest way to obtain a visa while working in Spain. An English teacher with an academy will need to be sponsored by the academy in order to obtain a work visa. This process is a little more time-consuming and tedious but can be done if one is determined to make it happen. 

Why You Need a Savings. Unlike other English teaching programs in other parts of the world, the programs in Spain do not take care of a participant’s airfare, housing, or any other expenses. For that reason, it is important to come over with money to cover at least one to two months of living expenses. The easiest way to find a place to live is to book a hostel in the city and live there for a couple of nights. Once you arrive, there are a few different websites you can use to search for shared apartments. For the purpose of finding an apartment, it is a smoother process for those that know the language or have someone with them that does. It is uncommon for apartments to come unfurnished. Living with local Spaniards or international people, will make it easier to make friends and immerse in the culture. This also greatly helps in learning Spanish.

Melissa Demarest

After studying abroad for one semester in Spain, Melissa returned to Spain for another two years to teach English and further immerse herself in the Spanish culture. To learn more about her experiences throughout Spain and parts of Europe, follow her blog.