This program is for those with upper-intermediate to advanced Spanish language skills but limited experience living, working or traveling in Spain.
The fee for the program covers:
- Job placement
- Pre-departure assistance – including visa assistance
- iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
- 24-hour emergency support while you’re abroad
- Intense, fun, on-site orientation
- Temporary housing provided during and after orientation as well as assistance finding permanent housing
- Practical, cultural, and professional development activities as relevant to your stay in Spain
Meet your students
You’ll help elementary, middle school, or high school students discover English, perhaps for the first time. Creativity will be rewarded, as you find new ways to cross language and culture barriers. You’ll find that you learn as much from your students as they learn from you. You also may get the chance to work with teaching staff and administrators, helping them to sharpen their English skills.
You'll teach English as a Language and Culture Assistant at a public school in the autonomous region in the Community of Madrid, a role that is part of a nationwide multilingual initiative. As a native English speaker and U.S. cultural expert, you may teach entire classes or small groups of students in order to develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, as well as their cultural understanding of the United States. In many schools, you'll also teach English to members of the school staff. You won't be left alone with an entire class of students, nor will you be responsible for grading, discipline, or the independent supervision of students.
You'll also teach English in other subjects that are normally taught in Spanish, such as history, sciences, social studies/civics, music, art or physical education. This is so the students’ exposure to English, outside of their normal English class, is maximized. In the higher grades, you may be asked to teach a conversation class or to prepare students for exams that test their English level. Exact responsibilities of Language and Culture Assistants do vary according to each individual school.
The schools where you’ll teach participate in an ongoing bilingual initiative led by the Spanish government. The 2014-2015 school year marked the 10th year of this successful program, which pairs native English-speaking teachers with local faculty. Location and age-group preferences are considered by CIEE, but we aren't able to guarantee specific placement preferences.
All Language and Culture Assistants teach English for 16 hours per week under the supervision and guidance of classroom teachers. You may agree to participate in or lead additional activities, which might include making a presentation as an expert from North America, or participating in music, theater, sporting events, International Day, English language club, and more.
You’ll have ample time to take part in activities that further enrich your experience, such as finding an internship with a local business, volunteering for a local charity, teaching private English lessons, or coaching a local sports team.
CIEE Language and Culture Assistants in Madrid are paid a scholarship of €1,000 a month. For most participants, this is adequate to afford a comfortable lifestyle. If you’re careful with spending, you’ll have some money for fun and to explore Spain and other European countries. Your scholarship will go further outside of city centers and in rural areas, where the cost of shared accommodations, food, transportation, entertainment, etc., are lower. We'll provide you with advice on how to find an affordable apartment and how to best plan your budget each month.
Most program participants also teach private English classes, either through their school or independently. CIEE can help here, too, with advice on how to advertise and find private lessons when you get to Spain.
CIEE participants have paid holidays around Christmas and Easter. Exact dates will be confirmed when the school calendars are approved in September. There is always a break from December 24 to January 4 for the holidays, and you may have a few more days off around the new year. Participants also are off Holy Week off, which is generally in mid-April. Official provincial calendars are available in September.
There are a few simple requirements. These, plus a sense of adventure and a desire to cross cultural boundaries and engage with people eager to learn English, will make you a great candidate.
- Native English speaker
- A bachelor’s degree in any field
- U.S or Canadian citizenship
- Upper-intermediate to advanced level of Spanish skills – usually fulfilled by four semesters/two years of university-level Spanish or a letter of evaluation from a Spanish professor
To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications, such as:
- Experience teaching or volunteering, community involvement, experience with children (such as working as a summer camp counselor)
- Experience studying, working, or volunteering abroad
- A college degree in English or education