No teaching credentials or extensive international experience necessary to apply! If your major was art history, zoology, or anything in between, your good attitude, solid work ethic, and your academic background will serve you well in the classroomthis time from the teacher’s side of the desk. Our best applicants have strong Spanish skills, but we also consider those with some exposure to the language and a drive to learn more before the program starts.
CIEE and the local governments in Andalusia and Madrid are looking for well-rounded applicants who are independent, self-motivated, adventurous, responsible, and who adapt well to new situations. Participants must be able to expect the unexpected and thrive in a changing environment! Qualifications and experience are important, but a positive outlook, flexible decision making, and realistic expectations are paramount to a good experience!
Remember, the Teach in Spain program is more than an avenue to live in Spain! It is essential that your first priority be to your school and your teaching assignment; to have a genuine interest in participating in life at school; and to understand that the experience requires a considerable amount of time in the school community.
Eligibility Requirements for the Teach in Spain Program
- Native English language fluency
- U.S. or Canadian citizenship
- Upper intermediate to advanced level of Spanish skills. A minimum of four semesters/two years of university-level Spanish are required. An equivalency, such as a bilingual background or a letter of ability expressed by your most recent university Spanish professor, is also acceptable.
- If you are short on official Spanish language experience, but are very driven to teach in Spain, please formulate a plan to acquire a minimal level of proficiency before you start teaching. For many, this includes immediately enrolling in a Spanish language class at a local school (community college, language school, or university) as well as participating in the intensive Spanish Language Immersion Program in Seville or Madrid.
- University-level qualification in any major
- University graduates or upcoming spring/summer graduates with a BA/BS degree
- A high level of commitment, responsibility, and flexibility
- A genuine interest in both Spanish culture and teaching
- A desire to work in Spanish public schools in order to share North American language and culture with others
- Teaching or volunteering experience, community involvement, experience with children (eg summer camp counselor) and/or similar backgrounds preferred
- Experience studying, working, or volunteering abroad
- Degree in English or Education
Living and working in Spain is an adjustment for anyone from a different culture, but it can be particularly frustrating for those accustomed to the fast-paced, consumer-oriented lifestyle in the States. Spain is famous for a more relaxed approach to life, and the program depends on the CIEE agreement with the regional government, and many of the things regarding your placement that have to be done do not depend solely on CIEE. The government is in charge of the visa process, and in turn, the residence permits operate independently. Although all consulates and regional offices are given the same rules, they interpret and enforce them differently.
Applicants must keep in mind that participation on the Teach in Spain program is equivalent to a job. Although this job is a bit untraditional and not full-time, it does require the maturity and professionalism of any job. The school at which you are placed is considered your employer (and therefore the party that pays your monthly stipend), and CIEE is the service provider that connects you with the school and makes it possible for you to reside legally in Spain. CIEE and the Junta de Andalucía or Madrid expect all participants to fulfill all Language and Culture Assistant responsibilities and represent themselves, CIEE, and your home country in a positive manner. As with all jobs, actions such as consistent tardiness, failure to show up to class, and other inappropriate conduct can serve as justification for docking your stipend and/or dismissal from the program.