Information for term Teach in Spain + 2 Weeks of Spanish Immersion
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineMarch 1, 2023
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Program Fee: $3,550
- Compensation: 1,000 Euros/month
OverviewClick to Open
Teaching in Spain is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in Spanish culture and build Spanish language proficiency. This program offers you the opportunity to get even more out of the experience with an intensive two-week Spanish immersion experience before you start teaching English in Madrid.
After arriving in Madrid and completing CIEE’s comprehensive orientation, you’ll spend two weeks living with a Spanish host family and taking intensive Spanish classes. The Spanish classes are taught by experienced Spanish instructors and will be geared to your level. You’ll be able to practice what you learn in class with your Spanish host family.
While living with your host family, you’ll also have the time to search for your own permanent housing in Madrid. We hear from alumni every year, that they’re grateful they had this extra time to search for an apartment before starting their teaching position.
- Two-week homestay with Spanish host family in Madrid
- Two weeks of intensive Spanish classes before starting teaching position
- Guaranteed placement as language assistant in the region of Madrid
- Part-time schedule and 3-day weekends so you’ll have time to explore
- €1,000 monthly stipend to cover living expenses
- 4-day CIEE orientation in Madrid with 4 nights of hotel accommodation, cultural activities, and most meals provided
Check out Teach in Spain FAQs to learn more!
Interested in boosting your Spanish level even more? Consider 4 weeks of language immersion with a Spanish homestay and language classes before you start your teaching position.
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|Location||Start Date||End Date||Compensation||Deadline|
|Madrid||Late August||Late June||1,000 Euros/month||March 1|
About Our Program Fees
Founded in 1947, CIEE is the leading intercultural exchange organization.
As a non-profit, CIEE relies on program fees to provide participants with placement assistance, international insurance, orientation, and support before and after arrival. The program fee of $3,550 is paid in two installments:
- $500 commitment deposit after acceptance ($1,000 for programs with TEFL)
- Remaining balance due when you receive your placement
What's IncludedClick to Open
- Two-week homestay with a local Spanish family - breakfast and dinner included
- Two weeks of language immersion courses
- Guaranteed placement as language assistant in region of Madrid
- Support before you depart, including expert visa guidance and online preparation course
- Support after you arrive from CIEE staff in Madrid
- Airport pickup and transportation to your orientation hotel on arrival day
- Four days of orientation with topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
- Four nights of hotel accommodation during orientation
- Cultural activities and most meals during orientation
- Private Spanish health insurance with no deductibles or copayments, and 24/7 emergency assistance
- International insurance for lost belongings, delayed bags and medical evacuation
The DestinationClick to Open
Madrid is the cultural heart of Spain. Teachers in Madrid have the opportunity to visit world-renowned art museums, explore diverse neighborhoods, and meet with friends at its countless parks and tapas bars.
School placements are located in the Region of Madrid, in urban and suburban areas up to 120 minutes away from the city center. Teachers arrange their own housing, so they can choose to live near their schools, or commute from further away, giving everyone the option of living in the city center.
CIEE wants all our participants to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while teaching abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about cultural attitudes that teachers with specific identities might encounter in Madrid.
Please note: because of the Spanish visa process, it is not possible to plan other international travel in the three months before your program begins. Plan to be in your home country during that time.
Two weeks of Spanish immersion with intensive language classes and homestay with a local family
Job placement, visa application guidance, an online pre-departure course, 4-day in-country orientation, cultural activities.
24/7 support from CIEE staff in Madrid, health insurance and emergency assistance, resources for finding housing.
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Job DescriptionClick to Open
While teaching in Spain, you’ll serve as a Language and Culture Assistant (Auxiliares de Conversación) in a public school in the region of Madrid. The primary responsibility of Language and Culture Assistants is to help students develop their English language skills. You’ll do this by organizing discussions and activities in English that relate to the topics students are learning in their classes.
Language and Culture Assistants are also responsible for facilitating cultural exchange and teaching students about other cultures. You’ll have the chance to share the cultural traditions and holidays that are important to you. For example, you might organize fun activities related to Halloween.
You will assist local, lead teachers and will collaborate with them to design activities in English that support their lesson plans. Exact responsibilities can vary, but you will not be responsible for grading or the independent supervision of students.
Learn more about teaching in Spain with CIEE
CIEE Language and Culture Assistants in Madrid work from October to June and receive a monthly stipend of 1,000 Euro. 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 income will go further outside of city centers where the cost of shared accommodations, food, transportation, entertainment, etc., are lower. We will 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 usually a two week break around Christmas. Participants also have Holy Week off, which is the week before Easter. Official provincial calendars are available in September.
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 are not able to guarantee specific placement preferences.
As a Language and Culture Assistant in Madrid you’ll teach 16 classroom hours per week and have a 4-day work week. In addition to your classroom hours, you may be required to spend a few hours attending planning or professional development sessions each week. Many Language and Culture Assistants also enjoy participating in sports clubs or other extracurricular activities at their schools. You’ll enjoy 3-day weekends with either Monday or Friday off so you’ll have plenty of time to travel, learn Spanish, or participate in local clubs and organizations. CIEE teachers in Spain start their teaching positions in early October and the school year ends in late June.
What People are Saying
Very helpful with the visa process (gathering the documents, locations, etc); the support staff were helpful, genuinely caring, and always quick to responf, both during predeparture and once in SpainTrisha L. | Teach in Spain
CIEE has been extremely helpful throughout the entire process and has responded to all of my needs timely and effectivelyMonica B. | Teach in Spain
The help CIEE provided while in Spain was invaluable. As well as the friends I have gained. The ministry wouldn't have provided the same opportunity.Breanna S. | Teach in Spain
I thought the assistance provided in the program was well worth the money. Also the support and information received from CIEE was very helpful and appreciated.Eric M. | Teach in Spain
I would have drowned every day these first few months in Spain if it wasn't for CIEE! They've been an excellent support system as I've navigated cultural adjustment and challenges with my school.Cody A. | Teach in Spain
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