Madrid, Spain

Teach In Spain Basics

Accepting applications for 2020-2021 school year
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Information for term Teach In Spain Basics

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $1,200
  • Compensation: 1,000 Euro (approx. $1,150)/month


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With fewer days of orientation, this program is designed specifically for those who have previously lived, worked, or studied abroad for one or more semesters in a Spanish-speaking country.

Your duties as a Language and Culture Assistant are the same as our other Teach in Spain programs, but personal preparations when moving to Spain will require more independence on your end upon your initial arrival.  As a part-time Language and Culture Assistant, you help Spanish students develop their listening and conversational English skills by creating fun and engaging activities and presenting on North American culture. 

You will spend 16 hours a week in the classroom and work four days a week, giving you plenty of time to explore. Immerse yourself in the big-city culture of Madrid while earning a monthly stipend of 1,000 euros. Your monthly stipend will let you live a comfortable, basic lifestyle.

This program is ideal for applicants with upper-intermediate or advanced Spanish proficiency, experience living in a Spanish speaking country and prior teaching experience.  Don’t quite meet the requirements?  Check out our regular Teach in Spain program.

Program Highlights

  • Teach 16-hours per week
  • 4-day work week with three day weekends!
  • €1000 monthly stipend
  • 24/7 support from CIEE staff in Spain
  • Pre-departure assistance including visa help
  • Cultural activities during orientation
  • Placement within the Community of Madrid

Add a 150-Hour CIEE TEFL Certification For $1,000 ($1,100 Value) Apply Now


Location Start Date End Date Compensation Deadline
Madrid Late September Late June 1,000 Euro (approx. $1,150)/month

May 1

About Our Program Fees

CIEE, a non-profit organization, has been sending university graduates abroad to teach English since 1997. Our Basics program in Spain includes an abbreviated orientation on arrival, emergency insurance, and continuing support throughout your experience (see all features below).

To cover those costs, there is a program fee of $1,200. Once we accept your application, you’ll make a first payment of $500 to reserve your spot ($1,000 for programs with TEFL). The remaining balance of the program fee is due a few months later when you receive a teaching placement at a Spanish school. CIEE alumni receive a 10% discount! 

What's included

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What's included

  • Placement as a Language and Culture Assistant
  • Pre-departure assistance – including visa guidance
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Ongoing support from CIEE staff in Spain
  • Airport pickup and transportation to your orientation hotel on arrival day
  • Two days of orientation with topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
  • Two nights of hotel accommodation provided during orientation
  • Cultural activities during orientation such as sampling cuisine from different regions of Spain

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The Destination

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Madrid is the heart of Spain. More than a rich cultural heritage site boasting world-renowned art museums, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis with a variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, opera, concerts, parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema– all ready for you to explore.

The Take-Aways

  • Compensation

    Monthly stipend of €1,000 in Madrid.

  • Preparation

    Job placement, pre-departure assistance, an online pre-departure course, 2 day in-country orientation, cultural activities

  • Assistance

    Visa application guidance, iNext international insurance, 24-hour support from CIEE staff in Spain, resources for finding housing.

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Job Description

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Job Description

You'll work at a public school as an English Language and Culture Assistant, a role that is part of a nationwide initiative. As a native English speaker, you will be assisting classes or small groups of students in order to develop their listening and conversational skills, as well as their understanding of North American culture. In many schools, you'll also teach English to members of the school staff. If you are placed in a bilingual school you may facilitate English conversational activities in subjects such as science, art, and history.

Exact responsibilities of Language and Culture Assistants vary according to each individual school.  However, 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.

Assistants in Madrid typically have 16 classroom hours per week. 


CIEE Language and Culture Assistants in Madrid work from October to June and receive a monthly stipend of 1,000 Euro (approx. $1,150). 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.

  • Schools

    CIEE teachers are placed at schools participating in an ongoing bilingual initiative led by the Spanish government, including primary and secondary schools. The majority of schools are in suburban and rural areas outside the city centers.  In the region of Madrid, it is possible to live in the city center and commute to your school if you are placed in a small town or suburb. Location and age-group preferences are considered by CIEE, but we are not able to guarantee specific placement preferences.

  • Workload

    You will lead conversational activities in English and give presentations on North American culture. You may also participate in other activities, such as music, theater, sporting events, English language clubs, and more. In addition to your classroom hours, you may be required to spend a few hours attending planning or professional development sessions each week.  You’ll still 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, or teaching private English lessons.

What People are Saying

  • CIEE is a great program to go through and has made transitioning to my school and living in Spain very painless.

    Andrew J. | Teach in Spain
  • I didn't realize how truly helpful CIEE was until I got here and spoke to people who came here on their own or through other programs and I am honestly so grateful for the guidance that CIEE gave.

    Ronald S. | Teach in Spain
  • Simple application process, very helpful staff, unique and incredible opportunity to live abroad, and help with visa process.

    Mona S. | Teach in Spain
  • CIEE is a very organized organization that maintains contact with those who are looking for that teach abroad experience and makes sure to think and cover all aspects of the experience so that there are little to no surprises during the adventure.

    Matt G. | Teach in Spain
  • Helpful and organized as well as being dedicated to making sure you have a good experience.

    Austin C. | Teach in Spain


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The Teach in Spain Basics program is our most selective program in Spain. The below requirements, 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
  • Citizenship in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa
  • Experience living in a Spanish speaking country for at least one semester/five months
  • Teaching experience - can be volunteering, working as a teaching assistant or tutor, or extensive experience as a camp counselor or sports coach, or a TEFL certification
  • Upper intermediate or advanced Spanish skills - equivalent to four semesters of university-level Spanish.
  • No age limit

TEFL Certification

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TEFL Certification

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence to make teaching abroad even more rewarding – both for you and those you teach. The CIEE TEFL 150-hour certification course can easily be added on to your program to ensure that you:

  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching nonnative speakers
  • Get personalized feedback from an experienced TEFL tutor
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Complete 20 hours of practice teaching experience to hone your skills

Discover the benefit of including a TEFL Course with your teach abroad program.

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