Madrid, Spain

Teach In Spain Basics

Now Accepting Applications for 2023-2024 School Year
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Information for term Teach In Spain Basics

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $1,550
  • Compensation: 1,000 Euros/month


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As a part-time Language and Culture Assistant in the Community of Madrid you will help Spanish students develop their conversational English skills. With fewer days of orientation, this program is designed for experienced travelers and educators that are ready to hit the ground running and need less support upon arrival in Madrid.

Program Highlights

  • Placement within the Community of Madrid
  • Teach 16-hours per week
  • 4-day work week with 3-day weekends
  • €1,000 monthly stipend
  • 2-day orientation in Madrid with hotel accommodation
  • 24/7 support from CIEE staff in Spain
  • Pre-departure assistance including visa guidance

After reading the program overview on this page, be sure to check out our Teach in Spain FAQs!

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 for our Basics program or want more support? Check out our main Teach in Spain program.

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. $1,050)/month March 1


About Our Program Fees

As a non-profit organization, CIEE relies on program fees to provide participants with placement assistance, international insurance, orientation, and support before and after arrival. The program fee of $1,550 is paid in two installments:

  • $500 commitment deposit after acceptance ($1,000 for programs with TEFL)
  • Remaining balance due when you receive your placement

CIEE alumni receive a 10% discount!

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

What's Included

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What's Included

  • Placement as a Language and Culture Assistant
  • Pre-departure assistance – including visa guidance
  • iNext insurance for lost belongings, delayed bags and medical evacuation
  • Private health insurance for medical expenses, with 24/7 emergency hotline
  • 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 and most meals during orientation

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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.

School placements are located in the Region of Madrid, in urban and suburban areas up to 120 minutes away from Sol, the central point of the city. Participants arrange their own housing, so they have control over how long their commute is. Teachers can choose to live near their schools, or commute from further away, giving everyone the option of living in the city center if they would like to.

CIEE wants all our participants to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while teaching abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and 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.

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

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 your home 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. The school year starts in early October and goes until late June.

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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.

  • 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 your home 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, or New Zealand
  • Passport validity must extend at least 3 months beyond end of program on June 30
  • 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.
  • 59 or younger, per new requirement from Madrid's government

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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