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Whether you’re a beginning Spanish learner or an advanced speaker, immerse yourself in Spanish culture by spending two weeks with a local host family and taking Spanish classes before you start your teaching placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid.
- 2-week homestay and language immersion courses
- Placement within the Community of Madrid
- Teach 16-hours per week
- 4-day work week with 3-day weekends
- €1,000 monthly stipend
- 4-day orientation in Madrid with hotel accommodation
- 24/7 support from CIEE staff in Spain
- Pre-departure assistance including visa guidance
- No Spanish language requirement
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|Location||Start Date||End Date||Compensation||Deadline|
|Madrid||Late August||Late June||1,000 Euro (approx. $1,150)/month||June 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 $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
CIEE alumni receive a 10% discount!
What's IncludedClick to Open
- Placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid
- 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 Madrid
- Airport pickup and transportation to your orientation hotel on arrival day
- Four days of orientation in Madrid with topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
- Cultural activities during orientation, such as a flamenco show and sampling cuisine from different regions of Spain
- Two week homestay with a local Spanish family - breakfast and dinner included
- Two weeks of language immersion courses
The DestinationClick to Open
Madrid is the heart of Spain. The capital city sits at the center of the Iberian Peninsula, and it’s known to set national trends. 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 performances – all ready for you to explore.
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.
Monthly stipend of €1,000.
Job placement, pre-departure assistance, an online pre-departure course, 4 day in-country orientation, intensive language classes, cultural activities.
Temporary stay with host family, visa application guidance, iNext international insurance, 24-hour support from CIEE staff, resources for finding housing.
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Job DescriptionClick to Open
You'll work as an English Language and Culture Assistant at a public school in the region of Madrid, 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.
Learn More About the Experience of CIEE Teachers During COVID-19
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.
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.
All Language and Culture Assistants support local classroom teachers in public schools within the region of Madrid. 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 16 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
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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