Madrid, Spain

Teach in Spain Short Term

Limited number of spaces available for Spring 2020
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Information for term Teach in Spain Short Term

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

October 20, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $1,500
  • Compensation: 1,000 Euro ($1,150)/month


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Important Update

There are a limited number of spaces available for Spring 2020. Depending how quickly people complete applications, it’s possible that the program could fill up before the deadline. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to move forward ASAP.

This program offers a unique opportunity to serve as a Language and Culture Assistant in Spain for a single semester.  Schools in the region of Madrid need additional language assistants to start in January and serve through the end of June.  This gives you the flexibility of committing to teaching in Spain for only six months while still receiving the same monthly stipend of 1,000 Euro (approx. $1,150) as two-semester teachers.

As a part-time Language and Culture Assistant, you will 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 usually work four days a week, giving you plenty of time to explore.

Your monthly stipend will let you live a comfortable, basic lifestyle in the Community of Madrid.

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Madrid Early January Late June 1,000 Euro (approx. $1,150)/month Oct 20

About Our Program Fees

CIEE, a non-profit organization, has been sending university graduates abroad to teach English since 1997. Our Teach in Spain Short Term program includes a four day 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 $1,500. Once we accept your application, you’ll make an initial deposit of $500 to reserve your spot ($1,000 for programs with TEFL). The remaining balance of the program fee is due 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 in the Community of Madrid
  • 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
  • Four days of orientation with topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
  • Four nights of hotel accommodation provided during orientation
  • Cultural activities and most meals during orientation

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


    Monthly stipend of €1000


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


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

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 toto develop their listening and conversational skills, as well as facilitating cultural exchange. 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 receive a monthly stipend 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 vacation days during Holy Week, 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 elementary, middle, and high schools. Most 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.


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There are a few simple requirements. These, 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
  • No age limit
  • No Spanish language requirement
  • No previous teaching requirement

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 non-native 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

Learn more about TEFL.

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