Teach In Spain Short Term Volunteer

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Information for term Teach In Spain Short Term Volunteer

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info


Application Deadline

May 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2018

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018


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This three month program offers an immersive experience into the Spanish culture and language by living with a local host family and working as a volunteer Language and Culture Assistant in smaller towns within the regions of Castilla y León or Castilla La Mancha. 

You’ll be assisting local teachers for 12 hours a week at a public school and spending at least five hours a week helping your host family improve their English.  There will be plenty of opportunities to improve your language skills, while making a difference for Spanish students in smaller Spanish communities. This is an incredible volunteer opportunity, a chance to dive into Spanish culture, gain language skills, and explore this beautiful country.

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Term Start Date Deadline Duration
Spring 1 Semester  January December 1 3 months
Summer Semester  April February 1 3 months
Fall 1 Semester October May 1 3 months

What's Included

  • Placement as a Volunteer Language and Culture Assistant
  • Pre-departure assistance
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance (U.S. Residents)
  • Ongoing support from CIEE staff in Madrid
  • Airport pickup and transportation to your orientation hotel on arrival day
  • Two days of orientation and one night of hotel accommodation including a welcome dinner

The Take-Aways

  • Compensation

    Accommodation and two meals a day from your volunteer host family.

  • Preparation

    Job placement, pre-departure assistance, an online, blended-learning pre-departure course, and in-country orientation.

  • Assistance

    iNext international insurance with 24-hour worldwide assistance and support from the CIEE office in Madrid.

Location & Culture

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Teach in Spain – Volunteer participants are placed in either the region of Castilla y León or the region of Castilla-La Mancha.

The stunning region of Castilla y León is noted for its large plains, dramatic mountains, and evocative medieval towns. It is known as “The Land of the Castles.” In this region, you can visit cities like lively Salamanca or magical Segovia, famous for the fortress that inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty castle. The gothic walls of Ávila have similar nostalgic appeal, while the lofty cathedrals of León and Burgos are among Europe’s most remarkable. This is the hidden Spain that most travelers never realize still exists.

CIEE also places volunteers in the diverse region of Castilla-La Mancha. As the center of the Iberian Peninsula, Castilla-La Mancha is known for the magnificent monuments of Toledo, featuring architecture from the Moorish, Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance periods. Toledo was also the hometown of the great painter, El Greco. The region is renowned for its beautiful vineyards, charming olive groves, and delicious Manchego cheese. Finally, many will know Castilla-La Mancha for Cervante’s, Don Quijoite and the “Man from La Mancha.”

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Job Description

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Job Description

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 presenting on your own cultural traditions.  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. This is so the students’ exposure to English, outside of their normal English class, is maximized.

Exact responsibilities of Volunteer 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.


For your hard work as a highly valued volunteer, you'll receive:

  • Cost-free accommodations with a host family in your host community
  • Two meals a day provided by your host family

  • Schools

    The schools where you’ll be teaching are public schools administered by the Ministry of Education in the regional governments of Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha. The 2017-2018 school year marks the fifth year of our successful volunteer program, which pairs native English-speaking teachers with local Spanish schools and homestays. Location and age-group preferences will be considered by CIEE, but we aren't able to guarantee specific placement preferences.

  • Workload

    All Volunteer Language and Culture Assistants work with local classroom teachers in public schools in the regions of Castilla y Leon or Castilla La Mancha. 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 12 classroom hours, you’re expected to spend at least five hours a week helping your host family improve their English.  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, teaching private English lessons or traveling.


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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
  • Citizenship in the United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, or the United Kingdom
  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but we can consider applicants who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program, with at least 2 years completed
  • No age requirement

To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications such as:

  • Knowledge of Spanish language
  • Experience teaching or volunteering, community involvement, experience with children (such as working as a summer camp counselor)
  • Experience studying, working, or volunteering abroad
  • A college degree in English or education

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

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