Castilla y León, Spain

Teach In Spain Volunteer

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Information for term Teach In Spain Volunteer

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

October 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $900
  • Compensation: Room and board with host family


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This 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 region of Castilla y León. This is a three-month program but there are a limited number of six month placements with the January departure.

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.

Program Highlights

  • 12-hour work week, 3-day weekends
  • Homestay with host family
  • Pre Departure assistance
  • 24/7 support from CIEE staff in Spain
  • 2 years of college required vs. full Bachelor’s degree
  • No need to apply for visa
  • 3-month opportunity

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


Term Start Date Deadline Duration
Winter 2021 January October 1 3 months*
Spring 2021 March/April January 1 3 months
Fall 2021 October May 1 3 months

*A limited number of six-month placements are available in the January departure

About Our Program Fees
CIEE, a non-profit organization, has been sending university graduates abroad to teach English since 1997. Our Volunteer program in Spain includes orientation on arrival, emergency insurance, and a high level of support throughout your experience (see all features below).

To cover those costs, there is a program fee of $900. 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 volunteer placement at a Spanish school. CIEE alumni receive a 10% discount!

What's included

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What's included

  • Placement as a Volunteer Language and Culture Assistant
  • Pre-departure assistance
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance
  • 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
  • Cost-free accommodations with a host family in your host community
  • Two meals a day provided by your host family

The Destination

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Teach in Spain – Volunteer participants are placed in the stunning region of Castilla y León, 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.

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.

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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 Castilla y León. The 2019-2020 school year will mark the seventh 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. 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.

What People are Saying

  • It is a great short term opportunity to live in Spain and help at the schools. My host family is awesome, I can earn money by tutoring and can travel on weekends

    Teach in Spain Alumni
  • CIEE is a safe and friendly program that can organize your first experience traveling abroad and living with a host family! No stress needed.

    Teach in Spain Alumni
  • CIEE makes teaching abroad so easy! They find your placement, they train and prepare you, and your placement school finds your place to live. All you have to do is come teach!

    Teach in Spain Alumni
  • I would recommend CIEE Teach Abroad because it has been a rewarding experience that will be remembered for the rest of my life.

    Teach in Spain Alumni
  • It's been such fun, I am immersed in Spanish culture and improving my Spanish while learning how to teach English. It truly is a cultural exchange

    Teach in Spain Alumni


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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
  • At least 2 years at the university level completed toward your Bachelor’s degree
  • 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

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

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