Teach English In Spain

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Teach in Spain Program Options

Language and Culture Assistant Programs in Spain

Language and Culture Assistants support local teachers by facilitating conversational activities and cultural exchange in English. As a Language and Culture Assistant you will work for an academic year at a Spanish public school. Assistants teach 12-16 hours per week and usually have three-day weekends with either Monday or Friday off. This offers plenty of time to explore Spain, and other countries in Europe.

Placements are available in two regions of Spain:

Region of Madrid
Urban and suburban locations
16 teaching hours per week
1,000 Euro monthly stipend

Region of Andalucía
Suburban and rural locations
12 teaching hours per week
700 Euro monthly stipend

CIEE offers five programs with different levels of orientation to meet your needs:

Teach in Spain –This program includes four days of orientation and nine total nights of hotel accommodation to give you time to find permanent housing before starting your teaching commitment. Intermediate proficiency in Spanish is required.  Accepting applications for Madrid and Andalucía until July 15. Learn More

Teach in Spain Basics - This program is designed for people with experience traveling and living in a Spanish-speaking country and who have advanced Spanish-speaking skills. Two days of orientation and hotel accommodation are included upon arrival. Upper-intermediate to advanced Spanish, teaching experience, and previous experience living in a Spanish-speaking country required. Accepting applications for Andalucía until July 15. Positions in Madrid are full for fall 2018. Learn More

Teach in Spain Short Term - This program offers the opportunity to serve as a Language Assistant for five months (January - May) while receiving the same monthly compensation and other benefits as year-long language assistants.  This is perfect if you can’t start in the fall but still want to immerse yourself in Spanish culture while making a difference in the lives of students.  Desire to learn Spanish required. Accepting applications until August 1. Learn More

Teach in Spain Immersion + 2 Weeks of Spanish - This program offers two weeks of immersion with a Spanish host family and intensive Spanish language classes before starting your position as a language assistant. Fall 2018 positions are full. Low-intermediate Spanish proficiency required. Learn More

Teach in Spain Immersion + 4 Weeks of Spanish  - This program offers four weeks of immersion with a Spanish host family and intensive Spanish language classes before starting your position as a language assistant. Fall 2018 positions are full. Desire to learn Spanish required. Learn More


Internship and Volunteer Programs in Spain

Teach in Spain Professional – Participants of this paid internship program teach English to business professionals in Madrid, and enroll in a Corporate English Training certificate course. Temporary housing is provided for your first month. 

Ideal for: Participants with zero to basic proficiency in Spanish, with a desire to gain international business experience, and a background in teaching or business.  Learn More

Teach in Spain Volunteer – With a duration of three months, this is our shortest and most immersive program in Spain. Participants volunteer as English Language and Culture Assistants at public schools in the regions of Castilla La Mancha or Castilla y León. Room and half-board with a local Spanish family is included.

Ideal for: Participants looking for a short-term program with the desire to live and work in a small community.  No Spanish skills required. Learn More 

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Living in Spain

Rich in history, and cutting edge. Sprawling cities, and quaint countryside. Undulating mountains and pristine coastlines -- You’ll find all of it here in Spain. But in case you need a few suggestions: 

We'll Be There...


There’s a world of experiences ahead that you can’t possibly wrap your head around just yet. That’s why we offer the most comprehensive pre-departure package around. Including:

  • An online, blended-learning CIEE course that prepares you to teach in Spain (and beyond)
  • Spanish visa application guidance
  • Pre-departure placement 


You’ve arrived, you’re jet-lagged, and you’re more than a little culture-shocked. The CIEE orientation program is designed to get you up to speed -- and comfortable -- as quickly as possible. We provide in-country orientation upon arrival that includes:

  • Airport transfers, accommodations, and most meals during orientation
  • Workshops on finding housing, transportation, health and safety, legal processes, intercultural learning, and more
  • Cultural activities and networking opportunities


Just because you’re settled into your new home doesn’t mean we’re going anywhere. Along with 24-hour in-country support, we provide:

  • Ongoing support from CIEE staff who are available to help you navigate logistical, professional, or cultural challenges.
  • iNext international insurance and 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • Cultural activities to help you learn more about your new home in Spain


You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. 

Why Teach English in Spain?

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Get paid to explore the Madrid or Andalucía regions and travel through Europe. English teachers in Spain earn competitive pay, make lifelong friends and travel companions at the CIEE in-country orientation, and utilize Spain as a jumping off point for European travel - all while making a difference in Spain students’ lives! See all the program takeaways.

Why CIEE Teach Abroad?

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The CIEE Teach Abroad team is there for you every step of the way. From deciding what program is right for you, to navigating visa paperwork, to 24-hour in-country support. See all the ways that CIEE supports you throughout this exciting, yet sometimes nerve-wracking, process. Learn More.

What’s the difference between all the programs?

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Our Teach in Spain, Teach in Spain Basics, and Teach in Spain with Language Immersion programs all include placement as a Language and Culture Assistant at a Spanish public school, but with different levels of orientation and Spanish lessons depending on your Spanish language proficiency. Teach in Spain Volunteer is a short term, 3-month program, and Teach in Spain Professional is an internship for those interested in teaching English in the corporate setting.

Am I eligible for teaching in Spain?

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Teach in Spain Volunteer accepts applicants with citizenship in the following countries: the USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, or the UK. For all other Spain programs, applicants must be citizens of the USA or Canada. 

Do I need a TEFL certification?

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TEFL certification is not a requirement for any of our Spain programs. However, we recommend pursuing this course if you want to feel more confident teaching English as a second language - whether it’s for a year or longer. A CIEE TEFL certification never expires. 

Do I need a visa?

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Yes, for every program but the Spain Volunteer program. You’ll be applying for a Student Visa, and we’ll walk you through the whole process when the time comes. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for submitting your visa application to the closest Spanish consulate. Some consulates require you to apply in-person.

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