Teach English In Spain

Accepting applications for 2020-2021 school year

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Teach in Spain Program Options

CIEE offers lots of choices in Spain to help you find a Teach Abroad program that’s a good fit for you! The most popular options are our “Language and Culture Assistant” programs, so we’ll describe that category first, followed by our “Internship and Volunteer” programs.

Language and Culture Assistant Programs in Spain

Language and Culture Assistants support local teachers at public schools and facilitate conversational activities and cultural exchange in English.

CIEE guarantees placement in the Community of Madrid so you’ll know where you will live and work in Spain from the time you apply.

Assistants in the Community of Madrid teach 16 hours per week and receive a monthly stipend of 1,000 euros.  With Mondays or Fridays off every week, you’ll have three-day weekends and plenty of time to explore Spain and the rest of Europe!

We have several programs in the Community of Madrid 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, giving you time to find permanent housing before your teaching job starts. (Accepting applications for 2020-2021 school year) Learn More

Teach in Spain Short Term - This program offers the opportunity to serve as a language assistant in Madrid for six months (January – June) while still receiving the full monthly stipend of 1,000 Euros. It includes four days of orientation and four nights of hotel accommodation. Learn More

Important Update: Our Teach in Spain Short Term program with a January 2020 departure is currently at capacity. More positions may become available in the coming months. Complete this form to be notified if additional positions become available.

Teach in Spain Basics - This program is designed for people with some teaching experience and stronger Spanish language skills. It has a shorter orientation and a lower fee. Two days of orientation and hotel accommodation are included upon arrival. Start dates: Late September. Requirements: upper-intermediate Spanish, teaching experience or a TEFL certification, and previous experience living in a Spanish-speaking country. (Accepting applications for 2020-2021 school year) 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 two-semester position as a language assistant. Start date: Mid-August. (Accepting applications for 2020-2021 school year) 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 two-semester position as a language assistant. Start date: Early August. (Accepting applications for 2020-2021 school year) Learn More

Internship and Volunteer Programs in Spain

Teach in Spain Professional – On this paid internship program, you will teach English to business professionals in Madrid and enroll in a Corporate English Training certificate course. 30 days of temporary housing provided. Start dates: Aug/Jan. (No longer accepting applications for 2019-2020 school year)

Ideal for: Participants with a desire to gain international experience in the fields of teaching, training, 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 Assistants at public elementary schools in Castilla y León. Room and half-board with a local Spanish family is included. Start dates: Jan/Mar/Oct. (Still accepting applications)

Ideal for: Participants looking for a short-term program in a small, welcoming community. No Spanish skills required. Learn More

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The best adventures always have a little uncertainty, but not too much! That’s why we offer the most comprehensive pre-departure package around, including:

  • Detailed pre-departure materials and insider advice on logistics, cultural adjustment, and other topics
  • Comprehensive guidance to help you obtain a Spanish student/teaching visa
  • Specific placement assigned to you before departure


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

  • Airport pickup, 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


CIEE will still be there to help after you settle into your new home. Along with 24-hour in-country emergency support, we provide:

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

What People are Saying

  • It is a wonderful program and there are so many options to choose from! CIEE helps you to get organized and take the leap to move abroad by essentially organizing the program for you and providing visa support.

    Abigail A. | Teach in Spain
  • It was a very easy process and the experience is priceless!

    Adam N. | Teach in Spain
  • I have absolutely loved my experience. CIEE gave me a automatic group of friends, an amazing support system, and the help and resources that would otherwise be very difficult on my own.

    Adonica M. | Teach in Spain
  • I have found this experience very intellectually, professionally, and personally fulfilling, and I believe that CIEE has made the experience as assessable and stress-free as possible.

    Adriana F. | Teach in Spain
  • I would have been very lost without the guidance before getting to Spain and the help at orientation without ciee

    Alex K. | Teach in Spain

Frequently Asked Questions

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 academic year programs accept applicants with citizenship in the following countries: the USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. The Spain Volunteer program includes the previously listed plus the UK.

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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