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Top Tips for Getting a Job Teaching English in Spain

 

How do I find a job teaching English in Spain?

teach english in spainExcept for those who are recruited through an assistantship program like those operated by the Spanish government or the British Council, the vast majority of opportunities to teach English in Spain will be gained by searching and interviewing for positions in-person locally on the ground in Spain.  We highly recommend that you plan on being on the ground in Spain during September–early October and in January. Here are some great tips for finding opportunities to teach English in Spain.

  • TEFL certification is # 1. The first thing you will need is a professional TEFL certification to be considered for an English teaching job in Spain.  Don't bother showing up without it, you will have a sad trip home a few weeks later when no school will hire you without it.

  • Go to Spain! The vast majority of language schools interview and hire new English teachers locally in Spain. Each year, thousands of foreign English teachers across Spain leave their jobs, creating a strong demand for new teachers.  The prospect of going to Spain to interview without having a job lined up before you leave home may seem daunting, but every year virtually every International TEFL Academyteaching english in spain graduate who goes to Spain to interview during major hiring seasons gets hired.  Why? because the jobs are there, but you need to take initiative and go to Spain to get hired as an English teacher.
     
  • Hiring seasons are critical.  We highly recommend arriving in Spain to interview in mid-September and bear in mind that early October is the biggest hiring period in Madrid in particular. A second major hiring period begins in the second week of January and runs for several weeks.
     
  • Go to the largest cities.  Madrid is the biggest job market in Spain by far and we recommend it as the best place to begin your job search. Barcelona, Seville and Valencia are the next largest cities and markets.   
     
  • If you do not have accommodations lined up such as family or friends, plan on spending your first month in a hostel or some other budget-friendly accommodations. Use resources such as Lonely Planet guides to find such venues.
     
  • If you have friends or relatives in the city where you intend to get hired, have them scout out local schools before your arrival.  Also, have them inquire with friends and colleagues to see if they might be interested in private lessons – this will enable you to start making money and getting experience as soon as you arrive.
     
  • As soon as you arrive, get a local phone with a local number and make sure to include the number on your resume and in all tips for finding jobs teaching English in Spaincorrespondence with schools.
     
  • Have your resume/c.v. and cover letter translated into Spanish. Also make business cards for yourself if possible that list you as TEFL-certified (and a native speaker if that applies).
                
  • The most effective way to get interviews and get hired with language schools in Spain is to go to schools directly in-person to inquire about teaching opportunities.
     
  • When you interview and go through the hiring process, expect to begin teaching immediately (i.e. within the week). 
     
  • Use resources like www.eslbase.com/schools/Spain to locate schools in the area where you seek to work (students and graduates if International TEFL Academy courses will receive contact information for hundreds of schools in Spain and thousands of schools around the world as part of their lifetime job search guidance).
     
  • teach English in spainOther excellent resources for finding schools are in the Yellow Pages at (www.paginas-amarillas.es) and the Madrid Blue Pages (a directory organized by street address).
     
  • While it’s not especially common for schools in Spain to recruit new teachers using ESL job boards, it’s still worth checking out sites like www.daveseslcafe, http://www.eslbase.com/jobs/ and www.eslemployment.com to find job listings and contact information for schools in Spain.
     
  • Try to meet other local English teachers and learn as much as you can from them about the local job market.
     
  • Try finding schools slightly off the beaten path away from the most chic and popular neighborhoods.
     
  • Check advertisements in the local press (both English and Spanish), like La Vanguardia in Barcelona (especially the Steaching english in spain jobsunday edition) and El Pais in Madrid.
     
  • Do not hesitate to take one or more part-time jobs to start, it is common to hold two part-time jobs and it's a good way to meet more people and network.
  • If you are American and want to teach legally one of the ways is to obtain a student visa by taking Spanish classes in Spain, the student visa allows you to work up to 20 hours a week.
     
  • Some camps and schools also recruit in the winter/spring for the following summer season. Most English camps in Spain will recruit local English teachers in Spain, but some will recruit using ESL job boards such as www.daveseslcafe, http://www.eslbase.com/jobs/ and www.eslemployment.com.

To learn more about how International TEFL Academy assists our students and graduates in finding opportunities to teach English in Spain and around the world, check out Does International TEFL Academy Provide Job Placement Assistance? and read about lifetime job search guidance.

 

 
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I want to teach English. My major area is music, my minor area is English. I have many years of experience as a teacher.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 07, 2012 12:09 PM by Robert L. Morris
Hi Robert, glad to hear you want to teach English as a Foreign Langauge. Keep in mind foreign langauge instruction is not the same as English literature that you studied.  
 
 
 
If you are serious about making this happen, your first step is to contact our advisors to discuss the best TEFL certification class for you and where you want to teach.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 07, 2012 1:02 PM by International TEFL Academy
i love spain.update me on english teaching jobs 
Posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 3:22 PM by LINNET
Hi Linnet, if you want to teach in Spain and receive our resources you would need to take one of our TEFL classes and become our alumni. If interested call us at 773-634-9900 or fill out a contact form.
Posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 4:18 PM by International TEFL Academy
Hi i have recently gained my tefl qualification can you advise me on where to start looking
Posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:03 PM by Lisa
Hi Lisa, since you just finished your TEFL class you should start by asking your school you graduated from for assistance to find a job, that should be included in your tuition. We can only assist our graduates who take our classes. Good luck.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:05 PM by International TEFL Academy
i'm a post graduate in english from india and recentlyliving in spain.i want to teach english here.. i have 2 years experience in teaching. 
Posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 12:07 PM by manpreet
Hi Manpreet, if you want to become TEFL certified, call International TEFL Academy at 773-634-9900 in Chicago 10am-7pm and speak to an advisor.
Posted @ Monday, April 22, 2013 8:05 PM by International TEFL Academy
I studied abroad for a month in Santiago de Compestela, Spain. I was wondering if you knew if it would be hard to get a teaching job there? I love Santiago!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 12:02 PM by Amanda!
Hey Amanda! The best thing for you to do is fill out a contact form, and speak with an advisor. There are jobs all over Spain, and the general rule in this industry is the bigger the city, the more jobs. Follow the link below, fill out a form, and speak directly with someone who can help make this a reality!  
 
http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/article-request-brochure-1?hsCtaTracking=40c450c8-160c-40ff-b9d4-c116721969c8|8ad9d626-d1a8-4aea-9f29-8f1ac731cb38
Posted @ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 2:36 PM by International TEFL Academy
Hi  
 
My name is Wayne.I am very interested in teaching english in Spain. Could you please assist me on what requirements or courses I need to take in order to teach in Spain  
 
Saludos 
Wayne
Posted @ Sunday, May 12, 2013 7:55 AM by Wayne
Hi Wayne, 
 
Please follow the link below to fill out a contact form. You'll be assigned a personal advisor to discuss your interest in teaching in Spain! 
 
http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/article-request-brochure-1?hsCtaTracking=40c450c8-160c-40ff-b9d4-c116721969c8|932592a5-9eb0-4e2e-9066-ea94bfc3315a
Posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 9:32 AM by International TEFL Academy
Hi, 
I am from Africa-Nigeria. I have a National Certificate in Education,a BA English,an MA English and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism.Can I get a good job teaching English in Spain? 
Thank you. I await your reply.
Posted @ Sunday, June 02, 2013 6:32 AM by Uzoamaka Stella
I want to teach english in Spain, I am a liberal studies major and finishing up all my courses this fall. I am also Mexican, I am fluent in speaking spanish, and have also taken a spanish course to get accredited to teach spanish. What should I do?
Posted @ Friday, September 06, 2013 11:25 AM by ernesto
Hi, I am a qualified teacher with many years international experience and currently teaching English in Spain. I am interested in becoming a BC examiner. What do I need to do?
Posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 10:16 AM by John Ross
Hi. I'm 33 from the US (California) and have taught English as a second language for 7 years. In those 7 years, I've also intermittently trained public education teachers on how to teach English grammar. I have a BA in Spanish and English. Do still need to obtain TEFL certification?
Posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:17 AM by Myra
Hi Myra, 
 
If you are looking to get a paying job in Spain, 99% of the language schools are going to require a TEFL certification (unless you have a MA in TESOL). Here is an article to put things in context for you. Please request a brochure and speak to an advisor about your country interest to teach. 
http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/faq/bid/102176/Is-a-TEFL-Certification-Required-to-Teach-English-Abroad
Posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:44 AM by International TEFL Academy
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