Teaching English in Madrid, Spain with André Mileti [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English in Madrid, Spain?

Watch this video to see ITA Alumni Ambassador, André Mileti, share with us a day-in-his-life living and teaching English in Madrid, Spain.

In this video, André covers: 

  • How he legally obtained his student visa to teach English in Spain
  • Difficulty in obtaining a working visa
  • How much money he saved before moving to Madrid
  • If cost of living in Madrid is affordable
  • Whether a degree is needed to teach English in Madrid or just a TEFL certification
  • Whether it was hard adjusting to life in Spain
  • Hiring seasons for English teachers in Spain
  • A tour of his Madrid apartment
  • If non-native English speakers can get a job teaching English in Spain
  • A breakdown of his monthly expenses including rent, groceries, phone, transportation, etc... and more!

The Friends You Make Along the Way

By: Jackie Kosovich

I began my journey of moving abroad by taking the ITA Online TEFL Course. During that time, I had no idea where I wanted to move except to Europe. I had a couple friends already living in Europe in the Czech Republic, Germany, and the United Kingdom. However, I decided to move to Spain because I wanted to learn a new language, and Spanish made the most sense being from the States. I originally wanted to move to Barcelona because of the beach and because I had heard amazing things. However, I could not find a way to live there legally. After a discussion with ITA Student Affairs about where to move, they recommended their TEFL Class in Madrid, Spain, in which I could obtain my student visa. With that, I decided to move to Madrid.

Living a Memorable Life: My Teaching Journey from Latin America to Spain

By: Laura Hoppe

La vida no es la que uno vivió, sino la que uno recuerda y cómo la recuerda para contarla. Gabriel García Márquez (known as “Gabo”), one of Colombia’s most beloved authors, once wrote this very sentence. “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”


[Video] Ambassador Facebook Live - Teaching English in Madrid, Spain

Facebook Live About Teaching English Abroad With ITA Ambassadors

In this video, ITA Alumni Ambassador Christina Bates talks about her experience living and teaching English abroad in Madrid, Spain! From TEFL certification to finding a job in Madrid and teaching English in Spain, watch her cover it all!

Pros & Cons of Teaching English in Madrid, Spain

By Christina Bates

Let me preface this post by stating the obvious and expressing that everyone’s teaching experience varies depending on who you teach (kids, teenagers, adults), where you teach (language academy, in-company, school, cafe, etc.) and the type of class you teach (large group, small groups, private classes). I’ve always taught at a language academy teaching business adults in company, but I know many other teachers who currently teach in the Auxiliar, BEDA, or other government sponsored school programs for teaching English in Spain.

How to Find Private English Teaching Jobs in Madrid, Spain

 By: Rhea Baliwala

As a citizen of a country that is not a member of the European Union (EU), I was initially concerned about finding enough work teaching English in Spain without a work visa. I  took the face-to-face International TEFL Academy course in Madrid, which provides the opportunity to enroll in a year of part-time Spanish classes.  That enabled me to get a Student Visa so I could work legally for 20 hours on a contract with a language school without any issues. However, being on a contract means your hourly wage is reduced by tax and social security payments and hence is generally lower than what you can earn teaching private English classes. So I needed to balance those hours with some private teaching hours.

The following details the means by which I found private students for teaching English in Madrid. It is by no means exhaustive, but I’ve found that there is such a high demand for English teachers that it wasn't as difficult as I anticipated it would be.

Two Very Different Plane Rides - Teaching English Abroad in Spain

By: Cara Chatellier

It’s been six months since the day I left for Spain. Now, I am sitting on a plane bound back to Boston. Six months ago I sat on a plane with a tear stained face and knots in my stomach. There were so many unknowns:

Who would I meet?
Where would I work?
Where would I live?
Would my high school Spanish be enough to get me from the airport to my AirBNB?

Why It's Important to Pick a Teach Abroad Destination Based on Your Overall Goals

By: Brooke Matta

Going abroad for an extended period of time is a thrilling, nerve-wracking, inspiring, and transformative adventure, no matter where you choose to go. How can it not be? After all, you’ll be throwing yourself out of your comfort zone on a regular basis, meeting and mingling with new people often, trying new foods, seeing different parts of the world, perhaps speaking new languages, and a whole lot more. At the very least, you will learn more about yourself, how you fit into the world at this point in your life, and what you hope to do in the future.

Now it comes time to choose where you’ll spend the next stage of your life - teaching, working, studying, or some combination of all three. The possibilities nowadays seem endless, to the extent that you may feel daunted by the idea of actually choosing. Should you volunteer in Peru, teach in Turkey, work at a hostel in Morocco, or live in a homestay in Italy?