An Amazing (and Legal) Way for Americans to Teach English in Southern Spain


Teaching English in Spain

Spain is one of the most popular locations to teach English abroad, but many teachers (apart from EU citizens) struggle to find a legal way to live and work there. Through this exciting new program, sponsored by the Spanish government, you can legally live and teach in certain regions of Spain.

What does the program entail?

This is a free, 9-month program of paid teaching placements in and around Seville and Murcia, Spain. Visas are sponsored by the Spanish government. Teachers can expect to work an average of 15 hours per week (with the option to add more hours). In addition to 700 euros a month, teachers receive an NIE card, housing assistance (options provided), along with insurance coverage through your sponsored visa, and bank account setup assistance.

Awesome! So What are the Requirements?

You must

  • You must be at least 20 years old
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree OR are currently working on a Bachelor’s degree with 2 years or less before graduation
  • Have a clean background check
  • Apply by June 2018 to start in September of 2018
  • Have a valid passport from the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, Ireland, or New Zealand
  • There is a $300 fully refundable security deposit (returned after completing 6 months of the program)
  • Be flexible and enjoy working with others


Where are the positions located? 

  • Region: Andalusia, Spain - the cities and surrounding regions of Seville and Murcia

The Andalusia region of southern Spain includes Seville, Murcia, Granada, Cordoba, Malaga and more.  Experience the famous Mediterranean climate on the famous beaches of the region, the birthplace of flamenco, the bullfighting culture (at least what remains of it), 7 UNESCO world heritage sites, fiestas and a rich history filled with famous writers, painters, and poets.  Did I mention the world renowned Spanish tapas? This is also an ideal work/life balance enabling you to explore Spain and Europe while earning money helping others learn English.


What do the teaching positions entail? 

  • 15 hours of assistant teaching per week
  • 700 Euros (approx. $815 USD) per month
  • Option to add an additional 6-10 mentoring hours per week in the afternoons - earning an extra 288 – 480 Euros (approx. $335 - $555) per month
  • Housing:  homestay or shared apartment (with fellow teachers) options
  • Assistance with setting up a Spanish bank account - direct deposit of monthly pay

Teaching English in Spain

Expected teaching preparation: 

  • Plan to tutor in person and online to earn extra $
  • Easy proximity to other regional destinations
  • Must be comfortable in a smaller city vs Madrid, Barcelona

Interested to learn what it's like to teach in Spain? Check out the following resources:

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