What You Need to Know Before Moving to Spain to Teach English (The Ultimate Super Cheat Sheet)

Getting a job teaching English in Spain takes a lot of planning and knowledge about the teaching market, especially for Americans. Here are some key items you need to know in order to ensure a smooth transition to life abroad and successfully secure a teaching job.

Hiring Seasons - September/October & January are prime hiring periods.

 Visas - The type of visa will depend on your nationality and your job.

 Locations - Madrid is the top job market; Barcelona & Bilbao are other top options.

 Finding Jobs - Plan on being on the ground in Spain to interview during hiring seasons.

 Interviewing - Be prepared to interview face-to-face with your TEFL certificate & sample lesson plans in hand.

 Resources - From expert advisors to local job boards, ITA grads receive all the resources they need to get a good job teaching English in Spain.

5 Weekend Trips You Can't Miss While Living Abroad in Spain

By: Helen Schenck 

Most of those teaching English in Europe want to country hop during their vacation time, but they forget to fully explore the country in which they are actually teaching! As an English teacher in Spain, you're living in a region that is not only manageable, but also very affordable to navigate & travel  from top to bottom and left to right. Most teachers will visit Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, but that is just scratching the surface of Spain.

During some your long weekends (they do love their holidays in Spain!), be sure to check out some of these hidden gems:

Visas & Jobs: A Guide to Teaching English in Barcelona, Spain for Americans

 

 Are you an American looking to live & teach English in Barcelona, Spain? Do you want to take ITA's internationally accredited Barcelona TEFL Class?

At International TEFL Academy, we certify over 5,000 people a year to teach English abroad & Barcelona represents one of the most popular teaching destinations for our graduates, including Americans. That said, if you are an American interested in teaching English in Barcelona, Spain there are certainly realities when it comes to matters like visas & the job market that you must prepare for and be willing to accept if you want to realize your goal of living & teaching in this beautiful city.

1. You should expect to live & teach English in Barcelona "under the table" on a tourist visa.

2. You should expect to work as a freelance private instructor & not as a full-time employee at a language school.

3. For a detailed overview of what it takes to get a job teaching English in Spain, please read What You Need to Know Before Moving to Spain to Teach English [The Ultimate Super Cheat Sheet]

¡Visca el Barça! - Teach English in Spain with a Barcelona TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification in Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi. Ferran. Messi.  From the whimsical genius of Art Nouveau and the kitchens that created molecular gastronomy to the most popular football team in the world, Barcelona is synonymous with innovation characterized by the utmost in artistic style and flair.  Renowned for its buzzing street life, grand boulevards and inviting tapas bars, Barcelona is also one of the largest English teaching markets along with Madrid for teaching English in Spain.

How to Apply for a Student Visa to Legally Teach English in Spain

Obtaining a student visa for Spain will enable you to live, study and work in the country for extended periods beyond the 90 days that is allowed by a typical tourist visa.  While it is extremely common for Americans and other citizens of non-European Union nations to teach English in Spain on a tourist visa, International TEFL Academy offers special Student Visa Programs in Madrid and Barcelona that enables participants who take a TEFL certification course through International TEFL Academy to enroll in a part-time language program and receive a student visa that enables them to live and teach English in Spain legally.  Participants also receive job search guidance in Madrid and Barcelona to assist with gaining employment.