By Paige Lee
Dreaming of chowing down on large bowls of delicious, home made pasta and washing it down with a superb glass of red? Or perhaps a traditional, wood-fired pizza with the fluffiest buffalo mozzarella you've ever sunk your teeth into is calling your name? Maybe you love great opera or Renaissance architecture. Whatever your reason for wanting to teach English in Italy may be, we've got the basic requirements covered for you.
Where are you from & what is your role at International TEFL Academy?
Where did you teach English in Czech Republic & why did you choose to teach there?
I first learned of the idea of teaching English abroad in my first job out of college. I was so confused when my coworker told me one day that he taught English in Thailand – “Uhhh, you don’t speak Thai. That’s impossible!” He told me more about his time in Thailand and explained that you don’t need to know a foreign language to teach in other countries.
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.
Recently we took a look and shared 15 celebrities who took the leap to teach English abroad before they were famous (we’re not saying teaching English abroad will make you famous— unless you can act like Ed Norton or make a living pranking Dwight) and it got us thinking a bit.
What if fictional TV characters had the choice to teach English abroad? Would they jump on the opportunity, and if so, where in the world would they teach? And since there is no wrong answer here, we figured we would take an educated guess or seven.
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]