What Are the Basic Requirements for Teaching English in Spain?

By Paige Lee

1.  NOT a requirement – Four-year college degree!

First, let’s start with what you don’t need to teach English in Spain, a completed 4-year college degree. Demand for English language education among Spaniards is robust and a native English speaker is the ideal educator for the world’s 2nd language. Therefore, it’s common for language schools or families looking to hire tutors based on the fact that they are a native speaker with a TEFL certification and not to prioritize a 4-year degree. Great news for the 1/4 of ITA’s certified teachers looking to live abroad without having completed their 4-year degree!

What is the Cultural Ambassadors Program for Teaching English in Spain? [Auxiliares de Conversacion]

An Overview of the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (Auxiliares de Conversacion) in Spain

By John Bentley

Operated by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Cultural Ambassadors program recruits and places native English & French speakers from the U.S. & Canada as assistant language teachers in elementary and secondary schools throughout Spain. 

The program, which is also known as the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program- or the auxiliares de conversación (“conversation assistants”) in Spanish, recruits up to 2,500 Americans & Canadians to teach English (and in the case of some Canadians, French) in Spain each year. 

What Type of Visa Can I Use to Teach English in Spain?

The following are the most common types of visas that can be obtained for Spain.  The type of visa you will use to teach English in Spain will depend on your nationality and perhaps other factors.  Research is extremely important when deciding on which type of visa one will get and you should speak to a TEFL Advisor to discuss your specific questions and concerns.