Teaching English in Spain 101
Spain is one of the most popular locations in Europe and the world for teaching English abroad. English teachers in Spain typically find work in September or early October, and then again in January. Most contracts to teach English in Spain end in late June. For those looking to teach English in Spain through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available in Spain and throughout Europe. Summer camp positions typically start in late June and early July.
English teachers in Spain will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Spain, and they will also be responsible for their airfare and housing. Many English teachers in Spain live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many share a flat with their coworkers. For a full run-down on getting a teaching job in Spain, read What You Need to Know Before Moving to Get a Job Teaching English in Spain [The Ultimate Super Cheatsheet].
The process will be different for those who teach through the Cultural Ambassadors Program, which is a government program that recruits and places Americans and Canadians in public grade schools and high schools through Spain. To learn more, please read What is the Cultural Ambassadors Program for Teaching English Abroad in Spain?
A solid hourly wage enables English teachers in Spain to live a comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle. Schools in Spain typically offer 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. Please note that while a bachelor's degree is not required to secure a job in this country, it can still be strongly preferred by employers. If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search. Major cities for English teaching jobs in Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Valencia.
*Note about the Job Market for Americans in Spain: Spain represents one of the stronger job markets in Europe. It is important to note, however, the vast majority of non-EU citizens, including Americans & Canadians, enter and teach English in Spain on a tourist visa. While not legal, it is the common practice. To learn more, please speak to an ITA advisor & read the following article: Teaching English abroad “Under the Table” Without a Work Visa - What Does it Mean?.
It is also important to note that the vast majority of Americans & non-EU citizens who work in Barcelona do so as independent contractors & private tutors on a tourist visa. To learn more about what this entails, please read:
- Visas & Jobs: A Quick Guide to Teaching English in Barcelona, Spain for Americans
- How to Find Private English Teaching Work in Barcelona, Spain - Lauren O'Rourke (Alumni)
- Visit the Spain Alumni Ambassador Corner - Get videos, articles & inside tips for teaching and living in Spain from ITA Ambassadors living there!