Teach English in Spain

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.

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*Note about the Job Market for Americans in Spain: Spain represents one of the stronger job markets in Europe. At this time the vast majority of non-EU citizens, including Americans & Canadians teach English through Government programs, or on a student visa.  To learn more, please speak to an ITA advisor.

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. To learn more about what this entails, please read:


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Teach English in Spain

Private Language Schools

The majority of English teaching jobs are found in private language schools & institutes. Private enterprises that specialize in language training, these schools typically cater primarily to adults, including businessmen and university students. Teachers are paid by the hour (13-18 euro per hour typically) and should expect to work a varied schedule as many students work and take English classes in the evening. 

English Teaching Jobs in Spain - Private Tutoring

Private Tutoring

The market for private English lessons throughout Spain is immense. Private tutoring does offer some advantages. Teachers are typically paid more per hour, and it offers more control over your schedule. Potential challenges include building a roster of regular students and dealing with students that don't show for lessons.

NOTE: Most Americans teaching in Barcelona work as private tutors & independent contractors on an expired tourist visa, which is not legal, but is extremely common. To learn more about how it works, please read: Visas & Jobs: A Quick Guide to Teaching English in Barcelona, Spain for Americans.

Also, read this article from Lauren O'Rourke, a Chicago native who has been teaching English in Barcelona for 2+ years: How to Find Private English Teaching Work in Barcelona, Spain.

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Visas Options for English Teachers in Spain

Citizens of European Union nations do not typically need a visa to teach in Spain. Some foreign English teachers teach on a student visa or a working holiday visa, however, the vast majority of non-EU citizens, including Americans enter and teach Spain on a tourist visa. While not legal, it is the common practice.

International TEFL Academy does offer a Student Visa Program in Madrid that enables ITA students from all ITA TEFL Classes who are US & other non-EU citizens (who meet certain requirements) to study Spanish & work legally in Spain teaching English full-time on a student visa.

To learn more, please speak to an ITA advisor & read the following articles: Teaching English abroad “Under the Table” Without a Work Visa - What Does it Mean? & How to apply for a Student Visa to legally teach English in Spain.

We also recommend reading Alumni Q&As for firsthand perspectives on visas and other facets of teaching in Spain.

Teaching Jobs in Spain

Cultural Ambassadors

North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain. Each year, the Spanish Ministry of Education recruits more than 1,000 Americans & Canadians to work as assistant language teachers in elementary schools. Advantages include the ability to line up a job in advance and receive a visa. The drawbacks are that you don't pick your assignment and pay is considerably lower than in the private sector. Knowledge of Spanish is required. To Learn more, read What is the Cultural Ambassadors Program for Teaching English Abroad in Spain?

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