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 starting 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 typically teach through a Spanish Government Program like the Cultural Ambassadors Program, or they enroll in one of ITA's student visa programs. Be sure to talk with your ITA Admissions Advisor about Spanish Government Programs and student visa programs, as the planning can take anywhere from 3-6 months. 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].

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, 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:


Job Opportunities for Teaching English Abroad in Spain


Student Visa Programs in Barcelona & Madrid

ITA offers Student Visa Programs in Barcelona & Madrid that enable students from all ITA TEFL classes who are US & other non-EU citizens to study Spanish. This student visa also allows teachers to work legally in Spain and teach English full-time. Citizens of EU nations don't typically need a visa to teach in Spain.

Student Visa Programs are right for you if you're looking for a legal way to teach in Barcelona or Madrid, and they are also great options if you're passionate about learning Spanish.

Government Programs

It’s uncommon for English language schools in Spain to sponsor work visas for North American English teachers, so Spanish Government-sponsored or approved programs are realistic alternatives.

The Cultural Ambassadors Program is one of the most popular avenues for ITA graduates teaching English 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. Other popular Spanish Government Programs are listed on this chart.

Spanish Government Programs are right for you if you’re flexible on what city you want to live in, and if you prefer to line up your teaching job in advance.

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.

Teaching English Online

Teaching English online has exploded in popularity and is a rapidly growing sector of the TEFL industry. Teaching English online is a fantastic option for for teachers in Spain because you have control over how much or how little you work depending on how much money you want to earn. Many teachers also opt for teaching online instead of private tutoring because you can teach from home instead of having to commute around the city.

Learn more about teaching English online and how you put your TEFL certification to good use from all over the world. 

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