TEFL Institute Guide to Spain

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Welcome to SPAIN

Whether you’re drawn to Spain to brush-up on your rusty high school Spanish or support

a culture that embraces midday naps, signing up for a teaching program in Spain can be

an immensely rewarding experience. Here, you can shape young minds Monday through

Friday, and spend the weekends kicking back at las playas.

The best part? The English teaching market is booming in Spain. Your skills are caliente,

caliente, caliente (AKA in demand) — and we’re here to connect you with your perfect

ESL teaching gig here. It’s high-time for sangria, sunshine, and subject-verb-sentence

structures. ¡Ándale!

Moving to Spain is no small feat, mi amigo — you’ve got nine months to hit the ground

running (with the bulls!). Our paid ESL internships in Spain will give you the framework

for success, but it is up to you to craft an experience you love.

That means proactively making friends, saving your dinero for

international romps around Europe (Spain is highly connected, you know!), and making

time to catch the sunset with rooftop tapas.


Locations School placements

The Internship Perks

You will be placed in either beachy Catalonia

or historic Valencia, two fantastic options to

serve as the backdrop of your epic life abroad.

Chockful of culture, cathedrals, plazas, and

churros, both regions allow for immersive

Spanish experiences without sacrificing


Placements vary from Spanish infant,

primary, secondary, and technical schools

in Catalonia and Valencia. Interns can

expect to teach children between the ages

of 3 and 18.

Your work week typically runs weekdays,

with 25 hours of classroom time. This allows

up to 10 hours of lesson planning and five

hours of extra curricular activities per week.

In addition to nine perfect months in Spain,

you’ll complete the 120 hour Advanced

TEFL Certificate AND get further university

accredited teacher training. These have

been created to provide you with real,

comprehensive knowledge of everything

you need to become a confident, influential

TEFL teacher — in Spain and beyond!


Beyond delightful icebreakers, orientation is your chance to get the real

inside scoop on living and teaching in Spain from local experts! Not only will

we pig out at a welcome dinner (JAMON, BABY!),

we’ll have a crash course in the Spanish language, review lesson planning

strategies, uncover the do’s and dont’s of the Spanish culture (hint: don’t

expect anyone to show up on time), and nail down transport and logistics.

Get to know your fellow teachers, daydream weekend trips to take together,

and start your experience in Spain with a full heart, mind, and… of course,



While we’d love to show EVERYONE the joy and beauty (and underrated beaches) of

Spain, there are certain minimum qualifications to becoming an ESL teacher here.

You must be/have...:

• Native English speaker

• Aged between 20 and 30

• Successful completion of pre-university


• Enthusiasm for working with children

• Adaptable and able to socialize and

interact with people

• An EU citizen or hold a passport from the following -

countries (those eligible to apply for a student visa

from --- their local Spanish Embassy): USA, Canada,

South Africa, ---Australia, and New Zealand

• Have a clean police record

• To apply for Caps plus and caps plus star you will need

to have a degree or past teaching experience

Spain Facts

• Madrid is in the capital city and the plaza Puerta del Sol, in Madrid, is the exact

center of the country.

• Spanish locals usually have lunch at 2pm and dinner at around 9pm to 10pm.

• Spanish food is world famous, trying tapas is a must.

Spain has the second highest number of bars per inhabitants, the only country

that has more bars than Spain is Cyprus.

• In Spain, tortilla española refers to a very popular and delicious egg and potato

dish. Spaniards use the word “tortitas” to refer to flour or corn tortillas.

Spain is home to the world’s largest tomato fight: La Tomatina, celebrated every

year in Valencia.

• Euskera, spoken by the Basque population in northern Spain and southern France,

is one of the oldest living languages in the world.

• Catalan, Basque, Galician, Valenciano are just some of the 17 languages Spain has

to offer to culturally curious teachers.

Whats up for grabs

Caps - homestay

• Monthly allowance of €315 with an allowance

of €915 for the caps plus star


• 120 hours Express TEFL course

Caps plus - homestay + degree

• 150 hour university TEFL course

• Airport pick-up & transfers

• Full welcome orientation

• Access to the Spanish Public Healthcare


Caps plus star - Independent living + degree +

teaching experience

• 24/7 in-country support


• I’ve already completed a TEFL course, can I get a


Yes! So long as you’ve completed comprehensive

TEFL training, you’ll be eligible for a further discount.

Contact us to find out how much extra you’ll save.

• How long before my start date should I arrive?

You should book flights to arrive into the nominated

airport (Barcelona BCN or Valencia VLC) on your

specific internship arrival day, for airport pick up and


• How do I get from orientation to my


At the end of your orientation, either your host

family will pick you up and take you to your new

home or you may travel by public transport and your

host family will meet you at the station or airport.

• Will I be placed with other interns?

Yes, in most cases there will be at least one other

intern at your school.

There will be native English teachers in towns and in

cities throughout Catalonia and Valencia provinces

so it will be easy to make contact with fellow interns

- you’ll be joining a great community of English


• How much will I get paid?

Your €315 (US$355/£275) monthly allowance will be

paid electronically to your Spanish bank account at

the start of each month.

You should budget to have enough spending

money to cover your first month in Spain until you

receive your monthly allowance, around the first

week of November.

TIP Our previous interns say your first month

can often be when you spend more - excursions,

socialising and getting settled in. We recommend

you try to budget a little extra per month for trips

and then an emergency fund / credit card for

unexpected events.

• Who will I be teaching?

You’ll be working in public schools either working

at a professional Spanish infant, primary, secondary,

A-level or technical school.

• Can I be placed with a friend?

Yes, you can request to be placed in a school or

town nearby a friend. You’ll have a spot on your

application form to mention who you’re traveling


You’ll also spend time on weekends with your host

family as part of the internship; it’s the ultimate way

to have an authentic Spanish experience.

Note: placement together is dependent

on availability and can’t be guaranteed (we

recommend applying early when traveling with a


• Where will I be located?

There are both urban and more rural placements

available throughout the provinces of Catalonia and

Valencia including cities of Barcelona and Valencia.

You will be asked to nominate your preferred

placement location (NB. due to availability

preference can’t be guaranteed, so it’s best to apply

early and be flexible).

• What will my accommodation be like?

Housing is provided throughout your entire stay on

the internship in a homestay with a local Spanish


During orientation you’ll share a room for the first

few days with fellow interns but after that you’ll have

your own single room in your family’s home.

• I have dietary requirements, will I manage okay?

Yes, there are hosts who can accommodate both

gluten and dairy free options as well as many

suitable vegetarian options.

• What extras do I need to pay for?

- Doctor’s letter (to say you’re fit and well)

- Criminal record check

- Comprehensive travel insurance

- Visa (Non-EU applicants only)

- Doctor letter (to say your fit and well) requested if


- Flights

• Can I book a one-way flight?

Yes, you can book a one-way flight to Spain. We

advise you to book a one-way or flexible ticket so

you have the freedom to make travel plans while

you’re there.

Your Spanish visa will be valid for the 9 month

duration of the program; you’ll meet other interns

that you’ll want to travel with afterwards and be

glad of a changeable travel ticket!

Situated close to the French border you’ll find

yourself only a train ride away from central Europe,

perfect to explore or kick back for some postteaching


• Is there a chance I won’t be accepted?

As with any internship your spot isn’t guaranteed.

Your application is subject to local school and (if

applicable) visa approval.

If your application is not approved by our partner

schools you’ll be refunded all of your internship fee

plus 50% of the value of your included TEFL course.

Essentially, you’ll get TEFL trained at half price.

We’ll also guide you on other internship options or

independent job searches.




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