TEFL INSTITUTE OF IRELAND
GUIDE TO SPAIN
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
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.
PLACEMENTS AND LOCATIONS
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!
ORIENTATION & TRAINING
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,
WHO CAN APPLY
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
• 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 +
• 24/7 in-country support
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
• 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
• 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
• 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
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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