teaching english in spain

Teach English in Spain

Teach English in Spain | Hybrid TEFL Course with Extended Practical Training

Moving to teach English abroad can be daunting – this programme allows for a ‘soft-landing’ with a home-away-from-home experience. You’ll get to experience a new culture, meet amazing people,make friends for life, and broaden your horizons, while giving back to the local community that is providing you with this fantastic opportunity to teach English in Spain.

Making a big life change is scary. But do you know what is scarier? REGRET. Read our blog posts about why you should live abroad at least once in your life and learn more about our English teaching internships in Spain.

Teaching English in spain | Who is this programme for?

  • Those who would like a longer practical component of their TEFL course in Spain.
  • Those who are looking for extra classroom experience to add to their CVs before
    applying for English teaching jobs in Spain.
  • Those who are looking for a cultural immersion experience to add to their CVs –
    ideal for university applications, as a semester abroad opportunity, or a gap year
    experience
  • Those who are only looking for a short TEFL experience, before committing to a year-
    long contract abroad.

What are the internship in Spain programme options?

  1. 120-hour online TEFL/TESOL certificate, with teacher practicums as a 3-month
    internship as a volunteer teacher in Spain ($895)
  2. 120-hour online TEFL/TESOL certificate, with teacher practicums as a 3-month
    internship in Spain, followed by guaranteed job placement in Asia after the
    internship ($1,095)
  3. For those already TEFL qualified: a 3-month internship in Spain, with only additional
    modules on problems for Spanish learners, and Spanish culture ($745)
  4. For those already TEFL qualified: a 3-month internship in Spain, with only additional
    modules on problems for Spanish learners, and Spanish culture PLUS guaranteed job
    placement in Asia after the volunteer internship ($795)

What’s included in the Spain internship programmes?

Course with teaching internship – volunteer practicums in Spain ($895)
  • 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course
  • Additional module: Problems for Spanish learners
  • Additional module: Spanish Culture
  • FREE Accommodation, and utilities by a host family during your stay in Spain
  • Three meals a day during the internship as a volunteer teacher in Spain
  • Transport to and from the school daily
  • Airport collection and transfer to your accommodation
  • Weekends, evenings and public holidays off
  • Onsite orientation, training and feedback
  • In-country support
  • Cultural events arranged during your internship – meet locals and other trainee
    teachers while experiencing authentic Spanish and Catalonian culture
  • Lifelong access to our Destination TEFL job and alumni groups
  • TWO certificates at the end of your programme: One for your 120-hour TEFL/TESOL
    course, and a certificate of participation in a volunteer programme.
Course with teaching internship – volunteer practicums in Spain PLUS guaranteed job placement in Asia after the int ($1,095)
  • 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course
  • Additional module: Problems for Spanish learners
  • Additional module: Spanish Culture
  • FREE Accommodation, and utilities by a host family during your stay in Spain
  • Three meals a day during the internship as a volunteer teacher in Spain
  • Transport to and from the school daily
  • Airport collection and transfer to your accommodation
  • Weekends, evenings and public holidays off
  • Onsite orientation, training and feedback
  • In-country support (in Spain)
  • Cultural events arranged during your internship – meet locals and other trainee
    teachers while experiencing authentic Spanish and Catalonian culture
  • Lifelong access to our Destination TEFL job and alumni groups
  • TWO certificates at the end of your programme: One for your 120-hour TEFL/TESOL
    course, and a certificate of participation in a volunteer programme.
  • PLUS: GUARANTEED job placement at one of our partner schools in Asia after the
    internship, in either Cambodia, Vietnam, or Thailand (NOTE: if you do not have a
    bachelor’s degree, then you can be placed in Cambodia. If you have a bachelor’s
    degree, you can choose between any of these countries)
**Already TEFL qualified?**
  1. SPAIN INTERNSHIP – VOLUNTEER PRACTICUMS IN SPAIN ($745)
  2. (OPTIONAL) GUARANTEED JOB PLACEMENT IN ASIA AFTER THE INT ($795)
  • Additional module: Problems for Spanish learners
  • Additional module: Spanish Culture
  • FREE Accommodation, and utilities by a host family during your stay in Spain
  • Three meals a day during the internship as a volunteer teacher in Spain
  • Transport to and from the school daily
  • Airport collection and transfer to your accommodation
  • Weekends, evenings and public holidays off
  • Onsite orientation, training and feedback
  • In-country support
  • Cultural events arranged during your internship; meet locals and other volunteers
    while experiencing authentic Spanish and Catalonian culture.
  • Lifelong access to our Destination TEFL job and alumni groups
  • Certificate at the end of your programme: participation in a volunteer programme.

NOTE: If you already have a TEFL certificate, not issued by our organisation, you’ll need to
complete an assignment to be accepted to the Spanish programme.
GUARANTEED job placement at one of our partner schools in Asia after the internship, in
either Cambodia, Vietnam, or Thailand (NOTE: if you do not have a bachelor’s degree,
then you can be placed in Cambodia. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you can choose
between any of these countries)

What’s not included?

  • Flights (to and from Spain, as well as to Asia, should you choose the guaranteed job option)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visas (Not required for Spain, depending on nationality – see requirements below)
  • Spending money during your internship (Suggested €250 – €350 per month, as your living expenses are covered)

Who can apply?

You need to meet the following requirements in order to apply to the programme:

  • Be a native English speaker/have a native level of English
  • Need to have completed high school
  • Be a passport holder from one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland,
    Australia, New Zealand or South Africa
  • Aged between 20 – 30 years
  • Provide a clear criminal background check or police clearance certificate
  • Have no medical conditions that will affect your teaching and cultural exchange. It’s
    important that you disclose any conditions during the application process.

What is the process to apply for the programme?

  • Send an enquiry to admissions@destinationtefl.com or info@destinationtefl.com
  • We’ll send you a form to complete, to ensure you tick all the requirements (these
    have been set by our partner schools for the internships)
  • We’ll book a call with you to discuss the programme in detail.
  • We’ll pass your application on to our coordinator in Spain, who will also have a video
    interview with you. **This final step is to make sure you are matched to the best host
    family and school, based on your education, interests, etc., to ensure you get the best
    experience from the program.
  • Once we’ve completed the screening process above, we’ll send you an invoice to pay
    the full programme fee.
  • Start your online TEFL course. This is an in-depth TEFL/TESOL course. It has
    additional modules pertaining to the programme, such as problems for Spanish
    learners, and Spanish culture.
  • NOTE: depending on how long before the start of the internship semester you sign
    up, you’ll either finish the course, or carry on with it online while you are in Spain. As
    you will have about 20 classroom hours per week, you’ll have time to finish your
    TEFL course, if you didn’t before coming over. It needs to be completed within the
    first six weeks of starting your volunteer internship.
  • NOTE: you will only receive your TEFL certificate at the END of your internship, as the
    certificate includes the practical training as part of your TEFL course.
  • If you sign up for our ‘See 2 Continents’ programme with guaranteed job placement
    in Asia, we’ll start communication with you during the second half of your semester,
    sending your CV to our partner schools in Asia.

What’s the timing from application to starting the internship?

  • There are three intakes a year for the internship, as each one is a semester at a
    school in Spain (most are located in Catalonia – the region around Barcelona)
  • The sooner you apply, the sooner we can match you to a school and host family, and
    confirm your place on the programme.
  • Semester start dates are approximate: at the end of September, mid-January, and
    after the Easter holidays.
  • Based on when you sign up, you’ll then start your online TEFL/TESOL course and
    cultural preparation module.

LEARNING ENGLISH IN SPAIN | FAQ's

Our coordinator in Spain will be in touch. As your internship is 80-89 days, you can’t arrive
too long in advance, as most nationalities are allowed 90 days of visa-free entry. NOTE:
South Africans: you’ll need to apply for a Schengen Visa. You’ll fly into Barcelona (BCN)
airport, which has great connections from all over the world.

During your interview, we’ll match you as best we can with not only a location, but also with
a host family. During that time, you’ll be living as part of their family in their house, so we
need to make sure that you are a good fit.

Most of our schools are in the Catalonia region of Spain. Barcelona is the capital. However,
not all schools are in the city, and you may be placed in a smaller town or village in the
region. Don’t worry! This will allow you to truly immerse yourself in Spanish culture. Spain
has excellent public transport, and it’s easy to travel to Barcelona and other areas during
the weekend. Jam-packed with culture, cathedrals, plazas, and great food, this province
allows for a truly immersive experience without sacrificing comfort. Do you know that there
is more than one official language in Spain? Catalan is widely spoken in Catalonia!

No. We will take your preferences into account as best we can. However, the more open
you are with regard to location, the more likely you are to be accepted to the programme.

The sooner you apply the better. We’ll do provisional placements as soon as we’ve matched
you to a school and family. Our coordinator in Spain will keep you in the loop and you will
most certainly know before arrival where you’ll be placed.

In most cases, there will be at least one other volunteer in your area. There will be native
English participants in towns and in cities throughout Catalonia province so it will be easy to
make contact once you arrive. Our coordinator in Spain will put you in contact with fellow
volunteers, and often you’ll be able to connect before you arrive in Spain. We do encourage
you to also make friends and socialise with locals, for a true cultural immersion
experience.

You can request to be placed in a town nearby a friend. You’ll have a spot on your
application form to mention whom you’re travelling with, and we’ll do our best to place you close to each other.

You’ll also spend time on weekends and evenings with your host family as part of the placement; it’s the ultimate way to have an authentic Spanish experience.

Note: placement in the same area is dependent on availability and can’t be guaranteed (we
recommend applying early when travelling with a friend).

If you’re in Barcelona, eating out is more expensive than in smaller towns and the countryside. As your accommodation, utilities, WiFi and meals are provided, you only need to spend money on outings, activities, and personal items such as toiletries, shopping, etc. On average, our teachers have found €250 – €350 per month to be sufficient.
As soon as the three stages of screening have been completed: complete the application form, have a preliminary call with our admissions team, and have a final video interview with our coordinator in Spain who will check that you are a right fit for the programme.

That depends on your nationality.

  • If you have a passport from the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia and
    Ireland, then no, and you are able to stay a maximum of 90 days in the Schengen
    zone without a visa.
  • If you are from South Africa, you’ll need a Schengen Visa. Our coordinator in Spain
    will assist South Africans by providing the paperwork for your visa (host
    accommodation invitation letter). However, the cost of the visa and other visa
    requirements are for your cost, such as the insurance, showing your bank balance,
    and any other paperwork required for the visa.

That will depend on your nationality. If you’re a South African requiring a visa before coming
over, then a requirement to get the visa is a return flight, or proof of onward travel (such as
to Asia, should you want placement there afterwards).

No, unfortunately, this is a requirement from the schools that we collaborate with.

In most cases, no. The 90/180-day visa rule applies, meaning, if you’re from a country that does not require a visa to visit the Schengen zone, then you may only stay a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period, without requiring a special visa.

In most cases, due to extensive paperwork, schools prefer to hire English teachers who hold
EU residency. It’s possible, but not easy.

First of all, host families are not paid, they volunteer to host you as they want to experience
another language and culture in their home and share theirs with you. Also, all families are
connected to the school placement. This element of the programme is unique and what
makes it special.
Some families are wealthier than others, but you will share a typical Spanish home with
your hosts. In ALL cases, you will have your own bedroom. You may share a bathroom and
other living spaces with the family – you become part of their family during your stay.

All host families have been screened by the schools. The host family’s children attend the
same school where you will be teaching. It’s considered an honour to host a voluntary
speaker. Parents value cultural exchange as much as you do, as it exposes their children to
the English language outside of the classroom situation. They will therefore go out of their
way to make you feel comfortable and at home. Any issues are usually caused by
miscommunication, and not understanding each other’s culture. This is why we prepare you
before coming over. You need to have a positive attitude and be open to exploring new
cultures and fully immersing yourself in the local way of life.

Within reason. We have host families that can accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free and
vegetarian diets.

Aside from your host family which is your home-away-from-home; our coordinator in Spain
will check in with you on a regular basis. You’ll have their contact details too. You’ll have a mentor at the school who will give you feedback on lessons. Most classes involve conversational English.

Yes. On the school premises, you’d be covered by public liability, but any other illness or
accident needs to be covered by your own travel insurance, as this is a volunteer position.
This will include travel to and from the school, any accident within the home, and when out
and about during activities, on your own or with the family or other participants. We’ll
suggest options during the onboarding process.

You need to pass the course, complete your internship and then meet the requirements as
set out in this blog post. We’d start communicating with you to discuss placement options
while you are still busy with your internship. NOTE: most schools in Asia require teachers to
be vaccinated against Covid-19.

If you meet all the requirements above, then it will all depend on how you conduct yourself
in the video call with our coordinator in Spain. They need to know that you are committed
to staying the full semester, will respect your host family, and are open to new cultures. You
won’t be asked to pay any fees until you’ve been accepted to the programme.

This depends on the school, and availability. Placements vary from Spanish infant
(kindergarten), primary, and secondary schools in Catalonia. Volunteer speakers can usually
expect to teach children from early ages to 18.

Your week runs Monday to Friday, with 20 hours of classroom time. This allows plenty of
time for lesson planning, getting to know the teachers from the school, and any
extracurricular activities. If you haven’t completed your TEFL course before coming over,
remember to allow time in the evenings to complete any modules.

  • Spanish Is the world’s second-most spoken native language
  • Spain boasts the world’s third-largest number Of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • There Is a Spanish royal family
  • The first circumnavigation of the world was carried out between 1519 And 1521 – by
    Spanish explorers.
  • Spain isn’t all “Spanish” What?
    Well, Galicia is Celtic. The Basque Country speaks Basque (which is unlike any European
    language). Valencia, Catalonia, and the Balearic Islands are Occitan and Catalan… Super
    interesting.

Find out more about Spain’s Catalonia region on the official site.

Interested in teaching at one of our Asia locations after your internship in Spain?
Download the basic cost of living booklets for Cambodia , Thailand or Indonesia Or, book a call with us to discuss your teaching abroad options.

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