Published 25th April 2021
The beaches of Costa del Sol, La Rambla in Barcelona, paella in Valencia – if you know, you know. And, chances are, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Spain, you’ve probably considered moving there for good. I mean, sunshine, sangria, siestas – what’s not to love? Teaching English in Spain is the perfect way to be able to live in this beautiful country, and earn money while you’re there.
Luckily for us, TEFL jobs are plentiful in Spain! Provided you have a passport that allows you to work in Spain and a TEFL certificate, there are loads of jobs just waiting for you, even if you don’t have a degree. All you need to do is hop online and browse through the hundreds of TEFL jobs waiting for you. However, bear in mind that it’s easier to find a teaching job when you are already in Spain. Even though it may be a leap of faith to move abroad without the promise of a job, think of it as a way to test the waters until you find a job.
So, now that we’ve piqued your interest, what kind of teaching can you do in Spain?
Teaching at a language school in Spain
The most common kind of teaching job you’ll find in Spain is teaching at a private language school. There are loads of language schools all over Spain, but the majority of them are found in the bigger cities, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia and Bilbao.
In a language school, you could be teaching Young Learners, teens or adults. Schoolchildren could come after school or on weekends or during school holidays, while older learners could come during the day if they are studying English full-time, or in the afternoon or evening if they are employed. Your teaching hours would probably be consolidated into a block so you might work for a few hours in the morning and then again in the afternoon or evening. You might need to commute between clients if your school gives lessons in different venues. At a language school, you’re likely to earn between €15 and €20 an hour.
Teaching at a school in Spain
It’s also possible to find a job in a public school, private school or international school. Public schools prefer you to have some knowledge of Spanish, while private and international schools prefer you to have a teaching degree or at least some teaching experience. As a result, salaries in private and international schools are better paid than public schools. In a school, you can expect to earn €1 500 to €1 800 a month.
Being an assistant teacher in Spain
Being a teaching assistant in Spain is a common venture for people who don’t have any experience in teaching. If you would like to dip your toes in the water before committing totally to a teaching position, it’s very common to find a position as a teaching assistant or auxiliaries de conversacion in a Spanish school. You are placed in an elementary or private high school and partnered with a qualified (Spanish) teacher. You help with the general management of the class and give conversational lessons to the students. While you don’t receive a salary as such, you will get a stipend of around €1 000 a month.
Volunteer teaching in Spain
You might not think of volunteer teaching as a job, but volunteering in Spain is quite popular. Most programmes require you to pay a fee to place you in a school as a teaching assistant, but accommodation and board with a host family are provided. These are generally short-term positions of three months and you only work 12 hours a week, so there’s plenty of time to explore or brush up on your Spanish.
Teaching at a summer camp in Spain
For the summer months of July and August, Spain pretty much shuts down. Schools close, businesses close, and most people pack up and head to the beach. Summer camps are an ideal way to earn money during this downtime. Besides giving daily English lessons to the children on the camp, teachers will also be required to do sports, arts and crafts and social activities. This can even include excursions to visit local attractions. Let’s be honest – it doesn’t really sound like work, does it?
Though summer camp salaries are generally not very high (around €200 – €500 a month), you’ll be provided with food and board, so there is no need to spend any of your money.
Tutoring in Spain
If you are looking for an authentic Spanish experience, you want to consider tutoring. It is possible to find a host family who will provide you with a place to stay and food in exchange for English lessons for their children. This is language immersion at its finest! You will be exposed to the Spanish language and Spanish culture as if you were Spanish yourself.
Private tutoring in Spain
It’s relatively easy to find private students in Spain, but if you are teaching at a school you need to find out if they don’t mind you working on the side. If you are, private tutoring is a great way to earn some extra cash in your free time. You can meet students after work for a cortado or a sangria and give lessons while enjoying the sidewalk culture of your city. Or you can teach on weekends if you’re a hard worker who can’t relax! Private lessons can earn you €15 to €25 an hour.
So you can see, there are endless possibilities for teaching English in Spain if you are TEFL-qualified. Though teaching in Spain may not be the best-paid TEFL job you’ll ever find, living and teaching in Spain will certainly be an amazing experience and a decision you won’t regret. Plus the low cost of living makes your salary go a lot further than you might think. It’s not surprising that many TEFL teachers who head to Spain to teach for a while end up spending many years there.