Work Experience in Spain – Last Call! ESL Language Assistants in Private Schools

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Teach English in Spain: Become a Language Assistant with Meddeas

Main Requirements & Benefits
Job Location:
All over Spain
Paid school holidays (except for the summer period)
Job Type:
Full Time
Native-Level English Speaker
TESOL Certification
Recent or Final Year University Graduates
Teaching Experience

Other Job Details
Job Start
Sept/Oct 2019 & May/June 2020
Student Ages
2-18 years
Working Hours
20-25 hours/week
Class Length
25mins or 50mins
Assistance Provided
Healthcare Coverage
Assistance Provided

Position Description

ESL Activities

Are you a last-year student or recent graduate looking for a valuable professional experience in Spain? We encourage candidates interested in becoming Language Assistants to apply no later than May 15th. Participants receive a monthly pay, TEFL-related training (paid by the program), and ongoing in-country support. This is a serious and structured program with no fees, which enables participants to teach English in Spain and gain international experience. After the first few days at school, participants will be asked to use their own initiative, find resources and prepare their own engaging and fun activities or games.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline: candidates are encouraged to apply before May 15th 2019
  • Program length (academic year in Spain): Sept./Oct. 2019 to May/June 2020

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“This is an opportunity to learn new skills in a teaching environment, even if teaching is not a future career goal: skills such as classroom management and of course organizational, planning, time management along with many other skills. Overcoming challenges within the classroom on a regular basis improves your ability to adapt and use your initiative in certain situations. Learning a new language is another great advantage, even though it is difficult to learn the language, it is still a positive experience”

Kealan M., former participant
Teaching English at Meddeas

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  • Monthly pay: €880-1,162 per month (enough to live in Spain as a young professional)
  • Lodging options: independent housing or full board accommodation with a volunteer host family
  • University course included (compulsory)
  • More than 200 private and grant-maintained schools all over Spain
  • Different programs adapted to the experience and background of the candidate: there is, for example, a specific program for Education graduates and another one for graduates of other degree subjects

The Role of a Language Assistant

During one academic year, participants will teach 20 to 25 hours a week in one of the 200 schools Meddeas works with. A Language Assistant is a native-level speaker of English, French or German, who supports the school’s language teachers and helps students with conversation practice. The tasks differ from the ones in a teaching assistant role and include encouraging oral practice of the foreign language; explaining the culture of their home country; helping in other subjects such as science, art, P.E.; acting as a role model for correct pronunciation and grammar; and collaborating with teaching staff in creating teaching materials and planning lessons.

After one year teaching English abroad, Language Assistants add transferable skills to their CVs, such as public speaking, language skills, creativity, team working, topic preparation, patience, maturity, autonomy, and cultural awareness.

Teaching English to Teenagers in Spain

Main Perks of the Program

  • Professional placement in a Spanish school, teaching 20 to 25 hours per week
  • Guaranteed monthly pay, more than enough to live in Spain as a young professional
  • Certified teaching-related course given by a Spanish university and paid by the program
  • Paid school holidays (except for the summer period)
  • Spanish public healthcare coverage
  • Help opening a bank account
  • Program run by a serious and professional organisation
  • Ongoing in-country support from the school’s tutor and from Meddeas
  • Initial training and teaching workshops
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the program
  • Children aged two to eighteen. Learners’ English levels range from beginner to advanced
  • No fees attached

Desirable candidate profile:

  • Native-level English speaker
  • Recent graduates (last four years) OR last-year university students
  • TEFL/TESOL certificate preferred (not indispensable)
  • Previous teaching experience will be valued
  • Someone who enjoys working with children and/or young people
  • Energetic and creative
  • Competence in the Spanish language is not required
  • No criminal records

More Information

Watch this 90-second video of a range of teachers and their experiences with Meddeas.

Read Taylor’s blog on what it’s like working as a Language Assistant with Meddeas in the south of Spain.

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