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5 Things To Know About Teaching English Abroad in Spain

There is no denying that Spanish cuisine is popular around the globe, and Spain is famous for its stunning beaches and rugged mountains. The arts scene is fascinating, and its past is full of history. You can fulfill your cravings for tasty seafood Paella, spend time on the sunny beach of Playa de Ses Illetes, give yourself an adrenaline rush by doing things like ziplining, snowboarding, or surfing, dress up and enjoy festivals and fiestas with the locals. The list continues on and on, and still, you’ll never be bored in Spain.


Even amid its ongoing economic challenges, Spain is among the largest European teaching market for English as a Second Language(ESL). Teaching English in Spain has these factors you should hear about;

Requirements for English Teaching Work in Spain

Unlike other nations, Spain does not have stringent criteria for ESL employment. Some colleges may need a TEFL or TESOL Certificate. On the other hand, you must be a native English speaker where you don’t need a TEFL certification or Bachelor’s degree. It would be good to have additional credentials to land a job.

How to Get a Position as an ESL Teacher in Spain

You should pay heed to the Spanish recruiting seasons. As language schools reopen after summer vacations, October marks the start of a new term in Spain. And that is why most recruiting and interviewing takes place in September.

Another recruiting season begins at the start of the second week of January. If you go through a program, your application is expected to be submitted from January to March.

We will support and assist you in finding English teaching vacancies in Spain!

Finding a place to live in Spain as an ESL teacher

The overwhelming majority of teaching jobs in the ESL sector are located in two major cities: Barcelona and Madrid. The number of language schools in Madrid is the highest in all of Spain. Bilbao is a famous location for teaching jobs in the north of Spain. The demand is less in small towns but is increasing due to Spanish government initiatives that put teachers in every area.

Spanish Lifestyle and Culture

In Spain, everyday life runs at a relatively leisurely pace. The Spanish word “on time” possibly has a different meaning. Timelines vary, and they still seem to end up being late many times. You’ll see how crazy this country is about futbol (football/soccer) and wine.


Compared to other European countries, Spain’s cost of living is very modest. Although the ESL teaching pay isn’t typically much, you’ll always have enough to breakeven, averaging between $1,250 to $1,850 per month. Spain is home to fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables that are readily available and inexpensive.

The characteristics of the Spanish students

Company professionals, private students, children in public schools, summer camps, and language schools are examples of Spanish students learning English as a Second Language(ESL). They are widely used to talking and participating in class and are often likely to understand phonetics better.

Therefore, they will be nothing like your Japanese or Korean ESL students. To keep the students engaged, you will have to improve your instructional plan and introduce more exciting and interactive experiences in the curriculum.



Do you want to be hired by a school in Spain to teach English? Look us up on the Facebook group, Teach English Abroad Facebook group for regular job listings.