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Work Experience in Spain – Language Assistants in Private Schools

Posted By: Meddeas <[email protected]>
Date: Monday, 14 January 2019, at 1:46 p.m.

Are you a last-year student or recent graduate looking for a valuable professional experience in Spain? The application period to become a Language Assistant in a Spanish private school is now open: 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.

Deadline: candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP or at least before January 31st, 2019

Start Dates & Program length
-Sept./Oct. 2019 to May/June 2020: academic year in Spain
-Jan.2019 to May/June 2019: Currently, only open to EU passport holders due to visa deadlines

Doubts? Interested? Send an email to [email protected]

“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

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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.

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
-No previous teaching experience needed (but 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

Doubts? Interested? Send an email to [email protected]

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