Teaching English in Spain

Spain is one of the most popular choices for teaching English abroad. It’s not too far away for some and it’s a beautiful country to explore.

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Spain is a popular choices for English teachers because it’s not too far away from the rest of Europe. You also get a wonderful quality in life being there with all sorts of beautiful places to explore. Not only is it easy to get around, but it’s well-connected between cities by bus or train.

If you want a vibrant nightlife, you’ll love the experience of living in Spain. Even the smallest villages can have parties that go all night long. It’s relatively easy to pick up Spanish compared to languages in Asia so culture shock is usually not an issue.

If you’re thinking about teaching English in Spain, it will require you to have a Bachelor’s degree. Not all employers request teachers to have a TEFL certification. Although it’s not essential, it still helps prepare you to teach English in a classroom.


Internship Programs – If you’re first starting out as a teacher abroad, internship programs are a hassle-free way to go. Internship programs usually cover all the essentials for teaching English in Spain. For example, it includes salary, accommodation, airport pickup, meals, and TEFL certification.

NALCAP – The North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP) pairs American and Canadian graduates with elementary and secondary schools in Spain. Any native-like speaker can apply and become a teaching assistant (TA).

Meddeas – Meddeas partners with more than 200 private schools in Spain. This program is geared towards English native speakers with little or no teaching experience. You need to be TEFL-certified or have the equivalent education to apply for Meddeas.

UCETAM – To get accepted in UCETAM, candidates must be native English speakers. They also must have experience with children, hold a university degree, and a clean criminal record. The application period for the UCETAM academic school years typically starts in January.

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Meddeas partners with more than 200 private schools in Spain for English teachers with little or no experience.


UCETAM hires teachers to work in public schools. Experience is required with a university degree.


English teachers enjoy a high wage for the amount of work. The typical salary for English teachers in Spain ranges from €700 – €2,000 per month. This translates to anywhere between $800-3000 USD.

Depending on which program you’re in and how many hours you get assigned, you may only work 3 or 4 days per week. Spain also has lots of holidays throughout the year. It seems like there’s at least one 3-day weekend every month.

One of the good things about Spain is that it’s relatively easy to pick up extra English lessons on the side.  Some schools offer subsidized rent and health care to English teachers. But unlike some countries in Asia, Spanish schools don’t reimburse you for airfare.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How much can you make teaching English in Spain?

Monthly salaries can range significantly depending on where you get employed. You can earn anywhere between €700 – €2,000 ($800-3000 USD).

Do you have to speak Spanish to teach English in Spain?

Virtually no programs have a Spanish language requirement. But you should be good enough to have at least a basic knowledge of the language. It’s also helpful for understanding rule changes for visas and checking out your banking documentation.

What are the requirements to be an English teacher in Spain?

You need an undergraduate degree as a minimum requirement and a criminal record check. Some programs request teachers to obtain TEFL certification before teaching.

Do you get paid on time?

Paydays can be late or inconsistent. Because you get paid just once a month, this makes budgeting tough. It can also give a sense of disorganization within the country and schools in Spain.

Is it safe to teach English in Spain?

Just like all countries in the world, crime exists in Spain. But it’s a relatively safe country to visit and work as an English teacher.


  • During siestas, everything in town closes between 2 pm and 5 pm, and noise is kept to a minimum.

  • “Running of the bulls” is a 9-day festival held in Pamplona where bulls are let go on the streets to chase people.

  • 47 UNESCO heritage sites are located in Spain (3rd highest after China and Italy).

  • The famous ‘Tomatina’ festival occurs in Spain where people toss tomatoes at each other.

  • Spain is the fifth most populous country in Europe.

  • Nudity is legal in Spain but still considered inappropriate in many places.

  • The tooth fairy is actually a mouse in Spain.

  • It has the second-highest unemployment rate just after Greece.