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4 Paid English Teaching Programs in Spain

If you want to move to Spain, teaching English is a great way to make that happen. There are many opportunities out there, and you can have your pick!


This could be you. And that could be Spain.

Language and Culture Assistants

The Spanish government’s Language and Cultural Assistant program is the largest and most popular program in Spain. It places thousands of teaching assistants in public schools around Spain each year.

  • Stipend of €700 (€1000 in Madrid) per month
  • Health Coverage
  • Be a native English speaker
  • Be a resident of the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, China or the EU
  • Have at least 2 years of university education
  • Complete a medical evaluation
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Have a basic level of Spanish
  •  Work 12 hours per week (16 per week in Madrid)
Program Duration  October – May(September – June in some regions)
Program Fee  None
Regional Placements
  • Andalucia
  • Aragon
  • Asturias
  • Baleric Islands
  • Basque Country
  • Cantabria
  • Castilla y Leon
  • Extremadura
  • Galicia
  • La Rioja
  • Madrid
  • Murcia
Application Period  Typically January – April
Website http://www.mecd.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/auxiliares-conversacion-eeuu.andhtml#sthash.WzeYR2xW.dpufandhttps://sede.educacion.gob.es/catalogo-tramites/profesores/convocatorias/extranjeros/auxiliares-conversacion-extranjeros-espana.html #sthash.WzeYR2xW.dpuf


This program places language assistants in Catholic schools, primarily in the Madrid region. It also provides them with a teaching course at the University of Comillas.

  • Stipend of €873-€1165 per month, depending on hours worked
  • Help with visa process and opening a bank account
  • Health coverage
  • Teacher training and workshops
  • Comillas University class
  • Cultural visits
  • Be a native English speaker
  • Be at least 20 years old
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Clean criminal record
Program Duration  September- June
Regional Placements
  • Madrid (About 82% of applicants are placed in Madrid)
  • Andalucia
  • Canary Islands
  • Castilla-La Mancha
  • Galicia
  • Aragon
  • Asturias
  • Valencia
  • Murcia
Program Fee  €175
Application Period  November-January
Website  http://www.ecmadrid.org/en/language-assistant


  • Stipend of €300 – €900 per month, depending on qualifications and whether or not you live with a host family
Requirements  Be a native English speaker
  • Work 20 hours per week in school
  • Have conversation practice with teachers and small groups of students
  • Assist with school activities
Program Duration  September to June OR January to June/July
Program Fee  Applicants from the EU must pay a security deposit of €150
Regional Placements  Various
Application Period  No deadline
Website http://meddeas.com/language-assistant/


If you’re determined to work in Madrid, this is the program for you. UCETAM only places language assistants in Madrid, and according to their website gives them free lunches as well.

  • Health plan
  • Stipend of €1000 – €1400, depending on hours worked
  • Be a native English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Work 18 – 26 hours per week
  • Attend orientation in September
Program Duration  September – June
Program Fee  None
Regional Placements  Madrid
Application Period  January – February
Website  http://www.ucetampbu.es/index.php/programa-de-auxiliares/auxiliares/el-comienzo

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2 Responses to 4 Paid English Teaching Programs in Spain

  1. Sarah September 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM #

    Nice concise and comparative summary of teaching jobs in Spain.Very useful.Thanks Kate!


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