Teaching English in Spain


Your Life as an English Teacher in Spain


A strong cup of coffee in the morning, a large delicious lunch, a mid afternoon siesta, a light dinner, and then late night dancing until dawn; this is a day in the life in Spain.  Whether you are taking a sun drenched seaside stroll in Barcelona, or sipping sangria in a café in Madrid, Spain offers both locals and foreigners an undeniably pleasant lifestyle.  Actively competing with France for the title of best cuisine, Spain will never leave your palate disappointed. If your artistic appetite is strong, you have the opportunity to take a stroll through a number of world-class museums containing works from Spanish locals Picasso and Dali. 

Spain is one of the most popular English teaching locations in Europe and throughout the world.  English teachers in Spain typically find work in September or early October, and then again in January. Most contracts end in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available in Spain and throughout Europe. Positions typically start in late June and early July.  

English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Spain, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore.  English teachers do not need to have a BA to teach in Spain, but a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Valencia.

To learn how to speak Spanish and get TEFL Certified in Barcelona or Seville!


English Teaching Requirements in Spain


  • Education: BA/BS is prefered but not required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at our Locations in Barcelona, Granada, or Seville, or any of our other Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL Course.
  • Peak Hiring Months: Mid Sept, Early Oct & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools, Summer Camps
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Spain
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals, Children in Summer Camps
  • Cost of Living per Month: 1,200 - 1,500 Euro; 1,800 - 2,200 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 1,200 - 1,500 Euro; 1,800 - 2,200 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 2,400 - 3,100 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Interesting Facts about Life in Spain


  • The people of Spain spend more money on food per capita than any other population in Europe.
  • As of July 2009, 76% of Spaniards identified as Catholic, though most are non-practicing. 
  • Spanish cinema has achieved major international success, winning Oscars for recent films such asPan’s Labyrinth and Volver.
  • Real Madrid C.F. and F.C. Barcelona are two of the most successful football clubs in the world. 
  • The Spanish national team won the FIFA World Cup in 2010.



Request a brochure to receive more information and to have a personal TEFL Adviser contact you