Why choose Spain?
- Spanish was identified as most important language to the UK’s future in ‘Languages for the Future’ research commissioned by the British Council. This is based on elements such as use in commerce, tourism and on the Internet. It is widely spoken, as the official language of 21 different countries.
- Spain’s geography is amongst the most diverse in Europe, boasting beaches, mountains and national parks all within a relatively short distance of each other.
- You’ll get the chance to experience a number of regions with their own unique cultures and even languages, such as Catalonia or the Basque Country.
- It presents the perfect opportunity to visit other areas of Europe and Africa, such as Portugal or Morocco.
There are Language Assistants posts available in Spanish secondary schools, primary schools and state language schools across the country. Many schools in Spain have prominent bilingual programmes, and assistants should be prepared, if asked, to assist in classes in other subject areas (such as history, geography or music) that are taught in English. Assistants working in state language schools may also have to work evenings.
Please note that assistants will be employed either by the Ministry of Education, or by their local comunidad autonoma. Assistants will be informed which type of post they have been allocated to when they receive their regional allocation email in May or June.
The general terms of a placement in Spain are:
Dates of appointment: 1 October – 31 May
Appointments to primary schools in Madrid are 1 October - 30 June
Hours: 12 per week.
Salary: €700 per month net
All posts in Madrid are for 16 hours per week and the salary is €1,000 per month net. In some regions, the dates of appointment, hours and salary may vary slightly. Assistants are advised to check these conditions upon receipt of their school allocation details from the Spanish authorities.
While undergraduates studying Spanish at a UK university will be treated as priority candidates, there will be a number of posts available for graduates as well.