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Become an English language assistant in Spain

Why should I choose Spain?
Spain has a fascinating history and culture making it one of the most interesting and exciting places to spend a year. Its geography is amongst the most diverse in Europe – beaches, mountains, national parks and plains, all within a short distance of each other.

What are the terms and conditions in Spain?
There are posts in secondary schools, primary schools and state language schools across the country.

Dates of appointment: 1 October – 31 May*
Appointments to primary schools in Madrid are 1 October - 30 June*.
Appointments to some schools in Castilla y León are 15 September – 15 June*
Hours: 12* per week.
Salary: €700 per month net
Age and passport requirements: the Spanish Ministry of Education is normally able to consider only candidates who hold a UK or EU passport. All posts in Madrid are for 16 hours per week and the salary is €1,000 per month net.

*N.B. 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.

Posts are available for undergraduates and graduates of any discipline. You should have AS-level, Higher Grade or equivalent in Spanish. 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.

Where can I go in Spain?
Posts are available in all Spanish comunidades autonomias (autonomous regions), including Islas Baleares and Islas Canarias, as well as in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla which border Morocco in North Africa. Please note that many posts across Spain are in small towns or villages.

You should be aware of the following before making your application:
Other languages are spoken in certain regions: Basque (País Vasco and parts of Navarra), Galician (Galicia), and Catalan (Cataluña, Islas Baleares and Valencia). While in most areas of these regions Castillian Spanish is widely spoken, Assistants should be aware that this is not always the dominant language (particularly in Cataluña) and should do their research before applying for a post.

We recommend you research possible destinations in Spain thoroughly before applying and be as flexible as possible regarding your area choices. You can find out more about what it is like to be a language assistant in Spain by reading the case studies from previous language assistants.

Candidates for SPAIN may express an area preference.  If you wish to do so, you must choose one area from each of Groups A, B and C.

GROUP A    Asturias  -  Ceuta  -  Extremadura  -  La Rioja  -  Melilla  -  Navarra  -  País Vasco

GROUP B    (Islas) Canarias  -  Aragon  -  Cantabria  -  Castilla la Mancha  -  Cataluña  -  Galicia

GROUP C    (Islas) Baleares  -  Andalucia  -  Castilla León    -  Madrid  -  Murcia  -  Valencia


Please note that the areas listed above refer to regions and not to towns or cities, although the name may be the same. Candidates who are allocated in one of their three area preferences should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region.

In the context of the current economic climate in Spain, applicants should be flexible regarding area allocations.  Some areas of Spain may not be able to offer as many posts as in previous years. Whilst we and our partners will do our utmost to take your preferences into account when allocating applicants to regions, we are unable to guarantee that you will be offered a region of your preference.  All applicants are expected to be flexible regarding location and should be prepared to accept a post wherever they are allocated.

Will I be interviewed?
Some candidates may be assessed by telephone interview where areas of their application need to be followed up. These telephone interviews are likely to take place in February and March.

Will there be an induction course?
If you are an Assistant appointed through the Spanish Ministry of Education, you will be invited to an induction course in Spain in late September/early October. The course will cover all the administration required for living in Spain and will give you the opportunity to meet other Assistants of all languages.

Assistants who are not appointed through the Spanish Ministry of Education will be invited to an induction course in their local comunidad autonoma.

When will I hear?
You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application by early January.
Early May - you will find out if your application has been successful
May/June - you will find out from the British Council the region to which you have been allocated
From June - August - you will find out the location of your school(s) directly from the Spanish authorities. Please note that each Spanish authority (autonomous regions and the Spanish Ministry of Education) works to its own timescale and, as such, you may not find out your school allocation until August.
Please also see our lifecycle document for more information.

Staying on for a consecutive year
If you are currently an English Language Assistant in Spain on the British Council programme and wish to renew your assistantship in Spain (at your school or elsewhere in Spain), please complete the application form including a letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation from your current school(s).  The application should be returned to the appropriate British Council office in the UK (see the relevant address on the application form). Please note that applications from undergraduates and first-time applicants will be treated as a priority above second year applications. We will accept applications post-marked on or before 28th March 2014.

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