Why choose Spain?

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 visit a number of regions with their own unique cultures and even languages, such as Catalonia or the Basque Country. Being situated in Spain presents the perfect opportunity to visit other areas of Europe and Africa, such as Portugal or Morocco. 

Spanish was identified as the most important language to the UK’s future in ‘Languages for the Future’ research commissioned by the British Council. It is widely spoken, and is the official language of 21 different countries. 

What will I do?

There are Language Assistants posts available in Spanish secondary schools, primary schools and state language schools (Escuelas Oficiales de Idioma, for adult learners) across the country. Assistants will be employed and paid either by the Ministry of Education or by their local comunidad autonoma, and will be informed which type of post they have been allocated to when they receive their regional allocation email. 

Many schools in Spain have prominent Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programmes, in which they teach a variety of subjects in the medium of English. This may include, for example maths, science, history, geography, art, music and PE. These schools often refer to themselves as 'bilingual schools' or as having bilingual departments. CLIL programmes are most prominent in the comunidades of Madrid and Andalucia where there are particular focuses on maths and science, but can be found across Spain. All assistants should therefore be prepared, if asked, to help prepare English activities in a variety of different subject areas. 


How does it all work?

You will be in post from 1 October to 31 May. Appointments to comunidad autónoma posts in Madrid run from 1 October to 30 June. You will work around 12 hours per week, expect for Madrid where you will work 16 hours per week. 

In some regions, the dates of appointment, hours and salary may vary slightly. Please note that assistants working in state language schools may occasionally have to work evenings. Assistants are advised to check these conditions upon receipt of their school allocation details from the Spanish authorities.

Due to the increased importance of language learning in Spain in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of posts available for language assistants in Spain for the 2017-2018 academic year. Whilst undergraduates studying Spanish at a UK university will still be treated as priority candidates, we expect to be able to offer a large number of additional posts for graduates too or students of other subjects (who meet the eligibility requirements).

So, if you are thinking of a career in teaching or have just completed your teacher training, working as a language assistant could be the perfect opportunity for you. It's also a way for you to improve your Spanish skills and gain work experience in an international context. We therefore encourage anyone interested to apply as we hope to be able to offer a post in Spain to the majority of successful applicants.

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately €700 net per month. For posts in Madrid, you will earn a salary of €1,000 net per month.

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.

Candidates for Spain may express an area preference.  If you wish to express an area of preference, you can choose one from Group A, one from Group B, and one from any of the three groups.

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

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

GROUP C     Andalucia  -  Castilla León  -  Madrid -  Murcia  -  Valencia

The areas listed above refer to regions and not to towns or cities, even though they may share the same name. Candidates who are allocated to one of their three area preferences should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region. 

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.

Please note that in certain regions of Spain there are cultural and religious sensitivities to bear in mind regarding the wearing of religious clothing and clothing which obstructs the face. This is particularly pertinent in the region of Melilla where the wearing of the burka in schools is sometimes discouraged. This is not the case for all schools in Melilla but it should be taken into account when researching your regional preferences. Please feel free to contact us regarding this should you have any questions or concerns and we will discuss your individual situation with the Spanish Ministry of Education to try to ensure that you are allocated to the most suitable school.

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.

When will I hear back?

November- February - you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.

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.

June to August - you will be told 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 September.

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.

Staying on for a consecutive year

If you are currently a British Council appointed language assistant in Spain, you have the opportunity to continue in your post for the 2017-2018 academic year (whether in the same or a different school).

Please read the information below carefully before beginning your consecutive-year application:

Am I eligible to apply for a consecutive year in Spain?

Please note that only British Council appointed language assistants currently in Spain are eligible to apply for a consecutive year.

If you are an independently appointed language assistant in Spain (i.e. not through the British Council) then you must apply using the standard online application process.

Any non British Council language assistants wishing to apply for a consecutive year should do so before this date, otherwise their application will not be accepted. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying. 

How do I apply for a consecutive year in Spain?

Please read the guidance notes for consecutive applicants below carefully before applying.