TEACH IN SPAIN
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Mingle in the authentic teaching atmosphere of a private or charter school as a Language Assistant in Spain! Teach your native language while you continue your education through a TEFL training paid by the program. You will be covered by a monthly stipend and there are no fees to participate.
Let yourself be eclipsed by the dazzling Spanish culture. Discover a country full of ancient castles and cathedrals, festivals and traditions, with one of the best gastronomies in the world and friendly and welcoming people.
This is a unique experience that you will remember forever!
THIS SHOULD DESCRIBE YOU
Language Assistants are unique individuals. They combine certain characteristics that make them suitable for the role. Are you one of them?
A once in a lifetime opportunity!
Feel the authentic atmosphere of a Spanish private school, in the mainland or in the islands. Take your resume to the next level with international teaching experience and deepen your education with TEFL university training. Relish the vibrant Spanish culture, to which no other can compare as a Language Assistant!
1st Get to know the program by reading the Brochure
2nd Find the answer to most frequent questions
3rd Complete the Application Form online
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The way you live during your stay in Spain can determine your experience. You can choose between two options.
THE GOLDEN LAND OF CULTURE
Enter a magical place with some of the most important museums in the world, incomparable Mediterranean gastronomy, and festivals and traditions in each city.
Enjoy a European country with affordable living standards, a public health system, and an extensive transportation network that will allow you to experience a new way of life.
Join us and discover all the wonders this country has to offer!
A Meddeas Language Assistant is a recent college graduate who is interested in acquiring international teaching experience. They join one of the 300+ schools we collaborate with in Spain to support the English, French or German teacher.
If you are a college student who can earn credits for internship opportunities, you should have a look to our Student Co-op Placements instead.
Some of the tasks assigned to the Language Assistant include organizing group conversation lessons, leading the whole class at the front of the room alongside the teacher, conducting conversation practice with other teachers, or preparing students for standardized language tests.
Depending on the placement, group conversation lessons will include a maximum of 3, 8 or 15 students at a time. Only candidates with a degree in Education OR English Language / Linguistics OR any Degree + TEFL training, are eligible for placements with groups of up to 15 students.
Unlike a Teaching Assistant, Language Assistants are expected to plan classes and develop a curriculum in collaboration with the main teacher.
You need to be a native-level speaker of English, German, or French. Native German and French speakers should ha have at least a B2 level (CEFR) in English because the university TEFL-related course is taught in this language.
You need to hold a 3+ year degree in any subject OR hold a postgraduate degree related to Education or Linguistics, obtained within the last 4 years.
You must have no criminal records, and you need to hold a valid passport (not needed to apply, but necessary to accept the placement).
Not at all. There are no fees to participate in Meddeas. You will have to transfer a refundable deposit of €850 after accepting your placement as proof of your commitment to the program. This deposit will be returned to you at the end of the program, once you successfully complete your school placement and university course.
No. Our program’s allocation process is profile-based. That means that our Human Resources Team will match your profile with a specific school placement (with its own requirements) so that you can make the most of this experience. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in a specific location.
Since we run a profile-based allocation process, we only consider individual applications. Besides, we need to ensure that your interest in joining the program is genuine. If one of your friends or your partner has also applied, please bear in mind that our policy is not to place both of you in the same town or even region, without exception.
You will be enrolled in a TEFL-related course, adapted to school environments, delivered by a Spanish University. The course begins with a one-day session in Madrid or Barcelona (TBC). After that, you will move on to your placement destination to collaborate with the school and complete the online course throughout the academic year.
The university will recognize a portion of your activity at the school as part of their academic training. In addition to those hours, you will have to dedicate around 360 more hours throughout the year to complete the program, with the support of forums and your university tutor.
Course completion and evaluation will be based on the assessment of individual modules. Tuition is paid by the program and its completion is compulsory.
Our program runs from September/October/January to May/June. If at the end of the first academic year the school’s report is positive, you may apply for a second year as a Meddeas Language Assistant. You can choose to stay at the same school or try for a different one.
The Language Assistant’s schedule will be set and modified by the school according to its needs, which means that placement’s characteristics depend only on the school, and participants are not able to change its schedule or conditions.
You will have between 20 and 24 in-class hours per week. You may be expected to dedicate an additional 2 hours to coordination meetings with other teachers, and may also have additional gaps between lessons. Therefore, you will be at the school for more than 20-24 hours. You can take advantage of these gaps to prepare lessons and dedicate time to your online course.
If you live with a host family and your placement has less than 23 in-class hours per week, you will teach during 4 days or 5 mornings every week.
Your stipend will vary in quantity depending on the number of weekly in-class hours, your lodging option and the maximum number of students in your group conversation lessons, which are previously defined by the school. The amount ranges from €878 to €1,140 for the independent lodging option and from €400 to €691 for the host family lodging option.
The monthly stipend will allow you to live in Spain as a young professional, and is enough to pay your rent and cover expenses. Keep in mind that larger cities like Madrid, Barcelona, or Bilbao are more expensive than medium or small cities. We advise you to come to Spain with some savings to help you get settled.
You will be entitled to the same holidays as the rest of the school’s faculty. You will have a Christmas and Easter break, local or regional holidays, and some long weekends (puentes). You will have a set school calendar and will not be allowed to take any days off outside the pre-established holidays. Trips and travel arrangements should be made around your class schedule and school calendar.
If there are unforeseen circumstances or special events, such as your graduation, that require you to take a day off, you will have to submit a request in advance to the school principal. Unauthorized absences can result in the loss of your stipend or even your placement.
You will have access to the Spanish Social Security (national healthcare) system for the duration of the program. The Public Administration (Spanish government) will deduct a small amount from your monthly stipend (between €9.40 and €11.50, approximately) in order to pay compulsory Social Security contributions in exchange for nearly universal medical coverage.
Although you will be covered by the Spanish healthcare system, you will need to purchase an additional private health insurance plan if you are a non-EU passport holder to satisfy visa requirements. Successful candidates may look for their own options or contact Meddeas, since we have partnered with a private health insurance provider to offer affordable coverage.
Language Assistants are expected to show initiative and commitment and perform professionally. Meddeas and/or the school have the right to cancel a Language Assistant’s participation in the program if they consider that the participant exhibits a lack of professional behavior. If this occurs, the Language Assistant will lose their deposit and the program will be legally obliged to cancel the visa (if applicable).
As previously explained, if you decide to leave the program, you will also lose the €850 deposit and your visa will be canceled (if applicable).
Yes, of course. If you decide to live by yourself, we strongly recommend that you look for an apartment located close to your school. It will be easier for you to walk to school each day instead of relying on public transportation.
Meddeas does not provide accommodation, so you will be responsible for finding an apartment to rent. Our Admissions Team will offer you tips and links for finding an apartment in Spain. You will also be invited to the Meddeas Facebook group, where you can communicate with other Language Assistants who might also be looking for an apartment in the same area. Nevertheless, negotiating an apartment contract or security deposit will be your own responsibility.
Yes, some school placements include this lodging option. Living in Spain is a great way to practice the Spanish language, and staying with a Spanish host family will be the best way to make the most of this unique experience. The family will introduce you to many typical Spanish traditions that will help you discover a new culture and, most likely, make friends for life.
Through this very special opportunity, you will find yourself being part of an authentic Spanish family and all that comes with it: living in their home, eating together, playing games, and going on family trips. It is a dream-come-true for those who want to live like a Spaniard for a few months. Check the Host Family Conditions.
Schools understand that you have little teaching experience. At the same time, they expect you to show serious commitment. You will be expected to be involved with your students, demonstrate motivation, maintain professional conduct, and use good interpersonal skills. Proactivity, flexibility, and initiative are essential to planning and preparing your own activities.
One of the school’s teachers will be appointed as your tutor. You can ask them for advice when needed, but you will be expected to independently plan lessons and come up with your own activities and games.
Meddeas works with private and concertado (charter or grant-maintained) schools. Many of those schools are Catholic, where the Language Assistant is expected to be respectful of the school’s beliefs and customs and to avoid controversial topics. It is not necessary to share its ethos, but the above is a must. If you have any questions on this matter, you will be able to address them during the interview.
Successful candidates will receive all the relevant details, like location, students’ age group, and school characteristics and expectations before accepting a placement offer. Once accepted, details cannot change upon the Language Assistant’s request, the school defines and may adapt the ages of children that participants are placed with.
If you are interested in becoming a Meddeas Language Assistant, you can apply through our website by filling out the online Application Form.
We will evaluate your eligibility and, if you meet the requirements to enroll in the program, we will arrange a first online interview with you.
If you pass the first stage of the recruitment process, you will be invited to a second online interview. If you successfully complete the second stage, you will be considered for one of the available placements for which your profile matches.
You will then be asked to sign an agreement. You will receive the name of your school before transferring the refundable deposit to ensure your placement.
Finally, you will be able to start your visa application process, if applicable, with the guidance of our Admissions Team.
The program itself will cost you no money. However, you will have to pay for some things with a set and known cost:
Non-European passport holders
Prices vary from country to country. Please check the fees that apply to your particular case.
As Meddeas is a training program, you might be eligible to defer your student loans during the program. Eligibility for deferment will depend on the requirements established by the institution granting your loan.
If you meet the requirements to enroll in the program, we will evaluate your eligibility.
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