LearnSpain: Spanish Teachers in American Schools

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The program brings Spanish recent graduates in Education to cooperate as intern teaching assistants in American schools. These young professionals, who are qualified to teach in European schools, participate under a J1 intern visa design.

Participants hold at least one of the following qualifications: a degree in Pre-school Education, a degree in Elementary Education, or any degree plus a Master in Secondary Education.

American schools host Spanish teachers, who provide help and improve the multicultural scenario of the school and promote intercultural exchanges. These assistants not only help students with their knowledge of Spanish language but also teachers. They can also help track attendance, calculate grades, supervise students, and organize and prepare lessons and materials.

According to US Exchange Visitor Programs regulations, “participants must not be used as substitutes for ordinary employment or work purposes; nor may they be used under any circumstances to displace American workers”.

As a result, US schools have the unique opportunity to promote multiculturalism among their students. Spanish teaching assistants return to Spain having gained real work experience and having embraced the American culture and way of life.

Relevant Information about the Program

  • Demanding selection process of Spanish recent graduates in Education, who are fluent in English
  • Participants are hosted by schools under a J1 visa plan
  • Schools cover workers’ compensation and salary, enough to cover living expenses
  • Participants receive pre-arrival orientation in Spain and continuous support while in the US
  • Emergency contact available 24/7

Main Facts

LearnSpain – Spanish Teachers in American Schools

Program Length
One or two semesters

Application Deadline
March 30th

– Demanding selection process
– Continuous support both to candidate and school
– Improvement of the school’s Spanish level
– Assistance to non-native English speakers
– Promotion of multicultural awareness
– Participants’ pre-departure orientation
– Aid to the teachers
– Affordable cost
– Globalize the classroom
– Real native speaker to talk with in class

Teaching Assistant Salary (set by the school)
$1,600 per month
*Some schools might decide to complement a lower salary by providing accommodation

How to Participate
Write an email to Eduardo Arrarás to request more information and/or to participate in the program

Advantages for the School Hosting a Teacher from Spain

Hosting a teacher from Spain is a unique opportunity. Teachers and students learn first-hand about Spain and the Spanish language; while the participant gets immersed in the education system and the culture of the US.

  • Great opportunity to count with a Spanish native speaker with a degree in Education
  • Selection process and support for visa applications handled by the program
  • Improvement of the level of Spanish of both teachers and students
  • Help and assistance to students whose mother tongue is not English
  • Promotion of multicultural awareness and intercultural exchange
  • Teacher assistants can organize Spanish clubs after classes
  • Possibility of diving the students up in a classroom: half with the teacher and half with the assistant
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About US Exchange Visitor Programs

The target of these programs  (22 CFR, Part 62, SubpartB, §62.22 Trainees and interns, section b Purpose) is to enhance the skills and expertise of exchange visitors in their academic or occupational fields through participation in structured and guided work-based training and internship programs and to improve participants’ knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and technology. Such training and internship programs are also intended to increase participants’ understanding of American culture and society and to enhance Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and skills through an open interchange of ideas between participants and their American associate.