Language Assistant Program

TEACH ENGLISH, GERMAN OR FRENCH ABROAD AND ENHANCE YOUR RESUME

APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN 2023-2024

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THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME

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!

MAIN TASKS

Role of a Language Assistant

A Language Assistant is a native-level speaker of English, German or French, who supports the school’s language teachers with conversation practice.

Split groups in speaking lessons

Additional support alongside the teacher

Conversation practice with teachers

Support with official exams preparation

WHAT WE OFFER

TEACH ENGLISH, GERMAN OR FRENCH ABROAD

Feel the authentic atmosphere of a Spanish school. 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!

BECOME A LANGUAGE ASSISTAN IN SPAIN

Teach Abroad and Go Global with Meddeas

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Requirements to participate

ACCOMMODATION

LODGING OPTIONS

The way you live during your stay in Spain can determine your experience. You can choose between two options.

HOST FAMILY
For those who want to experience the Spanish culture to the fullest.

You will be adopted by a Spanish family! Out of a sudden, you will have adoptive parents and siblings, with whom you can spend time, plan activities during the weekends and share your culture and language, while learning from them.

Through this very special opportunity, you will find yourself being part of an authentic Spanish family and what it implies: living in their home, eating together, playing games and going on family trips. It is the dream come true for those who want to live like a Spaniard for a few months.
INDEPENDENT HOUSING
For those who put their autonomy and independence above all else.

Live on your own in an apartment, either by yourself or with roommates. Meddeas gives information and tips regarding house-hunting in Spain, but you will have to find your own place to live.

This is the perfect option for those who have a more independent personality and know how to organize themselves well.
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THE GOLDEN LAND OF CULTURE

Let Yourself be Dazzled by Spain

From bustling cities to traditional villages, Spain is a developed country with an affordable cost of living that offers an amazing variety of lifestyles. It receives more than 75 million visitors every year thanks to its 49 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, not to mention its countless festivals and traditions, historical cities, beautiful shores, welcoming people and friendly culture.

Once you start teaching English in Spain, you will have lots of opportunities to improve your Spanish, a language spoken by 450 million people in the world. However, it will be up to you to look for and take advantage of those chances. Benefiting from the language exchange certainly depends on oneself.

It is very common to arrange conversation exchanges with school teachers, but you must keep in mind that you are supposed to speak only English at the school. Outside of school, however, you can practice as much Spanish as you wish.

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TRUSTED BY MORE THAN 700 PARTICIPANTS EVERY YEAR

THE BASICS

FAQs about the program

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).

Program conditions

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).

Lodging options

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.

The school

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.

THE SELECTION PROCESS

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.

FUNDING THE PROGRAM

The program itself will cost you no money. However, you will have to pay for some things with a set and known cost:

All participants

  • Application for a Certificate of Absence of Police Records, RCMP Criminal Record Check
  • Travel expenses from and to your country
  • Accommodation in Madrid or Barcelona for the Induction Meeting
  • Travel expenses from Madrid or Barcelona to your destination

Non-European passport holders

  • Visa application fees
  • Translation of official documents for the visa application
  • Apostille
  • Private health insurance (visa requirement)

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.

Participants who have studied at a university associated with the Erasmus program may also be eligible for Erasmus+ funds for up to 12 months after their graduation. For specific requirements and how to apply, please consult your university.

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