How to Become an English Teacher in Spain

Becoming an English teacher in Spain is not easy, which is why I chose to become an estate agents in Javea, but it can be very rewarding. There are many foreigners in Spain who want to teach English and are qualified, so competition is high. Finding work outside of schools requires a lot of elbow grease and shoe leather. Following these steps will help you avoid some of the pitfalls that can occur with moving to Spain and finding a job teaching English.

  • The easiest way to find a job in Spain is to actually be there, which means you’ll have to find housing. Move to Spain and get housing while getting your TEFL certification or after you’re certified. Many programs will arrange for housing where you are getting your certification, which makes it easier to adjust. Sites like can help you arrange housing from afar.
  • The most important thing you can get is your TEFL certification. Schools and private students will often ask for proof that you can teach English, and the TEFL certification process will help you learn what to expect with students.
  • You can obtain this certification at home, through an Internet course or in Spain. The advantage of doing it at home or over the Internet is that you can save money on living expenses and go through the certification while you are holding down another job. The advantage of doing it in Spain is that you will be able to look for a job as you study, and you will be able to learn about the city and culture where you’ll be teaching. You will also network with other teachers who can help you find jobs or students.
  • If you are a European citizen, you will not need a work permit to teach in Spain. For citizens of other countries, you should apply to work legally in the European Union.
  • European/British citizens will find it easier to get jobs in Spain, since they will not need to go through the work permit hassles non-Europeans have to go through. In addition, many European students prefer learning from teachers with British accents, since many English speakers they will encounter will be British citizens with British accents.
  • If you are not a European citizen, the first thing you will need to do is get working papers to work legally in Spain. Check with a Spanish attorney to determine best how to do this.
  • Most teachers prefer to work in schools, since schools provide their teachers with materials, course structures, students, a schedule and – most importantly – regular pay. Search in your city for English schools and go there with your certification and resume to apply for a job. Meet with the owners; sometimes, they will create jobs for English teachers they like who are also eager to work.
  • If you do not want to teach in a school, or you can’t find a job in a school, consider private students. While they are difficult to find, you will be able to set your own pay rate and you will have more flexibility in your schedule.
  • To get private students, you will have to advertise. If you speak Spanish, you will be able to make your own posts or flyers. If you don’t speak Spanish, find a local who can write and design a flyer for you. Many local advertising or marketing students will help you for a few Euros.
  • Post your advertisements on or other local Web sites. In addition, make paper flyers and post them around the city (observing local posting ordinances), and give flyers to businesses to pass out to their workers.
  • The most important thing to do is persevere. It is difficult to make a living as a foreign English teacher, but if you stick with it, you will find that you can make a very comfortable living and have a great time doing it.

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