Teach English in Spain with CIEE

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About

The CIEE Teach in Spain program offers the flexibility for you to work 5-10 months as an English Language Assistant at a primary or secondary public school in the Region of Madrid or Andalucía.

The diversity of cities and small towns in these areas means you can set yourself up for an immersive local experience or a more urban, international expat scene. You will have plenty of free time to travel, study Spanish, volunteer, or give private English lessons!

CIEE will be there to support you every step of the way! In addition to arranging a job for you in Spain, you will receive a high level of pre-departure support including an online course to help you prepare for your adventure in Spain. You'll get detailed guidance on the visa process and travel and emergency medical insurance. Our 24/7 support and in-country orientation will ensure that you are prepared and connected throughout your entire program with CIEE Teach Abroad.

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Questions & Answers

Because we work through the North American Language and Culture Assistant initiative with the Ministry of Education in Madrid, only citizens of Canada and the United States are eligible for our Teach in Spain programs.
Finding housing was pretty easy. There was a lot of anxiety when I initially started the process, but once I got started it was no big deal. I think I looked at 4 or 5 places and once I picked a place I got the keys that day. It was also nice because landlords let you pick how long you want your contract to last, so you don't have to sign for a year if you aren't staying quite that long.
Yes, it is enough money to get by. Although, if you want to travel, I recommend doing some tutoring lessons. Since you only work 16 hours a week, picking up 4 to 5 extra hours isn't a big deal-also a great way to meet locals. I made an extra 400-500 Euros a month this way.

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William
9/10

A Great Way to Establish Yourself in Spain

Although this program is expensive, the support and assistance is invaluable. CIEE handles all the most difficult parts of the process such as applying through the government and getting a visa, and once youŕe in Spain the support and activities are great. All of the advisors and coordinators are friendly and very helpful, and they will respond to any questions or concerns very quickly.

They also do a great job of hosting events and programs as well as keeping you in the know about all sorts of activities and events happening in Spain. The assistance with official government things like getting a VISA and a TIE are definitely really helpful for anyone confused or scared by the bureacracy of Spain.

It's also a great way to meet a lot of like minded peole and connect while making new friends.

What would you improve about this program?
Even though the support and ehlp is great, the program is definitely a little bit expensive.
Yes, I recommend this program
Taylor
9/10

CIEE Teach Abroad in Spain (Madrid)

I highly recommend CIEE's Teach Abroad in Spain program.

When I was first researching how I could live and teach abroad, the thought of figuring out visas and everything that comes along with moving to a new country on my own was overwhelming. But when I found CIEE's Teach Abroad program, my mind was instantly put at ease.

CIEE provides great support when applying for a visa, applying for a temporary citizenship card, and they even help you open up a bank account upon your arrival.

One of the best things about CIEE is the number of people you meet during orientation also in the program. It's a great way to instantly meet a ton of new people and make friends in your new country.

No prior teaching experience is required so I would recommend this program even if teaching isn't a long-term goal. This program gives you the chance to live abroad and easily travel throughout Europe!

Yes, I recommend this program
Jakota
10/10

Worth the money if you are new to living abroad

I cannot recommend CIEE enough for anyone who has never lived abroad before. I had visited other countries, but this time I moved out of my parents' house and straight into my first apartment in Spain. The insurance has been a financial lifesaver because I have had to go to the hospital twice now (minor issues, but hey, life happens) and the 24 hour support has been great when I just needed professional advise. The fee is a little pricey, but worth every penny for me.
The in-country orientation was very much needed for me and very well managed and executed. I learned so much and met so many people that were going through the exact same adventure. My orientation was in Seville and my placement city was Almeria, in the east of Andalucia. I absolutely love every city that I have been to in Andalucia and I would choose it again and again over Madrid (which is absolutely beautiful too.) Coming to Spain through CIEE has been one of the best decisions of my life. If you really want to come but are still unsure, please do it. You'll thank me later.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would be more cautious with my money and use it to visit other countries more.
Yes, I recommend this program
Megan
10/10

Going abroad in good hands - CIEE couldn't be more helpful!

While making the decision on whether or not to move Madrid, I was overwhelmed with an array of different emotions. Most stemmed from not knowing what things would be like when I arrived, or how exactly to even get there.
But from the moment I committed to teach abroad in Spain, the CIEE program has helped me every step of the way - with ample resources, how-to videos, guides, alumni advice, and e-mail and phone help.
Applying and obtaining a visa was immensely simplified with their guides; as was finding housing and dealing with legal obligations upon arrival.
But the most indispensable aspect of CIEE was the community it has given me. Of almost the hundeds of other Americans I have met here in Madrid, most of them have been CIEE participants as well. It makes it so easy to connect to others 'in my boat'. Every week I meet new auxiliares, and my group of friends is ever expanding. Moving to a city with over 3 million people is daunting in itself, but being able to see many familiar faces - from orientation or Facebook or mutual friends - makes it actually feel like home.
It is also great to have a network of people to reach out to for help. Within a massive Facebook group of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year auxiliares, it is impossible to not find a question to any issue you are facing here.
CIEE truly made this transition as easy as possible for me. It has allowed me to expand my horizons and grow in ways I surely would never have attempted to do on my own.

What was the most nerve-racking moment?
The time leading up to my first day of school...
Prior to my first day, I had visited my school, met my coordinator, and heard what being a language and culture assistant was like.
But I still didn't fully understand what I was... doing. This was my first time teaching, and I was nervous to get up in front of the classroom and just go for it. But, as soon as my first class began, and the kids were mesmerized by me and asking dozens of questions and hugging me.... everything felt just right.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Wes
9/10

Great way to start your adventure!

CIEE provides great support for getting your adventure up and moving. Up and moving to a new place, however romantic the idea, is extremely scary. CIEE gives you advice pre departure (they're really good at responding to e-mails/answering questions) as well as a support system once you're abroad. It's comforting to know there's people looking after you. In my opinion, the peace of mind is worth the program fees. Now, stop reading reviews and get to traveling!!

I will say, the hardest part of the program is finding your own place to live. CIEE doesn't hold your hand and help you find a place, but they do provide you with the low down on what apps/sites to check and how to use them, which is all you really need to know. My advice for this is, when you come out, book yourself a place for AT LEAST 2-3 weeks (I recommend your whole first month). Try and time it to where your reservation would end on either the 15th or the end of the month, as that is when you'll likely be entering your permanent place. But don't do what I did; I booked my first Air BNB for less than two weeks and had to rush into a spot. I ended up paying way more than I should have and had a crazy landlord who lived in my living room (crazy Spanish landlord stories are common). So give yourself time to be selective so you don't have to jump on the first place that gives you an appointment.

What would you improve about this program?
Having teaching materials/ideas readily shared and available. Like a facebook group (or google doc) where everyone shares their lesson plans or different ideas for what/how to teach.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Holli
10/10

CIEE couldn’t be better!

When I figured out I wanted to move to Spain, I was so worried and unsure how to go about it (legally getting there, finding a decent job, etc.) CIEE helped me through ALL of this. Getting my Visa couldn’t have been easier and placing me in the school that I work in now couldn’t be a more perfect fit for me! I moved with my best friend and they even placed us in the same school so that we could live together and not have to commute far. They help you with things as small as cultural questions to standing by you when things really get tough. I got pickpocketed and sure enough, the insurance that CIEE provides was able to reimburse me. The process of obtaining a residency card is difficult enough but CIEE guides you through it step-by-step so none of it is intimidating. They really take away all of the fears of moving to a different country so you’re able to enjoy and live it!

What would you improve about this program?
I would say maybe for the Basics program give them longer temporary housing to assist them in apartment hunting.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
9/10

Take the Opportunity!

Teaching abroad is an incredible experience that you don't want to miss out on. You will learn so much about yourself as well as meet lots of incredible people. CIEE has helped me so much throughout the process of getting here. The pre-departure help with getting the visa, packing, the webinars, and even the pre-departure course about the culture were very beneficial and made the transition much less stressful. The support remains constant upon arrival. CIEE will help you do the things you need to do here in Spain, like getting your residency card, and will always respond if you're having troubles abroad. If you want to live in the city center, the pay is a little bit low, but it's very possible to find private lessons or even teach English online to Chinese kids. I personally don't think it's necessary to do a second year in the same place with CIEE, but if you're coming for the first time, it's worth it to let someone else stress for you!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kristen
9/10

My experience in Granada as an Auxiliar

My experience in Granada has been incredible so far! I enjoy working at my school as an auxiliar and getting to know my students and colleagues. I have formed friendships with my colleagues outside of work, and it has been wonderful. It helps that I have teaching experience and am a licensed teacher, but if you are passionate about helping kids learn, are open-minded and patient with yourself, you will definitely enjoy the experience.

I wake up every day feeling so blessed to be living in the beautiful city of Granada. I finished my masters thesis just last week and have much more time now to fully enjoy the experience, immerse myself in language learning and pick up dance classes. Spain, and particularly, Andalucia, is full of warm, friendly people and a rich, fabulous culture. I cannot imagine living anywhere else at this point in time and cannot thank CIEE enough for placing me here!

If you are considering taking the plunge but are unsure, go for it! You will not regret it and will grow from each and every experience and challenge you meet along the way. I have never been so happy or grateful to be in a foreign country and truly feel blessed each day!

Yes, I recommend this program
Valerie
Valerie
10/10

Fantastic program! Renewing for another year

Phenomenal opportunity for people to explore a new country, learn a new language, and make a real impact all while receiving 24/7 support from a dedicated local and global team. Spanish bureaucracy can be quite time consuming and frankly very confusing, but CIEE walks you through the entire process and takes care of nearly all the logistical questions for you. Part of the two-week program, I also got to live with a Spanish host family and take Spanish lessons for two full weeks. Another wonderful benefit of the program that I didn't anticipate: amazing community of other CIEE participants with whom I've become very close friends and can always rely on during my year here in Spain. We can share ideas, ask each other questions, and even live and travel together. Overall, a fantastic program that I would recommend to anyone looking for a enjoyable global experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rebekah
8/10

Teaching in Madrid

I loved teaching English in Spain through CIEE. Their help in the visa process was excellent and they made it much easier to get set up over there. Spain is an incredible place to live and travel, and you also have Europe at your fingertips to explore. I met one of my best friends through CIEE's group Facebook pages, which made it not only easier to go over there knowing someone ahead of time but also made my time there more enjoyable having such a good friend to go through the experience with.

What would you improve about this program?
This program could be improved by changing the orientation. There was a lot of potential to give a good amount of very useful information during this time, but the orientation leader did not do a very good job in her public speaking role.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Caroline
10/10

An excellent program with good support

I taught English in Madrid through CIEE and was very pleased with the program. The most valuable aspect of the program for me was the level of support that I was given. There were some delays getting my visa and I was late getting abroad, but CIEE was in touch every step of the way and walked me through the whole process. They were very understanding and helpful and made a stressful process much easier. I would definitely recommend this program.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Krysten
9/10

CIEE Teaching English in Spain

I found CIEE to be very helpful in getting me established for my first year in Madrid. It is a tough process moving to another country and they were here to do some of the hard work for me and make sure that I had everything in order for the move. Once here, during the orientation, I found that they were quick to ensure help and make sure that simple things like setting up a bank account or getting your residency card was taken care of.

What would you improve about this program?
I'm not sure there is more they can do to improve this program as some of the issues lie outside their realm of support.
Yes, I recommend this program
Maggie
8/10

Almost-bliss in Alcobendas

I worked in a bilingual secondary school in Alcobendas, which is a suburb just outside Madrid. My commute was not very long and easy to manage, and my school also had 6 other auxiliars whom I got to work alongside. I lucked out that my coworkers were good company and were dedicated to helping the students.

The school’s facilities were not bad. There wasn’t any WiFi, but each room had a functioning computer and projector. A few didn’t have adequate audio systems (makes videos unhelpful). My bilingual coordinator (my supervisor) was extremely qualified, consistent, and organized—and I’m sooo greatful. I have had a few problems with some of the teachers (lack of organization/experience), and my concerns have been heard and addressed.

If I had planned better, I would have renewed for a second year in the program. Unfortunately, I’ll be heading back to the States. It’s been a fun ride though. :)

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe get input from auxiliars on their impressions when they arrive vs. when they leave. You may be able to show potential auxiliars how people’s perspectives change and grow.

I would have preferred to have a few more classes where I get the same students (so you can build some sort of rapport).

Some teachers need to set a standard of quiet behavior and raising hands (it’s a hard rule to get the students to abide by if it’s only me asking for it).
Yes, I recommend this program
Herbie
10/10

Recommended

Teaching English in Madrid is a great experience whether you want to be a teacher or not. It has been great to understand the Spanish culture and get to know the children and families that your teach. CIEE did an amazing job bridging us into the program. It was more expensive but worth it , in my opinion. They guided us through all the paperwork and made sure we had friends and connections in Madrid so we were very confortable when they set us free to teach. I would recommend CIEE to anyone who is trying to teach English in any country.

What would you improve about this program?
The program was excellent. I loved the orientation but I wish CIEE continued to have activities throughout the year to increase our cultural experience. After orientation was over, we didn´t hear from them unless we contacted them.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elizabeth
8/10

Best Adventure of My Life

I went to Cacabelos , Leon, Spain for three months to teach English to grades 7-12. I got the chance to stay with a host family who took the absolute best care of me. My host mom and dad were amazing cooks and fed me all I could eat. My host sisters and I got rather close as well, and even let me come hang out with their friends on several occasions. I met so many people at the school I worked at. So many of them went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and happy. I loved getting the chance to teach students of another language what it is like where I am from. you could tell they were baffled by anything I said because the USA is so interesting to them. I miss them and think about the experience I had every day. I wouldn't change it for anything and am so thankful that was what I decided to do once I graduated.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I would have known about my placement earlier. My host family told me they knew I was coming in early December when I didn't find out until early January. That was very frustrating since it was decided well before I knew.
Yes, I recommend this program

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