Work Experience in Spain – Language Assistants in Private Schools. Last Call!
Waterford Institute of Technology
Waterford, Ireland
46d ago

Are you a last-year student or recent graduate looking for a valuable professional experience in Spain? We encourage candidates interested in becoming Language Assistants to apply ASAP as the application period is about to close.

Participants receive a monthly grant, TEFL-related training (paid by the programme), and ongoing in-country support. This is a serious and structured programme with no fees, which enables participants to teach English in Spain and gain international experience.

Meddeas have been extremely reliable and consistent in their communication with me, which makes me feel supported as I adjust to life in Spain.

The school I have been placed in is better than I ever could have hoped for. There is a genuine sense of community and inclusion here which is fostered by the school staff, students and parents.

The high academic level of the school, as well as the sense of community and support from Meddeas provides me with the incentive and motivation to do my very best by the students every day, Niamh C.

recent graduate from CIT.

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Important Dates

Deadline : candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP or at least before June 30th 2018.

Programme length (academic year in Spain) : Sept. / Oct. 2018 to May / June 2019

Highlights :

Monthly grant : €880-930 per month (€430-480 per month when housing is included)

Lodging options : independent housing or full board accommodation with a volunteer host family

University course included (compulsory)

More than 200 schools all over Spain

Different programmes adapted to the experience and background of the candidate : there is, for example, a specific programme for Education graduates and another one for graduates of other degree subjects.

The Role of a Language Assistant

During one academic year, participants will teach 20 hours a week in one of the 200 schools Meddeas works with. A Language Assistant is a native-

level speaker of English, French or German, who supports the school’s language teachers and helps students with conversation practice.

  • The tasks differ from the ones in a teaching assistant role and include encouraging oral practice of the foreign language;
  • explaining the culture of their home country; helping in other subjects such as science, art, P.E.; acting as a role model for correct pronunciation and grammar;
  • and collaborating with teaching staff in creating teaching materials and planning lessons.

    After one year teaching English abroad, Language Assistants add transferable skills to their CVs, such as public speaking, language skills, creativity, team working, patience, maturity, autonomy, and cultural awareness.

    Main Perks of the Programme

    Professional placement in a Spanish school, teaching 20 hours per week

    Certified course given by a Spanish university and paid by the programme. Depending on the programme, it would be the Expert in Bilingual Education course (20 ECTS) or the TEFL or AMET course (6 ECTS)

    Guaranteed monthly allowance, more than enough to live in Spain as a student

    Health insurance covered by the programme (EU citizens)

    Help opening a bank account

    Programme run by a serious and professional organisation

    Ongoing in-country support from the school’s tutor and from Meddeas

    Initial training and teaching workshops

    Certificate of completion at the end of the programme

    Children aged two to eighteen. Learners' English levels range from beginner to advanced

    Paid school holidays (except for the summer period)

    Desirable candidate profile : Native-level English speaker

    Native-level English speaker

    Recent graduates (last four years) OR last-year university students

    No previous teaching experience needed (but valued)

    Someone who enjoys working with children and / or young people

    Energetic and creative

    Competence in the Spanish language is not required

    No criminal records

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