Work Experience in Spain – Language Assistants in Private Schools. Last Call!
Waterford Institute of Technology
Waterford, Ireland
15d 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.

As someone who returned to college, I initially worried that I would be too old for a graduate role like this one. However I was gladly mistaken.

It has been the perfect opportunity to develop my language and teaching skills. I would whole heartily recommend it. Furthermore, the workload is so reasonable that there is plenty of time to finally write that book or start that blog.

From every angle, it’s a sensible positive career move and a wonderful adventure, Kate O., recent graduate from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) .

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Important Dates

  • Deadline : candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP or at least before May 31st 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
  • 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 Desired Skills : intercultural skills, cultural awareness, creativity, language skills, team working, public speaking, patience, maturity, autonomy
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