Very popular as a TESOL destination, especially with Brits looking for a less stressful lifestyle, Spain is actually a very mixed bag. Some teachers speak of great weather, lovely beaches, nice people and a reasonable salary. Others complain of exploitation by language schools, atrocious wages, hopelessly disorganized employers and nationalism. Therefore you need to be really, really careful which company you decide to work for.

Whatever you do, you are not likely to have much spare cash at the end of the month and for anyone wishing to stay for a long period it would be a much better idea to set up your own language centre. Needless to say, this takes time and contacts and is only really applicable to EU citizens or those married to Spaniards.

Accommodation costs are high in Madrid and Barcelona and you may be asked to pay up to three months of rent as a deposit. For those wishing to test the water, it’s a good idea to teach at a summer camp in Spain for 2 or 3 months. However, you should expect long hours and mediocre pay.


Average Monthly Salary
US $1000 – $3000
Average Monthly Cost Of Living
High – accommodation, food and transport. The cost of living has risen sharply in recent years but unfortunately the average TEFL wage has remained pretty much the same. Expect to have to supplement your regular hours with extra classes.
Peak Hiring Times
September and January
Visa Requirements
Employer-sponsored. Easier for EU citizens.
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