Spain FAQs

If you are passionate about art, history and culture and want to experience them in a single place, then Spain is the best option for you! More and more English teaching jobs in Spain appear every day. Therefore, Spain has one of the strongest job markets in Europe.
Located in southwestern Europe, Spain is not only culturally rich but also naturally blessed. Whether you love serene blue beaches or tall mountains, Spain has everything that you could wish for!


What are the requirements for teaching English in Spain?
  • You don’t need a college degree – Yes! You heard it right; you don’t need a degree to teach English in Spain if you are a native English speaker. As we all know, English is a global language and the demand for learning English is growing like never before in Spain there is no exception to it. Language centres in Spain prefer native speakers with TEFL / TESOL certification. Having a degree doesn’t matter to them at all. But it’s always better to have a bachelor’s degree to avoid competition as non-degree holders generally face a more competitive job search.
  • TEFL/TESOL Certification is necessary – Having a TEFL/TESOL certification is necessary to be an English teacher as you will learn various skills and techniques regarding teaching while pursuing this course. Most of the language centres in Spain demand TEFL/TESOL certified teachers to ensure optimum teaching quality.
  •  Sufficient funds for initial months – Teacher’s Friend strongly recommends you possess at least sufficient funds for 1-2 months to cover your initial expenses. Somewhere between US$ 3,000 – US$ 3,500 should be enough. Getting a teaching job in Spain generally requires 2-4 weeks including interviews and another month to receive your first payment.
  • Clear and understandable accent – Having a clear and understandable accent will definitely help you pass your interview. Also, you will need to have advanced English or higher in order to teach it- which makes sense really!
Can non-native speakers teach English in Spain?

Unfortunately, for non-native English speakers, it’s quite hard to find teaching English jobs in Spain. As language centres in Spain prefer native English speakers over non-native English speakers.


How much money can I earn while teaching English in Spain?

How much money you make completely depends on the type of teaching job you are doing. For TEFL/TESOL certified teachers, there are different types of teaching jobs available in Spain.
Generally, on average your earnings will range from US$ 800 – US$1,400 per month if you opt for a Government Programme. Additionally, you can earn more money if you provide private tuition too, which is relatively easy in Spain.

What visa do I need in order to teach English in Spain?

What type of visa you need completely depends on your nationality is. You should always be cautious when it comes to visa applications. Work Visas and Working Holiday Visas are quite popular, but they are not available to all nationalities. You can also teach English in Spain through the Cultural Ambassadors Program. Drop us a message to find out more.

What are the peak hiring times in Spain?

Generally, October is the best hiring month in Spain, so we recommend you arrive in Spain before late September. You can also come in January, which is a good time for hiring teachers also.

What are the best cities in Spain for teaching English?

The capital city, Madrid, is the best option for teachers to
teach English as it has the biggest job market in Spain.
But other cities such as Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, and
Sevilla are good options as well and our guest writer,
Naomi Falgate, teaches English in the beautiful San

How many hours a week will I teach in Spain?

Teaching hours mostly depend on the
schools and language centres you work with.
Generally, you will be teaching 20 – 30
hours a week and doing an additional 10 –
12 hours of prep work

What are the hours?

This one is also highly dependent from
school to school. However, there are two
main shifts. One is from 9 am – 5 pm
with a two-hour break for lunch and the
other is from 9 am – 2 pm.


What are some of the amazing destinations I should visit in Spain?
  • Malaga

Located in southern Spain, Malaga offers you pristine
beaches and rich history at the same time. Sounds perfect,
right? The combination of history and natural beauty
makes Malaga so special. You can wander around the old
streets of Malaga to get a taste of the architecture that this
city has to offer. You can also relax on the sea beach while
enjoying the beautiful Alboran Sea (the westernmost
portion of the Mediterranean Sea).

  • Granada

Another amazing city in southern Spain and the capital of
the province of Granada. This magnificent city is famous
for its eye-catching architecture. You will find numerous
museums, statues and monuments that are worth visiting.
If you’re an art enthusiast, then you can’t afford to miss
Granada during your time in Spain.

  • Zaragoza

Zaragoza is situated in the northern part of Spain and is the
capital city of the Zaragoza province. Because Zaragoza
isn’t a popular tourist destination like Madrid or
Barcelona, you can experience the true essence of a
Spanish city while wandering around. It is known for its
hospitable and friendly people. So, if you want to travel to
a city where you wish to interact with more local people,
then Zaragoza is a city you shouldn’t miss.

  • Valencia

Located on the south-eastern coast of Spain, Valencia is
the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
Valencia is a vibrant city which can easily mesmerise you
with its picturesque architecture, blue beaches, and
amazing climate. It is the perfect destination for your
weekend trip. If you are a food lover, then you should
definitely try out the amazingly delicious foods that
Valencia has to offer.

What are the best mobile apps for living and traveling around in Spain?
  • Google Maps – Not only in Spain, but Google Maps is also by
    far the most popular app across the globe. It’s very
    simple to navigate, which makes this app very popular among travellers around the world. Google Maps will not only guide
    you while you are on the roads but can also help you find the best restaurants, hotels etc.
  • Eurail Planner –
    This is a rail planner app that will help you to find information about trains. Eurail Planner isn’t only for Spain, as you can also
    use this app for the rest of Europe. This is a very useful app if you want to travel around Europe by train.
  • Triposo –
    You can use this amazing app while planning your
    travel itinerary in Spain. Triposo contains city guides which can help
    you make a seamless travel plan. You can alsoaccess it in offline mode and still get the best recommendations during your journey.
  • Google Translate – Another useful app from Google. Don’t know a
    single word of Spanish? Don’t worry, Google Translate is here to help you. It allows you to convey your English sentences into Spanish very efficiently. Not only is it useful for your time
    in Spain, but there are also tons of other languages that Google
    Translate supports.
  • The Fork –
    Are you a foodie? If yes, then this app is perfect for you. The fork provides you with the best suggestions for restaurants in various
    cities in Spain. All you need to do is type in your location and this app will give you a list of the restaurants for that location. You can also
    filter your search based on price, reviews, cuisine etc. Besides these features, you can also find amazing offers and seat reservations.


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