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Work Experience in Spain 2019/2020 – Last Call! – Language Assistants in Private Schools

Salary: Competitve

Location: Nationwide

Application Deadline: 15-05-2019

Job Type: Work experience

Contract Type: Temporary

The job

Summary of the job role

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. Participants receive a monthly pay, TEFL-related training (paid by the program), and ongoing in-country support. This is a seriousand structured program with no fees, which enables participants to teach English in Spain and gain international experience. After the first few days at school, participants will be asked to use their own initiative, find resources and prepare their own engaging and fun activities or games.

Important Dates

Deadline: candidates are encouraged to apply before May 15th 2019
Program length (academic year in Spain): Sept./Oct. 2019 to May/June 2020

"This is an opportunity to learn new skills in a teaching environment, even if teaching is not a future career goal: skills such as classroom management and of course organizational, planning, time management along with many other skills. Overcoming challenges within the classroom on a regular basis improves your ability to adapt and use your initiative in certain situations. Learning a new language is another great advantage, even though it is difficult to learn the language, it is still a positive experience," Kealan M., former participant

Highlights:

Monthly pay: €880-1,162 per month (enough to live in Spain as a young professional)
Lodging options: independent housing or full board accommodation with a volunteer host family
University course included (compulsory)
More than 200 private and grant-maintained schools all over Spain
Different programs adapted to the experience and background of the candidate: there is, for example, a specific program 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 to 25 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, topic preparation, patience, maturity, autonomy, and cultural awareness.

Main Perks of the Program

Professional placement in a Spanish school, teaching 20 to 25hours per week
Guaranteed monthly pay, more than enough to live in Spain as a young professional
Certified teaching-related course given by a Spanish university and paid by the program
Paid school holidays (except for the summer period)
Spanish public healthcare coverage
Help opening a bank account
Program 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 program
Children aged two to eighteen. Learners' English levels range from beginner to advanced
No fees attached

Desirable candidate profile:

Native-level English speaker
Recent graduates (last four years) OR last-year university students
TEFL/TESOL certificate preferred (not indispensable)
Previous teaching experience will be 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