How do I get English teaching jobs in Spain?

How do I get English teaching jobs in Spain?” is a common question. We have to be honest and state that the easiest way is to take an EBC TEFL course and then let EBC find you a job.

The EBC Trinity CertTESOL course runs for four weeks. The EBC Trinity CertPT courses run for six weeks. EBC will help you find work within a week or less of graduating. In addition, if you are worried about a work permit, don’t! Get our EBC Road2Spain package that includes your TEFL training, a one academic year Cervantes institute accredited Spanish language and culture programme and a one-year student visa with work authorisation for up to 30 hours a week.

That aside, not everyone chooses EBC, so they are faced with the long and arduous task of finding work independently. A process that could take weeks or months!

The classic mistake made is to believe that Spain works like the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, etc.

WRONG! Spain works like Spain.

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The wrong way to get English teaching jobs in Spain

The Spanish do not like people knocking on their doors uninvited and looking for work. They prefer things to be neat, tidy and scheduled. After living for almost 20 years in Spain, believe me; I know what I am talking about.

Receptionists love new, prospective paying clients walking through the door. They detest uninvited job applicants and salespeople walking through the door.

If you walk into a school with your CV looking for work, your CV will almost certainly be thrown in the bin.

A walk-in will only find a willing receptionist if the school is actively looking for a teacher and the receptionist knows about it. If you plan on hitting the streets, make sure that the schools you want to visit are looking for a teacher the moment you walk in the door. If they are not, you just wasted time and a few printed paper sheets.

EBC also runs an English language school, and we get a constant stream of recent TEFL graduates from all the other TEFL training schools in Spain hawking their CVs. They are automatically rejected because, like most English language schools in Spain, we only accept CVs from people with a British Council-accepted certificate. There are only two on the planet; the CELTA and the Trinity CertTESOL. Why? Our clients want British Council quality training. The phrase is: “you get what you pay for.” Sad but true. It is a demeaning experience for all prospective teachers that didn’t take a Trinity CertTESOL or CELTA course, but I suppose you have to swallow your pride.

How to get jobs teaching English in Spain

teacher writing on the boardSpain loves the barrio (neighbourhood) spirit. Barrios are small, and the interpersonal connections are tight. If you do not know someone in the barrio, chances are, one of your friends does. The best way to teach in Spain is to take advantage of this barrio spirit. Get the word out, and the barrio will do the rest as long as you do a good job.

Word-of-mouth recommendations in Spain are not gold; they are platinum or even diamond.

What is in all barrios that people walk past every day? Lampposts, and I am not kidding. Look at just about any lamppost in Madrid, for example, and you will see a sticker or a flyer taped to it.

If you need a locksmith, painter, decorator, PC technician, language teacher, apartment, garage space and more, look at a few lampposts, and you will find them. Usually, the “advertisements” are stickers or flyers with tear-off phone number strips.

This is how street-level advertising in Spanish barrios works.

Instead of pounding the streets, and humiliating yourself by knocking on language school doors, take the initiative and place an “advertisement” on your local lampposts.

Sounds dumb? Keep reading!

You will get replies. I guarantee it. EBC needs locals to attend our teaching practice classes. We need these people for our course attendees’ teaching practice classes. The most efficient way we have found to attract the locals is to stick flyers on lampposts. After one of our periodic postings, we get a constant stream of calls from people who want to attend. This usually continues over several days.

If you do something similar in your barrio to advertise yourself as a local English teacher, you will get calls. That is unless your asking price is too high.

The best way to get English teaching jobs in Spain – suggested flyer wording.

  • Men use Profesor (teacher) and Licenciado (with a degree). Women use the same but in the Spanish feminine form of Profesora and Licenciada.
  • Change your teaching hours as you wish but always use the 24-hour clock. For example, 15:00 – 16:00 (3 pm to 4 pm).
  • For the best results, start at around 20 Euros an hour. If you get no calls = your price is too high.
  • NEVER put your address.
  • ALWAYS meet a prospective client in a public place BEFORE you decide where the classes are taught.
Profesor/Profesora de inglés English teacher
Vivo en el barrio I live locally
Licenciado/Licenciada I have a degree
Titulación aceptada por el British Council British Council accepted qualification
Ofrezco clases de inglés I give English classes
Inglés general o de negocios General or business English
Imparto clases desde las 9.00 hasta la 20.00 I teach from 9:00 to 20:00
Classes particulares o en grupo Private or group classes
Precio XX Euros la hora Price XX Euros per hour
Llame al [your phone number] Call [your phone number]
DO NOT put the +34 country prefix

Make the flyer with tear off strips for the phone number. Stick them on lampposts.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT stick your flyers on anything but lampposts. Sticking flyers on walls, windows, bus stops or phone booths may get you fined.

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