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English Language Assistant Spain

Why should I choose Spain?

Spain is a modern, vibrant country. It's a tolerant, accepting society, with a multicultural population. There are excellent universities, museums and natural spaces. Its geography is amongst the most diverse in Europe – beaches, mountains, national parks and plains. There are big cosmopolitan cities and small towns and villages. Spain has a great transportation system and is well communicated with Ireland and the rest of Europe.

What are the terms and conditions?

Every year there are approximately 70 TO 80 POSTS in primary or secondary schools or in public language schools.

The programme welcomes applicants from any field. Participants need some knowledge of the language, but it’s not required to be a student of Spanish. Candidates don’t need a background in education. Teaching experience or training will be an asset.

Dates of appointment: 1 October – 31 May.

Hours: 12-16 per week

Salary: Approximately €700-1000 per month. In Madrid, 16 hours/€1000. In Murcia, 15 hours/€875

Medical Insurance


  • Age: 20 - 60 years old.
  • One year (60 ECTS credits) of university studies completed by the application deadline.
  • Irish nationality, however, candidates from other EU countries will be considered, if they have completed the majority of their secondary school education in Ireland and are fluent in English.
  • British citizens are eligible if currently studying at an Irish University.
  • UK or Irish passport holders who have completed secondary education overseas may be contacted at a later stage to assess their knowledge of Irish culture.

What are the assistants' duties?

Assistants help with the teaching of English. They may be asked to assist in classes of other subjects delivered in English, and to participate in extra-curricular activities such as workshops, field trips, music/theatre performances or sports events.

Where can I go in Spain?

There are posts available in all the Spanish "Comunidades autónomas" (autonomous regions), including Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary and Balearic Islands. Efforts will be made to meet the applicants’ preferences, but their choices cannot be guaranteed.

Will there be an Induction Course?

There will be an information session in Ireland in June and a one/two-day induction course in Spain in late September or beginning of October. This will include information on administrative procedures and provide training and offer ideas for the classroom.

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