- Bachelor's Degree in any field
- Internationally accredited TESOL/TEFL certification - TravelBud provides TEFL certification in Barcelona
- Proficient English language skills, both spoken and written
- Clean criminal background check
- Be in good physical and mental health
- JOB SECURITY: TravelBud guarantees you a teaching job in carefully vetted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
- SALARY: Earn salaries of $850 – $1900 USD per month (800 to 1800 Euro)
- SUPPORT: We walk you through everything you need to know before you depart to Spain and from the moment you touch down, you'll continue to receive 24/7 support from our in-country team who will be on hand for you throughout your placement.
- TEFL CERTIFICATION: You will graduate with an Internationally Accredited 120 hour in-class TEFL/TESOL certificate that never expires and can be used to teach all over the world.
- TEACHER NETWORK: A support network of fellow teachers where you can meet other like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same pleasures and challenges you are.
- PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: When you do head back home, you’re not just another resume in a pile of resumes - you are someone different who’s done something interesting and rewarding.
For the past 10 years, TravelBud has helped thousands of teachers successfully navigate the intricacies of teaching abroad by offering guaranteed job placements at the most trusted schools, country-specific and online Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL Certification, In-depth Cultural Orientations to help you settle into your new environment and award-winning helpful support from start to finish including pre-departure and 24/7 in-country.
In addition the personal assistance and 24/7 support we provide, you’ll also have a support network of fellow teachers where you can meet other like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same pleasures and challenges you are.
We know the key to success is well-trained, culturally-adjusted, and emotionally-supported teachers and we understand from direct experience that working and traveling abroad is a challenging, fulfilling and deeply rewarding personal experience.
Get paid to teach English in one of Europe's most exciting and culturally immersive destinations, Barcelona!
All you need to qualify is to have a bachelor's degree in any field of study and be a citizen of one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
When can I start?
2023 Intake Dates:
- 28 August 2023
- 20 November 2023
2025 Intake Dates:
- 26 August 2024
- 18 November 2024
TravelBud's Fees include Guaranteed Job Placement:
We find you a teaching job or jobs to ensure you have the maximum work hours allowed under your visa.
- You’ll have more time to make friends and adjust to the culture.
- You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle knowing your income is secured.
- All the details will be communicated and explained clearly.
There are two main types of placements in Spain:
Local academies: private language schools where students sign up to take English language courses.
Online Placements: Teaching remotely for an online school, which may involve teaching students in Spain online, in Asia or in Central America.
In Spain, there is demand for English language learning from both adults and young learners.
Young learners: All students in Spain learn English as school, however the level of English amongst most Spanish students is low and students often struggle to advance when relying on learning English at their regular school. Many parents choose to invest in additional English language lessons for their children and send their children to local language academies.
Professionals: There are many professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s that are looking to learn English to benefit them in their jobs. These may be people in corporate positions, or in technical fields such as engineers or medical professionals. They are often learning English to gain an extra skill to help them progress in their careers.
Young adults: Some learners have left high school, but haven’t gone on to university. They are people that are looking for a skill that will help them gain employment in key sectors such as tourism.
- Local academies in Spain are private language schools where students sign up to take English language courses.
- For young learners this will typically be late afternoons after they have finished school.
- Adult classes tend to be in the evenings after they have finished work, occasionally there may be some morning classes.
- Teachers will work with small groups of students, typically between 4 to 10 students.
- Evening teaching is most common, shortly followed by morning classes.
- Teachers will typically work 15 – 30 hours per week.
- A typical working week would be from 4pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday and 4pm to 8pm on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays off.
- Most teachers working at academies will start off with part time hours before moving up to full time hours.
- Online positions include working for schools teaching both adults and children.
- Participants will generally be assigned the age groups they will teach after the interview. If they have experience teaching children, they’re more likely to be placed with children. The hours teachers work will be irregular.
- Work is largely hourly for online teaching and the range is from 9 to 15 Euros per hour depending on the region of students.
International or Bilingual Schools
- These positions are much less common but are sometimes obtained by qualified teachers.
Placements Throughout the Year:
- We have scheduled courses throughout the year. Academies generally hire throughout the year based on how many new students they have signing up.
- The highest demand for teachers and peak hiring time is in September and January.
How The Placement Process Works:
- Prior to arrival, we will collect a teacher profile from each participant and begin marketing to potential academies.
- Once in country, a presentation is given in orientation week with a full overview of what to expect with different school types.
- After that, participants will each have weekly one-on-one meetings with their placement coordinator.
- If online teaching is an option at that time, it will also be offered as an additional or even alternative to in-person teaching.
- Placements will be largely part time teaching across more than one school.
- Interviews may be arranged before, before, during and following the TESOL course.
- We can’t guarantee specific placement types and age groups so candidates must remain flexible.
- After the placements are offered by schools, we help answer any questions and clarify any concerns.
- We then guide on travel and housing plans.
Definition of Placement Guarantee:
Placement guarantee means, A placement in a school within 30 days following the TESOL course.
Salaries and Wages
- Teachers are paid hourly at anywhere from €10 – €18 Euros per hour.
- There is no guarantee on exactly how many hours that initial placement will include, as most placements start with a smaller number of weekly hours and then grow from there based on school’s assessment of teaching quality.
- A typical rule of thumb is about 8-10 hours per week to start at a single school and then grow from there within the same school.
- The placement team will then regularly and continually inform teachers about further part-time placement opportunities.
- Those teachers who want more teaching hours can respond to the placement team, and they will facilitate interviews and contact.
- On average academy teachers will earn around €700 Euros – €1,100 Euros per month. This is enough to cover living expenses.
- There are 14 public holidays each year in Spain. These are typically days off for teachers. Schools may provide additional paid leave days but this is not 100% guaranteed, particularly for contracts less than one year.
- As most placements are part-time, there will likely be no paid public holidays.
- You normally get two weeks off at Christmas and a week at Easter.
- Note that the language school typically closes for classes for several weeks around major holidays such as Christmas and New Year, as well as during the month of August for summer break.
Leave for Local Language Academy Positions
Paid Annual leave: Paid leave is generally provided on public holidays if the teacher usually has scheduled classes on that date.
Unpaid leave: Generally schools will close over the Christmas and Easter breaks for one week. Teachers typically take unpaid leave during this time.
Sick Leave: Some schools will pay sick leave for the times they were due to work but others will not. Teachers are paid hourly without guaranteed hours so sometimes schools won’t pay for hours not worked.
Leave for Online Teaching Positions
Paid Annual leave:
Each school has their own policy. Teachers can generally request time off in advance and as long as they can still work a minimum number of hours in the month (sometimes around 16hrs/month).
If teachers make an effort to get their shifts up for pickup, they are usually pretty understanding and most of the time the shifts get picked up.
There is no sick leave. If they have a class, they can put it on a pickup board, however if nobody takes it, they are liable for it. Whenever they miss a class/shift, they have to submit a form explaining what happened.