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ConversaSpain is a Spanish organization that cooperates with more than 150 public schools in different regions in Spain. It offers paid year-long opportunities to potential English language assistants from all over the world who want to teach English in Spain. With ConversaSpain, native English speakers can teach English in Spain as language and cultural ambassadors in public schools in Madrid or Murcia.

Created with the aim of providing high-quality experiences for hard-working and creative ESL teachers, ConversaSpain helps students in Spanish public schools with exposure to English from native speakers.

With ConversaSpain, participants teach English in Spain to students in Elementary, Middle, and/or High Schools in the public system. Tasks and teaching activities will vary from day-to-day, but it is a supportive role.



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No, I don't recommend this program

I don't recommend this program or Spain in general

From the very beginning this experience was a challenge that never proved to be worth it for me. I'm not really sure what the benefit of going through ConversaSpain is either.

I tried to be very patient with everybody due to the COVID situation changing conditions and making everything difficult but I truly don't believe much would have changed about my experience were there no pandemic.

There is SO MUCH paperwork and bureaucracy to get through when you move to Spain. The most frustrating of which was that the visa that you get doesn't actually cover the amount of time you need to stay so there are 2 more steps to the process to allow you to stay to the end of your contract. On top of that, nothing ever gets done and it's nearly impossible to get an appointment.

As for the job itself, you will end up putting in a lot more effort than is advertised. You will do a lot of lesson planning and many of my friends had to actually teach classes despite us being told that was not our job. One of my friends was even tasked with writing the exams for her classes.

If you don't speak any Spanish it will be extra challenging, especially when trying to organize your bank account.

The most frustrating thing about all of this was having to complete a course and a final project under the guise of sharing information with all the other Language Assistants. That's a load of garbage. No one will ever see those lesson plans again, it isn't even clear how to search for them. We all just shared all that sort of information with each other through Whatsapp groups. However, they force everyone to complete the course from which you learn nothing and waste a lot of time.

Literally the only positive experiences I had during my time were the few good friends I made, and the fact that the sun shines almost everyday, even though it's still very cold.

I don't recommend living in Spain!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Auxiliar de conversacion ConversaSpain

Working with conversa has given me the opportunity to be independent abroad, working in a country that speaks a foreign language. The weather, the food and the teaching have given me so many experiences and a new way to move forward in life expanding my possibilities and opportunities as I have especially, always wanted to live far away in a different culture. Spain is my favourite country as I love the same sports and festivities as locals and teaching, living in the center of a southern Spanish city with the guidance of conversa has been a great platform for me in my life.

What was your funniest moment?
Whenever students ask me to draw them. I draw the kids with their favourite cartoons during the week and the students wait patiently for me to arrive to the next class, asking for their drawing immediately.
Response from ConversaSpain

Dear Andrew,

Thank you very much for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience and that you’ve felt supported during your time as an Auxiliar de Conversación with ConversaSpain. We always try our best to make this experience enriching and special! :)

Also, we are happy to know that you had so many funny moments at the school. In the end, that’s what you’ll remember when the years have passed. We know that 😉.

No, I don't recommend this program

What does conversaspain actually do to help?

I am loving my experience teaching English in Spain. The schools are amazing, I teach primary at three local schools. I feel safe all the time, and the people are very kind and helpful.
However, I do have concerns about conversaspain’s role in organizing my teaching experience. I paid 1000Eu for their help and was told that I would receive assistance in my visa application and that conversaspain would provide my Spanish health insurance and a bank account. My experience so far has been that I had to apply for the visa entirely on my own. I am from Canada so whenever I asked questions about the process they would tell me to ask the Canadian consulate. It ended up taking months to get the visa and was very difficult to achieve with no aid.

When it came to the bank account I had to set it up entirely alone when I arrived in Spain even though they said it would be set up for me if I used their bank of choice- Sabadell.

As for the medical insurance- that is managed by the spanish education authorities. They not only give us our insurance but they also provide our monthly stipend and help to place us in our local schools.

So in the end I paid a lot of money to a company that did not help in the ways they promised and I could have saved a lot by just applying straight to the regional education authorities. This is something I wish I knew before I paid!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I’d I had to do this all over again I would probably not go through conversaspain. I would apply directly to the spanish education authorities and would save a lot of money. In the end I did all the hard work and paid conversaspain for doing absolutely nothing.
Response from ConversaSpain

Dear Anna,

On the one hand, we are very glad that you had a wonderful experience at the schools, as this is the ultimate goal we aim to achieve through this program. On the other hand, we feel sorry to hear that you consider the payment of this fee to be excessive for the services that we offer. As we mention is our informative documents, we work on a “help to help yourself” basis, providing links and information about consulates, step by step instructions in English as well as cheat-sheets to complete legal documents that are required to apply for visas and process other legal documents once you arrive in Spain. Unfortunately, we cannot apply for our participants’ administrative paperwork, as bureaucratic documents can only be issued to the applicant. Furthermore, we also have a full team working daily, delivering the best possible service and supporting all of our Auxiliares de Conversación, before and while they are in Spain, attending all their queries during the whole program, helping them to get medical assistance, pre-opening a bank account and sharing your concerns about schools’ placements with the Regional Education Authorities. We believe we have always replied to you in a timely manner to the best of our abilities, even contacting the Education Authorities to change your placement upon your request.
We thank you for your feedback and we hope that you continue enjoying your time in Spain while teaching English. Remember that if you have any other questions or concerns, we will be here to help during the whole duration of the program.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing cultural immersion experience!

It was relatively easy to do this program!
You pay the fee and Conversaspain does the rest (setting up the job).
They are always there to help and support any problems you have. I recommend this program for the stability and help!

You will need to get your visa, flights, housing, and health insurance. They will help you every step of the way.
You can decide between Madrid and Murcia. I recommend Murcia if you want a more chill place near beaches with good food. If you want the busy city life with other great experiences choose Madrid.

Don't expect your school location to be in the city center of either city. Madrid and Murcia refer to regions so they make up various zones within the region. You might get lucky though although it isn't much of a bother if you don't because public transportation is very convenient.

What would you improve about this program?
I would make it cheaper. The cost is about 1000 euros just for support and placement. I would lower that price substantially, given the option to do this opportunity for free through the Spanish government (although it is more competitive).
Yes, I recommend this program

Live abroad easily with ConversaSpain

ConversaSpain made moving to Spain so easy. It can seem daunting to move to a foreign country when you don't know how anything works, but ConversaSpain was a huge help. They walk you through everything you need in order to start your job as a language assistant, and they were always there to help me with any questions I had. After you're accepted into the program, you are required to send in/complete certain documents before you arrive in Spain. Once you arrive, ConversaSpain holds an induction meeting with the other assistants as well. This meeting was super helpful because it cleared up any additional questions you have and gave you a better idea of what the job would entail. It was great to meet other people, too! It was a smart and comforting choice to work with them!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate pork cheek in northern Spain, it was great!
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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Inger B.

Inger is a 25 year old American working as a language assistant in Madrid.

Why did you choose this program?

I really liked that ConversaSpain allowed me to choose the location I wanted to work in, that was a big plus. Many other programs just place you in any city in Spain. I liked that they had a lot of information on their website, blog posts, real life reviews of the program, etc. I had a good experience with them when interviewing, which gave me an even better impression of the program.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

ConversaSpain arranged most logistical things. The most important was they place you in a school in the city of your choosing. They also helped with the necessary documents/clearances/legal things that were needed to be done when moving to Spain. ConversaSpain provides you with most of the information on what you need but you yourself need to carry out these things, including getting a Spanish personal number, finding insurance, finding housing, flights, etc.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

When moving abroad alone, you have tons of free time. If you do not know a single person in a new city, it can be very lonely. And often it is difficult to make new, LOCAL friends. It’s always helpful to find other people who are maybe doing the same job as you are, so you already have a lot in common. Even though it’s important to befriend locals, it’s pretty easy to find friends from your native country if you look for them.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

As a language assistant, you work four days every week - normally you have Monday or Friday off. You also only work sixteen hours every week. A lot of people give private English classes after school, so often your average week involves also tutoring a few days a week as well. Since every weekend is a three day weekend, it’s incredibly easy to travel to different cities and countries on the weekends!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was very nervous about the language aspect of moving abroad. It can be daunting to move somewhere where you’re not super comfortable with the language. But in Spain at least, not many speak English, which means you are often forced into speaking Spanish. This may seem scary and frustrating (and sometimes it is) but it really makes you a better speaker and more comfortable speaking Spanish. This was something I just had to force myself to do and it just got better with time.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.


Job Title
Teach English in Spain: Public Schools in Madrid

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is when I went to the USA to work in a non-profit organization’s multimedia department. That experience changed my life. I was in a country which I have never gone to before. I was alone with my backpack but I was very happy for the opportunity I had in front of me.

I would lie if I say that everything was perfect since the very beginning. But I started meeting people and eventually found my own space. It as an amazing experience

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Helping lots of people make their dreams come true is something really rewarding. We give them the opportunity to come to Spain and teach in Spanish schools. That means that they will discover a new country, new culture, and learn a new language if they want. It’s amazing! I have learned a lot about how to help people in that way, and I really like it.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Lots of them tell us how being a Language Assistant has changed their lives, their perspective, and their career paths. That's something really important, as they will dedicate the rest of their lives to a profession they'd discovered without knowing that it was going to be so exciting and important for them.

Some of them have never thought about being teachers. However, after living the experience in Spain, they say they really want to become teachers once they are back in their countries.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose the Graduate Program. That way, you can balance your professional experience and your personal life very simply – working in a school, being a student, and learning how to teach your language to foreign people while you study the TEFL course.

That's something I consider important when you are away from home. You need to find yourself, and have your own space too.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The fact that our Language Assistants usually tell us that they have grown a lot both professionally and personally. There's a lot of work behind every candidate, and we really try our best to give them the best experience they've ever had. We also make sure that they feel supported during the whole program, and that we try our best to help them whenever needed.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Work closely as a team, take care of every part of the selection process of our candidates, give them support, and make them feel that they are not alone in all this process.

There're lot of new things that they will have to go through, so I think that making them feel supported is very important. I wish I’ll have that help too if I’ll ever be in the same situation.