Teach in Spain programs

ConversaSpain

About

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.

Founded
2017
Headquarters

C/Benjamín de Tudela, 32
31008 Pamplona Navarra
Spain

Last Call! Teach English in Public Schools in Madrid

Immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and gain international experience teaching in schools in Madrid, Spain. English native speakers are welcome to apply for our paid yearlong positions. Practice Spanish in a safe environment with a structured program. There are limited positions available, and no age limit.

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Jael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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).
Inger
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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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Danielle
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This year has been great. The programme is really enjoyable and has been a good experience sharing my language and culture with the students. Working with ConversaSpain has been good as they are supportive which has made me feel more comfortable and confident during my stay here. I have been staying in the region of Murcia which has been great. The city has many students my age, it has a low cost of living, and is very beautiful. The region in general has good beaches and plenty of places to go on hikes or places to visit if you like history or architecture. The programme gives you enough time to visit other cities on the weekend which I have really enjoyed. Last but not least, although the accent can seem quite strong in this region, the programme has given me a great chance to practice the language.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Probably paparajotes. They were sweet battered lemon leaves.
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Fahd
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm from South Africa, and coming to Spain was an amazing experience. My favourite aspect of Spain is the food here! In my opinion, it is the best! The Spanish people are actually very warm and welcoming. Quite a good number of them understand a bit of English. I have really enjoyed teaching English to the children at my school in Molina de Segura. I studied electrical engineering at university, but I feel like I also have a passion for teaching - something I discovered in my journey as a language assistant. I think I will do this program for two more times!! I have a good relationship with my fellow teachers of my school. It is also important to know that not everyone will "like" you and it's OK! You just have to be nice and warm to everyone. I feel very safe walking here in Murcia at any time of the day. The transport system is good. Buses are the most popular means of public transport and they are usually on time.

What would you improve about this program?
The date I get paid. I always get my stipend a few days (usually 4 to 6 days) after the end of the month. If they payment could come on time that would be great.
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Hendrik
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I came to Madrid in January 2018 to work in a public school as an auxiliar. My experience has been wonderful so far.

The work is very interesting and not difficult, if you like working with kids you will definitely enjoy this program. I was able to learn a lot and more importantly to teach a lot to the kids. The other teachers and staff at my school are very friendly and welcoming.

Living in Madrid is an absolute pleasure. The city has a lot of things to see, do and experience. The travel opportunities from Madrid are abundant and it was an amazing experience to travel around the Iberian peninsula.

I explored the North of Spain last summer when I did the Camino de Santiago and this was definitely a life changing experience.

This program has made it possible to me to come live in Spain knowing that I have a source of income and a support system.

What was your funniest moment?
Finally understanding the kids comments in Spanish...

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews 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.

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Staff Interviews

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

Paula

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.