Meddeas Language Assistant Programs


Why choose Meddeas?

Meddeas is a Spanish organization present in five countries that supports multilingual teaching in more than 200 educational centers. It offers the opportunity to teach English in Spain through Language Assistant programs. Recent graduates from all the main universities in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa have already joined our programs.

"During my two years as a Language Assistant, I learned as much as I taught. The phrase “you get what you give” seems very appropriate for this invaluable work experience and I’m going to tell you why. Being a Language Assistant is more than a placement: it’s an opportunity. I never felt dread on a Sunday evening at the thought of going into school on Monday. I never begrudgingly spent time with my energetic and eager students. However, I feel like that wouldn’t have been the case had I not put in time and effort planning my lessons". Rebecca E. 2017/18.Source: Meddeas Language Assistants’ Blog).



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Yes, I recommend this program

My second year

This is my second year as a Language Assistant, and at first none of my placements were what I expected. However, if I could change them now, I definitely won’t do it. I have made friends for life both through the program and teachers at my school, and also broadened my horizons so much which comes naturally with living in a foreign country. I would also say teaching is incredibly rewarding and I have found that it is something I would potentially want to continue in the future. Overall, I have had a really positive experience and I would strongly recommend it to anyone considering doing it.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great opportunity

Being a language assistant has been invaluable to my professional and personal growth over the last year. Like many of us, I was a bit lost leaving my university, unsure of what I wanted to do next but certain I wanted an experience that would help me gain self-understanding, professional development, and a greater sense of clarity about my future. I have experienced cultures and people that I never thought I would imagine while simultaneously furthering my education, teaching skills, and professional skills. It has truly changed my life for the better.

  • International professional experience
  • Placements all over Spain
  • Great work-life balance
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Yes, I recommend this program

One of the best decisions of my life

The programme has given me so many opportunities and introduced me to a way of life I never knew before. Everyday is filled with happiness, being able to develop my teaching skills thanks to the hands-on experience with the kids and the application of what I have learnt from the TEFL-related course. Additionally, living with a host family has allowed me to become integrated into my community, and to feel almost like a local. Not only has my Spanish improved to a much more comfortable level, but experiencing the richness of Spanish culture and getting to see what this country has to offer has really changed my outlook on my life.

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No, I don't recommend this program

Best to avoid

You can have a great experience with this program if you are placed in a good school; however Meddeas does nothing to ensure that your experience is positive and if any conflicts come up they will always take the side of the school. There is also no guarantee that you'll make a living wage as they pay per contract hour, not per hour spent at school. Your contract might be for 20 hours but with breaks and lunch you spend 35 real hours a week at school. With the teaching program through the Spanish government, you work fewer hours and are paid more overall. Avoid this program if you're still able to apply for other teaching programs in Spain.

  • Can get placed in Barcelona
  • Schools often closer to central areas
  • Pays significantly less than government teaching program
  • Poor hours and pay
  • Condescending staff at the Meddeas office
Response from Meddeas

We are very sorry that you feel this way about your experience with us. We work steadily to provide good support to all the Language Assistants, it is one of our main values.

To complete that internship you have between 20 and 24 teaching hours. As you mention, you are not going to be in the school only up to these hours, due to the school's organization and schedule. You will have gaps between your teaching hours that can be used to prepare lessons or do your online course, it is totally up to you actually what you do during those gaps! All this is explained in the FAQs on our website, so every participant has this information available before applying to the programs.

We appreciate the feedback because we do take into account all the opinions that we receive from our participants. We are always ready to learn new things and change aspects of the programs if they need to be changed.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Meddeas Language Assistant Program

I am currently in my second year with Meddeas. From the beginning of the application period, to moving to Spain, to questions throughout the two academic courses, the Meddeas team has been more than helpful. They assisted with any need or doubt that I had while aiding me through the paperwork. Meddeas has been a great opportunity for me to put my love of teaching to use in a culturally different environment. I have loved my time with Meddeas while teaching and learning from my Spanish students. The Spanish culture has also brought me great joy. I have loved learning from my UIC course, my tutor, and other Meddeas assistants the benefits and joys that they have experienced in their city. The Meddeas Experience allows you the opportunity to learn and grow in an unknown environment while gaining the knowledge to continue to self-develop and grow into a different version of you. Meddeas gave me a great opportunity to teach and I am thankful for it.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The Canarias are full of delicacies, eat it all! When I first arrived to the islands, I saw a lot of food that had weird names, weird combinations, or looked weird in general. Just eat it all! Try everything new that you can and you probably won't regret it. Some of my current favorite foods are Canarian foods :)


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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it seemed liked the best offer compared to similar programs. The pay and the support seemed to be better than other language assistant programs in Spain. I felt like the interview process was very thorough and that the interviewers really got to know me as a person. When I got accepted I received a lot of helpful information as well.

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

They assisted me with the different processes for getting to Spain and staying there legally. Although I had to get and pay for my visa and TIE myself, they gave me valuable information and deadlines and they were great as keeping in contact; I'd bombard them with emails and they were always quick to provide an answer to my burning questions.

They matched me with a wonderful school and with a fantastic host family. I felt like they really listened to my preferences in my interview and they were careful to place me somewhere that I'd be comfortable and an environment in which I could thrive.

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

Stay on top of the workload and take in the experience with open arms. It is always best to be over prepared especially when it comes to legal documents like TIE and visa forms. Also, the online course can be stressful but as long as you remain on top of the assignments you will be okay. Don't let your doubts or fears keep you from missing out.

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

I work every day from Monday- Friday with a half hour break for breakfast and a two hour lunch break. I go to the classes with the main teacher and take half of the class to present my own lesson. I also meet with the english team once a week to plan the next week and it is very helpful because it keeps me prepared and on the same page as my colleagues. After school I usually do some private lessons or work on my assignments for the online class. I also spend a lot of time with my wonderful host family!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest fear was being alone. I was so scared to come to a new place and not know anything or anyone. I found a lot of friends through this program and I've also bonded with my host family and the people I work with. I know I could count on them if I needed anything! I realized that I had to put my self out there and ask people if they were free to hang out even if that meant risking rejection.

I also realized that there is so much power in saying "yes". People were so open to getting to know me and they would offer up their time, help, or companionship; all I had to do was say yes. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and opened up a world of possibilities for me.

What was the biggest culture shock?

Perhaps the biggest culture shock was how the children in my school behave. The kids are very touchy feely with the teachers and they love to give hugs and even kisses! Coming from a culture where hugging a teacher is taboo I quite like being able to show love to my students!

Staff Interviews

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

Elisa Bonafonte

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After four years as a recruiter at Meddeas, she is proud to be part of a company that helps ambitious young people build their careers through Teach in Spain internship programs.
Elisa Bonafonte


What is your favorite travel memory?

As a person who loves to travel, it is difficult for me to choose just one memory. I would probably choose one from my childhood with my family. We always spent our summers in the south of Spain, well known for its warmth, spectacular beaches, and wonderful people. And what to say about the Mediterranean food! I enjoyed a lot during those years, and I should go back soon.

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

Absolutely. I started as practically a kid. I mean, I had just finished college. Starting to work at Meddeas was an incredible opportunity that has allowed me to mature and grow personally and professionally. I learn new things every day, and it's really rewarding to help young people live an experience abroad and get their professional future on track. I empathize a lot with them in that sense, and I see myself reflected in some way.

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

Expanding your horizons in all facets is part of the experience of teaching abroad. Participants not only learn as professionals, but they create lifelong bonds, get to know a new culture, improve their level of Spanish, and travel all over the country and Europe. It is truly the experience of a lifetime.

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

I would choose the Recent Graduate Placement since I have no Education studies. It is very well-rounded, and even if you are not a teacher, it allows you to gain professional experience abroad and improve soft skills such as communication, listening, time management, problem-solving, leadership, and empathy, among others.

If I had studied Education, I would definitely choose either the Education Graduate or the Early Childhood Educator Work Experience. If I were still a student, the Co-Op Student Placement. If I were looking for a shorter experience without the need for a visa, I would choose the One-Term Volunteer Placement.

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

I consider it unique for many reasons and it is something we are very proud of. Participants in the program gain professional teaching experience in private and charter schools in Spain. In addition, not only does the internship have that practical part, but it also includes a TEFL course that allows participants to acquire knowledge and apply it in the classroom at the same time. Another thing that makes our programs unique is the possibility of staying with a host family so that the cultural immersion is total. Oh, and there are no fees!

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

While knowledge and skills are essential, I think what really changes the rules of the game is attitude. That is, people who work as a team for a cause. That's why I'm proud to be part of Meddeas, as the team is made up of motivated people committed to helping create a better world through teaching and professional development.