TEFL Madrid Academy

TEFL Madrid Academy


Have you always wanted to live and work in Europe? If yes, the road to realising your dreams is here! Do a TEFL course and start teaching English abroad. Guaranteed job interviews with the top agencies in Madrid!

TEFL Madrid Academy is a world class institute run by americans, based out of USA and Spain. It was founded in 2010 by a bunch of former TEFL teachers who having settled in Madrid.

As a team of qualified TEFL teachers and TEFL trainers, they had been teaching in Madrid longer than a decade, and setting up the company was the natural step to take. Now, TEFL Madrid has grown into one of the largest and most diverse teacher recruitment agencies in Spain.

Should you need any further information about TEFL in Spain, do not hesitate to contact us by one of the following means:
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No, I don't recommend this program

Certificate course good, administrative help poor

The TEFL course was fine, but the administration support was poor (except for Andreea- she is excellent). If part of what you are looking for is assistance with your foreigner's visa, be aware that the administration staff is not as informed as other resources in the city. They gave me a lot of erroneous information during my renewal process, overcharged me and withheld total payment from the language school, and then failed to admit or correct any of these errors despite 4 months of back and forth communication. The director has also been completely unresponsive during the entire process.
No huge complaints about the TEFL course. I had fun and learned a lot. Other classmates found it tough to find work, and one was "hired" as an office staff but was VERY poorly paid and asked to work many unpaid hours.
If you're OK with just getting the certificate and are not counting on any other quality help with paperwork, visas, employment, etc. then go for it. I suppose it depends who is helping you at any given time, but in my own experience.. if you need visa help, the Spanish language schools do it better.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English Abroad, Spain.

After I graduated from University in Kansas, I came out to Europe, and travelled for a bit. I was pretty much taken in by the culture, and the architecture (which is what I went to school for). I wanted to make a bit of a transition in my career by working on projects in Europe. Before I pursued that career, I wanted to take a bit of a detour, so friends recommended that I teach English. I thought that this was a pretty good idea, and I wanted to make a bit of money while I was looking for the right opportunity. I saw that Teaching English in Spain was very likely the best option as that was the country that needed the most teachers. The people at TE Madrid explained that because I had experience in a professional field that I would be able to find private students in the business world, and that they would help me find a job upon completing a TEFL Certification in Madrid. Their academy was located near several Universities, so looking for students would be easier. Okay, so I had the plan, I knew where I was going, and I pretty much put down my deposit for the TEFL Course that they offered at their academy, and I was off before I knew it. When I started, I wasn’t surprised to see that I was in a room with other people in my position. Some were teachers, nurses, business professionals, and they were all making some kind of change by moving to Europe. I was pretty glad that I wasn’t alone in all this. It would be pretty isolating if I was a professional in a class filled with only party-goers and travellers. The teacher was also very friendly, too. He has lived in Madrid for a couple of years, and was happy to show me the ropes. We went out on the weekends as a way of not only taking in the vibe of the city, but also to make the learning a bit more personal than it would be in other situations, and I kind of like having a beer with the instructor (His name was Jordan, if I remember correctly). Things were pretty close to each other, and while I was doing the course, I also made sure to put some feelers out there with my professional services related to Architecture. Before I knew it, the course was finished, I had a couple of hours of teaching practice, and I was ready for the next step. I wanted to focus on working with other professionals to network and market myself. It wasn’t difficult to find professional students, especially when they either, all need to speak English at work, or that they want to study or work in the United States. I was able to help them out by being a bridge of sorts. When I finished my course, the administrative staff helped me organize my residency appointments. In terms of finding work, I was already doing that, but they were happy to send my resume out. I guess because I was being proactive, I didn’t necessarily need too much help in that department. I ended up with more than I expected. I taught English for a few months before I found another job, and I also held on to a couple of my students as professional contacts. Teaching English in Spain was an unexpected opportunity, and I’m glad that TE Madrid helped me out. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say that moving overseas is a difficult move, so I’m glad that I had the help that I needed to make the move possible.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Sunsets in Madrid, having tapas with new friends and the whole atmosphere and nightlife of Madrid.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The academy was so helpful when it came to finding a job

I’m pretty lucky. My mother is from England, so I grew up learning English and Spanish at home. I can also speak with an English accent. I know that’s what most people want here in Spain. They want Native English Speakers, and for the most part, they want them to come from the United Kingdom. I just finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Madrid, when was going to look into Master’s programs, when I thought about doing a bit of work on the side to make a bit of extra money. Going to school can definitely be expensive, and you still have expenses to think about. I was on my way out of ICADE, a business school in Madrid when I saw the TEFL Madrid Academy across the street. I figured if I already spoke English, it might be a good idea to do a bit of English teaching while I study. When I walked into the academy, they were very happy to answer all of my questions. They kept the classes small (no more than five students per class, per month), and they were able to get me into a class over the summer. It cut into my vacation plans, but I would still have a lot of time to go to the beach afterwards. When I started my class, I met a couple of people from several places around the world. People were pretty shocked when they found out that I was Spanish, and not English. Still, they went into the technics of the English language, and we were doing Teacher Practice Sessions within a week. I thought it was very good because they get you doing everything that you need to do like managing a classroom, tailoring each class so that it helps people of all levels, eliciting answers from students, and concept-checking questions. Because I was born in Sevilla, I didn’t have to worry about getting registered, or getting on the padron. I already knew how it worked. In fact, I was even happy to help some of the other students familiarize themselves with how to get the residency, but I also like that the people at TE Madrid did the same thing, as well. I’m pretty sure that I would have to go through so many legal and logistic hurdles. I really liked how the staff at the TEFL Academy did their part to help some of the other students get registered and legal when it came to finding jobs and apartments. I was thinking about moving to the area, and accepting a Master’s Program at ICADE across the street. The academy was also helpful when it came to finding a job. Now, I’m pretty sure I could’ve found a job on my own, but what could I say? The people at TE Madrid did a little bit more to help their students, and I really thought that was good. After I got my TEFL Certification, I focused on finding students from the University I was attending. I told TE Madrid that I would probably look for students coming from these schools if they needed assistance. So, they even helped familiarize me with some of the exams that they prepare students for, and gave me a couple of students who were unable to physically make it into the classroom. I’m very lucky to be able to work in the area, study for my Master’s Degree, and help other students who are trying to find opportunities themselves is great. I was particularly happy that TE Madrid basically welcomed me into their family, and helped me set myself as a Private English Tutor while I continue to study across the street.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be ready to study hard and be ready. Before you graduate, you start getting job interviews and job opportunities.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Housing, job placement and everything you can wish.

I was talking to a couple of people from Spain through a few online communities, and I was curious about going out there for the first time. There was a lot happening out there, and I asked myself how I could stay out there while these things were going on? I’m always keen on learning how to do certain things like travelling and hiking and surfing, so I naturally looked into it. My friends in Madrid told me that there was always a need for English Teachers in Spain, so he put me through to an academy that provides TEFL Certification that I could use when looking for a job. I know it’s not my actual desired job, but they helped me find something in the meantime, and it helped move things along. Now that I think about it, I was pretty excited about the idea of being in Spain, and I like that I was able to have a part of my career in this country. It’s fun country to be in, and fun to go around. When I got in, and started my course, I was pretty surprised to find out that I would be teaching within a week. That got me going, at least for the first few days. When I was hanging out with the group of other would-be teachers, we got to know each other to the point where presenting in front of each other was a lot easier than we thought it would be. Before I knew it, I had about six hours of teaching practice before the four-week program was finished. We learned more about the English language, we learned how it worked, and we had fun. I’m not one of these people who would want to continue a course unless I like it. It’s one of the reasons that I normally work in Web Development. It may not be a career that most people would want to pursue unless you like working in front of a computer screen. With teaching, if you have a problem standing in front of a group of people, and present, you may have a problem doing this job. At least, at first. The instructor that was teaching the course was a lot of fun to be around. He had music playing, we cracked jokes, we relaxed a bit more than I expected. We still had a lot of homework to do, but creating that fun environment was necessary, at least in my opinion. Of course, there was one other thing that I thought was great. The administrative staff did a lot to helping me get settled in Spain. They helped me with the Visa Process, and I don’t think I need to say how complicated it could be, so getting that helping hand in that area was unbelievably helpful. I’m not sure that there was much that TE Madrid didn’t do to help me getting my residency card. I wasn’t looking forward to figuring the whole thing out on my own, so I was pretty happy that that was one less thing in the list of things that I had to do. I simply had to focus on getting through the course, and then finding a job immediately afterwards. Everything from getting into the country, to doing the course, to preparing my documents for my residency card, and then getting a job afterwards – All of it was very easy, and I absolutely appreciate all the effort that the people at TE Madrid put in to help me make the move to Spain to become an English Teacher. I recommend them to everyone who’s interested in doing it themselves.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wouldn't change anything, this TEFL program is perfect as it is.
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Yes, I recommend this program

TE Madrid is like family

I always wanted to come back to Spain. My parents are from Valladolid, so I wanted to take this opportunity after I finished university in Vancouver to really experience life in my parent’s country (which of course, is also my country). When I showed them the Spanish Passport, they put me in touch with the right offices that would help me process my application for residency. I made sure that I did all of that before I started the course. I was probably in the country a good six weeks before the course started, and I made sure that I had all of my identification documents and passports in line so that I wouldn’t have to worry about everything. I don’t think I need to say that I became pretty popular when I started taking my course. Being able to speak Spanish and English at a native level is a very important thing, and I was hoping to be able to make both languages an effective career path, as I want to work in translating. When the course started, I was pretty happy that the course was fun and interactive, and gave me a lot of good practice with Spanish speakers. I don’t think that I need to tell you that once the class was over, they started speaking to me in Spanish. Again, this is why I became pretty popular when I went over there. It’s not common that a student is able to speak to their English teacher well enough. I got job offers in the last week of the course, and I was able to accept one of them from the time the course ended. I wasn’t surprised, given the fact that I already speak Spanish and English perfectly, and flashing my Spanish passport around was a very big help. Taking the TEFL Course, and getting some experience teaching English in Spain would be very helpful in pursuing my career in interpretation. I have a lot of business contacts who need translators and interpreters who work between both languages. I know that I had to learn a little bit of the technics of the English language in order to graduate. One of the challenges that I had to face when I was doing teaching practice during the course was the possibility of using Spanish. When they explained to me how to elicit a response, it became a lot easier. One thing that I was pretty surprised about was that TE Madrid didn’t need to be so helpful because I had my parents helping me in getting my residency requirements, and they helped me get set up in the city before the course started. They did help get my name and face known to a few companies in Madrid, and for someone who’s trying to get to know their own culture hands-on for the first time, they were very helpful in making that happen. To put it simply, I know how simple it is for me to come over to Spain. I’m pretty sure that there are many opportunities for me, and I like that it’s basically like a second home for me. I’m used to things in Vancouver, but being over in Madrid for as long as I was couldn’t have been easier, and I do have to thank TE Madrid for all the help that they gave me. I’ve wanted to make the move to Spain, and I’m definitely a happy student because they gave me a clear path to my desired career. I was excited to get started, and I’m working on creating interpretation services here in Madrid, so it gave me a lot to get started.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would probably change the season to take the course. Spring and Summer the best time in Spain. I did it in winter and it was a bit cold.


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Staff Interviews

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

Jordon Campbell

Job Title
Senior TEFL Instructor
Jordon Campbell is from Toronto, Canada. He has been living in Spain for three years, teaching as a TEFL instructor and English teacher. He graduated from university with honours in Psychology and Spanish. His hobbies include traveling, learning languages, cooking, taking pictures, playing sports and many more.
Jordon Campbell

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory that I have is when I was about 20 and traveled to Lille, France to play basketball.

The reason this is my favorite travel memory is because this trip changed my life completely. It was my first time in Europe, and it made me realize that there’s a whole new world outside of the Americas and that I needed to learn other languages. I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t be understood and that I couldn’t understand what was being said around me.

After my time in France, I was hit with the travel bug, and wanted to live abroad and also learn more languages.

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

I don’t have one story in particular that was the best story I’ve heard, but I’ve heard many of the same stories that I love hearing. For example, the majority of my students are uprooting their life, taking extreme risks, sometimes risking it all, to move to Spain to start over.

The first day they come into my class they are excited, but also extremely nervous, and sometimes scared because they don’t know what to expect or how they are going to make their life work in Spain because they’ve never taught before. After taking the course, I love when they come back or if I meet them outside of work, they always tell me how happy they are that they made the jump to move to Spain, how they love teaching, how they were able to make it work and how my class has prepared them for teaching in Spain.

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

If I could go on any program that my company offers, I would go to the surfing program.

We offer a surfing program at our school that allows our students to learn how to surf in either France, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. During the program, we also offer yoga classes, skateboarding classes and many more. Everything is included in the price, from travelling costs, food costs, living costs, and supplies for surfing.

The surfing program is small which allows the instructors to spend more time attending to each student and helping them to achieve their goals throughout the trip. It’s a great experience to travel/experience a new country, meet new people, become one with nature, and just have a great time in a new country learning new skills.

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

Our organization is special because we really pride ourselves on being the best TEFL program in Madrid, Spain. We offer our students small classes with native speakers, and flexible hours for our students. That’s important because it’s absolutely necessary to be able to focus on how people do things individually, and you can’t do that with a big class, and being rigid with schedules. A tight-knit academy, and a great bunch of people, means that everyone gets along with each other.

I also really like that we’re all working together to create something very big for the academy. All of us will benefit from this teamwork, and will really push our careers forward. We don’t see English slowing down, so I like being on the forefront of something special.

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

The biggest factors in my opinion for being a successful company is having a great rapport with your employees and customers, great customer service, and staying true to your word. If your company promises something to their customers, they need to fulfill those promises and deliver whatever it is that their customer promises.

If a company can do this, it will be successful.

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