Location
  • Spain
    • Valladolid
    • Salamanca
Financial Support
Payment plans

Program Details

Timeframe
Short Term
Housing
Host Family
Groups
Small Group (1-15)

Pricing

Starting Price
950
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Airfare
Feb 02, 2024
Feb 26, 2024
49 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

CIEE offers a short-term, 2.5-month volunteer teaching opportunity in the region of Castilla y León, Spain. This program offers a low-cost gateway to the Spanish culture and language, with a homestay and meals included. You’ll have a position as a respected volunteer Language and Culture Assistant supporting local teachers 12 hours a week at a public school and receive 3-day weekends.

This is an incredible volunteer opportunity, a chance to dive into Spanish culture, gain language skills, and explore this beautiful country while making a difference for Spanish students in wonderful, welcoming communities. Local families, usually with connections to the assigned schools, volunteer to host participants because they are interested in cultural exchange and in learning English! CIEE will be there to support you with guidance, an in-country orientation, travel insurance, and 24/7 emergency support.

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Program Highlights

  • Rent-free Spanish homestay—a welcoming, local family provides cultural immersion and two meals a day.
  • 3-Day Weekends—time to travel and explore Spain
  • Practical and Cultural Advice - Feel prepared, with extensive resources on topics like cell phones, living with a host family, and Spanish cultural norms
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support including insurance to reimburse unexpected medical expenses

Program Reviews

4.95 Rating
based on 19 reviews
  • 5 rating 94.74%
  • 4 rating 5.26%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Benefits 4.55
  • Support 4.65
  • Fun 4.65
  • Facilities 4.65
  • Safety 5
  • Impact 5
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.5
  • Safety 5
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Frank
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Go to Spain!

The real value of the volunteer in Spain experience rests somewhere beneath the surface. Volunteers gain insight into life in Spain that tourists almost surely never see. The result is a rare life experience that I will continue to appreciate. Perfect for those who wish to: see the world and travel, learn about a different culture, build their resume (especially educators), career break (especially lawyers), acquire or develop foreign language skills (especially Spanish), and grow personally. At 35, for three months in between careers, this was a perfect opportunity.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
“Morcilla” or blood sausage
Pros
  • The Spanish people
  • Spanish cuisine
  • Spanish nature
Cons
  • No cons so far :-)
2 people found this review helpful.
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Kaylie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

This is a great program!

I have had a great experience with this program. Before leaving I was nervous about going to another country by myself and living with a host family I had never met before but everything worked out so well. My host family is so nice, I love the school I work at, and having the support and friendship with the other people in this program has been very helpful. I have been able to improve my Spanish, but I also am able to get by without being fluent. I would recommend this program to other people.

55 people found this review helpful.
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Kat
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Don't debate it any more - Apply!

After I desired a shift in my career path, I applied to the program because it seemed like a great, immersive, but short-term opportunity. It turned out to be an excellent decision, and I have no doubt it will be for you too. CIEE is there with you every step of the way and streamlines the process - so whether you are a first-time traveler or a seasoned traveler, you'll be confident getting on that plane.

You can choose your preference for what age group you want to teach, so the sooner you apply, the better! You will likely teach a mix of different grades, which makes for a lot of fun. As far as how much "lesson planning" - that's up to you and the teachers. For some classes, I would propose things via email to teachers (like cultural presentations and games about Thanksgiving, etc), and they were thrilled. Other teachers preferred me to assist, rather than to lead. Both sides of this were really valuable, however!

What would you improve about this program?
It may be beneficial to get a better understanding from families of their preferences for the 5 hrs/week of English tutoring ahead of time. For example, it would be good to know if there is a strong preference for adult versus child-tutoring.
96 people found this review helpful.
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Kathleen
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

If you have this opportunity to volunteer in Spain, take it!

Teaching English as a volunteer in Spain was a great experience for me. I taught the secondary school students at a school in Valladolid. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the other teachers because they were always welcoming to me. Many times the teachers would invite me to grab a coffee with them during the break time, or to try tapas after school. In addition, living with a Spanish family allowed me to gain a truly authentic experience. I learned a lot of Spanish along the way and I got to immerse myself in all parts of the Spanish lifestyle. My family was welcoming, fun, and always made sure that I was comfortable in their house. On top of all that, they were great cooks! I would definitly recommend this experience to anyone who is lucky enough to consider this opportunity.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to immerse yourself as much as you can, and make yourself a member of the Spanish community. For example, I would always to try to speak Spanish, I joined a Spanish running club, and was open to trying and seeing new things even if I didnt always want to. But for these reasons, my experience was richer, and unforgettable.
100 people found this review helpful.
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Ellie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer in Spain

This program is a great option for anyone who wants to travel and immerse themselves in another culture without leaving home for too long. This program is unique since you live with a host family, who provides you with housing, most of your food, and a truly immersive experience. Everyone’s experience will be different since there are so many towns, schools, and host families that you could be placed with, but overall the program is great and it gave me a sense of security to know that I had the support of CIEE andy host family for the duration of the trip. Spain has so many amazing cities to travel to and it is pretty easy to get around with public transportation if you are in a bigger city, like Valladolid, where I was placed. With 3 day weekends I was able to take lots of trips and learn so much about Spain.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Push yourself out of your comfort zone! You won’t love every single thing about Spain or the experience you’re embarking on, but you will have so many amazing experiences if you remember that it’s okay to feel uncomfortable (to an extent) and it’s okay to make a fool of yourself attempting to speak Spanish or doing things like the locals do. Most Spanairds seem to apprecciate that you are trying to speak the language, even if they laugh a little at your American accent.
98 people found this review helpful.
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Jaymie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience

I found this program in April of 2018 while I was at my desk at work, hating my job, and dreaming of teaching in Spain. I knew I wanted a change, but I was so worried about leaving my security for the unknown. I worked in finance and though it paid very well, I was unhappy. I couldn’t find many reviews about the 3 month teach in Spain program through CIEE, so I was nervous to go for it. Now that I’m 2 months into the program, I can say whole heartedly that it’s the best decision I’ve made. I felt supported before departure, my questions were answered very quickly, meeting at the airport was easy, and orientation with others in the same boat as me made me feel a lot better. The first week or two were overwhelming because it’s definitely an adjustment. I know a lot of Spanish, but no one speaks much English (even the English teachers), and I didn’t expect that. My host mom doesn’t speak English, and the host dad only speaks a bit, but I couldn’t have asked for a better family. They have a young boy and girl too, and I love them to death. I’m already getting emotional about leaving them!! They will forever be my family, and I feel so grateful that I was placed here. My school is amazing too! The teachers are so helpful, and the kids are very eager to learn. I could go on and on about this program because it’s been the biggest blessing. My only regret is not doing a longer program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is if you’re contemplating this program, you should go for it! It can be overwhelming, but as long as you prepare, everything will work out just fine.
107 people found this review helpful.
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OLayinka
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience

I was excited to experience a different culture and my stay in Spain did not disappoint . I had a lot of fun doing activities with the students and getting them to become more comfortable speaking English. The cities there are very beautigul. I stayed in Salamanca and had the chance to visit Gijon and Sevilla, which was nice. My host family was very nice and accommodating. My first week there, they took me to the main city to see some sights and try food at their favorite restaurants.
I also did private tutoring for one of the students at the school. My last week in Spain, we baked gingerbread cookies, which was a first for them and they turned out pretty good!
The orientation in the beginning of the program really help to set expectations and answer any questions. CIEE let us know how to have a safe and fun experience and kept the line of communication open for us for continuous support. Overall, it was a very cool experience and I'm glad I signed up for it.

100 people found this review helpful.
Olayinka
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience

I was excited to experience a different culture and my stay in Spain did not disappoint . I had a lot of fun doing activities with the students and getting them to become more comfortable speaking English. The cities there are very beautigul. I stayed in Salamanca and had the chance to visit Gijon and Sevilla, which was nice. My host family was very nice and accommodating. My first week there, they took me to the main city to see some sights and try food at their favorite restaurants.
I also did private tutoring for one of the students at the school. My last week in Spain, we baked gingerbread cookies, which was a first for them and they turned out pretty good!
The orientation in the beginning of the program really help to set expectations and answer any questions. CIEE let us know how to have a safe and fun experience and kept the line of communication open for us for continuous support. Overall, it was a very cool experience and I'm glad I signed up for it.

110 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

The teaching program I participated in Spain was about 3 months. There are several teaching programs through CIEE. The one I did was all volunteer: In addition to teaching English 4 days a week I lived with a host family practicing English with the children and my host mother while they provided most of my meals. From my understanding, some of the other programs are a year long and you do get a...