Location
  • Spain
    • Madrid
    • Murcia
Length
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Elementary Middle School High School

Program Details

Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree (in any field), native English speaker, citizenship in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, or New Zealand
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Elementary Middle School High School
Weekly Classroom Hours
16

Pricing

Salary / Benefits
Monthly Stipend: 1000 Euros; temporary accommodations during arrival and orientation
Placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid
Pre-departure assistance – including visa guidance
iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance
Ongoing support from CIEE staff in Madrid
Airport pickup and transportation to your orientation hotel on arrival day
Orientation in Madrid with topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
Cultural activities during orientation, such as a flamenco show and sampling cuisine from different regions of Spain
Optional: 2-4 week homestay with a local Spanish family - breakfast and dinner included
Optional: 2-4 weeks of language immersion courses
Starting Price
1400
Price Details
Monthly Stipend: 1000 Euros; temporary accommodations during arrival and orientation
Placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid
Pre-departure assistance – including visa guidance
iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance
24/7 support from CIEE staff in Madrid
Airport pickup and transportation to your orientation hotel on arrival day
Orientation in Madrid with topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
Cultural activities during orientation, such as a flamenco show and sampling cuisine from different regions of Spain
What's Included
Some Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Pre-departure assistance – including visa application guidance
Temporary accommodation and orientation with topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
Option for Spanish language classes
Option for 2-4 week homestay
Cultural activities!

What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards
Dec 13, 2021
Nov 17, 2022
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About Program

The CIEE Teach in Spain program offers a guaranteed placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid.

You'll spend 16 hours each week supporting local teachers and helping students practice conversational English. With three-day weekends you'll have plenty of free time to travel, study Spanish, or give private English lessons.

CIEE will be there to support you every step of the way. In addition to guaranteeing a placement in the region of Madrid, you'll receive pre-departure support including visa application guidance, and an online pre-departure course. After arrival, CIEE provides airport pick-up, orientation, cultural activities, and 24/7 support from CIEE staff in Madrid so you'll be set up for success!

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Program Highlights

  • Monthly Stipend: 1000 Euros; temporary accommodations after arrival
  • Placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid
  • Orientation in Madrid with topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
  • Optional: 2-4 week homestay with a local Spanish family - breakfast and dinner included
  • Optional: 2-4 weeks of Spanish language immersion courses

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Program Reviews

4.57 Rating
based on 107 reviews
  • 5 rating 71.03%
  • 4 rating 20.56%
  • 3 rating 5.61%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 2.8%
  • Benefits 4.3
  • Support 4.45
  • Fun 4.6
  • Facilities 4.3
  • Safety 4.7
  • Housing 5
  • Support 4
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
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Melanie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach Abroad in Spain - Melanie's Review

I am really happy with my school placement with CIEE Teach in Spain. It is far away, but I understand most people are placed far away. My hours are amazing and I love everyone I work with. I felt prepared to figure out how to get my Visa beforehand and once we arrived, the CIEE orientation certainly helped me gain a better sense of what being a language assistant would be like. I wish that we had had more guidance with finding housing. In addition, the stipend for the program is very fair given the hours, but it is smart to have another source of income.

Pros
  • Hours
  • Meeting new people
  • Assistance with insurance and visa
Cons
  • No help with housing
  • Orientation hotel is far away from Madrid city center
  • Some orientation activities unnecessary
10 people found this review helpful.
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Lisa
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

CIEE Teach in Spain (after completing 1 year) without TEFL Certification

This is my review after doing a year of teaching abroad in Madrid by going through the CIEE "Teach in Spain" program:

There are pros and cons to going through CIEE which I will outline below, but overall for the cost to benefit ratio I would suggest not using them if you are motivated and decent at researching on your own.

Pros:
CIEE will provide you with detailed outlines of how to complete certain application processes such a applying for a VISA, a TIE (Spanish resident card), a bank account, a transportation card, and general information on what to bring to Spain including a packing list and paperwork.

CIEE provides a timeline of when you should complete certain steps and documents (though I would start looking at housing a little sooner than they suggest).

CIEE will provide an "orientation" which is useful for meeting other people in the program. That is about the main reason for it though. You will be put up in a hotel for your first week while you look for housing, but paying for it yourself would likely be cheaper.

Along these lines, you will be put into a CIEE Facebook group which is useful for sharing information and meeting other Auxs (teaching assistants). However, there are also plenty of other expat/aux groups to join.

CIEE will guarantee you are placed in Madrid (keep in mind "Madrid" is huge and that does not necessarily mean the city center). You can apply to be an Aux in many regions of Spain.

CIEE will provide insurance (called iNext) and this is useful for getting documentation together for your VISA, but there are cons too (see below).

Cons:
Most of the information CIEE provides can be found through other resources/blogs for free. Some of the information they provide is not as accurate as it could be (however, this is also due to the Spanish system which is rapidly changing and not universal in its requirements).

If you run into trouble with your VISA, due to consulate issues or anything else, CIEE really can't help. It is simply outside of their scope of influence.

If you run into trouble with your teaching assignment, CIEE also cannot do much other than direct you to the official channels. Again this is simply outside their scope. (I did not personally run into issues with this, but a few of my friends did).

If you go directly through the Ministry of Education in Madrid to apply, you can save a significant amount of money, you just have to do a lot of your own research. The Ministry also provides, what I have gathered to be, superior health insurance through Cigna (based on comparing experiences with my friends who went through the Ministry).

Assistance with housing is not provided. They will direct you to Idealista and online housing groups. That is by far the most stressful part of moving to a new country, and you are really on your own.

Overall:
After going through the program I am not upset that I used them for my first year. CIEE provided a level of comfort when moving, but I would not use them again, nor would I suggest a friend use them. I would tell my friends to do their own research and go through the Ministry.

Note: I did not go through their TEFL program, and have heard that is decent, so they may be a good option if you want a TEFL certificate.

11 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Thank you Lisa for taking the time to share your insights on teaching in Spain. We're glad to hear you appreciated the support you received during your first year teaching in Spain even if you don't think it is the best fit for everyone. Thanks again!

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Katerina
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The CIEE vs Non-CIEE NALCAP Experience

If you are wondering whether to do the CIEE program or non-CIEE auxiliar program, hopefully this will provide some insight. Benefits of CIEE are the 24 hour support (although rarely used) and health insurance (also rarely used). Another benefit (the biggest one) is the in-person orientation that provides an opportunity to make friends easier. Other than that, the two programs are very similar. CIEE provides little support with housing and visa and iNEXT insurance is a scam. CIEE does makes things slightly easier/nicer with guaranteed placement in Madrid and they have loads of information about the TIE residency card process, but is it worth the $2000 price 🤷‍♀️ . From non-CIEE auxiliares I’ve met, it seems like they just had to go search for the information, making things a bit more difficult and maybe more stressful. It just depends whether you want to spend over $2000 to have the information already collected and get guaranteed placement in Madrid. Otherwise, the housing, the visa, and the insurance is pretty much the same. You cannot go wrong with either 😊

Pros
  • 24 hour support
  • Collected information about visa/residency cards
  • ASISA insurance
Cons
  • Hefty price tag
  • iNEXT insurance is a scam
  • Zero support with housing
8 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Thank you, Katerina, for recommending CIEE's Teach in Spain program and offering your insights. We agree that the in-person orientation and the opportunity to make new friends with other teachers is super valuable. We would be interested in hearing what your concerns are about iNext insurance. Thanks!

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Mackenzie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Teach English in Spain

I have had three great experiences with CIEE. My family hosted two exchange students, one from Spain and one from Germany, when I was in high school. Both are now a part of my family. Now I am participating in the Teach in Spain program. I have received a lot of support both before and after I arrived in Spain, especially with completing important documents. Plus, the week of orientation when I arrived helped me start to get acquainted. I would recommend studying abroad or working abroad through CIEE!

Pros
  • Support with visa and tie paperwork
  • Advice with apartment search
  • Support in the United States and Spain.
Cons
  • Paying for the extra support when you can do the same job for free with the government.(but without all the support)
12 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

That's so cool that your family hosted two CIEE exchange students and now you're teaching in Spain with CIEE! We're so glad to hear that you've felt supported through every step of the process. Have a wonderful year in Madrid!

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Rebecca
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Teach Abroad

CIEE is an incredible program that provided great resources and guidance. I would recommend this program to anyone. Not only did they provide resources for the whole pre departure process, but they also have an in-country orientation which allows you to meet people and start getting to know the area you will be living. Prior to my decision to do the CIEE program I did a lot of research about study abroad programs and I could not find a bunch of information. So now I am providing that information that I could not find. I 100% recommend CIEE to anyone.

Pros
  • Guidance from CIEE
  • Travel opportunities
  • Cultural immersion
12 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

That's wonderful to hear that you have had such a positive experience and found the resources CIEE provided helpful. We agree that its super valuable to be able to meet other teachers during the orientation week in Madrid.

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Jim
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Teach in Spain

I am going to teach in Spain for a second time and I have also been in their volunteer program. CIEE's support is outstanding. From the beginning of filling out your application, to orientation, and until the last day in Spain, their support has been great. I have been told that there are other companies that provide assistance to teach abroad but they have a very poor support systems. CIEE is worth every penny. Spain itself is amazing, the people are wonderful and very welcoming. The teachers are great, so willing to help you on every level and the children are well behaved (mostly of course), very curious to learn more about you. Be open to a new culture and you will be rewarded more than you can imagine.

Pros
  • The people.
  • The teachers
  • The staff at CIEE
Cons
  • Not enough time in Spain :)
  • None
  • None
9 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

We're so excited to help you teach in Spain for a second time! Thank you for your kind words. We love facilitating life-changing experiences and supporting people through each step of the process of teaching in Spain.

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Aria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic program, expensive but worth the price

CIEE is a relatively expensive program and I wish I realized earlier that the 3-day hotel stay was an option, as it is roughly $1000 cheaper than the 7-day hotel stay that I did. Nonetheless, orientation was well-executed and prepared me to teach at a secondary school in Madrid. Working hours are great, roughly 16 hours a week with added hours for course planning, but never more than 20 hours a week including this. Everyone works 4 days a week, so you will either get Friday or Monday off. I have Mondays off and I love it!

Pros
  • 4 day workweek, only 16-20 hours a week
  • Do not need to speak any Spanish to be on the program
Cons
  • Stipend of 1000 euros a month
  • Spain is not the most racially accepting
9 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Hi Aria, we're so glad to hear that you are happy in Spain, and that our orientation and support helped you feel prepared and ready for the role. Enjoy the rest of your year in Madrid!

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Hannah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommend teaching in Spain!!

I have had the best experience so far!! CIEE was so helpful in helping with my visa & application process, and the in-country orientation was so helpful, and a great way to meet people! Living in Madrid has been incredible from the food, to the people, to how convenient it is to travel all over Europe! I love my students, and my coworkers have been so supportive and are so fun to work with!! I have loved this opportunity to work, travel, and love in a brand new country for the first time. Cannot recommend enough :)

10 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Hannah, thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Your enthusiasm is contagious, we're glad we could help facilitate this experience for you!

Questions & Answers

This program requires fluent English proficiency and citizenship from the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, or New Zealand.

It’s definitely possible to live off 1000€/month! It’s actually way easier than I thought it would be. I live outside the city center and only pay 360€ a month including utilities and WiFi, but even if you’re in the city center, I think you can find a place for a reasonable price. Groceries and restaurants are way cheaper here than in the states, so cost of living in general is lower, I’d say...

CELTA—administered by Cambridge Univ and respected worldwide. Must face students in classrooms and be evaluated by peers. The others? Can obtain online without ever meeting a student. Who would you hire?

Hi, Clark! We have programs in many countries, take a look at our website to compare programs: https://www.ciee.org/go-abroad/work/teach-english-abroad/pr…. You can reach out to our country coordinators using the 'contact us' tab at the top. Please feel free to reach out to us at teach@ciee.org. Looking forward to working with you! Teach Team