• Spain
    • Madrid
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Pre-School Elementary Middle School High School
Payment plans

Program Details

  • Bachelor's degree (in any field)
  • Native-level English fluency
  • Citizenship in the U.S., Canada, or Ireland
Job Type
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Pre-School Elementary Middle School High School
Weekly Classroom Hours
Age Min.
Age Max


Salary / Benefits
Monthly Stipend: 1000 Euros;
Temporary accommodations during orientation
Local health insurance coverage with $0 deductible
Ongoing support from CIEE staff in Madrid, including 24/7 availability for emergencies
Starting Price
Price Details
Guaranteed placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid
Pre-departure Preparation– including extensive visa guidance and resources for apartment hunting
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
Four-day orientation in Madrid (with hotel) on topics including housing, banking, residency, health & safety, and more
Cultural activities during orientation with your new best friends
What's Included
Some Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Accommodation Airfare Meals
What's Not Included (Extra)

Visa fee not included

Feb 02, 2024
Apr 11, 2024
169 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

CIEE's Teach in Spain program offers guaranteed placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid, and support through every step of your journey.

Before departure, CIEE will provide you with expert visa guidance, an online pre-departure course, regular communication, and help you find your community of like-minded teachers that will be heading to Madrid with you. After arrival, CIEE provides airport pick-up on arrival day, a comprehensive orientation, 4 nights of accommodation at orientation hotel, cultural activities, and 24/7 support from CIEE staff in Madrid so you'll be set up for success!

As a language assistant in Madrid, you'll spend 16 hours per week in the classroom supporting local teachers and helping students practice conversational English. With three-day weekends you'll have plenty of free time to travel or study Spanish.

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Program Highlights

  • Guaranteed placement as a Language and Culture Assistant in the region of Madrid
  • Airport pickup and 4 nights at orientation hotel in Madrid upon arrival
  • Network with other CIEE teachers before departure and at CIEE orientation in Madrid
  • Orientation in Madrid with cultural activities and workshops on housing, transportation, residency, and more
  • Optional: 2-4 weeks of Spanish language immersion course and homestay before starting teaching position

Program Reviews

4.63 Rating
based on 167 reviews
  • 5 rating 72.46%
  • 4 rating 22.16%
  • 3 rating 3.59%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 1.8%
  • Benefits 4.25
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 4.65
  • Facilities 4.3
  • Safety 4.75
  • Housing 5
  • Support 4
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
  • Instruction 4.35
  • Support 5
  • Value 4
  • Academic Rigor 3
  • Job Assistance 3
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Yes, I recommend this program

Overall Good

It is wonderful to be exposed to a different culture here in Spain, as well as have an opportunity to learn and use a different language. CIEE was very helpful throughout the entire process of getting here; staff was very communicative, several webinars were held before and during my time here which were great resources of information. Most notably, CIEE was extremely helpful with the Visa process, which can be complicated. I feel the biggest area of improvement would be for CIEE to update their data for the expected cost of living in Madrid, as the housing rental market prices where much higher than what I anticipated.

13 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Time in Spain

Being placed in Madrid through CIEE has been the best experience I’ve ever had. I’ve made some of my best friends for life at orientation and was given all the information I needed to feel confident in a classroom at my school placement. If you have any hesitations on if you should do it or not, I suggest that you do. Truly won’t regret the beauty of Spain, kindness of the people of Madrid, and chance to say you lived in Europe as a young adult.
What is also great, is that CIEE allows you to join in January so if doing a full year seems like too much, January is an option to come till end of June. 11/10 experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to not have a plan. Spain has something going on everyday and truly use this time to let yourself be free. Our work schedule allows for activities after school and long weekends to travel. Take advantage of it!
  • Friends
  • Educational Orientation
  • Cultural Exchange everyday
  • Being away from home
13 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Helpful for Pre-Departure Processes

Going through CIEE made the pre-departure process a lot easier! To have the visa guides and the orientation course on Canvas was very helpful. The private health insurance seems to cover more things than the public health insurance that auxiliares get through the ministry of education.
After your on-site orientation, CIEE gets more hands-off. For example, they don't organize social events for the Teach in Spain participants. I bring that up as an FYI, not necessarily as a con; it makes sense given how many of us there are. They do send weekly emails with updates about things like the renewal process, but I'm not renewing, so I haven't hopped on the webinars that they provide about that.
All in all, I'd say it's worth it, because CIEE was really good at providing information that made all of the pre-departure stuff seem less overwhelming.

13 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Teach in Spain - Good Value and great for making connections

I’ve been living in Madrid for a few months now teaching English through CIEE’s teach in Spain program. Overall, it’s been a great experience, particularly in the sense of being able to make friends and a have a network of like minded people from the start. The program fee of 2k was worth it I would say, the hotel for the first week is a huge convenience and great way to meet people and makes the first few days smooth. The visa support in the application process was helpful too. All in all the CIEE program was instrumental in my experience being great so far due to it being how I met a lot of people that became my friends. I would do the CIEE program specifically again and recommend it to anyone for that reason

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do you visa stuff asap, start looking for apartments in Madrid asap
  • Social networking
  • Visa support
  • Insurance provided
  • N/a
13 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Getafe

I love living and working here in Getafe! The work-life balance that this job offers with the 4-day work week is great, and it really gives you the chance to travel abroad and experience Madrid. The job itself is fulfilling, and has a nice flow to it. In my day to day life here, I feel grateful, hopeful and content-- its amazing the impact that good food and art, public transportation, and walkable communities can have. I truly do not take it for granted that I can afford rent and groceries with euros leftover to travel/save/etc, and that is something that you can achieve through this program!

CIEE has been a really great resource and support throughout this process, especially as I was moving and settling in! I found their visa guides, "to do lists" and resources for Spanish bureaucratic processes really helpful and reassuring.

  • Can afford rent/necessities with money leftover to travel
  • Public transportation/walkable communities
  • CIEE paperwork support
23 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Madrid Experience

When moving to Madrid CIEE was extremely helpful with answering any and all questions. They provide information on every topic that you may deal with when moving. I knew one person when moving here but through CIEE orientation I have met so many new friends all sharing the same experience as me. I like being an assistant because I enjoy being in the classroom. The teachers and staff were extremely welcoming, and continue to treat me as part of the staff. CIEE sends weekly emails about what is happening in Madrid as well as recommended spots to go eat. Mov ing abroad was very intimidating at first but CIEE has held my hand throughout the whole process.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
For me, it is a struggle almost every day to learn Spanish. I studied in high school and tried to relearn the basics before leaving. If I were to go back to the day I found out I was accepted I would have immediately started working harder to learn. Duolingo can only do so much!
22 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teach Abroad in Spain with CIEE

This is my first year abroad in Spain and I chose CIEE out of all the other programs I was looking at. I liked that CIEE would help me with the VISA paperwork beforehand and I wanted to be guaranteed a position in Madrid. You do have to pay a fee compared to the other programs but it was worth in my opinion as you had support before you left as well as support if needed while in Spain. They had a 4 day orientation when you arrived to help go over the program and what you needed to do to get your metro card, bank card, etc. I also liked that there was an orientation because it gave you a chance to meet other people and make friends right away. Madrid was amazing, lots of things to do in the city, the school I work at , the teachers are really nice and its a 4 day work schedule so you either get Monday or Friday off which is amazing if you like to plan weekend trips to other cities and countries. Your stipend is 1000 a month, which depending on where you find your apartment and what your overall goal in Spain is, can be enough for your budget and still have money left over to travel or eat out and shop but I would suggest having some money saved up beforehand just for emergency. :D

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment I can think of was when some friends and I were planning a day trip to Segovia one weekend and we were going to take the train, which is super cheap and fast to a lot of places in Madrid. Since we were planning on getting there 20 minutes early, and it was our first time at the station, it took us a while to figure out which platform the train was leaving from. By the time we figured it out, it was exactly the time the train was leaving and we ran to the platform and got there just in time for the doors to close just as we arrived and the train was leaving. We realized that trains at least close the door about 10 minutes before departure time, which makes sense in retrospect, but at the time we couldn't believe we had missed it. Luckily there was another train going there but instead of the high speed train which would have taken us 30 minutes to get there we had to take the Cercania which took 2 hours. Overall, we learned our lesson and especially when traveling in Madrid, better to get there at least 30 minutes in advance.
  • Placement in Madrid
  • Monday or Fridays off
  • Support with VIsa Documents and deadline reminders
  • A fee for the services upfront
  • It can take a while to find a decent priced apartment in Madrid so be patient and be willing to live outside of the CIty Center for cheaper rent
28 people found this review helpful.
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No, I don't recommend this program

Review of CIEE Teach Abroad in Madrid

I would only recommend CIEE for people who are very self-sufficient. The only helpful thing I felt they did was the packets provided and guaranteeing Madrid. I had a very difficult Visa process and CIEE did not help get me in contact with anyone at the embassy or have any information that could truly benefit me. The orientation provided helpful information about residency cards and paperwork for the schools, however, it had a lot of expensive social events (such as a flamenco show) that felt like a waste of money, given we were only given a hotel for four days and most people did not find apartments in this time. I love the friends I made at the CIEE orientation, but aside from those four days I did not feel like CIEE was extremely helpful or worth the extremely high costs. Getting a school in Madrid was great, but I think if you are independent it would be worth it to take more of a risk and apply through other programs.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Finding an apartment is extremely nerve-racking if you don't speak Spanish. It is extremely hard to message and speak to landlords in a language you don't know and escape being scammed. I was lucky enough to find a good apartment and roommates within a few days, but most people are not that lucky.
  • Making friends
  • Paperwork help
  • NA
  • Orientation is not worth the high cost
  • No true Visa help
  • Rude over email when you are struggling
19 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Hi Erin,
We're sorry to hear that the value of our program services did not meet your expectations. We know that getting a visa and searching for housing are stressful, and while we can't change the overall circumstances that make them difficult, we strive to provide our participants with the best possible tools and guidance so they can accomplish those tasks and get set up for a great experience in Madrid. I'll email you shortly to ask for suggestions about what we could do that would be more helpful, and to get more details about the unsatisfactory email communication that you mentioned. I hope that, now that you're set up in Madrid, you have a great experience!
- Luke Beland, Associate Director, CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

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