Teach English in Spain | TEFL Institute of Ireland

Paid TEFL Internship in Spain

Teach English in Spain for an authentic teaching and travel experience. Enjoy the picturesque beaches, there’s something here for everyone.

Teach English in Spain

Start: January, September

9 months


Monthly allowance of €315

120 hours Express TEFL course

150 hour university TEFL course

Airport pick-up & transfers

Full welcome orientation

Access to the Spanish Public Healthcare System

24/7 in-country support

Paid TEFL Internship in Spain

Teach English in Spain whilst experiencing its rich and fiery culture

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Teach English in Spain

Do you want to live and teach English in a region hugging the Mediterranean coast? A place with the most dazzling architecture in the world and where food is so rich the air is infused with its scent? Come teach English in Spain and enjoy your new life in Catalonia and Valencia.

Our TEFL interns in Catalonia can soak up the sun along the world famous golden coast. Visit the hometown of Salvador Dali and fiesta into the night in Barcelona or Terrassa.

And get ready to consume the best food of your life. Why not take a trip to the Mercat de la Boqueria and get lost among the sea of food restaurants.

Just a short hop south and you’ll find yourself in the cultural hub of Valencia. This region has some of the best and craziest festivals in all of Spain. Make sure to mark March into your calendar for Las Fallas, a UNESO intangible cultural heritage.

Stand in awe of 30 ft high floats parading through the city while everyone parties on the streets. On the fifth day the real spark happens, but we’ll let you see it for yourself.

With spots for 300 interns competition can be tough. But with our 120 hours online TEFL training you’ll stand out from the crowd and boost your chances at living La Vida Española.

This internship is ideal for first time teachers as we provide you with extensive training to become a confident and effective teacher in the classroom.

Our dedicated team in Spain are on-hand to give you professional support 24/7. What’s more, your host family will take you under their wing and make you feel like a local. You won’t find a more immersive experience, we promise you.

TEFL experience requirements

  • Aged between 20 – 30
  • Native English speaker
  • EU citizenship or passport from the following countries who are eligible to apply for a student visa from their local Spanish Embassy: USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand
  • Completed High School
  • TEFL qualified (included)
  • Enthusiasm for working with children
  • To be adaptable and able to socialize and interact with people
  • A desire to live in a foreign country and make the most of the experience

How it works

Before you go, you’ll have an application form to complete, a video interview, submit all your documents and then you’ll be on your way to Spain.

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Getting there

Once you have been formally accepted you can book your flight to Barcelona for September/October. Enjoy airport pick-up and transfer and meet 300 fellow interns.

What do you need to organize?

  • International flights: return flights are a must
  • Police check: Each applicant must have a clean criminal record
  • Health check: Each applicant must provide a full health statement
  • Budget: Each applicant covers excursions and meals outside of school hours
  • Travel insurance (EU applicants): It’s really important to arrange this before you go! Non-EU applicants receive free travel insurance.
  • Visa costs

Your teaching experience

You will take on the role of teaching assistant, working in teams of teachers to improve the conversational level of each student. Following a curriculum will help you to draw up lessons plans. But there is plenty of space to infuse your own creativity into the lessons.

Why not teach your students about the country and culture you come from? Or teach English through song and games.

Placements will be in schools with age-groups ranging from infant up to secondary school. Interns can expect to be teaching children between the ages of 3 and 16, with your daily lessons a mix of various age-groups.

Your working hours will be Monday-Friday with an average of 25 hours of classroom time. The remaining 10 hours will be dedicated to lesson planning and grading.


All successful applicants will spend 9 unforgettable months in the Spanish provinces of:

  • Catalonia (Barcelona included)
  • Valencia

Outside the classroom

Outside of the classroom, you will be dividing your time between family and social life. Living independently will give you an authentic and unique experience. It couldn’t be more immersive if you tried!

You can be confident joining this internship with the knowledge that you will be in a safe environment. All the while improving your Spanish fluency.


The TEFL Institute knows that this will be an experience of a lifetime for you. Not only will you gain a lifetime qualification and build an impressive teaching resume, you’ll come away from this adventure with new perspectives on life. As well as lifelong friends and stories that will go with you everywhere.

TEFL Training Included

Accredited TEFL Courses

Group Size up to 250

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