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Become a Language & Culture Assistant in Spain

Become a Language & Culture Assistant in Spain, Visa and get paidLooking for a reputable school job that provides a legal work visa for Spain? Auxiliaries de Conversación and Bilingual English Development and Assessment program (BEDA) language and cultural assistant programs in Spain could be an option for you.  As a native English speaker with a basic understanding of Spanish you can apply for language assistant jobs in Spain to work in a Spanish Ministry of Education state public school.

Cultural assistant programs in Spain for native English speakers from western countries offer you the opportunity to be directly employed by the Spanish government and placed in a government state school in cities and towns from Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia and other major population areas.

 

You maybe asking; can I teach in Spain without teaching experience or qualification? Language cultural assistants are not teacher jobs.

 

Below are the top two where you are sponsored by the Spanish government for a student visa in Spain. There are 4 main programs.

 

Auxiliaries de Conversación

An option is to sign up with one of the origination’s that help with placing non qualified English language cultural assistants in state schools.

The Spanish government has a well-known program called auxiliaries de conversación organized through the Spanish Ministry of Education. Two thousand cultural assistants are employed each year from the USA and Canada alone.

As a foreign conversations, assistant in Spain on a one-year program as a native English assistant in a state school, your aim is to help Spanish teachers raise the standard of English for state school children.

This program is open to a good number of nationalities from native English speakers to teach English (Well converse in English) including Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.  See information link below other citizens “for all nationalities”.  I use the word “Teach” for the absence of a better word.

 

North American program is aimed at USA and Canadian citizens and below for more information.

 

The basics of the Auxiliaries de Conversación program

Position as an English and cultural assistant placed in a state school

12-18 hours a week

Wage 800 Euros per month for 2015

You apply and are given a one-year student visa as a cultural assistant

Pay any local taxes due

Medical cover

No TEFL certificate required as you are not a teacher

Aimed at graduates from native English speaking countries for the English program

Commit to a one academic year contract

Have enough funds to finance your visa application, flight, and accommodation and living costs until your first paycheck

No criminal record

Find and pay your own accommodation

Choice of 2 options between a city and town

There are other requirements as part of the course to interact with children effectively

 

Basically, the Auxiliaries de Conversación programs place you in a primary/elementary or secondary/high school. The aim is to help with children learning English from a native speaker and learn about a different culture.

You are expected to learn a sufficient amount of Spanish before or during your time on the program to be able to communicate effectively.  As a part of the orientation program, you will be taught how to plan lessons and interact with children.

As you will be planning your own lessons guidance is given before you are placed with a school.

Other times you will find yourself supporting a lesson contributing and extending learning in a classroom with a qualified teacher.  Team teaching, putting it that way.

 

One thought: Auxiliares de conversacion regions total 17 in Spain, although you can not pick and choose where you are placed.

English teaching assistant jobs in Spain further information for the above program:

See the program promotional brochure. Visa application guidance USA, and Spain consulate in the USA

Visa application guidance for Canada also Spain consulate in Canada, General

Information for all nationalities.

 

 

Bilingual English Development and Assessment Program (BEDA)

Another option as a language & culture assistant, and the opportunity to live for a year legally in Spain and gain valuable work experience while living and teaching English in Spain for year.

Similar to the Auxiliaries de Conversación government program teachers are placed in a school as cultural assistants delivering lessons in English about their culture.

The difference with the BEDA program is that you are placed in a catholic school that is privately funded by the Spanish government.  School placements are mainly in the capital of Spain Madrid, also Andalusia, Murcia and Canary Islands.

 

See here for the program details ecmadrid.org

 

Help and orientation are a bit different on this program as you attend Comillas University in Spain to be shown how to give and plan lessons, and about bilingual education.  You also must learn enough Spanish language which is also taught on the program.

Don’t worry each class is 3 hour and once a month attendance.

 

School placement and lessons BEDA

Classes you take are by yourself mostly delivering cultural lessons to children in English.  You must come up with different activates to simulate children that can range from 5 to 18 years old.  Lessons you should have planned for the teaching hours expected each week of around 15-24 hours.

 

Application process and interview BEDA Spain

An online process mainly in the USA or Canada where you apply for the program and provide all information asked.  A Skype interview is conducted and the program coordinator will ask about why you applied, Spanish language ability, age and of children teaching preference and other similar questions.

 

BEDA program basics

Commit to a one-year contract as a language and cultural assistant in a Spanish school

Provide all your own initial expenses for a flight visa application and accommodation in Spain

Pay is based on the number of hour in the classroom: 24 hours 1200, 22 hours 1100, 20 hours 1000, 1800 for 900 all in Euros

Medical insurance cover (Essential before any travel)

Expect to be placed in a school in Madrid

20 years old at least

Bachelor degree holder

Apply to renew your contract for further years if you wish

No need to be catholic

Native English speaker

Find and pay for your own accommodation

Work a 5 day week

Pay any local taxes

Application fee payment of 175 Euros

Help with residency is given including applying for an NIE number

There are a number of other language and cultural assistant programs.  Search Google for the programs.

 

Of course you require starting finance to actually get to Spain in the first place.  Account for spending money, food, accommodation, clothing and other all before the first wage.

Good idea to research each program and ask questions to make sure this is the right choice for you and the school.