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Make your Spanish holiday last forever: Teach English as a Foreign Language!


This month we are focusing on sunny Spain as a top destination to live and work.

Hundreds of holidaymakers have voted sunny Spain as one of the top destinations of 2022.

No great surprise then, that people returning from their summer hols often suffer from Blighty blues, finding themselves eager to find a way to extend the vacay vibe.

Like the idea of living in Spain full-time? Sounds good, doesn’t it?

But how do you afford it?

The answer lies in teaching English as a foreign language!

Teaching English in Spain

To immerse yourself in the true Spanish lifestyle, and teach English, you don’t even need a degree!

You can instead fast-track your way to a rewarding career using a skill you already have but probably overlook as a valuable asset- speaking English.

Study for an internationally recognised teaching certificate, such as TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) before you leave for your Spanish adventure, and you could embark on a new and rewarding career.

  • Professional TEFL courses can be completed in as little as 120 hours, which is equivalent to working just over 3 weeks full time!
  • Combined TEFL courses can be completed in 240 hours, equivalent to just under 7 weeks. Combined courses give you valuable, practical teaching experience alongside the ability to teach children, adults and business English.

There are numerous options for teaching English as a foreign language - working on a freelance or self-employed basis, or by choosing more formal employment within Spanish schools, or universities.

If you decided to go freelance, you will need a self-employment work visa, or if you are formally employed you can apply for a work employment visa.

Time to explore

Teaching English can be a varied, sociable career that teachers find very rewarding, both in terms of job satisfaction and the many lifestyle benefits that come with it.

Spain is a popular destination, not least due to the promise of an increase in free time and a more relaxed lifestyle. As they say, life is better at the beach!

Due to the differences in the average working week in Spain, the ex-pat English teacher can expect an extra 12.5 hours free time per week.

These hours can be spent exploring the awe-inspiring architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage Basílica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or picnicking and snorkelling on the isolated beaches beneath the Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs in Andalusia.

…Or luxuriously revelling in a sneaky siesta!

Monthly salaries for English teachers in Spain fall between €1,200 and €1,800 per month, with working hours ranging from 12-25 hours per week.

Similarly, with the cost of living on average 21.11% lower than in the UK, you will find that you will need to work less to support the Spanish standard of living you dream of. What’s not to love about that?!

Depending on where you settle in Spain, you could find yourself within easy reach of multiple regions. Within a few hours’ drive- often in less time than it would take to drive from Manchester to London - you could explore the many beautiful and varied areas of Spain, including:

  • The mountainous regions of Asturias and Cantabria
  • Coastal regions of Galicia and Catalonia
  • Agricultural regions of Valencia and Murcia

A healthier lifestyle

The Mediterranean lifestyle is heralded as one of the healthiest across the world, with an emphasis on a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fresh fish, and olive oil.

This, coupled with enjoying more than double the amount of sunshine than the UK per year encourages people to get more active and reconnect with nature. Which goes hand-in-hand with improving health!

This is supported by the OECD Better Life Index, which finds that only 2.5% of Spanish employees work more than 50 hours per week on average, while 10.8% of UK workers work ‘very long hours.’

Make your Spanish dream a reality

Imagine experiencing that holiday feeling all year round.

With a TEFL teaching certificate - you can!

Retrain in the comfort of your own home and open your arms to a new lifestyle, full of sunshine, adventure, and of course, the sparkling Aegean Sea.

For more information or help choosing the right TEFL course for you, fill out our online form, email us [email protected] or give us a call on 0800 368 9848 and we’ll be happy to help.