Want to Teach English in Spain? TEFL Teaching Jobs 2023/2024

If you are an employer looking for TEFL qualified teachers in Spain, then you can list your positions vacant at the bottom of this page.

Equally we also welcome any jobs wanted from TEFL qualified teachers – again you can list your details and your ideal positions that you are searching for at the bottom.

Teaching English in Spain 2023 or 2024

Once upon a time if you were an English-speaking person it was quite easy to get a job teaching English to people in Spain without any qualifications.

Not any more. These days it is virtually essential to have formal qualifications as a teacher of English as a foreign language.

The English language is in ever increasing demand throughout the world, especially Spain which has seen an influx in expatriates who are a vital part of Spain’s economy.

Any progressive Spanish businesses who want to make money knows the importance of having English speaking staff which helps attract more expatriate customers.

As well as domestically, Spanish companies are increasingly competing in global markets and therefore the English language is extremely important in that capacity.

So with more and more Spanish people needing and wanting to speak English, it means there are more and more opportunities to move to Spain and take up a position or post as a teacher of English.

About TEFL Teaching Jobs in Spain

Your chances of finding work and jobs in Spain will be enhanced tenfold if you take a qualification which will give you the skills and training necessary to be able to teach English.

job-spain-graphicThe most recognised international qualification is a TEFL certificate or TESOL certificate. This qualification enables you to not only be able to find a job in Spain but also to teach throughout the world once you have your certificate.

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It means where English is being taught in a country where it isn’t the native language i.e. in Spain.

You may also see some other abbreviations such as TESOL which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or ELT which stands for English Language Teaching.

Another popular course is the ESL.

Here is a video showing the experiences of Kevin who teaches in Spain:

TEFL Resources

It is important to point out that many countries are insisting that you must have a degree before you can actually even take the TEFL course. Go to the official TEFL website for more information.

On the official site you will also find many job postings all around the world.

Working As a TEFL Teacher

Most positions for teaching English to Spanish people will be in the major cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga.

Most other locations will be in areas that have large expatriate populations or areas that are very popular tourist destinations where it is important for Spanish people to be able to understand English-speaking tourists. The most popular regions would be the Costa Del Sol and Costa Blanca.

The Spanish islands would also be very popular as they are popular tourist destinations for summer work in Spain, examples include the islands of Ibiza, Majorca, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.

7 Top Tips for Teaching in Spain – From Actual Teachers!

There’s no doubt that teaching English in Spain is still the most lucrative job available for a number of English speakers who are seeking better job opportunities in a country outside their own. If you’re searching for an English teaching post in one of Europe’s most visited nations, here are a few tips that would help you get the hang of teaching and eventually make the most out of your English teaching career.

1) Get an English teaching qualification.

The best and most established schools in Spain tend to hire English teachers who have the necessary qualification in teaching. This means that if you are new to teaching or you have no proper credentials to teach, it can be a bit more difficult to find a decent and high-paying teaching job. Therefore, it is best if you had been able to complete courses such as TESOL or CELTA  which can cost you anywhere between $1400 and $1700 (£1000-£1200) depending on where you would like to take it. Most courses can last either 4 weeks if you want to do an intensive study or 6 months if you intend to study part-time.

2) There’s an increasing demand for English teachers in Spain.

Generally speaking, English academies in Spain are mushrooming in almost every corner which means that finding work as an English teacher is hardly a problem even to those who are new in the field. One of the surefire ways to secure an English teaching job in Spain is to home in on each of the academies as soon as you set foot in the country. If you have an easy access to Internet, you can also start looking for academies where you intend to teach by searching online and sending a CV along with a cover letter to your prospects by email. Once you are in Spain, it may be wise to make a personal visit to each academy while you bring more CVs along. Whenever possible, find a chance to meet with the school’s DOS (director of studies) who is usually deemed as the one responsible in the process of hiring new teachers.

3) Know your students and build rapport with them.

At the beginning of your teaching job, you may find it daunting to stand in front of a class while a dozen people expect to learn from you who they perceive as an expert in English teaching. However, as soon as you get to know your students and you have successfully built a rapport with them, all of those feelings of overwhelming responsibility beforehand will soon fade away. Eventually, you will realize that your students, most especially the adults and teens with higher-level skills, are more than interested to help you so that you can help them. Likewise, handling younger kids may require using a different approach and an added ton of patience. You will survive, of course!

4) Don’t forget to bring out the kid in you when teaching.

While you may have a certain preference on the age of students that you would like to handle in your English classes, there could be a huge possibility that you may end up with a class that is far beyond what you have planned in the beginning. This includes teaching kids as young as 8 years old. In reality however, kids are totally adorable and have the keenness to learn. Occasionally, you may find a student who would disrupt your lesson plan or do a “childish” behaviour as a way to corrupt his classmates. There’s no need to worry as you’ll eventually learn how to control the bad behaviour rather quickly. In order to understand young learners better, you should be able to behave like you are a kid yourself. Of course, you still need to show your students that you are their teacher and you have a huge responsibility to take. Children know how to appreciate simple things easily. If you know how to make them laugh, you can be sure that your students will like you. If your students like you, then  you can make them listen and pay attention in your class.

5) Never stop learning and upgrading your skills.

As an individual who has just entered the world of teaching, it’s enough that you have a rudimentary understanding of your own language’s grammar rules. However, it really helps a lot if you continuously do some research and learn the ins and outs of English grammar rules in order to teach them effectively in the classroom. Not only will it allow you to gain more confidence in teaching, it will also allow you to understand better the rules involved in learning Spanish grammar. You can make a comparison and contrast between English and Spanish. Apart from grammar, you can also gain a deeper understanding on the vocabulary and pronunciation patterns in Spanish.

6) Treat exam prep classes as a new and refreshing teaching opportunity.

In Spain, exam prep classes have so far become the increasing norm in any English academy, providing more money-earning opportunities for English teachers. Spanish students have the huge responsibility of doing well in a Cambridge CEF (Common European Framework) English exams as a prerequisite in graduating from the University (may not apply to some cases) or in finding a job.

Don’t be surprised if you are assigned to handle either a B1 (pre-intermediate English level) or B2 (intermediate English level) exam prep class at the start of the year. The downside is that most of these classes are a drag wherein more focus is placed on completing the required textbook prior to the date of exam. On the other hand, the best thing about exam prep classes is that you get the results of your hard work faster when your students pass the exam. There is a certain level of pride and achievement that you get which doesn’t normally happen in regular classes.

7) Make your free time worthwhile.

On average, English teachers in Spain earn a monthly wage of around €1200. While it may seem a bit low, it is still enough to have a normal life, pay the bills and go on an occasional holiday. One of the best ways to actually save money is to have another source of regular income. You can easily achieve this by accepting private English classes on your free time.

Unlike in a regular school, private classes will allow you to set your own rate which should depend on a number of factors. This can include your student’s expectations and the type of lessons needed. Compared to exam preparation classes, conversation classes don’t need a lot of preparation. In general, you should never allow yourself to be paid with anything less than €15 per hour. Qualified and certified teachers are definitely worth even higher or at least within the same pay range. Accepting a lesser pay will definitely undercut other teachers which is of course not good for the industry.

Employers – below you can list your vacancies for qualified TEFL teachers. Please include details of qualifications required, job description, details of salary, any additional benefits and location of job.

TEFL jobs wanted – if you have a TEFL or TESOL qualification, you are more than welcome to list your details and qualifications below so that any companies or employers in Spain, can contact you directly as soon as positions become available.


Business Address:
C/Montesa 35 (dcha) 2ºdcha, 28006, Madrid.

Telephone: 915721999

Email: josefina@ttmadrid.com

Type of Business: Teacher Training

Towns or Areas Covered: Madrid

Best Features:

– 4 week intensive TEFL course at TtMadrid.
– 3 hours per week part time Spanish classes.
– Spanish culture program
– 2 week intensive Spanish class
– Lesson planning sessions.
– Professional development certificate courses in: TEFL for Young Learners, TEFL for Business, Advanced teaching skills in the TEFL classroom.

Main Description:

Our visa program gives you the chance to obtain a TEFL certificate and to enjoy a year abroad teaching English and travelling.
This program allows you to do our 4 week TEFL course, 36 weeks of Spanish classes, our Advanced Certificates in TEFL, and be able to enjoy our cultural activities!

TEFL Madrid

Martin Poropat of Think English School is looking for more teachers to begin teaching in the upcoming school year this September 2016. Here is his full message:

Hello. We have a school in Cartagena to teach English. We are looking for native teachers. We have few native teachers now but need more in the new school year in September. Please send out the word we are looking for teachers. We pay good wages and great staff to work with. Here is my email and telephone number.eporopat@hotmail.com, 868-066271. My mobile number is 645-406227. We have two schools. The numbers are 868-066146 and 868-063587. Thank you.

There are two schools: one is in Cartagena and one is in Poligono, Santa Ana. You can find the location details below.

Think English SchoolThink English Cartagena

Calle Soldado Rosique, 1, 30205
Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

Think English Academy

Av. Genova, 100, 30319 Poligono
Santa Ana Cartagena, Murcia, Spain



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Guide to Property in Spain

I Hate Spain – Disadvantages

We also have our main Help Finding a Job in Spain Section.


  1. Hi my name is Jess, I am 27 and from the UK.

    I am in search of a summer position; I am a secondary school Teacher in the UK and have experience teaching EAL through Trinity and Cambridge in both China and Italy. I also have experience in working throughout two EAL summer camps. I am open to any positions you have available.

    I am available to work from the 18th of July to the 30th of August 2023. If you have any positions available, please let me know and I will send over further details of my experience with a CV.

    My email is: jessica95carr@hotmail.co.uk

    Kind regards,


  2. Monami Language Academy says

    Hi, there!
    We are looking for a responsible and dynamic native English teacher who wants to join our friendly yet motivated staff who will match the commitment of existing employees to our academy. It is located in the heart of Spain, in a typical Spanish town in Castile and Leon. Teachers from abroad can experience and enjoy an authentic Spanish lifestyle. It is only a 30 – 60 minute drive to the main cities in the province such as Zamora, Leon and Valladolid. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more details.
    Visit: http://www.academiamonami.com
    All the best.

  3. Hannah Watson says

    Hi Everyone
    I’m looking to relocate to Southern Spain from September 2022 and I qualified as a Celta trained teacher in 2019 with my first teaching job in Seville cut short because of lockdown.
    I have dual passports Irish and UK and an NIE number from my short employment experience Sept 2019 – Dec 2019.
    I would like to settle west of Malaga and I must state my age of 64 for clarity in employing older people.
    Look forward to hearing from my future potential employer.
    Kind regards

  4. Teresa González Sánchez says

    Need native English speaker to work in Salamanca from September

  5. Marie O'Neal says

    My name is Marie O’Neal and I am a Native English speaker from the United States of America. I have graduated from University, and in May I will be TEFL certified. I have been teaching both English and Cambridge for the past year in Madrid, and I am hoping to relocate to the Canary Islands.
    I have over 4 years of classroom experience and have worked as a private tutor as well. I love teaching and hope to help students improve their English skills.
    Please contact me if you would like a copy of my CV or cover letter. I will be happy to provide references as well.

  6. Kevin Cuignet says

    I will be living in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from September. I am French, graduated in Environmental Economics (master’s degree) and have recently completed a Level 5 TEFL Certification. I have traveled and worked in many countries around the World and am now looking forward to start a career as an ESL teacher.
    I am passionate about sharing knowledge and patient by nature. Traveling and living in various countries, I understand the importance and challenges of learning a new language.
    I have a student-centred pedagogic approach that maximizes students’ talking time, employing a variety of classroom interactions, activities and teaching materials (including interactive online material) that will enliven the class and thus create a propitious environment for students to express their full potential.
    I am considering a teaching position as well as an internship or a teacher’s assistant position. Also, if you have any recommendation or are aware of any teaching opportunity, I would be more than thankful for your help.

  7. Tracy Grant says

    Hello there.
    I am Tracy, a British native qualified and experienced TEFL English teacher currently living in Barcelona since August 2020.
    I am looking urgently for a teaching position and willing to relocate throughout Spain for any vacancies.
    My past experience has been teaching in Egypt for over 3 years both in an International School with High School students and in adult Language Centres teaching conversation and Business English.
    I would be extremely grateful for any help.
    Thank you kindly

    • Jason Fisher says

      Hi Tracy,

      I am a TEFL certified teacher looking at doing some traveling and work in Spain and was curious what your experience has been. I have just begun my search process and plan on heading out there in a month or so. Have you found work?



  8. Lisa Jane Perkins says

    Hi, my name is Lisa and I am an English native and qualified TEFL teacher. I am looking for work, I have a basic level of Spanish and 4 years experience teaching adults and children preparing them for the Cambridge exams and conversation classes to help students improve on their speaking skills.

  9. Ema Brett says

    My Name is Ema Brett I am currently an English online teacher, I want to relocate as soon as the COVID 19 passes. I am extremely interested in a teaching position. I currently have over three years’ experience teaching English to both children and adults online. I have over ten years’ experience teaching British Sign language in class and in more informal centers. I have experience with groups on and offline. I hold a TEFL 120+ a Diploma and various Cambridge learning and teaching certificates. I currently live in England, I am a native English speaker and hope to relocate with my family as soon after the current COVID-19 pandemic has run it’s course. I Love teaching and sharing my experience in real time

  10. Hello
    My name is Leastra Charles, I am a British Citizen and Native English speaker. I am looking for a Native English Language Teaching post, in Granada, Spain.
    I have over 10 years of teaching experience in mainstream, independent and special needs schools, over a wide range of ages; from 3-16 year olds and various abilities, including students with learning difficulties, within the UK.
    I have been a TEFL Native English Language Teacher and TEFL Drama Teacher in Spain, since January 2018, teaching YL and VYL learners, however I would like a post, which also gives me the opportunity to teach teenagers and adults, including Cambridge exams.
    I have gained my Cambridge CELTA and PTLLS qualifications and I also have certificates in Psychology and Counselling.
    I am an enthusiastic and energetic teacher, full of dynamics, fun and humour. I am very flexible and can easily adapt to various teaching methodologies, styles and practices.
    I am available to start my new teaching position from mid August 2018 onwards, so please feel free to contact me for further information, such as my C.V. and a reference from my current employer.
    I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
    Kind regards.

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