Spain is part of Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, and is famous for its cuisine and stunning Mediterranean beaches, but there is so much more in store! Friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyles, world famous art, architecture and a rich vein of history make Spain an incredible gap year destination.
English teaching placements in Spain offer volunteers the freedom to develop imaginative lesson plans that encourage students to practice their English in a fun and supportive setting. The ability to adapt, think creatively and embrace a new culture will allow you to experience the wonderful traditions and customs that Spain has to offer.
English Teaching placements in Spain are based at a variety of schools from primary to high school. Volunteers work alongside permanent teachers and help with a range of activities, using their English skills to assist both students and teachers. Volunteers may also become involved with additional activities in the school such as music, drama classes or sports, and occasional extracurricular activities and outings.
It is not necessary for volunteers to have a knowledge of Spanish before they arrive but through learning the language, many more opportunities will become available. This is a perfect opportunity to further develop existing Spanish language ability.
All Lattitude volunteers in Spain will live with host families and will be given their own room and full board for the duration of their stay. Meals are supplied, and will likely be standard Spanish fare. Most Spanish families prepare food each day from fresh ingredients, with fish, meat, vegetables, pasta, rice and eggs.
Both accommodation and food are provided by the host. Volunteers are usually accommodated either with a host family or an adult host at teaching placements. Host families may expect the volunteer to integrate and to contribute to family every day life. Despite the fact that Spain is a big meat producing country, vegetarians have always managed without any problems.
Is it for me?
Spanish families expect a degree of interaction most times, as they tend to be sociable and enjoy shared time in the evenings and meal times. With regards to practicing English, volunteers are expected to offer 3-5 hours English help per week with the kids at home, whether this be helping with homework, reading or playing games in English. It may also include helping other family members practice their English, although in a friendly and informal fashion. Host families will ALWAYS want to help our volunteers with their Spanish too, so reciprocal language learning is common. Applicants travelling on a USA passport are not eligible due to visa restrictions.
Placements in Spain are located in the region of Castilla y Leon. The region is full of historical sites, with UNESCO World Heritage sites in Salamanca, Leon, Burgos, Avila, Segovia and then further afield, larger urban centres, such as Bilbao or Madrid are 60- 90 minutes away.
Volunteers have the opportunity to travel within Spain and throughout Europe during weekends, school holidays and at the end of their placement. Spain is a great country with great people, history, architecture and scenery.
Spain’s diverse landscapes are breathtaking. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa are as beautiful as any mountain range on the continent, while the snowcapped Sierra Nevada rises up from the plains of Andalucía. The beautiful cliffs of Spain’s Atlantic northwest contrast with the coves of the Mediterranean. Everywhere you go, you'll find villages perched on hilltops, huddled in valleys and clinging to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain.