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Teach English in Spain as an Auxiliar de Conversacion 2017-18

Teach English in Spain as an Auxiliar de Conversación 2017-2018

Apply to teach English in Spain through the Auxiliar de Conversación program!

Application available between January 9 and April 18, 2017.

The application is now open to teach English in Spain or Andorra through the Spanish Ministry of Education. Auxiliares teach for 12 hours a week from October 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018, for a salary of 700€ per month – or 16 hours a week from October 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for a salary of 1,000€ per month if placed in Madrid.

This program is open to citizens of the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and English-speaking citizens from Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden. For the US/Canadian application, the main requirements for applicants are being a native speaker under 60 years old, being at least a junior in college or having a Bachelor’s degree, and passing a background check. You do not have to prove knowledge of Spanish, though you are supposed to have basic communicative skills.

Regions of Spain

All 17 autonomous regions of Spain and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa now participate in this program, although Cantabria suddenly cancelled their program for 2016-17. Schools run by the Spanish Ministry of Education in Andorra – the country between Spain and France that is neither in the EU nor the Schengen Space – also appears to be an option as of 2017 but I couldn’t find any other information about it.

Autonomous Communities of Spain - Comunidades autónomas de España

Autonomous Communities and Cities of Spain (Andorra is located on the northern border of Cataluña)

On the application, you first need to choose between Spain and Andorra. If you choose Spain, you can give your preferences for regions, but only one from each group. This means you cannot choose Madrid, Murcia, and Andalucía as your three choices since they are all in the same group.

Group A: Asturias, Ceuta y Melilla, Extremadura, La Rioja, Navarra, País Vasco

Group B: Aragón, Canarias, Cantabria, Castilla la Mancha, Cataluña, Galicia

Group C: Andalucía, Castilla León, Comunidad Valenciana, Islas Balearas, Madrid, Murcia

Auxiliar de Conversación Application

Information and the application can be found at the official Auxiliares de conversación extranjeros en España site. Instructions in English can be found on the page dedicated to North American language and culture assistants in Spain.

There is no application fee to apply, but keep in mind that you will probably have to travel to your nearest Spanish embassy to get your visa. This program is essentially first-come first-served, so get your application in as soon as possible for the best chance to be accepted and to get your first preference of region. Renewing for subsequent years is also possible if you decide you want to Spain; however, you may or may not be able to stay at the same school or even in the same region.

If you have questions about the program or application, I suggest joining and searching the many Auxiliares de Conversación groups on Facebook.

Want to teach English somewhere besides Spain?

If you’d like to teach as an English assistant in France, the application is open until January 15 for US citizens and February 15 for Canadian citizens. There are also other opportunities to teach English in Europe as well as in Latin America.

English Teaching Assistant in France & Overseas Departments 2015-2016

If you would like to teach English in the public school system in France as an assistant for the 2015-2016 school year (October 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016), use the links below to find out the specific requirements and application process for your country.

In general, you must be a native English speaker, have finished two to three years of university & be between 20 and 30 years old by October 1, 2015, and speak French at an intermediate (B1) level. The teaching assistantship program in France is open to citizens of other countries as well, to teach German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, etc. in French public schools. Refer to the official CIEP website for all countries and languages involved in the program.

Assistants work 12 hours a week and are paid about 795€ a month net, with paid vacations in October, December, February, and April. There is only one contract length (7 months) but you can still choose between two levels: primary (elementary school) or secondary (middle school, high school, or both). For the majority of countries, assistants can be assigned to mainland France + Corsica and the overseas départements of Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and La Réunion. Assistants working in the overseas départements have a slightly higher salary to compensate for the higher cost of living; however, assistants working in Paris or other cities with high costs of living in mainland France do NOT have a higher salary. Australia and New Zealand also send assistants to New Caledonia, but the school year is between March and October so the application process is different.

You can read through my Guide for English Language Assistants in France for more detailed information and my personal experience as an assistant in 2006-2008, as well as download all of the ESL lesson plans I created for my classes.

Applications for many countries are now available, and the deadlines range from December to March. You should be notified between April and June if you have been accepted. Most countries require you to go to the French embassy/consulate to get your visa before leaving for France, so make sure you take that into account because it could be very far from where you live and you will have to pay for your own transportation. All Australians must go to Sydney and all NZers must go to Wellington, for example. The visa is free, however. Assistants are responsible for buying their own plane tickets to France and finding their own housing (though some schools may be able to help with this.) Non-EU citizens are also required to undergo a medical visit upon arrival in France. Since assistants have low incomes, they are eligible to receive money from the state (CAF) to help pay rent, though the amount depends on age, current rent, previous income, etc. Assistants can give private English lessons and baby-sit to earn extra cash.

France

Links to each country’s French embassy page:

Deadline is January 15, 2015, (deadline extended to January 29) and there is an application fee of $40 USD. Dual French-American citizens are not eligible to apply; however, all other dual EU-American citizens may apply. Applicants must have completed three years of higher education by October 1, 2015. Check out the TAPIF USA page on Facebook if you have questions that are not answered on the French Culture site linked above.

Deadline is March 1, 2015, and there is an application fee of $40 USD. Dual French-Canadian citizens are not eligible to apply; however, all other dual EU-Canadian citizens may apply. Applicants must have completed two years of higher education by October 1, 2015.

Deadline is December 19, 2014.

Deadline: February 20, 2015.

Deadline: December 17, 2014. There are also positions in New Caledonia, but the deadline for teaching March-October 2015 has already passed. Application deadline for New Caledonia is usually in September.

Deadline: February 27, 2015. There are also positions in New Caledonia and Wallis et Futuna, but the deadline for teaching March-October 2015 has already passed. Application deadline for New Caledonia is usually in September and Wallis et Futuna in October.

Deadline: December 2, 2014.

Deadline: January 5, 2015. Also note: “The program is also open to students from the University of the West Indies from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.”

Citizens of South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, and Barbados are also eligible, but I could not find any pages on the assistantship program on the embassy websites. The official CIEP site has applications for these countries, but the deadline dates are not specified.

If you do not qualify for the teaching assistantship program but would like to teach English in France, there are also lecteur d’anglais or lectrice d’anglais positions available at universities for those who have more than a Bachelor’s degree. I will post any open positions for 2015-2016 on this blog as I find them. You can also look at the positions for 2014-2015 to get an idea of what was available last year and the typical deadlines.