If you’re like most people who visit Spain, you’ve definitely fallen in love with the people, culture, language or all three. Whether you came for vacation, a study abroad term, or an internship, you’re probably itching to get back ASAP. Great news -- your time in Madrid doesn’t have to end with college. There are several options available especially relevant for expats wishing to work in Spain! If you do your research (and read this blog post) you could find yourself moving back to Madrid post-graduation.
Before we get into your options, it’s important to consider the following questions to help you in your search. Where in Spain do you want to move to? Do you want to speak primarily Spanish or English while living here? How important is ease of travel? And finally, what type of work do you want to complete? Once you have an idea of what you’d ideally like to do, read on for inspiration, information, and tips on how to come back to Spain post-grad!
Auxiliares de Conversación
Hours - 16/week Madrid, 12/week everywhere else
Pay - 1000€/month Madrid, 700€/month everywhere else
Days of work - 4 consecutive per week
Requirements - Native English speaker & university degree; FREE application
Program Duration - 10 months (Madrid); 9 months (everywhere else)
One of the most popular routes people take to work in Spain is getting a job through the Ministry of Education. The Auxiliares de Conversación program allows you to work in most provinces and provides a monthly stipend. As a language and culture assistant, you’ll be placed in the public school system with the choice of working with either primary or secondary students. No teaching experience or knowledge of Spanish is required and you only work part-time for 4 days a week! The flexible schedule makes travel really convenient and it’s a great option for those seeking a productive gap year. PINC tip: Apply in January when the application opens. Regional placements are given on a first come, first serve basis so the sooner you submit, the more likely you are to receive your first choice comunidad.
Hours - 18-24 hours/week
Pay - 840-1250€/week
Requirements - Native English speaker, bachelor’s degree, A2 level of Spanish (recommended)
Program duration - 10 months
Like the auxiliares program, BEDA provides an opportunity to teach in Spain for native English speakers. But, there are a few differences with this program compared to the government’s option. First, BEDA places teachers in private or charter schools that follow the Catholic influence. Besides working in the classroom, BEDA language assistants are required to attend classes and workshops throughout the year at La Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. While not required, BEDA encourages its participants to have at least an A2 level of Spanish and an interview is part of the application process. PINC tip: BEDA has a great website with a complete PDF of FAQ’s so be sure to check it out before applying.
Hours - varies by program
Pay - 1000€/month (excluding the volunteer option)
Requirements - Native English speaker, Bachelor's degree, some knowledge of Spanish
Locations - Madrid, Castilla-Leon, Castilla-La Mancha
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers several options for those wishing to work in Spain. Participants can choose between teaching in schools, teaching professionals, or volunteering in and around Madrid. Length of program varies, so this is a great option for people looking for flexibility upon returning to Spain! One thing to consider is the price tag: participants must pay an application fee to enroll with CIEE. Yet, they do offer temporary accommodation upon arrival in Spain and continued support throughout the duration of your stay. PINC tip: CIEE also offers TEFL certification courses which can boost your accreditation when looking for tutoring jobs outside of work.
Duration - varies by program
Cost- varies by program
Requirements - varies by program
Location - all Spain
Are you ready to come back to Spain but not quite ready to start working? Pursuing a Master’s degree in Madrid may be the answer you’ve been looking for! With so many universities located in Madrid, there are plenty of degrees to choose from. Maybe you want to try a MiM (Masters in Management), business degrees for non-business majors that are very popular in Europe. Another popular option could be one of the University of Alcala’s programs related to teaching and education management. This option usually allows you to also simultaneously work as an auxiliar in a school in Madrid. No matter the degree you choose, continuing your education is one of the easiest ways to get the legal documents necessary for long-term stays in Spain. PINC tip: Although universities in Spain are significantly cheaper than in the US, see if your program/school offers any type of scholarship to help subsidize the cost.
Duration - 2 or 8 weeks
Cost - varies by program
Requirements - Desire to step out of your comfort zone!
Location - Madrid with weekend trip to Barcelona
Whether you’re an alum of PINC or not, we offer internships in Spain for young women. Maybe you don’t want something long-term; PINC could be a great option for you! We’ll personally match participants with organizations that match their interests to ensure the best experience for all parties involved. Not only will you develop professionally, but having an internship in Spain will make your resume stand out in the future. Choosing PINC also gives you the option of participating in a 2-week immersion program. In this crash-course to Spain, you’ll learn Spanish, partake in cultural activities, and have the opportunity for networking events. This is a great way to travel to Spain while also focusing on personal and professional development. PINC tip: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for special offers and discounts on your application.
Duration - flexible
Cost - varies by package
Requirements - 21yrs old, hold Bachelor's degree, native English speaker
Location - Madrid
Teacher Training Madrid (TtMadrid) is another great option for expats wishing to work in Spain. What makes this company's TEFL certification course unique, is that they also value the development of business skills for their trainees. So not only will you become a certified English teacher, you'll also gain the professional development necessary to have a successful career in Spain or wherever you choose to put your certification to use. TtMadrid offers several different options for those wishing to work in Spain and they even provide participants with student visas. If you're looking for flexibility in start dates and duration for work in Spain, TtMadrid could be a great fit. PINC tip: Mention that you learned about TtMadrid from the PINC blog and your application will be pushed to the top of the list!
While this certainly isn’t a comprehensive list of ways to work in Spain, interning in Spain or studying here is a great (and very realistic!) option for recent graduates. Which route will you take as your ticket back to Spain? Let us know in the comments below!