One of the most frequently used ways for expats to start working in Spain is exploring the opportunities in the Spanish education industry. More specifically, expats tend to become teachers of the English language, and such a choice is caused by a few of reasons: relatively high wages, possibility to get landed in Spain pretty quickly, and a varying schedule that allows to take on additional work (if needed).
A large number of expats who arrived in Spain worked or still work as the teachers of English
You should face no problems in starting to work as a teacher of English in Spain if you have an EU passport. Yet, opportunities in the Spanish education industry seem not that much exciting and inspiring for outsiders, who need to obtain a work permit. As a teacher, you can obtain a work permit in two different ways: applying for a self-employed work permit, or appealing to the Spanish government to grant a work permit. Each of the options has a drawback: it is pretty difficult to obtain a self-employed work permit; at the same time, it may be difficult for your employer to provide evidence that he/she couldn’t find a teacher of English in Spain. One way or another, you should plan beforehand and expect the process to last up to a year.
As a teacher of English, you will quickly grasp what great opportunities in the Spanish education industry you have got: you will be able to guarantee a stable income by combining your job at school and giving private lessons. You should not expect to be able to save a lot of money, but the affordable cost of life in Spain allows you to make sure that you will find no difficulty in living in Spain this way.
Teaching the English language at school provides you with a sort of protection and stability, though with quite mean incomes as well. So, you should seek for people who may need help with English. Doing so has become significantly easier in the age of the internet. For example, you can take advantage of such websites like Verbling or Teacher Finder.
At the same time, you should think about finding a right balance between teacher at a school or a university and giving private classes. You are likely to charge more for private lessons, but, at the same time, you should be aware of the fact that it is pretty hard to have a sustainable flow of students, as well as you should tailor lessons to the needs of a particular student.
Eventually, you should be aware of these tips and recommendations before you will head to Spain in order to start working as a teacher of English:
- The price for one-on-one classes begins from 13 Euro per hour and may reach as high as 25 Euro per hour; the price depends on where you get the materials for your lessons from, what is your teaching experience, qualifications, and location;
- You may need a teaching certificate and, if it’s going about a respectable school, some experience;
- Contract teachers typically get lower netto payrolls, but they can advantage of supplementary benefits;
- You won’t need a teaching certificate at schools that provide in-house training;
- You can expect to have problems with a flow of students in the period between the middle of July and the middle of September, when the majority of students take breaks from the studies.