Language Assistants
graduate scheme

Language Assistants

Employer
Meddeas
Salary
€880-930 per month
Location
Spain
Time left to apply
9 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

Are you a final-year student or recent graduate looking for a valuable professional experience in Spain?

You have the opportunity to get one of the last positions left to become a language assistant in a Spanish school this academic year.

The application period for next year is open as well. Receive monthly pay, TEFL-related training (paid by the programme), and ongoing in-country support. This is a serious and structured programme with no fees, which enables participants to teach English in Spain and gain international experience (bear in mind that the conditions stated below are next academic year conditions, so if you apply for a position starting immediately the amount of the grant may be slightly different).

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Highlights

  • Lodging options: independent housing or full board accommodation with a volunteer host family
  • The option of living independently exists too, monthly payment : €880-930 per month
  • University course included (compulsory)
  • More than 200 schools all over Spain
  • Different programmes adapted to the experience and background of the candidate: there is, for example, a specific programme for Education graduates and another one for graduates of all degree subjects

The Role of a Language Assistant
During one academic year, participants will teach 20 hours a week in one of the 200 schools Meddeas works with. A Language Assistant is a native-level speaker of English, French or German, who supports the school’s language teachers with conversation practice. The tasks differ from the ones in a teaching assistant role and include encouraging oral practice of the foreign language; explaining the culture of their home country; helping in other subjects such as science, art and P.E.; acting as a role model for correct pronunciation and grammar; and collaborating with teaching staff in creating teaching materials and planning lessons.

After one year teaching English abroad, Language Assistants add transferable skills to their CVs, such as public speaking, language skills, creativity, team working, topic preparation, patience, maturity, autonomy, and cultural awareness.

Main Perks of the Programme

  • Professional placement in a Spanish school, teaching 20 hours per week
  • Certified course given by a Spanish university and paid by the programme. Depending on the programme, it would be the expert in Bilingual Education course (20 ECTS) or the TEFL or AMET course (six ECTS)
  • Guaranteed monthly allowance, more than enough to live in Spain as a student
  • Health insurance covered by the programme (EU citizens)
  • Help opening a bank account
  • Programme run by a serious and professional organisation
  • Ongoing in-country support from the school’s tutor and from Meddeas
  • Initial training and teaching workshops
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the programme
  • Children aged two to eighteen. Learners' English levels range from beginner to advanced
  • Paid school holidays (except for the summer period)
  • No fees attached

Company information

Meddeas is a Spanish organisation with presence in five countries that supports multilingual teaching in more than 200 educational centres. It offers the opportunity to teach English in Spain through Language Assistant programmes and provides consultancy services.

Why Spain?
Spain receives 63 million tourists every year thanks to its 41 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. It has a unique, vibrant and welcoming culture. At the same time it is a Western European country with affordable living standards and high personal security levels. And last but not least, learning Spanish will boost you employability.

Person requirements

  • Native-level English speaker
  • Someone who enjoys working with children and/or young people
  • Energetic and creative
  • Competence in the Spanish language is not required
  • No criminal records

Desired Skills: intercultural Skills, cultural awareness, creativity, language skills, team working, public speaking, patience, maturity, autonomy

Qualifications and experience requirements

  • Recent graduates (last four years) OR last-year university students
  • No previous teaching experience needed (but valued)

Accepted degree subjects

Any

Salary

€880-930 per month

if you live with a host family you will receive 430-480 per month (it includes full board accommodation)

Location

Spain

Contract and working hours

Fixed term

How to apply

Important Dates

  • Deadline: candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP (before 26 January for positions starting immediately). For the next academic year positions, candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP or at least before 1 March 2018.
  • Programme length (academic year in Spain): Sept./Oct. 2018 to May/June 2019

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 29/01/2018

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