There are countless reasons why someone would want to come to Spain to teach ESL rather than another part of the world and many of the reasons are self explanatory (check out our other post on this topic). Who wouldn’t want to live in such a beautiful and culturally rich country as Spain?
In this post we are going to look at some of the other less obvious, but still incredibly beneficial, reasons why you should come to Spain to teach English.
Four-Day Work Week
That’s right! Even though school will be in session five-days a week, you will only be required to teach and be in the classroom four out of those five days.
You won’t know till you arrive the first day of class on October 1st (the Spanish school year goes from September to June but you’ll start a month after they do), but you will either have every Monday or Friday off.
That means, you’ll have a three-day weekend every week that you can dedicate to exploring your city or town, traveling all throughout Spain, going to the beach or taking a long-weekend trip to Germany or France.
The four-day workweek is great because it is the perfect balance between working hard and building up your experience and resume as an ESL teacher, all the while taking advantage of the beautiful and unique country you’ll find yourself in.
No Prior Teaching Experience Required
Maybe you’ve never taught ESL before but are looking for an opportunity to begin building your resume and experience. If that’s you, or even if you already have extensive ESL experience inside or outside of the classroom, this is the perfect position for you.
There is no requirement of previous experience and is open to anyone under the age of 60 that is a native English speaker.
If you’re looking for your “big break” into the ESL world, or have your TEFL certificate and would like to put some miles on it, then teaching English in Spain is the perfect fit for you.
The Salary is Great
In comparison to the average Spanish salary, what you will be making as an ESL teacher is amazing! And the best part is you won’t be paying taxes on anything!
As an ESL, or auxilar, in the Spanish public school system, you will be making anywhere between 750€ to 1,000€ depending on where you live.
For example, if you live in Madrid, the largest and most expensive city in Spain, you will be making a monthly salary of 1,000€ which will cover all your living expenses and then some. Since the cost of living (see our other post on this topic) in Spain is so much cheaper than, say, the United States, you can get by with a lot less and still live a very comfortable lifestyle.
If you’re living in a smaller Spanish city or region, such as Badajoz, you will be making about 850€ a month which will be more than enough since the cost of living in less populated areas is significantly less expensive than Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia, the three most populated cities in Spain.
In short, the salary you make as an ESL teacher is plenty and the pot is sweetened even more since there will be no taxes to pay on top of it!
Every euro you make is a euro you keep.
Free Health Insurance
One of the best perks from teaching ESL in Spain is that the Spanish government will provide you with free health insurance all the while you’re there teaching.
If for some reason you ever needed to go to the doctor because of a cold, or head to the hospital for something more serious, the Spanish government would take care of it and, best of all, foot the bill.
If you have any specific questions about teaching ESL in Spain leave a comment below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
For those of you who have already taught ESL in Spain before, what are some other exciting benefits or perks that you experienced?
If you found this post to be helpful, take a look at our other posts as we discuss a variety of topics related to Spain. If you are interested in teaching and living in Spain for a year, send us an email at email@example.com letting us know so we can contact you today!