Spain is part of Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, and is famous for it’s cuisine and stunning Mediterranean beaches, but there is so much more in store! Friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyles, world famous art, architecture and a rich vein of history make Spain an incredible gap year destination.
English teaching placements in Spain offer volunteers the freedom to develop imaginative lesson plans that encourage students to practice their English in a fun and supportive setting. The ability to adapt, think creatively and embrace a new culture will allow you to experience the wonderful traditions and customs that Spain has to offer.
Is it for me?
Spanish families expect a degree of interaction most times, as they tend to be sociable and enjoy shared time in the evenings and meal times. With regards to practicing English, volunteers are expected to offer 3-5 hours English help per week with the kids at home, whether this be helping with homework, reading or playing games in English. It may also include helping other family members practice their English, although in a friendly and informal fashion. Host families will ALWAYS want to help our volunteers with their Spanish too, so reciprocal language learning is common.
Teaching placements for Lattitude volunteers in Spain will be based at a variety of schools from primary to high school level. They will officially adopt the position of English language assistants, but will often be in the position of planning and taking charge of lessons. You will work alongside permanent teachers and help with a range of activities, using your English skills to assist both students and teachers. Volunteers may also become involved with additional activities in the school, such as music or drama classes or sport, and occasional extracurricular activities and outings.
Spain has traditionally lagged behind other EU countries as regards language skills and resources have been made available to improve language learning and create so-called “bilingual schools”, where English is made a priority, to the extent that some regular school subjects are sometimes given in English, such as science, art or Phys. Ed. However, the teaching staff are still some way behind and contact between students and native speakers is encouraged to provide the opportunity to practice.
As a fluent English speaker, you will primarily be responsible for teaching English up to 12-15 hours per week. Overall you are likely to work 3-5 hours per day, 4-5 days per week.
|Lattitude fees (exact costs)|
|Lattitude Application Fee||$150|
|Lattitude Placement Fee||$4,300|
|Lattitude In-country Orientation||$TBA|
|Travel costs (approximate)|
|Travel Insurance (6 months)*||$TBA|
|Return Airfare (ex Melbourne/Sydney)||$TBA|
|Total cost (approximate)||$TBA|
*Travel insurance is quoted on an Allianz Standard Package with $250 excess
Other costs associated with your time away may include obtaining a passport, arranging travel vaccinations, purchasing any additional clothing and travel within the country.
Don’t forget your food and accommodation is provided.
Volunteers have the opportunity to travel within Spain and throughout Europe during weekends, school holidays and at the end of their placement. Spain is a great country with great people, history, architecture and scenery.
Spain’s diverse landscapes are breathtaking. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa are as beautiful as any mountain range on the continent, while the snowcapped Sierra Nevada rises up from the plains of Andalucía. The beautiful cliffs of Spain’s Atlantic northwest contrast with the coves of the Mediterranean. Everywhere you go, you'll find villages perched on hilltops, huddled in valleys and clinging to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain.
Accommodation & Food
All Lattitude volunteers in Spain will live with host families – the ultimate way to learn about culture, language, food and friendships from within! You'll be given their own room and full board for the duration of your stay. Meals will be standard Spanish fare (delicious!) Normally lunch at around 2pm, with a first course, second course and desert or fruit and the evening meal will be similar, at 8 or 9pm. Something to get used to: snacking during the day is much less common in Spain. Most Spanish families prepare food each day from fresh ingredients, with fish, meat, vegetables, pasta, rice and eggs.
Before you go:
We find out more about each volunteer through an interview which helps us select the right people and after a second interview, we match them to a placement that’s right for them.
Once selected, each volunteer is allocated a Coordinator in the Melbourne office who assists them with all preparations. They provide briefing materials, support with logistics such as flights and visas and are there to answer any questions.
Volunteer are briefed in person or in an online session to prepare them for their placement ahead. Volunteers complete their own Learning and Development Plan which helps to identify goals and personal skills they would like to develop, and these areas of development are followed up throughout their time away.
All volunteers sign our Code of Conduct to ensure that our expectations of each volunteer are agreed and clear from the outset.
When you're overseas:
We have paid staff based in each country. Our Country Managers oversee the program and work with a team of Local Representatives who provide support in the local areas and develop close relationships with placement hosts.
Each volunteer attends a combined orientation and teaching skills course on arrival in Poland.
Each volunteer is visited at their placement soon after arrival by an in-country staff member to check how things are and provide additional support if needed.
We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from Melbourne.
When you're back:
We recognise that coming home can be difficult and provide one-to-one support, with onward referrals for further professional support if needed. Volunteers are invited to debriefing events and become part of our network of alumni.
We undertake reviews against the learning needs identified before going overseas which may form part of a reference provided at the end. A letter can also be provided to use towards an application for Youth Allowance.
The host placements do not pay an allowance. However, the hosts placements are more than happy for you to arrange your own private English conversation classes outside of school hours, and may even assist you in setting these up. These private tutorials/classes can be used to subsidise your costs. Volunteers may even be asked by teachers in host schools to provide them with English lessons.