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Teaching English in Spain

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How Much Can I Earn?
Monthly Salary:
700 - 1,400 EUR ?
790 - 1,570 USD
Private Tutoring per Hour:
10 - 25 EUR
10 - 30 USD
Income Tax Rate:
15 - 28%
Ability to Save per year:
500 - 12,000 USD
What Are My Benefits?
Rarely included
Never included
Health Care:
Supplementary healthcare recommended
Sometimes paid
What Will Teaching Be Like?
Teaching Hours:
20 - 25
Typical Contract Length:
One year or less
Typical Start Date:
September/October or January
Application Timeline:
1 - 9 months
What Do I Need?
Work Visa:
EU citizenship preferred
Education Requirements:
High School Diploma or Bachelor's Degree
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
Additional Notes:
Difficult for non-EU citizens; employer must be willing to sponsor a work visa; candidates encouraged to apply in person
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Living in Spain

Located in the Iberian peninsula, with access to the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Spain is second largest nation in the European Union (by area). Working as an ESL teacher in Spain will allow an opportunity to experience all that Spain has to offer.

Why Teach in Spain

Whether an ESL teacher's interests lie in culture, history, landscape, or cuisine, Spain will have what they are looking for. Finding work as an ESL teacher in Spain is not an easy task without a European Union passport; however, citizens of other nations can find employment if they don't mind a challenge.Most ESL teachers who choose to teach English in Spain do not do so for the paycheck. Like many nations in Western Europe, salaries are not as high as other ESL markets around the world. Teachers choose to teach in Spain for the experience and culture rather than the money. ESL teachers can expect their monthly salary to range between 700 and 1,400 EUR, while the cost of living in Spain is around the same. With careful budgeting, teachers can still have some extra money, but it is best to save up enough money to cover a couple months of living expenses before arriving in Spain. Money is not the reason why Spain is on many ESL teachers' wish lists; it is the country's vibrancy and richness of culture.

What to Know About Living in Spain


Like most locations in the region, finding an apartment in Spain can be a difficult task. It is almost unheard of to find an employer willing to pay for housing, unless you are applying with a homestay program. However, schools can still be a great resource to point you in the right direction. Finding an apartment in a central area of a large Spanish city will be expensive, yet it will relieve any worries concerning transportation.

Depending on the area where you live, many Spanish apartments are older and lacking in modern conveniences, such as air conditioning, heating, elevators, or Internet. The more modern conveniences that are available in an apartment typically have a direct correlation to the cost of the apartment.


With the amount of people interested in teaching English in Spain, employers never feel the need to include contract benefits such as airfare compensation. There are a variety of airlines that take customers directly from major cities in America to Madrid or Barcelona, although they can be very pricey. Other options include flights that will travel to a major airport on the Atlantic side of Europe and transfer to a flight heading to Spain. Teaching in a smaller city or rural area of Spain will require additional travel, either by local airline or land travel.

Health Benefits

The Spanish people are covered by a universal healthcare system called the Sistema Sanitario Publico. In addition to the public healthcare system, there are many Spaniards who prefer to use the private clinics located throughout the country. User fees are paid out-of-pocket or through private health insurance.

EU citizens are covered under the Spanish healthcare system, while teachers from outside nations (unless stated within your contract) will need to pay for any medical services out of their own pocket. With the risk of high medical expenses, it is recommended that English teachers from outside the EU buy private health insurance. Even if covered under the Sistema Sanitario Publico, English teachers will still need to pay for visiting a dentist and prescription costs. It is in the best interest of most to discuss the Spanish healthcare system with any future employer and current/past English teachers at a Spanish school. One should plan to purchase private insurance and set some money aside in case of a medical emergency.

Retirement Age

The retirement age in Spain is 65 years old. It is not uncommon for citizens to be offered an early retirement for a lesser monthly payment. Older ESL teachers should be aware that some Spanish schools may prefer younger teachers.

Technology and Advancement

Urban areas of Spain are on par with most European nations when it comes to technology. For the most part, cell phone service, high-speed Internet, and paid television services are all available within urban regions of Spain. Certain rural areas in Spain are lacking some electronic conveniences that Americans live with everyday. ESL teachers hoping to bring electrical appliances from the USA must ensure the appliances can operate at 220V and will need a Type C plug adaptor.


Spaniards are known as being friendly people; however just as anywhere else, crime can happen, especially in urban areas. Practicing common safety precautions such as carrying only small amounts of cash, wearing a money belt, walking in areas with streetlights and with friends, taking cabs, and other precautions should keep ESL teachers safe. A common crime committed against ESL teachers is passport theft, so be aware of where your passport is at all times. Overall, Spain is a safe place to live and teach, but as with any country, ESL teachers should avoid placing themselves in potentially harmful situations.


In today's world, terrorism is something that needs to be researched before traveling anywhere. Spain has made international headlines for past terrorist attacks. The American government offers overwhelming support that Spain is a safe place to travel and for people not to be overly concerned, but English teachers should still beware of past events, such as the bombing of commuter trains in Madrid in 2004.

Transportation in Spain

The transportation system in Spain allows commuters the ability to travel around the country with ease. With a total distance of 9,185 miles of track, the railway system can take its riders to most areas of Spain for varying prices. Most of the railway business is operated by the state-owned company RENFE (Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles).

In addition to the railway service, Spanish drivers have access to an estimated 215,528 total miles of roadway to drive on. In urban areas, commuters can ride buses, light rail, or hail a taxi to take them around town.

Due to its location on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has always been a marine traffic hotspot. Spain has ports and harbors in many of its coastal urban areas.

Public Transportation


Most cabs in Spain do not have meters in their vehicles. Rates for getting around in a cab are decided by city officials and cabs are required to display a sign showing all of these fixed rates. This system allows Spain to have some of the cheapest taxi prices in the world.

When a taxi is available, the driver will display a green sign or shine a green light on the car's roof. Many restaurants and bars encourage their patrons to ask a staff member to call a cab on their behalf to ensure that customers arrive home safely.

Beware of taxi drivers charging extra fees for things like having excess baggage, traveling at night, and other unusual charges. Tourists and other foreigners in Spain are often targeted by drivers for extra money.

Train and Subway

Larger Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, and Seville all have subway systems. English teachers should not have any issues getting around town on the Spanish subway system; the subway in Spain is very similar to its North American counterpart. Color-coded maps can be found in transit stations.

The railway system in Spain is one of the most important elements of Spain's transit system. Most urban dwellers have access to light rail systems that can transport a large number of people throughout the city. Railroads cover most of the nation and commuters can travel throughout the Spanish countryside on the train. In addition to covering most of the country, the Spanish railway also links across the borders of France, Portugal, and Morocco, via an undersea tunnel.


Most cities in Spain have public bus transit. There are lanes on the street designated for buses, which makes traveling through the very busy Spanish streets much more efficient. In order to fit more commuters, buses usually do not have many seats, so riders may have to stand on the way to work. Spending 1.40 EUR to ride the city bus in Spain is fairly standard.

Other Modes of Transportation

Other modes of transportation that are available for ESL teachers include:


With more people around the world being concerned about the environment and rising fuel prices, the option of riding a bike to get around seems appealing to many. Riding a bike through the streets of cities like Madrid and Barcelona is an excellent way to learn about a Spanish city. Many bicycle enthusiasts travel to Spain to tour through the various regions.

Some Spanish bicycling laws include:

- No riding bicycles on freeways
- Riders must wear a helmet anytime they bike outside of a town
- While riding at night, riders must have a light and reflectors on their bicycle and wear reflective clothing
- Cyclists must offer the right-of-way to any motor vehicle

Motor Vehicles

Applying for a driver's license in Spain is not a simple process. All non-EU citizens must go through a fairly lengthy application in order to get a Spanish driver's license.

American drivers will have a harder time applying for a driver's license than English teachers from other countries. Each American state negotiates driver licensing arrangements with foreign nations. For some states, citizens are allowed to use their state-issued license for up to a year, while English teachers from other states may not be allowed to drive at all. It is recommended that Americans interested in driving in Spain contact their local driver's licensing office.

Depending on their state's agreement or the length of time living in Spain, English teachers may need a Spanish driver's license. In order to receive a driver's license English teachers must take a driving course, a vision and medical test, a written exam, and an in-car test (a driving instructor's car must be used for the test). The licensing process is known for being both lengthy and expensive; therefore, using public transit, walking, or bicycling may be the best option for most people. Not all difficulties are resolved upon receiving a Spanish license as it is nearly impossible to find a parking space in any Spanish city.

Etiquette in Spain

One thing the Spanish are noted for are their siestas. Like a lot of regions with hot climates, many Spaniards take a two to four hour lunch break. In the past, this time was meant for workers to have time to eat lunch and have a nap before returning to work. In modern Spain, workers rarely spend their siesta napping. Instead, people are more likely to walk around town and shop. Another reason for the siesta is to provide workers a chance to rest up for the busy Spanish nightlife scene, or to recover from the previous night's events.

Since joining the European Union, many large companies and government branches are eliminating the siesta in order to have the same business schedule as other European nations.

General Etiquette

- Like in North America, when first meeting someone expect to shake their hand. Many men will use both of their hands during a greeting and place their left hand on the other person's right forearm.

- Follow the other person's lead to determine what kind of greeting to extend.

- Kissing on the cheek is a common greeting for women in Spain. Remember to always kiss the right cheek first.

- It is normal for people to greet those around them and strike up conversations with strangers. So don't be surprised to hear a lot of people saying 'Hola' or 'Buenos dias'. Not replying is considered to be very rude.

- When waiting, many Spaniards simply stand around without forming a line. People are polite and simply keep track of when their turn arrives.

- The Spanish are well-known for standing close to one another when talking, so be aware if you are used to keeping a little more personal space.

- There are not many public restrooms in Spain. It is considered rude to simply use a business's washroom without purchasing anything.

Business Etiquette

- When it comes to business, people in Spain like to look the part. There is little or no room for sloppy dressing. Don't be fooled, even if the dress code is outlined as casual, dress professionally.

- In business settings it is common for men to have the word 'Don' inserted before their first name and for women to be referred to as 'Dona'. In Spanish and Italian culture this is a way to show respect.

- Past impressions play a huge part in business relationships. Spaniards tend to prefer to do business with people they already know. For this reason, building long-term business relations is a very important element to having success in Spanish business.

- Being interrupted during a business discussion is not an insult; in fact, it is actually the opposite. Speaking out of turn lets the person know that their idea is interesting and has caught your attention. That said, while it may be common for local business professionals, it is still recommended that expats wait until the other person has finished speaking before offering input.

Eating Etiquette

- If possible, never deny someone a business meeting held over lunch. The Spanish take their food seriously and some of the most important business meetings happen while eating.

- Keep hands on the table at all times. It is considered rude to place hands under the table while dining.

- When dining with Spaniards, be sure to keep schedules open. Meals in Spain are long events meant to not only fill the stomach but also to serve as an outlet for conversation. It is common for meals to last for hours.

Language in Spain

Being the official language of 21 nations and of an estimated 400 million people, Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. This romance language has been consistently evolving since its beginnings after the fall of the Roman Empire.

Anyone thinking about teaching English in Spain should consider learning Spanish. With Spanish being such a widely used language, lessons are fairly easy to find in most areas of North America. Here are some examples of common and useful Spanish phrases:

Thank You.

Hello, my name is ________.
Hola, me llamo _______.

How much is it?
Cuanto cuesta?

Where is ...?
Donde esta...?

Where are we on the map?
Donde estamos aqui en el mapa?

Where is the washroom?
Donde esta el bano?

I'm looking for ____.
Busco _____.

Where can I catch a taxi (bus)?
Donde puedo coger un taxi (un autobus)?

I don't understand Spanish very well.
No entiendo bien el espanol.

Excuse me.

Eating in Spain

Spanish Cuisine

One of the great things about being an ESL teacher in Spain is the food. Being on the Iberian peninsula, Spain is surrounded by water, and as such, many Spanish dishes contain seafood. With much of Spain's culture being centered on its food, teachers can expect many long meals enjoying foods like gazpacho, calamares, jamon serrano, and many more tasty treats. From Catalonia to the Canary Islands, each region of Spain adds their own spin on Spanish cuisine and offers dishes truly unique to their region, often built upon their local food resources.

The Spaniards do not devote as much effort to breakfast as they do for other meals eaten throughout the course of the day. A typical Spanish breakfast consists of fresh rolls and jam served with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Travelers to Spain should be aware that Spaniards are known for liking their coffee strong.

The real eating begins during lunch when the siesta begins. Most dishes in Spain are not shy on olive oil and garlic. When the siesta time arrives, the streets are filled with fragrances circulating from nearby restaurants and tapas. The siesta also allows for workers to return home for lunch and to relax before working again in the afternoon. When a Spaniard goes to a bar, there is often food set up at the bar similar to a buffet. Sometimes the dishes are simple and sometimes patrons can eat multi-course meals called 'tapas'.

With Spain being such a warm place, water is the most consumed item throughout the country.

Some of Spain's more popular dishes include:

Fried squid


Cold tomato soup

Jamon Serrano
Cured Ham

Tortilla de patatas
Potato omelette

Arroz Con Leche
Rice pudding

Types of Coffee in Spain

- Cafe con leche - Literally translated to 'coffee with milk', this drink is half strong coffee and half hot milk.
- Cafe solo - This is the cup of choice for North Americans who enjoy their caffeine. There is no milk in this drink, only 100 percent Spanish brewed coffee.
- Cafe cortado - The Cafe cortado is a popular drink amongst Spaniards, which consists of hot coffee with a shot of milk.

Climate in Spain

For a country of its size, Spain has a diverse climate that can be broken up into three types: Mediterranean, Oceanic and Semiarid.

Mediterranean Climate

Covering most of Spain's Southern and Eastern coasts, the Mediterranean climate produces hot, dry summer months and cold, wet winter months. This weather climate can also be found in a large portion of California, including San Francisco.

The inland areas of Spain have a continentalized mediterranean climate. The summers are very hot and there are very low temperatures in winter. Although it rarely rains during summer, there is often heavy rainfall in spring and autumn .

Oceanic Climate

Located in the Northern region of the Spain near the Bay of Biscay and the city of Bilbao is where the Oceanic climate can be found. The main characteristic of this climate type is temperatures which do not vary as much from summer to winter. This climate zone covers most of Western Europe, including the United Kingdom.

Semiarid Climate

The semiarid climate can be found in southeastern Spain, in the provinces or Alicante, Murcia and Almeria. This region is known for having a sub-desertic climate, with very little rainfall. The Cabo de Gata Natural Park is located here and is reportedly the driest place in Europe

Natural Disasters in Spain

In recent history, mainland Spain has not been known for having any large issues with natural disasters. Spain does have small earthquakes once every few years, but historical records indicate that there have been larger ones in the past.

Holidays in Spain

In addition to celebrating nine national holidays, English teachers in Spain get to enjoy at least two more regional holidays, depending on where they live.

National Holidays in Spain

- January 1st - New Year's Day (Ano Nuevo in Spanish)
Celebration to mark the first day of the year.

- Two days before Easter - Good Friday (Viernes Santo)
Like in North America, Good Friday is a religious holiday which is part of Easter.

- May 1st - Labor Day (Dia del Trabajador)
Labor Day is a holiday to mark the achievement of Spanish workers.

- August 15th - Assumption of Mary (Asuncion)
A religious holiday based on the Roman Catholic faith.

- October 12th - Hispanic Day/Columbus Day (Daa de la Hispanidad)
A holiday marking the day Columbus arrived at the Americas.

- November 1st - All Saints Day
A day when the Spanish remember loved ones and ancestors who have passed away.

- December 6th - Constitution Day (Dia de la Constitucion)
Marking the anniversary of the Spanish Constitution's signing.

- December 8th - Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepcion)
A region-based Spanish holiday.

- December 25th - Christmas Day - (Navidad)
Similar to Christmas in North America.

Regional Holidays in Spain

Each local government in Spain is able to offer a maximum of 14 paid holidays to their workforce. Nine of these holidays are the national holidays (listed above), while at least two more are regional holidays. The amount of time devoted to regional holidays varies depending on the Spanish city.

- January 6th - Epiphany (Dia de Reyes)
Celebrated in all regions of Spain.

- March 19th - Father's Day (San Jose) - Celebrated in Castile
La Mancha, Madrid, Murcia, and Valencia.

- Day before Good Friday - Holy Thursday (Jueves Santo)
Celebrated in all regions except Canary Islands, Catalonia and Valencia.

- Day following Easter Sunday - Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua)
Celebrated in Basque Country, Catalonia, Navarra, and Valencia.

- April 23rd - St. George's Day (San Jorge)
Celebrated in Aragon, Catalonia, Castile and Leon.

- June 24th - St. Joan's Day (Sant Joan)
Celebrated in Catalonia

- July 25th - St. James Day (Santiago Apostol)
Celebrated in Galicia

- September 8th - Covadonga and Guadalupe Day (Dia de Asturias y Extremadura)
Celebrated in Asturias and Extremadura

- December 26th - St. Stephen's Day (San Esteban)
Celebrated in Balearic Islands and Catalonia

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Teaching English in Spain

Teaching English in Spain is perfect for ESL teachers seeking culture, history, warm weather, and excellent cuisine.

Peak ESL Hiring Season in Spain
The peak hiring time for people interested in teaching English in Spain is usually September or October and again in January. Spanish schools operate on a similar schedule as their North American counterparts and most students have the summer off.Finding a teaching job in the summer is probably harder than any other time of the year. With school being out for the season, summer camps may be an English teacher's best summertime employment option.

Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Spain

Public and Private School System
The Spanish education system is provided by a hybrid of public and private schools. It is estimated that 30 percent of Spanish children attend private schools, while the others go through the public school system. Children are required to attend school from ages six to 14. Once students reach the age of 14, they are able to continue their education (depending on how good their marks are), or can receive a certificate and leave school.The curriculum at a Spanish school is taught in the Spanish language, which can make it challenging for ESL teachers to find work. There are more jobs teaching English in private schools than there are in public schools.

Private Tutoring
Some ESL teachers find teaching private English lessons to be a better path than teaching in-school. ESL teachers often find that they can make more money teaching in a one-on-one setting than compared to a classroom environment. A large part of teaching private lessons is marketing to find prospective students. It is best to hang up posters around town, talk to other teachers, and use the Internet to advertise. The average hourly rate for private tutoring ranges between 10 - 25 EUR. ESL teachers under contract with an English school should verify with the supervisor that they are allowed to teach privately. This is usually outlined in an ESL teacher's contract and breaking this rule could lead to dismissal and removal of any Spanish visas.

Live-In Positions
Another option for some English teachers in Spain is to take a live-in ESL teacher position. There are some families in Spain looking for a private English tutor to come live in their home and give one-on-one English instruction to their children outside regular school hours. Some of these positions are paid and some are volunteer jobs; both can be great ways to begin a teaching experience in Spain.

Jobs Teaching English in the Summer in Spain
With so many people applying for positions in popular peak hiring months such as September and January, people ignore the summer season. Most schools in Spain operate on a similar schedule to American schools; therefore, many Spanish students do have a summer vacation. Numerous private schools teach throughout the summer months and this is a high turn over time for ESL teachers in Spain. Some schools offer additional programming in the summer months to attract students who normally use the summer as a break; this is another good way to get into an English school in Spain.

How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Spain

At one time, Spanish schools were full of American and Canadian English teachers. Now, with the amount of paperwork and red tape it takes to get work visas, these numbers have gone down quite significantly. One principle resource for Oxford Seminars' graduates is to make use of their Graduate Placement Service. All graduates of the TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification course have access to a team of Job Search Advisors who will assist teachers with finding teaching positions internationally.

There are also other resources to help in the search for an ESL job in Spain. For teachers still living in North America, the best place to search is the Internet. Using the internet offers the ability to translate listings in Spanish to English, and there are plenty of sites that offer job postings for ESL teacher positions.

- Oxford Seminars' English Language Schools Directory
- Loquo - https://www.loquo.com
- Craigslist - https://geo.craigslist.org/iso/es
- Monster.es - http://www.monster.es
- Info Jobs - https://www.infojobs.net
- Info Empleo - http://www.infoempleo.com/

In addition to checking out job search web sites, ESL teachers can look for work in some of Spain's many newspapers. The following online publications are written in Spanish, but can easily be translated to English with Google Translate.

- El Pais - http://www.elpais.com/
- ABC - http://www.abc.es/
- La Razon - http://www.larazon.es/

English Schools in Spain

Many find communicating with large international schools to be an excellent avenue toward finding a job. These schools offer children a chance to have an English curriculum whilst living in a Spanish environment & culture. Please note that many international schools will require state teaching credentials in order to consider your application.

Here are some examples of international schools for teaching English. Remember these schools receive a large number of applications, so when contacting them, be sure to stand out from the crowd.

The American School of Barcelona
Since 1962 this non-profit school has been teaching Spanish children from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. The American School of Barcelona centers their lessons on the American public school curriculum with some local Spanish culture added.

Most of the school's staff is American and they do employ ESL teachers under contracts. The school is located in Esplugues, a small town on the outskirts of Barcelona.

International College Spain
The International College Spain is an English school for children from the ages of 3 to 18. Lessons are primarily taught in English with Spanish and French taught as second languages. The student population at the International College Spain is very diverse, with students coming from all around the world. The teaching staff is almost equally diverse, with teachers coming from 25 different nations including the United States.

Additional ESL Resources to Help Teach English in Spain
The Internet is a great source of information for any type of research, including working as an English teacher in Spain. The best way to find information is to read about the experiences others have had teaching in Spain.

Please note that these are merely examples of the resources available and they may not suit individual teaching needs.

- Oxford Seminars' ESL Teaching Resources
- Everything ESL - http://www.everythingesl.net/
- English Club ESL Forums - https://www.englishclub.com/esl-forums/index.php

Tips for ESL Teachers in Spain

- Learn as much Spanish as possible before moving to Spain and write out some Spanish cheat sheets or commonly used phrases.
- Save up some money before leaving, for travel, rent, and other living expenses. Talk to a financial/banking advisor about how personal finances can be managed while away.
- Remember, adapters will have to be purchased for any electronic device brought to Spain. If it's not really needed, leave it at home.

Requirements for ESL Teachers in Spain

Americans, Canadians and non-EU citizens may find the experience of getting through the necessary red tape to work in Spain quite time consuming. Since 2006, citizens of the European Union have been allowed to work in Spain with little paperwork. For those ESL teachers from outside the EU, teaching English in Spain is a much harder task, as they will need to get a Spanish work permit and a visa.

Work Permit

The first thing needed to start working in Spain is a Spanish work permit. A work permit is actually a lot different than a visa. The work permit is a government-issued document which gives Spanish companies permission to hire a citizen from outside the EU. The Delegacion Provincial del Ministerio, de Trabajo (Ministry of Labour) will base their decision on the candidate's experience and by determining if the position applied for could be equally filled by a Spaniard or an EU citizen. The company must prove that there are no suitable candidates from Spain and the European Union to fill the job as well as the applicant can. It is common for citizens of Latin American nations to get extra consideration during this application process.

It is suggested that future English teachers in Spain contact a lawyer if possible and get some help with the work permit application process.

There are different types of Spanish work permits depending on what the applicant's needs are. They are broken into two main groups: permits for people moving to Spain to work at a job (like ESL teachers), and foreigners moving to Spain to be self-employed (perhaps a full-time English tutor).

- Type A Spanish Work Permit - These permits are for people interested in working mostly seasonal or contract work. The maximum time spent in Spain with this permit is nine months.
- Type B Initial Work Permit - Issued to people interested in working in one particular field or in one defined area. These permits will allot its user a one-year stay in Spain.
- Type B Renewed Work Permit - When a Type B permit ends, the foreign resident can apply for an extension called a Type B Renewed Work Permit. The extension can last up to two years.
- Type C Work Permit - Once a Type B permit has expired, the foreigner could be eligible for a Type C Work Permit. This extension allows the person to work in any profession throughout Spain.

- Type D Initial Work Permit - The foreign worker must work in one profession for a maximum of one year. The permit can have a geographical limitation that only allows the person to work in one area.
- Type D Renewed Work Permit - In most cases, this extension of a Type D Initial Work Permit allows the worker to do any job they want. It is possible that the person may have restrictions concerning what kind of work they do and where they can live. This permit lasts for a maximum of two years.
- Type E Permit - Once the Type D Renewed Work Permit expires, the person has the option of applying for a Type E Permit. This permit allows its holder the opportunity to work any job they desire in any location. This permit can last up to three years.

How to get a Spanish Visa
After receiving a work permit, ESL teachers are one step closer to teaching English in Spain. However, they will still need to get a Spanish visa. ESL teachers need to decide what Spanish visa is the most suitable. There are basically three types of visas in Spain: a transit visa, a temporary stay visa, and a residence visa.
- Transit Visa - This Spanish visa is meant for people who are just passing through. The Transit Visa is given to foreigners passing through the ports and airports of Spain. When holding this visa, travelers can spend up to five days in Spanish territory.
- Temporary Stay Visa- This visa is meant for people interested in staying for more than a vacation in Spain. This visa will last for up to three months. The temporary stay visa comes in three different forms: visas for groups having a short stay, diplomatic or prominent person visas, and visas for studying in a Spanish school.
- Residence Visa - Most teachers coming to Spain to teach English are interested in gaining a Spanish Residence Visa. This visa expires after one year and can be renewed for an additional two years. If the person still wants to remain in Spain after a total of three years, they can apply for a Permanent Residence Visa. Having a Permanent Residence Visa means that its holders can renew the visa an endless amount of times. Residents must renew this visa every five years.

Items to Submit with Work Visa Application
- An application signed by the future employer
- Seven professional passport-size photos
- The actual passport with a photocopy
- Official notice of a job being offered; it must be signed and stamped by the employer
- An original copy of an official company fiscal identity document
- Original official company social security inscription and documents TC-1 and TC-2 (provided by the ESL school)
- Certified originals from the Tesoreria General de la Seguridad Social and the Agencia Estatal de Administracion Tributaria that state the company the applicant will be working for has paid all their taxes and social security payments
- Official certification that the job was opened to Spaniards to apply for, that the position was advertised in the official Provincial Unemployment Office, and no citizen of Spain or the EU was suitable
- A description of what the company does and why an American is the best fit for the job
- Originals and photocopies of degree transcripts/certifications and credentials, along with the official seal of convalidation of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture in Madrid
- Certificate of health and a criminal background check

Final Steps for Getting a Work Visa in Spain

After filling out the Spanish Work Visa application, ESL teachers should travel to the closest Spanish Consulate office (look at the list below) and make an appointment. All of the applicant's paperwork will be processed during this appointment. Make sure that all documentation is available for the appointment. After completing this process, there will be a few months of waiting before an applicant is informed of the status of their application. If the work visa is approved, it will need to be picked up in person at the Spanish consulate's office that the ESL teacher originally applied at.

Embassy and Consulate Information for Spain

American Embassy and Consulates Offices in Spain

American Embassy in Madrid
Consular Section
c/ Serrano, 75
28006, Madrid
City: Madrid
Phone: 34 91 587 2200
Fax: 34 91 587 2303
Email: amemb@embusa.es
Website: http://madrid.usembassy.gov/

American Consulate in Barcelona
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23
08034 Barcelona
City: Barcelona
Phone: 34 93 280 22 27
Fax: 34 93 280 61 75
Email: Consularbarcel@state.gov
Website: http://barcelona.usconsulate.gov/

American Consulate in Palma de Mallorca
US Consular Agency Palma de Mallorca
Porto Pi, 8, 9D
07015 - Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain
City: Palma de Mallorca
Phone: 971 40 37 07
Fax: 971 40 39 71
Email: pmagency@telefonica.net

Canadian Embassy and Consulates Offices in Spain

The Embassy of Canada in Madrid
Torre Espacio, Paseo de la Castellanna 259D
28046 Madrid, Spain
City: Madrid
Phone: 34 91 382 8400
Fax: 34 91 382 8490
Email: mdrid@international.gc.ca
Website: http://www.espana.gc.ca/

Consulate of Canada - Trade Office in Barcelona
Placa de Catalunya, 9, 1, 2
08002 Barcelona, Spain
City: Barcelona
Phone: 34 932 703 614
Fax: 34 933 170 541
Email: bclna@international.gc.ca
Website: http://www.espana.gc.ca/

Consulate of Canada in Malaga
Plaza de la Malagueta, 2, 1
29016 Malaga, Spain
City: Malaga
Phone: 34 952 223 346
Fax: 34 952 229 533
Email: consular@international.gc.ca
Website: http://www.espana.gc.ca/

Australian Embassy and Consulates Offices in Spain

Australian Embassy
Embassy of Australia in the Kingdom of Spain
Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana, 259D, Planta 24
28046 Madrid
City: Madrid
Phone: 34 91 353 6600
Fax: 34 91 353 6692
Email: madrid.embassy@dfat.gov.au
Website: www.spain.embassy.gov.au/

British Embassy and Consulates Offices in Spain

British Embassy & Consulate General
Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
28046 Madrid
City: Madrid
Phone: 34 917 146 300
Fax: 34 917 146 301
Website: http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/en/

British Consulate in Alicante
Edificio Espacio, 6a planta

Rambla Mendez Nunez 28-32
03002 Alicante
City: Alicante
Phone: 34 96 521 6022
Fax: 34 96 514 0528
Email: alicante.consulate@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate-General in Bilbao
Alameda de Urquijo, 2, 8
48008 Bilbao
City: Bilbao
Phone: 34 94 415 7600
Fax: 34 94 416 7632
Email: Bilbao.Consulate@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate-General in Barcelona
Avenida Diagonal, 477, 13a planta

08036 Barcelona
Phone: 34 913 342 194
Fax: 34 933 666 221
Email: Barcelona.Consulate@fco.gov.uk

British Vice-Consulate in Ibiza
Avenida Isidoro Macabich, 45
07800 Ibiza
City: Ibiza
Phone: 34 93 366 6200
Fax: 34 97 130 1972
Email: Spain.Consulate@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate in Malaga
Edificio Eurocom
Calle Mauricio Moro Pareto
29006 Malaga
City: Malaga
Phone: 34 52 352300
Fax: 34 95 235 9211
Email: Spain.Consulate@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate in Palma de Mallorca
Carrer Convent dels Caputxins, 4
Edificio Orisba B 4 D
07002 Palma de Mallorca
City: Mallorca
Phone: 34 93 366 6200
Fax: 34 971 71 75 20
Email: spain.consulate@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate in Tenerife
Consulado Britanico
Plaza Weyler, 8, 1
38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
City: Tenerife
Phone: 34 928 26 25 08
Fax: 34 922 289 903
Email: Tenerife.Consulate@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
Calle Luis Morote 6-3
E-35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Phone: 928 26 25 08
Fax: 34 928 267 774
Email: Spain.Consulate@fco.gov.uk

Irish Embassy and Consulates Offices in Spain

Irish Embassy in Madrid
Embassy of Ireland
Paseo de la Castellana 46-4
28046 Madrid
City: Madrid
Phone: 34 91 436 4093
Fax: 34 91 435 1677
Website: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/spain/

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Alicante
Honourary Consul of Ireland
Ctra. De Madrid, Km 4
03007 Alicante
City: Alicante
Phone: 34 965 107 485
Fax: 34 965 113 519
Email: consulado@eurobanan.com

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Barcelona
Honourary Consul of Ireland
Gran Via Carlos III, 94
08028 Barcelona
City: Barcelona
Phone: 34 93 491 5021
Fax: 34 93 490 09 86
Email: cons.irl@webcat.es

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Bilbao
Honourary Consul of Ireland
Avda. Madariaga, 1 - 2 Dep. 10
48014 Bilbao
City: Bilbao
Phone: 34 44 230 414
Fax: 34 93 423 049 14
Email: rcaira@icasv-bilbao.com

Irish Honourary Consulate General in La Coruna
Honorary Consul of Ireland
Calle Alta del Puerto Edif. "Los Sauces"
15401 El Ferrol
City: La Coruna
Phone: 34 981 351 480
Fax: 34 981 357 983
Email: consuladoirlandagalicia@gmail.com

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Las Palmas
Honorary Consul General of Ireland
Leon y Castillo 195-1 der
35004 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
City: Las Palmas
Phone: 34 928 29 77 28
Fax: 34 928 29 64 12
Email: consuladoiralanda@step.es

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Lanzarote
Honourary Vice Consul of Ireland,
C/Gines de Castro Alvarez 12, 3B,
35500 Arrecife Lanzarote
City: Lanzarote
Phone: 34 928 815 262
Fax: 34 928 802 200
Email: irlanda@consuladolanzarote.com

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Malaga
Honourary Consul of Ireland
Galerias Santa Monica Avenida Los Boliches, 15
29640 Fuengirola, Malaga
City: Malaga
Phone: 34 952 475 108
Fax: 34 952 466 783
Email: bufete@josemiguel.e.telefonica.net

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Palma de Mallorca
Honourary Consul of Ireland
San Miguel 68 A-7/8
07002 Palma de Mallorca
City: Mallorca
Phone: 34 971 719 244
Fax: 34 971 718 229
Email: consuladodeirlanda@marrero-henning.com
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Sevilla
Honourary Consul of Ireland
Avenida de Jerez N 21
Edificio Bayort
41013 Sevilla
City: Sevilla
Phone: 34 954 690 689
Fax: 34 954 689 112
Email: irishconsulate@telefonica.net

Irish Honourary Consulate General in Tenerife
Honourary Consul General of Ireland,
Calle San Francisco n 9, 1 dcha
38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
City: Tenerife
Phone: 34 922 245 671
Email: irish.consul@gmail.com

New Zealand's Embassy and Consulate Offices in Spain

New Zealand Embassy in Spain
New Zealand Embassy
Pinar 7, 3rd floor
28006, Madrid
City: Madrid
Phone: 34 915 230 226
Fax: 34 915 230 171
Email: embnuevazelanda@telefonica.net
Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/spain
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm and 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Summer Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm and 3:00pm to 5:00pm

New Zealand Honourary Consulate in Barcelona
Travesera de Gracia, 64, 2nd floor
08006 Barcelona
City: Barcelona
Phone: 34 932 090 399
Fax: 34 932 020 890

Embassy and Consulate Information outside Spain

Spanish Embassy in Washington DC
2375 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
City: Washington, D.C.
Phone: 1 202 452 0100
Fax: 1 202 833 5670
Email: emb.washington@maec.es
Website: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/WASHINGTON/en/Pages/inicio2.aspx
Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honourary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services.

Embassy of Spain in Ottawa

74 Stanley Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1M 1P4
City: Ottawa
Phone: 613 747 2252
Fax: 613 744 1224
Email: emb.ottawa@mae.es
Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honourary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services.

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Spain: A Financial Snapshot

Explore the factors that affect the costs associated with renting apartments, banking in Spain and buying food.

Expected Apartment Costs in Spain

A studio apartment in a good location will probably cost 350 - 700 EUR per month. Rent can increase depending on the city, the furniture included with the property, and the size and condition of the apartment. Apartments can climb up to 2,000 EUR per month for a large three-bedroom apartment in a central location.

Banking in Spain

ESL teachers setting up a bank account in Spain will find that banking in Spain is similar to the US, with the exception of the hours the bank is open. Bank branches are only open from 9:00am to 2:00pm on weekdays and they are open on Saturdays until 1:00pm. The shorter business hours are not an issue for many ESL teachers due to the fact that features such as online banking and 24-hour ATM access are available at most banks.

Setting up an account at a Spanish bank is a relatively easy experience. ESL teachers will need to provide a valid passport and valid contact information to be issued a Spanish bank account.

Most Spanish banks offer two types of accounts for their customers. The first and most common bank account is a regular bank account which is used for daily transactions, paying bills, and deposits. These accounts usually come with personalized checks and a credit card/debit card. The other, less common type of account is known as a savings account. A savings account works like any other bank account, except that the bank invests their profits from the account into projects that benefit the local community. Banks will automatically assume foreign customers want a regular bank account and they may not even offer the option of setting up a savings account.

Food Costs in Spain

The cost of food can play a role in the budget of many ESL teachers and teaching in Spain is no different. Many regions of Spain offer unique foods, costs, and cooking styles. When going out to a restaurant to eat, teachers will probably spend 12 EUR for a good meal and an additional 1.50 - 2.00 EUR for a drink. A lot of grocery shopping is still done at small family-owned corner stores or the market. Major urban areas do have supermarkets and stores that offer American food.

Below are some examples of typical Spanish food prices.

1L of milk - 0.79 - 1.00 EUR

Chicken breast (/kg) - 5.88 EUR

1 kg bag of potatoes - 0.86 EUR

1 dozen eggs - 1.57 EUR

1 loaf of bread - 0.95 EUR