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“My husband and I both completed the course in early October. It’s only been about a month and a half, but we have both found work and are settling into a weekly routine. Both of us do a combination of private tutoring and online teaching, and he also teaches one evening a week in an academy. I found my private tutoring jobs within a few days of posting just one ad on tusclasesparticulares.com.There were actually more people responding than I was looking to take on as students! I found other jobs via word of mouth. When you’re looking for work, keep your eyes and ears open and get connected with all the TEFL Barcelona Facebook groups. And then, be prepared to make friends with your students! All of mine are friendly, funny, and kind and I really enjoy seeing them each week. You’ve probably heard that teaching English in Europe isn’t the most lucrative career choice, and so far we’re finding that true, which is why we added our online teaching jobs. We like variety, so this works for us. The amount of freedom we have in making our schedules is great. Overall, the amount of work you get will coincide with how much you want and how much you hustle to get it! We’ve found what we learned during the ITA TEFL course super helpful and valuable in our teaching thus far!“. Phoebe and Caleb Hamel, (USA)
“I finished my TEFL course at the end of August, just at that perfect moment when September starts for the “hiring frenzy”. Unfortunately, I had some family matters to sort out in the UK, so deliberately didn’t start looking for work. I was in the UK for most of September but still kept peeking at the main sites that help teachers find work (one of the best things at the end of the course was the job support and advice given, including great tips for interviews, curriculums, and places to look for jobs). It’s true that in September all the schools, academies and privates want to begin classes so the opportunities are certainly there, I was convinced that work would have dried up by October and I would have to make do with a few private “cash in hand” classes, and start again in January for the next big hiring phase. So I was pleasantly surprised when I began to get interest in my cv, and like a snowball effect had about three interviews in one week! And that was without really trying! Now I am teaching morning classes at a US company 10 minutes outside of Barcelona Sants station, and then a few days per week in a Global French based company in the heart of the city. I have a mixture of students, I teach the FCE to upper management and I teach Business English in 1:1 classes. I also have lower levels of small groups and they are always fun because the students are so enthusiastic to learn and improve, it really warms my heart after some lessons! I think that although there are a lot of teachers in Barcelona, there is plenty of work to go around, especially if you feel confident in your abilities (even if you don’t feel you are I can assure you that the knowledge you acquired during the TEFL is priceless and that will ultimately shine through). It did for me, and I look forward to building up more classes in the new year”. Christina Nicoll, (UK) August course 2018.
“When I arrived to Madrid with no real teaching experience and a low level of Spanish I’ll admit it was overwhelming. However, after only two days in the city I knew I loved it and within three days I had a full time teaching position. I teach at an academy for an adults and have learned so much. Finding a job is not difficult and if you are excited about teaching you will learn so much every day. I teach adults and engineers and executives at a business and teach about 25 hours a week. While that may seem like a lot, many big academies like mine provide holiday pay and even free spanish lessons! Teachers are clearly a commodity and even without experience if you have determination you will succeed in Madrid and likely throughout Spain as well“. Kirsten Hausmann, (USA)
“I’ve been teaching English in Barcelona for five months now and have had a wonderful time. I got here in January to get certified and though only four weeks long, the TEFL course I took with you, Lisa, Jamie and Michael provided enough information and hands-on teaching experience so that when I graduated in early February I felt ready to start teaching right away. Some of my more proactive classmates actually got hired and started getting paid to teach before we had even completed the course!
In my job search I started by posting a profile on tusclasesparticulares.com and in just one week I had found enough students that I did not need to continue looking for jobs. Everyone else who graduated in my TEFL class went on to teach a combination of private students and classes through a school or business but no one I know has had to struggle or leave the city due to a lack of work.
Barcelona is an amazing city and teaching English allows me enough free time to spend a good part of my schedule exploring and relaxing.
One piece of advice I have for potential TEFL teachers is to do everything you can to get a visa in your home country and then when you get here start the process right away of getting all your official documents that allow you to live and work here legally; it takes a while to figure out and is a good idea to start right away. I am currently trying to extend my six month visa and am hoping it works out because I love it here and want to stay!” Otis Banwell (USA).
“I completed the course in November, which meant waiting a month until the next semester started. (Spain takes a month-long Christmas break.) But once everyone was back from holidays, work was not an issue to find. It was harder to find housing than it was to find students. I advertised English classes on tusclasesparticulares.com, which is where most of my students contacted me. And on days I wasn’t being contacted, I was contacting potential students”. Jessie Conroy (USA)
“I really enjoyed my experience with TEFL Barcelona and would recommend it to anyone I know. The teachers were approachable and extremely supportive. Within the second week at the school, I was teaching a class on my own! I was so nervous as I am not a fan of public speaking but the support I received from the teachers gave me the confidence that I could teach a group of adults an English class.
While the course is only four weeks long it is extremely intensive and as a teacher, you will grow so much in just the one month. They covered English grammar that I hadn’t even learnt back in school in Canada and different teaching techniques that could be used for any class size at all levels. We also learned the International Phonetic Alphabet which is a unique skill to have, especially for myself because I can only speak one language but at least now I can read two alphabets!
Getting a job was surprisingly easy for me, as I was hired before I even completed the course! I work for a language services company and I am a private tutor for people ages 6 to 52. I was also able to maintain a work schedule that catered to my needs, for example, I don’t work on Friday’s because I wanted to be able to travel on the weekends. Becoming an English teacher is a really great option for someone who doesn’t want to work in a traditional office 9 to 5. I get to travel the world and still make some money so I can’t complain. TEFL Barcelona is a great place to study and get your certification all while you get to live in Barcelona!” Olivia Kelly (Canada)
“When I started thinking of studying to become an English teacher I was terrified about teaching grammar as I had never really studied it.
When I started the course there were days that I thought, ”Oh wow, I’m going to have to teach this!!”
Luckily for me, I got a job in an academy a week after finishing the course, so everything was fresh in my mind.
I started working with children, which is fun if you have a good group. Very soon I was asked to take over a group of adults. That was more challenging as adults want to know why and how everything works. When I prepare the class I have to study the grammar to make sure they don’t catch me out on anything.
I’m enjoying being an English teacher very much. I recommend it to everyone who speaks English well”. Melanie Valerga (Gibraltar)
“Since finishing the TEFL course, things have been going so well. It took me one week after finishing the course to land my first job at a school in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi for a summer camp. I am one of the main English teachers and every day is a new day.
I plan the lessons, I interact with the children and help out with other school activities.
For one week during this camp, we went to La Garrotxa and what an experience that was! Since being at this school, more opportunities have arrived. I’ve met parents who now want me to do private lessons with their children and the word spread and I am in contact with a few families now. It’s funny how things work out.
Besides teaching, I am loving living in Barcelona. It is one of the most amazing cities I have been to. I have met the most amazing people, eaten the best food, and explored/still exploring this historic city. I am so happy that the TEFL program exists because, without it, I don’t think I would be here in Barcelona.
Overall, I would recommend the course to everyone without hesitation. The teachers are amazing; the people I met through the course are still my friends till this day, and it gave me the knowledge I needed about teaching English”. Stephanie Rhawie (US)
“Finding teaching work in Barcelona requires patience, persistence and flexibility. However, finding students is not an issue because so many people are wanting to learn English for their jobs or for school. At first, your schedule may seem scattered, but once you gain some consistency, it smooths out and becomes much more enjoyable.
If you decide to come to Barcelona to teach, beware of holiday months (December and August). People leave the city for one month and work is slow.I’ve been teaching English in Barcelona for five months now and have had a wonderful time. I got here in January to get certified and though only four weeks long, the TEFL course I took with you, Lisa, Jamie and Michael provided enough information and hands-on teaching experience so that when I graduated in early February I felt ready to start teaching right away. Some of my more proactive classmates actually got hired and started getting paid to teach before we had even completed the course! Once January and September roll around, you will hardly have to look for students. People will come to you. It is a challenging job but so incredibly rewarding to help someone communicate in a new language. I would highly recommend teaching abroad if you are interested in education, languages or travelling”. Hanna Guenther (USA)
“I have been living in Barcelona for five months now and I think it’s safe to say that I love it. I have no complaints about my experience in the TEFL course; it was informative and fun, and helped me to meet some great new friends and current roommates. Lisa, Jamie, and Michael provided more than enough resources to find a job and effectively teach English. However, they are not going to hand you a job upon graduation; you must be dedicated in applying and interviewing, but I can assure you it is all worth it in the end. I currently work at two different language schools, where I teach a range of kids from 5 years old to 9 or 10 years of age. My work at these schools is supplemented by private classes in people’s homes, so I get a variety of different experiences. I prepare my own lessons and am learning just as much from my students as they (hopefully) are from me. Barcelona has some funny customs, especially during Christmas time, and it was so fun to share Christmas traditions with my students.
My advice to anyone wishing to teach English in Barcelona, or anywhere really, is to be proactive in looking for work, and keep an open mind. Moving to a different country is difficult and scary, but is so worth it in the end”. Emily Vandermast (USA)
“TEFL Barcelona has been the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experience. I’ve had the privilege to learn from experienced teachers and made fantastic friends. This was the first step in a new career and new direction in my life and it was a very positive first step to take. The tutors created a welcoming, collaborative environment to learn in, with practical experience the underpinning of the course. I can only say thank you so much!”. Erin Shakespeare (UK)
“If you have the opportunity, I highly suggest doing the TEFL Barcelona course! I should preface that I have a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and master’s degree in Education; yet I found this training program to be one of the best courses I’ve taken. It was challenging, thorough, fun, exhilarating, and beneficial. The course is a combination of relearning all aspects of the English language as well as hands on teaching experience. Since taking the course I have been teaching a number of different English classes. I have signed up to work about 14 hours a week with a language school right in Barcelona, and teach private classes on the side to make a little extra money. Within days of sending an email to various directors, I heard from 12 different schools and was able to set up interviews with 7 of them. Don’t worry about a lack of English teaching jobs in Barcelona, there are plenty! Additionally I posted an add online to advertise myself as a private tutor and heard form 23 people in 2 days. Working a 18hour workweek, I make enough money to cover rent and still live incredibly comfortably. Majority of my time is spent on the beach, wandering around the city, meeting friends for sangria and tapas, and traveling around Spain.
Basically through doing this course, you earn a certificate that means you are employable worldwide. Take a second to think about that. You could work anywhere in the world that has a language school AKA you can travel anywhere in the world and get paid for it! Internationally employable, I like the sound of that!”. Claire Nicholas (USA)
“I recommend the TEFL course to anyone who would like to start teaching English and get a job quickly. There is definitely a high demand of English teachers in Catalonia (and the world, I guess) and TEFL is well known and recognized among private schools and English Academies. In my case, I am Catalan, I lived in Scotland for 5 years, have a degree in English and I was really struggling to find a job related to my ‘old profession’ so I decided to change my career direction. I knew I like teaching, I had been teaching Spanish when living abroad, so that’s why I ended up doing TEFL. I thought not being a native speaker would be a problem and I thought it would take me a few months to start having regular classes and enough classes to live on. However, on my last week in TELF, they called me for a few interviews; one of them was to work in a language Academy where I was finally hired. I started with some in-company and private classes and now they’ve already told me that a teacher is leaving next month so I can take his groups. In other words, I got a job in less than a month!”. Alba Robert (Catalonia)
“I never thought that I would be an English teacher but joining TEFL was the best decision that I’ve made so far. I have been living in Barcelona for 5 months now and I am completely in love with this city! I joined the September course and was worried that by October every academy would be full and no one would be hiring but I was wrong. Even before I graduated from the program I got hired at The American School of Barcelona and found 8 private students! I have Fridays-Sundays off so I get to travel all over Europe with friends that I made in the TEFL program. Teaching can be a challenge but every day I’m learning and growing and I’m so happy I was able to learn so much from this course!”. Anna Preston (USA)
“I took the TEFL course in September 2015 and managed to get a job before the course had ended. I currently work for a company that sends me to many different places, whether it be schools or students homes and I teach both one to one and group classes. I would highly recommend taking this course as it prepares you so much for the real world of teaching English as a foreign language and helps you become more prepared and organised as an individual. The teachers at TEFL international Barcelona definitely do not spoon feed you and it is an intense 4 weeks but they are extremely helpful and it made me completely capable and ready to teach in the real world. I made so many friends while on the course which is one of my favourite things about the experience, and many of us now live and travel together. I would say that teaching abroad is not always easy but it’s an extremely rewarding job and I’m so happy I decided to do it”. Jemeala Tarbah (UK)
“I knew after graduating from college, I would explode if I went straight to grad school. Travelling is a priority to me, but I also knew that I’d need to be making some kind of income. What better way to do that than teach English abroad? I’ve had friends who WOOF or work abroad (programs that are really great, I just didn’t want to do them my first year abroad), but I still wanted to be able to connect with local people of all ages. I took the Barcelona TEFL program in September, which was perfect because the school year starts in October so there were plenty of job offers. After the program, I felt good about standing up in a classroom and teaching English. The teachers are awesome by the way! Even though grammar has NEVER been my strong suit (especially since I haven’t studied it since high school), I feel comfortable teaching it. Most schools or academies will provide you with books and materials that help guide your lesson plans as well.
I’ve currently been living in Valencia now for 4 months and I love it. I teach at a small language academy in the evening for 12 hours a week. My youngest classroom is filled with 3 and 4 year olds and my oldest class consists of business professionals. Your classes are definitely what you make them to be and I love that I still get to incorporate creativity into my lesson plans. I also have a few private lessons during the day or after I teach at the academy. I chose to move to Valencia because, as great as Barcelona is, I wanted a smaller city, with less tourists, and more culture. The people, beach, paella, sangria, fiestas, bike-rides, city center, and the atmosphere here makes this city perfect for me.
Teaching English abroad, especially in a country as wonderful as Spain, you’ll gain a whole new perspective on travelling and seeing the world. I know I made the right decision to take the TEFL course and move to Spain!”. Emily Beam (USA)
“Teaching English in Barcelona has truly been an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I am currently working for an academy which provides me with private students. I conduct the lessons in the students’ homes which I find very enjoyable because it allows me to get the amazing cultural experience I was hoping for. Seeing the children interact with their families, chatting with their parents in Spanish from time to time, and being a part of their lives in such a close way has truly enriched my experience abroad. I also have some conversational classes with small groups of adults, which I especially love because I am able to see such different perspectives of life through them and I can choose the topics that we converse about before the class.
After my TEFL course in August (which was amazing and made me extremely well-prepared to teach) I got a job at an English Academy where the classes were based on an intense method of oral repetition. I didn’t have much flexibility with my classes and I didn’t like that I had to stay in the same building every day and forget that I was living in such a beautiful city. Now, although my classes are a bit spread out within Barcelona, the transportation system is very easy and efficient to use and I really appreciate that it allows me to get to know the city more (there are so many different, amazing areas within Barcelona, you can’t just stay in the city center!) Many of my classes are close enough to walk to and I often have breaks between them to visit some nice cafes and speak with the locals. Living abroad for a year is simply one of the best decisions a person could make. I couldn’t recommend Barcelona more since it literally has everything wonderful all packed into one city: beautiful streets with tons of history, incredible weather and beaches, sunny plazas, friendly open people (very international too), delicious food and much, much more”. April Scatliffe (USA)
“I booked my TEFL course on https://www.teflbarcelona.net and am now working a full teaching schedule in an academy in Barcelona. My overall experience with TEFL Barcelona was extremely positive. We had a variety of trainers, each with quite different teaching styles (which was interesting to observe, as we were all trying to improve ourselves as teachers), but they all managed to lead us through the course material in a logical and engaging way. We learned the essential grammar rules quickly, but in enough detail that I’ve had no problem building on this initial knowledge enough to feel confident teaching it, and had plenty of practice teaching adult students in real classes, which was invaluable experience to mention in job interviews. My classmates were motivated and enjoyable to learn with, and I’ve stayed in contact with many of them since leaving the course.
TEFL Barcelona is a great way to get established in Barcelona; they can organise your accommodation for the first month (giving you plenty of time to find a long-term room while living in the city), you get the necessary knowledge and qualifications to find a job, and you meet a group of solid friends with whom you can discover the city”. Christopher Brown (UK).
“Had someone asked me a year ago what I’d probably be doing today, never in a million years would I have thought to respond “teaching English in Barcelona.” The truth is that I got into this profession almost by accident but it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve yet to make.
Thanks to Mike, our career counsellor, I was able to find work despite the awkward time during the school year that I became a certified teacher. Through the resources that were provided to me by the school, an English academy called Britannia hired me as an English teacher for a summer camp in the Pyrenees during June and July. The camp went exceptionally well, my employer was pleased, and she has now offered me a full-time position as an English teacher at her school for this upcoming school year! In addition to working with Britannia, I have been working with another academy called Links & Lynx whom have provided me with supplementary work, including a month long gig giving business English classes to Yamaha employees and tutoring university students to prepare for the First Certificate, amongst other small jobs.
After accepting work with Britannia and Links & Lynx, I was still receiving a good amount of call backs for interviews. Since my schedule was already full, I actually had to turn down work! That says quite a bit considering the current unemployment situation in Spain.
It’s been about four months since I’ve graduated from TEFL International Barcelona, and I’m doing just fine. This Monday, September 15th will be my first day as a full-time teacher in Britannia, who has given me a 27,5 hour workweek plus a few more hours with Links & Lynx. English is a booming business right now“. Yolanda Arriaga (USA)
I’ve been here almost 7 months now and I’m still just getting my feet wet in this teaching business, but I’m working hard and hanging in there. Teaching has been really eye opening for me. You never realize how much you don’t know about the language you’ve been “fluent in” all your life until a student asks you to explain the reasoning behind a phrasal verb, but as the saying goes learning is a lifelong process and my students and I are in it together.
Being an American in this country in this line of work has both its ups and its downs. On the one hand, students really want to learn “American English” which makes you coveted by them which is great for private lessons, but on the other hand, if academy/school employment is what you seek most of them want to hire teachers with working papers which is almost impossible to gain for Americans. If you do manage to find a school not so concerned with all the red tape, life would be a bit easier: materials provided sometimes lessons even prepared, but your best bet is most likely private classes. You get to set your own price, but it also requires more leg work on your part: constant self advertising, post to websites, in charge of your own materials/lesson plans. No pain, no gain, right?
All in all, teaching has been a pleasant surprise for me. It’s not a profession I had seriously considered in the past; I didn’t think I had the skill or patience, but after you get past the nerves and hurdle of your first solo lesson that turns out well and your student turns to you and says “I learned a lot today”, that’s all the motivation you need to continue.” Neila St. Louis (USA).
NB: For non-EU members we recommend applying for a student visa before travelling to Spain. A student visa will allow you to apply for a NIE number and teach 20 hours a week. Ask us for more information on how to apply for this.
“I have now been living in Barcelona for over six months. My original plan was to stay for six months and then go back home. I was able to find so much work that now I’m staying. I took the course in January so thought I might have difficulty finding work as the Spring semester had already begun. I was wrong. There is such a high demand for English teachers here. I work for five different academies around the city. I mostly teach adults in businesses. I also have a couple private lessons with young children too. I teach classes of all levels from elementary to proficiency. I really enjoy teaching in businesses because they have a strong desire to learn as they need English for work. The pay is more than enough to live comfortably and travel. I’ve already visited many places around Europe and I even went to Africa! I have weekends off so I have plenty of time to travel around Europe or take weekend trips around Spain. This experience has been life changing. I know when I return to the United States the experience I have gained here will be immensely helpful in my future”. Siobhan Hayes (USA/ Ireland)
“I started looking into teaching abroad in the countries that I thought I might be interested in exploring. Teaching English as a foreign language started to look like a pretty feasible way to kill two birds with one stone (getting a job that allowed me to make money AND travel). Barcelona Spain almost immediately grabbed my attention, and so I came and got my TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certificate from an institution that more than prepared me to do exactly what it promised. And I haven’t looked back since moving to Barcelona and getting my TEFL certificate from TEFL Barcelona nearly seven months ago.
I now teach at a Language Academy for 8 hours a week and then have about 5 hours a week of private classes on the side. I mostly teach adults who are at an intermediate to upper-intermediate level of English. I don’t make enough money to be rich but that’s not why I came to live in Spain. I do, however, make enough money to rent my own apartment down near the beach in the neighborhood of Barceloneta. I’m roughly 20 meters from the Mediterranean Sea (which is great, because I can take an evening or morning dip whenever I feel like it). I travel via bus or cheap airfare just about every other weekend to one awesome place after another, (last weekend I went south to Miravet).
On top of traveling I also get the opportunity to go out whenever I want and experience the amazing nightlife and different festivities the city has to offer.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to move to Barcelona and get my TEFL certificate. Teaching English is a surprisingly practical skill in the sense that it teaches you a lot of non-teacher related talents (confidence in speaking in front of people, learning to be better at job interviews, etc. etc.) and also in the sense that since English is a language that people all over the globe want to learn, teaching it becomes rather priceless”. Terek Hopkins, (USA)
“I ended up heading to Puerto Varas, Chile to teach. I was offered a full time job (40 hours a week), for 9 months. This also included free housing, a work visa, health insurance, free excursions, and free Spanish courses. It was a very good opportunity, and I’ve always wanted to see more of South America, so jumped at the opportunity. I definitely have to adjust to the weather here (lots of rain!), but nicer people I’ve never met. I don’t think I’ve ever been to more family barbecues with people I have just befriended!
I teach small sized classes, from 1 to 4 students, from children to adults, from complete beginners to nearly fluent. While I am still finding my teaching feet, I rely on much of what was taught at TEFL International Barcelona. There is always an adjustment period, but thanks to the hands on experience I had, I transitioned easily. I would definitely recommend teaching any additional classes at TEFL if they are offered, as I draw heavily on my experience from them”. Vince Vanpooten, (USA)
“It has been approximately two and a half months since I have officially been living in Barcelona, Spain. I have experienced so much in the past few months…I have made amazing, lifelong friends, I have successfully completed an intensive TEFL course, I have started a job working full time teaching English to students as young as 5 all the way to 40 year old business people. it has been a crazy past few months from going to school every day from 10am to 8pm, to travelling, to socializing and making new friends, to starting work and figuring out how to get from my flat to my lesson to another lesson to a different school for my last lesson then back home again (by metro, bus, and trams).. I have had my hands full 🙂 Overall.. I am happy. I am happy I chose this direction with my life and I am happy that I am following my dreams of travelling and living abroad AND being able to check (multiple) things off my bucket list at such a young age”. Jamie Wells (USA)
“Well… to be honest not being a native English speaker has caused me a few problems so far because most of the academies are looking for native teachers, however, two weeks after I finished the TELF course, I got some work doing substitutions, and I have also been giving some private classes; I am enjoying it so far .
Three days ago I signed a one month contract with an academy near my place. I am currently substituting a teacher at London English school in Sant Celoni, where I am teaching groups of children ages of 5 and 7, and a group of adults too. I haven’t found a long term contract yet. However, the truth is since I got to Barcelona I had been looking for a job and I couldn’t find one although I had various certificates, but two weeks after I graduated from the TEFL International Barcelona course, I started working so I am very happy and the certificate has been helping a lot.
I thank you all TEFL International Barcelona team. Kind regards”. Rams Christopher Bakela (Congo)
“Hello, my name is Daria! I’m one of the people who have done a TEFL course with TEFL international Barcelona. It was an incredible experience! I’ve been teaching English for more than 10 years and I also have been running my own language school. Our motto is ” make learning fun”. So I try to do my best to make the process of education as much pleasurable as possible. But I always felt I should do the course to kind of sum up my knowledge and experience and learn some new methods and techniques. That’s how I found a beautiful place called TEFL international Barcelona. I must say you guys have exceeded my expectations. Every single class was a treasure for me. I couldn’t even imagine how much I would learn. All the amazing techniques to teach phonology, which had been so boring before, interactive games, ice- breakers, and the absolutely wonderful engage- study- activate approach have changed my life forever. Now I really enjoy teaching. I gained so much confidence and I have become such much more creative that every morning I wake up with one thought: How should I plan my lesson!? It’s contagious :)! I see my students making progress in their speaking and it makes me feel so good. I have also trained the teachers who work for me, which makes their working experience fun and gives them a lot of tools for teaching. The course has made a big difference for us! Thank you for your generosity in sharing knowledge and absolutely amazing atmosphere! The trainers are awesome! God bless lovely people!” Daria Glesser, (Russia)
“I secured a job within ten days of finishing the course, and I was one of the last people in my class to get a job (trying to find a job while also finding a place to live… not easy and a little stressful!).
Since the course, my experience has been great and looking back, it has gone really fast. But, I have accomplished a lot and learned more than I ever thought possible, all while having the experience of a lifetime that in some ways has felt like a year-long vacation. I seriously don’t understand why people wouldn’t consider this path! But, I know it isn’t for everyone.
I think in some ways, teaching English is different than I expected. But for better or worse (and mostly better!), it has honestly been one of the best experiences of my life and taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of. And my students, aged 7 to 70, they’ve been the light of my life and brightened my mood on more than one occasion, taught me a lot, and above all left me with memories I will never forget. Shortly after starting teaching, I saw the below image and feel is sums up teaching quite well”. Lauren Hartley (USA)
“I thoroughly enjoyed my TEFL Barcelona course. The teachers were all really nice and encouraging and I feel as though I learnt so much in a very short time. The course covered all the different aspects of teaching English, from grammar to classroom management, to teaching children and teaching business English. As someone who had never taught, or studied teaching before, it gave me the confidence to be able to stand up in front of a class and teach English.
I do not live in central Barcelona and was worried this would make it difficult for me to find work, but I think it was actually the opposite. I got private lessons almost immediately and I also got work with children in a summer school. I actually had to take my advert for private lessons down in the end because students kept contacting me and I just didn’t have the time for any more lessons!
I am currently working at an academy with children of various ages, I work 20 hours a week there. I am also doing private lessons in the evening over Skype for 6 hours a week, in the future I see myself increasing the number of private lessons I do and decreasing the number of children’s classes I do, this way I can enjoy teaching English without having to worry about discipline and classroom management, which I sometimes find pretty stressful!
Overall the experience has been great. I have learnt loads and surprised myself with what I’ve been able to achieve. I would recommend the course to anyone considering it”. Catherine Burns (UK)
“Dear Erwin, Lisa and Jamie,
I hope you are all well! I have been living and teaching in Barcelona since September now, and am loving it! I’m working for an academy in Viladecans called STP Training with another TEFL International Barcelona student. The experience has been exhilarating. I have been teaching students of all ages – think hyperactive 7 year olds with impressively sponge-like brains, lively (and ever so occasionally moody) teenagers, and adults wise with age and experience – as well as all levels. No two days in the classroom are the same. I am constantly learning new things, tweaking my techniques and improving as a teacher. It is an intensely gratifying feeling to be able to see the progress your students are making week by week. I can honestly say that becoming a TEFL teacher was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Every day presents itself with a new set of challenges and, although it’s not always an easy ride, I’m always looking forward to seeing what tomorrow will bring.” Leah Goldkorn, (UK)
“It has been five months since I graduated from my TEFL course at TEFL International Barcelona. I have to say that it was the best investment of my career. The support staff and my exposure to language teaching skills along with real students were amazingly done. We were taught to put ourselves out there, build our names and I sure did. My very first month of teaching was impressive. I had sent out about 40 CVs and, in no later than a week, 5 days precisely, I was hired. I was doing the thing I love the most: teaching! Being able to work as an English teacher in Barcelona, not only has it been a fulfilling pleasure, but also a way of making money to live my life its fullest in Europe. I’ve been going to extraordinary places, meeting all sorts of people everywhere. A check on the bucket list proudly done!”. Fernando Galvao, (Brazil)
“It’s been 3 months since ending the TEFL course, and the whirlwind that is my life is yet to slow down. I was one of the lucky ones, offered a job at a language academy a week before the course finished. I was working full time as well as finishing the course, and it was only a week after receiving my certification that I found myself uprooting my little world in Barcelona and replanted into another one in Sitges, Spain. I was also recommended by a friend and now teach private English classes to two different groups of children during the week in Barcelona. So twice a week I’ll make the short commute to the city and teach my classes, and I couldn’t ask for a better view during my ride either. I’m still very close to all of the friends I’ve made in my TEFL class, some of which have become friends for life. If they’re not coming to visit me here then I’m visiting them there, where we continue our never-ending adventures!”. Monica Brodeur, (USA)
“Doing the TEFL course was one of the greatest ideas on my way to finding my dream job. During the course I learnt a lot, grammar, language awareness, etc. I found the teaching practice especially helpful, which started on the third day of the course. It happened to be the best way of learning how to teach; just by doing it. I was a bit nervous and excited when I had my first class, all the time being observed by one of our trainers. But this turned out to be one of the greatest experiences. The whole course I felt really supported; even though I wasn’t a native speaker, I felt I belonged there, thanks to the nice atmosphere and the people I met in my class.
One week after graduating I found a job. I work in an English Academy where I teach students from beginner to upper intermediate level. The method they use is similar to the Callan method. I’m really satisfied; not only do I work doing what I like, but I’m also improving my knowledge about English and teaching, as well as getting important experience, in case in future I would like to look for another work place. The salary is 1000 euros, which is ok and enough for my needs and a comfortable life in the small coastal town where I live. I definitely recommend the TEFL course, and even more I recommend doing it in such beautiful place like Barcelona“. Sylwia Durmowicz (Poland)
“I consider teaching a foreign language not less of a creative process than acting or composing songs. When I started my TEFL course, I had already been involved in this constantly challenging profession for about 5 years. When you‘ve been teaching for a while, you almost get a phobia of how not to turn it into a routine. The TEFL Barcelona course gave me a whole bunch of priceless ideas, both for groups and individual students. I really appreciate learning how to manage my time during lessons by dividing them into short stages, how to pay adequate attention to all the students in the group, how to lead my students on the one hand, and yet , on the other hand, not turn into a control addicted teacher, and lots and lots of other helpful recommendations.
For me, as a non-native speaker, it was also very important to be practising together with prospective teachers from The USA, Britain, Australia, Africa, etc. I really appreciate and miss this fun and useful experience; I miss my group mates and trainers!”. Elena Larionova, (Russia)
“After completing the TEFL course, I moved to Madrid to work. I applied for an appointment to obtain my NIE straight away which really helped when applying for work. For some jobs, they will carry out a formal interview, other places will just be happy to have people to fill in their busy work demands. There is ample work in Madrid so you can afford to be picky. With the current economic situation, people want to learn English and move abroad. I am working for a teaching provider that is also a publishing company, so they print a monthly magazine which acts as the ´textbook´ for my students; the most interesting and relevant text I´ve ever used. Most of my students are with an international television company. They also offer me block hours which means I don´t spend too much time travelling. My pay ranges from €13 per hour to €17 per hour depending on location etc. My block hours offer less than the lessons that involve me needing to travel. I´m teaching about 23 hours a week which gives me enough money to escape on the weekends, eat out, live comfortably and save. I have weekends and evenings free because most of my classes are company classes. I have been working in education for 4 years and I can honestly say that I am the happiest I´ve been!”. Rick Fan (UK)
“I’m doing great! I’m teaching A LOT and I’m really happy about it. I’ve always felt really thankful to you and the teachers at TEFL because if it hadn’t been for the course I wouldn’t have discovered my passion 🙂 I had an amazing time there, I always told Jamie and Lisa that I learned a lot from them, and also from Jane and Suzanne. I will be grateful forever!
Actually, I found your career guidance very helpful, I believe Michael does a great job. I emailed the list of schools that he provided and made the changes he suggested in my CV and I got several calls within 3-4 days. Within 10 days I had a job at a School in Terrassa, called Salt Idiomes. I worked there from February to September, non-stop, intensive summer courses included. Now I’m working at a School in Cerdanyola called Yes Si Language Centre. I teach English there to children, teenagers, and adults, basically all ages and all levels.In Salt idiomes, I taught (only adults) Intensive conversation courses (3h per day, Mon Wed Fri, upper interm.), intensive summer courses (3h per day Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu upper interm.) and I also taught intensive courses (3h Mon, Wed, Fri) to pre-intermediate and intermediate sts.
In general the pay is ok, 15 euros per hour is what I’ve been making at these places. I can’t complain.
Moreover, I have been using the websites that Michael provided to find private lessons and I have been teaching both Spanish and English from the advertisements I put there. At the moment, aside from working at the school I mentioned before I am also doing a masters degree programme in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. You guys really changed my life! haha 🙂
In my experience, there is MUCH MORE work in the schools outside/near Barcelona than the in the city. All the calls I got were from schools outside the city, but I guess that is normal, too many teachers in the city!
Best Wishes and please send hugs to Jamie and Lisa 🙂 Danae Lebrero (Spain)
“After I finished my TEFL course I moved outside of Barcelona centre and came to live in Sitges. I was a little worried as I have never taught before, so was not sure how easy it would be to find a job. However, I had a lot of interest and went to numerous interviews and ended up having to turn down jobs. I started working in an academy with children and private classes getting paid 15 Euros an hour. It was great to gain experience there but the hours weren’t the best having one morning class then a huge break, then going back to teach at 6 until 9.
I then got asked by another school if I would like to teach for them as they just needed an exam practice class for their teenagers. The hours are less and the pay is more. (20Euro) I really enjoy it and I have my own private students in my own home too! TEFL is a great way to try something new and go somewhere new. I really am glad I did the course as it has opened many more doors for me.
I am now looking at going to Asia to teach for a year over there. The options are endless and once you start to meet people it’s easier to find the work that is more suitable for you”. Jasmine Sumner, (UK)
“I found out about Tefl by coincidence, and so far it has been the greatest coincidence in my life. The experience is amazing, meeting new people, getting to learn about different cultures and realising that being a teacher brings great joy.
For me, Tefl was the perfect mixture between fun and school. I have learned how to be a teacher while meeting new people and developing relationships. The hardest moment was when I had to teach for the first time in my life, a few days after the course started! I was terrified just to discover that everything I had been taught applied! You are there to do something you already know.
It was never my intention to become an English teacher, but now I have a job as an English teacher and translator, and guess what? I love it.
Thanks to Mike from career guidance, I got a job on the same day I applied for it, 4h/day and a few private classes, just enough to allow me to support myself while discovering all that Spain, and Barcelona in particular, has to offer”. Poliana Ringheanu (Romania)
“Not only is TEFL Barcelona an excellent academy to study at, with a friendly atmosphere and great teachers, but it has also helped to prepare me for life as a teacher in Barcelona.
Having recently completed the course I have found it easy to find work and I am currently working in an academy, as well as giving private classes around the city. I would most definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona to any prospective teachers!”. Will Barrett (UK)
Good to hear from you. I’m very well thanks. I’m still loving life in Barcelona and have never once regretted my decision to move there! The TEFL course was a fantastic and invaluable experience which introduced me to new friends and greatly assisted me in finding work after the course. I had no problems finding work – after sending out my CV it didn’t take long before offers started coming in. I am currently working for a language academy in Gracia. I’m working 21 hours a week, teaching a range of ages and levels (including children and in-company classes), and mostly one-to-one or small groups. I also attend Spanish classes there which is great! The last few months have been exhausting getting used to the teaching, but the more experience I gain, the easier and more enjoyable it’s becoming. It helps that all my students are a pleasure to teach as well!
I’m currently back in cold wet and windy Scotland for Christmas and, while it’s nice to have a rest and see friends and family, I’m already keen to get back to Barcelona!!!!. Dorothy Cassidy (Scotland)
After the TEFL course I moved right to Madrid and immediately started my job search in early September. I thought most classes started in September so I was a little discouraged when I wasn’t receiving much feedback. I did, however, get numerous responses inviting me for interviews if I could present working papers, which I unfortunately cannot.
After two weeks and a few interviews, I took a good job with block hours teaching children. The salary would definitely cover all of my living expenses, but it wouldn’t provide much extra for traveling or saving. I decided that I would just have to pinch pennies.
And then, October came. Job offers and interviews flooded my inbox and I got to be picky. I filled my schedule, while keeping Friday through Sunday free, and only agreed to classes that paid well and were in the city center.
Right now, I’m earning over 1,000 Euros per month and only working an enjoyable amount. Most of my hours are spent teaching professors and staff at CUNEF, ColegioUniversitario de EstudiosFinancieros. I never would have imaganied that I would be teaching college professors! And if I decide I want to take on more classes, I don’t believe I will have any trouble finding more work through my current employers.
For me, LingoBongo.com is where I found the majority of my jobs. And once I had accepted classes with a few different “brokers” and academies, they kept giving more. Although I never paid the 10 Euro fee to have the site send out my resume, I have since met the creator of LingoBongo and discovered it is definitely a good deal and timesaver — but make sure you have a “stand-out” resume.
So, everything is going well for me in Madrid! And I definitely use the methods I learned through TEFL every day. Hope all is well. Kelsey Ohleger, (USA)
I am now working for STP Training, in Viladecans, I work 22hrs a week, pay is 15hr and 18hr for business classes. I have 2 groups of children 4, 2 groups of upper intermediate, 1 FCE student, 3 speaking one on one and 2 business speaking classes. This company offers yearly contracts and I do have benefits- like paid holiday if you have your paperwork. It is a wonderful company and they have great clients, my business classes are with employees from Pepsico and I have worked with Undesa and Bacardi. I work Monday-Thursday in the afternoons, I have classes in the academy as well as inside the business.
The people I work with are great and they have every resource available for us teachers. Also my students are amazing from the little ones to the business ones, they are all dedicated enthusiastic and eager to learn.
I am incredibly thankful for the lessons learned during my course at TEFL and would – and often do- recommend the course to friends and family. Warm Regards”. Lisandra Bayliss, (USA/ Spain)
Sometimes, I use some of your methodology, but I want to use it more often, but as there is a lot of paper work (unnecessary), I don’t have much opportunity now.
By the way, today I’ve asked my students, for home work, to find songs with verbs in Past Simple and Past Continuous, and they liked this task very much!! In future, I want to implement more of the games that you showed us.
Life in Ukraine is difficult, but my roots are here and that’s why it’s not so easy to change my life here and my job here for something in an unknown and strange country/city..But as I have been to Lisboa this summer and liked it very much, so I decided that if my life hasn’t changed in the next 4 years, I’ll go and live and teach there”. Katya Chabaniuk (Ukraine)
“After my TEFL course I started providing private lessons at the small town of Mollerussa. I teach individual lessons and/or two people at the same time. I have a range of students from 10 years old to 36 years old. Usually the young students need to review the work that they do at school and the adult people are preparing the ESOL Cambridge exams”. Xavier Vidal (Spain)
“TEFL has improved my teaching a lot. I got my certificate at the end of July, and by the end of August I was back teaching in S-P. Normally after a long 3 months vacation it is a little bit difficult, but I was excited finally performing for my dear students, we had great Engages, Studies and Activates, just like I you taught me.
TEFL made my lessons more active for students. It taught me how to make a lesson great even if there are more than 6 students (which before was stressful for me).
I am very grateful to all my teachers:) Thank you”. Viktoriia Surmatch (Russia)
“I have a lot of private classes, approximately 5-6 hours a day. I work with different ages and now I have children 6-10 years old, teenagers 14-16 years old and adults. Individual classes in Moscow cost 25 -30 Euros per hour (60 mnts).
I use a lot of TEFL materials in my lessons. A new approach for grammar explanations and the ideas to engage and activate students were really helpful and useful. I got a lot of new information and all my students are happy to see something new during the classes. Kind regards”. Natalia Tarasova (Russia)
“When I graduated as a non-native teacher, I was sort of afraid not to get a job. I would say that it is hard to obtain one but it is never impossible. I received a job offer from Turkey and it is the start of my overseas career. The TEFL certificate is what any employer would ask for even before your degree. The job offer was very interesting regarding the working hours, the pay, the contract conditions, holidays and levels to teach. I accepted the job and flew to the land of Ottoman Turks.
I have taught adults and teenager but in Istanbul I had the chance to teach young learns of six years old. I won’t deny the hardships I had at the beginning but recapitulating the TEFL training techniques and put them into practice was rewarding. The training effect will always be there on you. I can now narrow my interests and focus on the Early Childhood Education. The future hides a lot of surprises but we make them. I would thank constantly my teachers from TEFL Barcelona for their informative and instructive training. They are always there for us whenever we needed guidance. By choosing this Center you would not only gain a certificate and experience but a great friendship of TEFL teachers”. Afaf Saoudi, (Algeria)
“After I did my TEFL course in Barcelona and added it to my CV, I got a highly-paid job offer from Kuwait. But I already have a job in my country, so I decided to stay in my current job. This year my success in my classes has been realized both by my colleagues and students. I used TEFL techniques, such as using stories, games, videos…etc in my classrooms and they worked very well. Last week, at our Christmas Party in one of my classes they gave me ‘The Best Teacher of the Year’ Oscar as a present 🙂 I am grateful to all my TEFL teachers and thank them for everything”. Ozlem Karakus, (Turkey)
“I have absolutely nothing but good things to say about this program at TEFL Barcelona; without a doubt, it changed my life and enabled me to acquire the perfect teaching skills needed for the real-life world of teaching. The instructors, Geoff and Erwin, are fantastic – their knowledge is deep and unparalleled. They are patient, understanding, and care deeply about their teacher-trainees. I completed my TEFL in August of 2012 and am happy to report that I have maintained close contact with both Geoff and Erwin after the course was completed.
I would highly recommend anyone interested in teaching English as a foreign language to participate in this course – it is well worth it. It’s hard work, but it is SO worth it. I was actually receiving job offers and interview offers during my third week in the course – it hadn’t even finished yet! With the help of the amazing job guidance counsellors, I was immediately on the right path! Rob and Jade are FANTASTIC – they really go above and beyond to help. I was working within several days of completion of the course and had many offers to teach at various levels.
With my 5-10 years of business experience, I ended up teaching Business English to adult learners of Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, and Advanced levels. I had some experience teaching children, too; but, I quickly realized that my teaching niche is with adults. In the three months I’ve been in Barcelona, I have worked for some big companies such as Orange, Softonic, GE, and Hospital Sant Pau. I also have some private lessons on the side and I love the flexibility I have with my schedule. The pay is pretty good (starting at 15 euros+/hour), but I know I could make more as an “autónomo”, so that is an option I am considering, as well.
Right now, I am basically a freelance teacher working for three big agencies here in Barcelona. I would be happy to speak to any future students and tell them about my past experience with TEFL Barcelona, along with anything else that could help. If you think it could be something you’re interested in, do it – you will never regret it. Think about it; you can always go back to your boring 9 to 5 everyday job…if not, there will be another similar one waiting for you. If you can take the chance, do it! There is a wonderful and warm teaching community here in Barcelona waiting for you!” Best. Claudia Reissig (USA/ Germany)
“Dear English teacher to-be. Worry not! If you are coming to Barcelona to live here for a while, and teaching English is your plan for paying the rent and making ends meet, then you’re in luck, because there are many possibilities out there. While the Spanish economy might not be at its best, since the recent period has affected all of Europe, the language-learning sector is still blossoming. Most Spanish speakers are looking to improve their CV and their skills, and English is one thing they really need.
I did my TEFL program in August, 2012 and applied for a couple of jobs afterwards. I found a job via word-of-mouth and started work in the second week of September, with a language academy 30 minutes outside of Barcelona, in a lovely town called Montgat. I have been working there since September and I have 22 hours a week and a decent pay that makes me feel lucky. Whether you are looking for private students or a school to work with, there are plenty of people here who need your help.
All you need is a positive attitude, good English and perseverance. You don’t even have to be a native English speaker, even though that obviously helps. I, for one, am from Romania and my boss didn’t think twice when hiring me.
Good luck! Also, if you have any questions, feel free to write me”. Mara Ionescu- Ambrosie (Romania)
“I am currently teaching full time hours to private students, but this has taken time to build up since September. I am enjoying teaching English immensely and wish I had done this years ago! I enjoy the autonomy, the creative aspects of teaching to different learners of different levels, ages, and personalities/styles. My students range in age from 11 to mid 30’s and are of very different abilities. Some are school children whose parents are helping to give them an advantage in life by having them improve their English while others are, for example, adults who need to practise/improve their English for job-related reasons. I really enjoy teaching a small group of highly intelligent and motivated students who operate a guided tours company in Barcelona. They are already at upper intermediate/pre-advanced level and their learning is focused on a specific task – communicating more effectively with English-speaking tourists. They are very enthusiastic and I have learned so much about the culture and history of Barcelona and Catalonia through them. It is also very nice seeing their new company develop and grow.
My rate of pay varies between 15-18 Euro/hour, but an offer I make to students is for 20 Euro per 90 minute session, which I feel is an ideal amount of time for a lesson. I am happy with the rate of pay. I value very highly the autonomy, job satisfaction and just living in this beautiful city/area – this is truly priceless! I haven’t advertised at all yet – I have gained all my students through chance networking and ‘word of mouth’. Often people will notice that a teaching session is going on and, when finished, they come up to me and ask for a business card. Some of these people then become students. I teach in homes, quiet cafes and library study rooms across the city – from Gracia to Sarria, Eixample and Sant Just. It’s great fun! Having worked as an A&E nurse for years in the stressed-out UK, I really appreciate the many fun and pleasant aspects of teaching English in this relaxed and warm-hearted culture.
So I would say that there is a demand for learning English here in Barcelona and that given a bit of patience and perseverance it is possible to tap into that market as a private teacher. I would highlight the importance of being very professional and committed to your students – this means putting a lot of thought and care into lesson planning/syllabus pathway, giving all you’ve got during classes and being 100% dependable and punctual
Thanks again for the wonderful TEFL course, I enjoyed it immensely and it has proven invaluable! I’m still learning the grammar and loving it! 🙂
Best wishes”. Nicholas Azul Alexander (UK )
I’m really enjoying teaching, although it’s a lot more draining than I’d expected! I’ve finished my first trimester at The Language Connection school in Montgat, a little further out of Barcelona than I’d anticipated, but it’s actually nice to be getting out of the city. I work every weekday in the afternoons and evenings (about 30 hours a week in total), teaching groups ranging from nine year olds to people in their twenties preparing for CAE exams. The kids and teenagers were a bit of a shock for me at first, but now I’ve got the whole idea of discipline and distraction down, I’m really enjoying it. There are a couple of other teachers working at the same school who also completed the Tefl Barcelona course at some point, so it’s nice to have people around who like to do things in the same way and are interested in discussing any differences between the techniques and methods we learnt on the course and what we’re using now in the school. My pay is around what I’d expect working in an academy, enough to live comfortably up in Gracia and still indulge at the weekends Scottish-style 🙂 I’m definitely an advocate of working in an academy rather than independently, especially in the first year. All resources, textbooks and exams, are supplied, and we have a really good support system between the teachers that really makes everything stress-free.
If it wasn’t for the Tefl course, I not only would’ve been in way over my head on the first day, I don’t think I even would have got the job in the first place. One of my interview questions was to describe the difference between the conditionals and if I hadn’t done the course I probably would have said “… well, there’s Pantene… Head and Shoulders.. L’Oreal…”.
I use the lesson planning and class management techniques that we learnt from the course every day, as well as trying to incorporate some of the games and activities for the classes with the younger students. I also have some private students (organised by the school), and so the One-to-One was definitely relevant preparation for that. So far, the only downside I find with teaching in the school in Montgat is we don’t have that much room for creativity when planning lessons, especially as the school doesn’t have that many resources (no on-site photocopier, or coloured paper and glue… not that I particularly liked cutting and sticking anyway) but it still seems to be fun for the students and the textbooks are mostly new and very good. Ah, and we use blackboards instead of whiteboards as well; just when I thought whiteboard-writing was my worst skill, enter chalk!
I think one of the strongest points about the course is the fact that it allows, almost forces, you to integrate into the Tefl community, which means you’re certainly not alone when job hunting, encountering difficulties with employers or contracts, or even when you just want to have a drink in the pub and complain about students! I’m still in contact with Isabella, Sarah and Tash (we go out together for lunch or dinner regularly), Cecilie (the Norwegian from the previous course, we meet every couple of days to discuss how we’re not built for the Spanish climate!), and I work with Mara, who I believe was on the course after me, and confusingly lives in the flat Buse used to live in, with Ben, who did the course last year and with whom I also work with in Montgat. It’s a small Tefl word it seems.
Anyway, I don’t really have any more news to be honest. I’m freezing it up in Scotland at the moment, and head off to Edinburgh for the Hogmanay street party tomorrow!
I genuinely struggle to find a photo of myself that doesn’t look like a lunatic tourist lost in a foreign country, but I’ve attached a touristy one from Barcelona, I’m not sure what kind of photo you’re looking for!”. Deborah Kerr (Scottland)