What to expect as a teacher in Spain
Due to the relatively large number of British expatriates living in Spain, along with the strong local presence at international schools, there are a relatively high number of international schools in Spain. Most schools will serve a local population in part, if not in entirety, and once teachers become accustomed to the high level of ambient noise in a typical Spanish classroom, become enamoured of the children they teach who are usually gregarious, friendly and emotive. There is a growing number of bilingual and local international schools in Spain, and teachers coming to this country must expect to deal with children for whom English is not the first language.
Salaries in Spain are similar to those in other warm West European countries such as Italy, France and Portugal, and are taxed. Housing is almost never included in the employment package, and flights are rarely included, so teaching in Spain is usually not an option for teachers who need to send money home or who have a family to support with no other income.
Despite the less lucrative employment packages, when compared to the Middle East and parts of the Far East, teachers still flock to Spain and it remains a top destination for many because of the weather and way of life. School days in Spain are often longer than in other parts of the world, starting at 8:30am and not ending until 5pm, but public holidays are frequent, and the day is broken up by longer lunch periods and breaks. The school year typically starts in September and ends in early June, with long breaks at Christmas and Easter as well as numerous public holidays sprinkled around the year so teachers have lots of time to enjoy the fabulous sights, sounds and tastes in Spain.
Almost all international schools in Spain are unable to sponsor a work visa, and therefore require teachers to have an EU passport.
Population: 46.7 million
When you say Spain, bull fighting, sangria and flamenco dancers come to mind. This is only scratching a very tiny surface of what Spain has to offer. Scratch a little deeper and you will find catherdrals, amazing architecture, art galleries, mouth watering food, mountain ranges and a culture well worth delving in to.
The climate is variable across the north and south of Spain, but is a relatively mild and temperate climate. The south is hotter than the north, especially in the height of summer.
It is hard to know where to begin; beach hopping, swimming, cycling, dance lessons, fishing, art galleries, architecture, museums, monasteries, hiking, events such as La Tomatina or Running with the Bulls, wine tasting, sangria and the amazing food that Spain has to offer.
Eating and Drinking
Spain is famous for its delicious tapas, which is a fantastic way to get a taster of all of the different flavours and plates that Spain has to offer. Paella is another favourite amongst both locals and visitors. You will also find the standard fast food joints such as McDonalds and Burger King, but they won't look so appetising once you have had a taster for Spanish cuisine.
Alcohol is readily available, with plenty of vineyards to visit or bars or cafes where you sit sipping on a glass of local wine or even sangria in the nice afternoon sun.
All forms of transport are easy to get around and are very cheap, with plenty of departures daily. Roads are well maintained.
The currency in Spain is the Euro (EUR).