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English Language Assistant Spain


1. Why should I choose Spain?

Spain is a modern, vibrant country. It's a tolerant, accepting society,  with a multicultural population and some of the most progressive laws in Europe. There are excellent universities, museums and natural spaces. Its geography is amongst the most diverse in Europe – beaches, mountains, national parks and plains all within a short distance of each other. There are big cosmopolitan cities and small, relaxed towns and villages. Spain is well communicated with Ireland and the rest of Europe.

2. What are the terms and conditions?

Every year there are approximately 70 TO 80 POSTS in primary or secondary schools or in public language schools.

The programme welcomes applicants from any field or branch.  It’s not necessary to be a student of Spanish or to have a background in education.  However, if you’re considering a teaching career, you’ll gain valuable experience.

  • Dates of appointment: 1 October – 31 May.
  • Hours:12 per week
  • Salary: approx. €700 per month.  In Madrid assistants work up to 16 hours and receive €1000
  • Entitlement to national healthcare.
  • Age Limit: 60 years old

Candidates must have completed at least one year of higher education and hold an Irish passport.  Candidates from other nationalities will be considered, if they have studied in the Irish education system for a number of years and are fluent in English.

3. What are the assistants´duties?

The role of the ELA is to help Spanish students to see English as a living language of millions of people rather than as a ‘school’ language. The basic duties of the assistant are:

  • To assist the regular staff of the school.
  • To conduct conversation classes in the foreign language.
  • To supplement such classes by exercises in reading and oral composition.
  • To give pupils an insight into the way of life in his/her country.

Assistants may also be asked to participate in extra-curricular activities such as workshops, field trips, music and theatre performances, or sports events.

4. Where can I go in Spain?

There are posts available in all the Spanish "Comunidades autónomas" (autonomous regions), including Ceuta, Melilla and the Islas (the Canary and Balearic Islands), Efforts will be made to meet the applicants’ preferences, but their choices cannot be guaranteed.

5. Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to a one/two-day induction course in late September or beginning of October. This course will inform you on all the administration procedures required for living in Spain and will offer ideas to be used in the classroom. It also allows plenty of time to meet up with other assistants.

For further information call (01) 2608100 or visit the programme website


Closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to Thursday 06 April, 2017.

Completed application forms must be returned to the International Section, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough St., Dublin 1, D01 RC96