Paid English Tutor
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Overview

We do not offer this program now. Issues with student visas and age requirements have caused us to pause this opportunity so we don't disappoint anyone. When we have factored in all of the issues surrounding this program, we will notify our base and will launch the program again. Thank you for understanding.

Click this link for information on current programs for paid teaching with Geovisions Foundation. Click on Volunteer Teaching for volunteer programs that include classroom teaching. You can find programs to Tutor A Host Family in English if you want to volunteer to teach to a family.

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Being a paid English tutor in schools in Spain will be impressive on your resume. Employers not only understand the importance of life skills that can only be acquired from leaving the comfort of your home country, they also appreciate the other transferable skills that you will add to your CV: intercultural skills, cultural awareness, creativity, language skills, team working, public speaking, patience, maturity, autonomy.

Moreover, while in Spain getting paid to tutor English in schools, you have a unique opportunity to learn Spanish in a native environment. At the end of the program, you receive a certificate of completion based on your performance that can be used in the future as proof of experience.

Schools in Spain know and understand that you may not have taught formally before. Or that the experience you do have is limited. At the same time, they expect a serious commitment. They will expect you to involve yourself, as well as to show motivation, professional conduct, good interpersonal skills and to abide by their rules and traditions. This is an excellent opportunity, but at the same time, it is a challenging experience that will get you out of your comfort zone. Don't worry! One of the school’s teachers will be assigned as your mentor so you can ask for help or advice when needed.

Fee

$899

Duration

One academic year or one academic semester. Due to the Spanish school year terms, the start and end dates are set.

Visa

To remain in Spain longer than 90-days, you will need to apply for and obtain a student visa. The cost is currently $160, which is not included in your fee. GeoVisions will provide guidance on the official paperwork and details for your student visa. You must obtain this visa before you leave for Spain.

You will take the following online courses to qualify for your student visa. The courses of study are paid for by the program:

  • Expert in Bilingual Education (480 hours) delivered in English by the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona.
  • TEFL for School Teachers course (120 hours) OR
  • Advanced Methodologies for English Teachers (AMET) (120 hours) if you have the TEFL Certificate.

Participants with a European passport who have studied at a European university could be eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funds up to 12 months after their graduation. For specific requirements and to apply, please consult your university.

Eligibility

  • Native English speaker with a passport from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland.
  • If you are from France or Germany, you can be accepted if you score a CEFR Level B2 on the iTEP English Conversation exam. This exam is an on-demand, 25-minute exam you can take from your computer.
  • A recent university graduate in the last four years, OR a current University student taking a gap year.
  • Clear criminal record.

Start Dates

  • September/October 2019 to May/June 2020. Academic year.
  • January 2020 to May/June 2010. Spring academic term.
  • January 2020 to May/June 2020. Spring academic term.

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Costs

$899

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The fee you pay to become a Paid English Tutor in Spain goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host schools in Spain; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect for a guaranteed job and guidance for the correct visa; and assistance in Spain during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens. This provides you with a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in Spain. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.

GeoVisions Foundation provides 24/7 emergency service, supported by real people. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation. Also, ask your tax preparer about moving costs and if you can deduct those as well.

Salary And Benefits

Advanced

  • University degree in Education or English language or any degree plus TEFL Certificate.
  • €930 per month. If living with a host family, €480 per month. Remember, when you live with a host family your meals and accommodation are covered. Living with a host family is optional.
  • You could have up to 28 students in a group, when alone.
  • 20 hours of tutoring per week over 5 days a week.

Graduate

  • Any university degree, plus TEFL certificate.
  • €880 per month. If living with a host family, €430 per month. Remember, when you live with a host family your meals and accommodation are covered. Remember, when you live with a host family your meals and accommodation are covered. Living with a host family is optional.
  • You could have up to 14 students in a group, when alone.
  • 20 hours of tutoring per week over 5 days a week.

Speakers

  • Any university degree, university students or gap year students.
  • €330 per month. Living with a host family is required. Remember, when you live with a host family your meals and accommodations are covered.
  • You could have up to 3 students in a group, when alone.
  • 20 hours of tutoring per week over 5 days a week.

Paid Holidays

The longer holidays are at Christmas and Easter. Schools provide up to 10-12 days at Christmas and up to 10 days at Easter. Moreover, there are some vacations that are called “Puentes” in Spain and they are usually on October 12th, November 1st, December 6th, and 8th and May 1st.  These dates are for Spain nationally. There could also be more depending on the city where you are placed. 

Please Note:

This program is officially registered as a training program in Spain. You might be able to defer repayments of student loans during your participation (this will depend on your loan company).

Participants with a European passport who have studied at a European university could be eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funds up to 12 months after their graduation. For specific requirements and to apply, please consult your university.

What's Included

  • Job Placement. When you receive confirmation from our office, 100% of the time our teachers are placed in a teaching job.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Spain.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision, and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • International medical and accident insurance coverage for US citizens while you are a paid English Tutor in Spain.
  • Guidance in applying for Student Visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and instructions.
  • Pre-departure support from our offices in the USA and in Spain.
  • 24-hour in-country support for the duration of the program, including 24-hour emergency phone numbers to reach a program manager at any time.
  • Extend your program for additional semesters at no additional cost. Stay as long as you like. Just make sure your visa status is maintained.
  • The online training course with the University in Barcelona. All costs associated with this course. You will receive college credits for the course.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare. You should first fly to Barcelona if you are coming just before classes begin.
  • If you are already in Spain, your transportation to your first class in Barcelona and then onward to your new school.
  • Accommodation. If you live with a host family this is provided.
  • Student Visa (approximately $160)
  • Meals. If you live with a host family this is provided.
  • 1-night accommodation in a hostel in Barcelona to begin the program. This starts at €20 for the night.
  • Translating your English documents for your visa to Spanish.
  • €850 security deposit. This is paid when you agree to the placement. 100% of this deposit will be returned to you when you complete the program. Most tutors elect to receive their security deposit while they are in Spain.
  • FBI background check ($50) online.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

How does the application process work?

  • To apply, you must complete the online application.
  • Once your application has been submitted, your Operations Coordinator will provide you with a list of documents required for the program. All documents can be attached and uploaded with your supplemental application.
  • You may be interviewed by the GeoVisions Foundation via Skype.
  • We will then submit your completed application to our Spain office for approval. You will be interviewed via Skype from Spain.
  • Within 2-4 weeks, you’ll know if you’re accepted to the program. You will receive an acceptance letter and we will provide you with more information regarding placements, visas, and training schedules.
  • After being accepted by a school, your placement will be confirmed and reserved. 
  • Obtain a student visa from your home country before entering Spain. Our team will provide guidance and documentation.

What documents are required to apply?

  • Your completed online application.
  • A copy of your passport identification page.
  • 3 references, their relationship to you and their contact information.
  • Copy of your degree, transcripts, or a letter of expected completion if you haven’t graduated.
  • Resume.
  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Any certificates related to teaching (ex: TEFL/TESOL, First Aid, Teaching Certification, etc)
  • A photo of you, dressed professionally, smiling and with a white background.

Why choose Spain?

From bustling cities to traditional villages, Spain is a developed country with an affordable cost of living that offers an amazing variety of lifestyles. Most capital cities have less than 300,000 inhabitants, have a vibrant culture and offer many leisure opportunities.

Spain receives 82 million tourists every year thanks to its 42 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites (more than the UK, Ireland, USA, and Canada all together!), not to mention its countless festivals and traditions, historical cities, beautiful shores, welcoming people and friendly culture. During your stay in Spain, you can learn not only the language spoken by 450 million people in the world, but also discover many aspects of the culture, heritage, and way of life.

Will I improve my Spanish?

Yes. Once you are in Spain you will have a lot of opportunities to improve your Spanish, but it will be up to you to take advantage of them.

It is very common to arrange conversation exchanges with school teachers (free of charge!) but bear in mind that you are supposed to speak in English, German or French at all times when you are at school - if you speak to the children in Spanish, the school will consider it a huge offense.

Can I apply with a friend or spouse?

We always invite our participants to bring friends along. This program, however, has a policy not to place friends in the same school or city.

What happens if I leave the program before it ends?

Successful applicants pay a security deposit of €850 upon acceptance of their placement, which is kept until the end of the grant period when this amount is given back. You will lose the deposit if you are expelled or don´t complete the program.

Will I have holidays?

You will be entitled to the same holidays as the rest of the teaching staff. You will have a Christmas and Easter break, local/regional holidays and any long weekends (puentes) they might have during your time in the program. You will have a set school calendar and will not be allowed to take any days off outside the pre-established ones –so trips/travel arrangements should be made around your class schedule and your school calendar. If there are unforeseen circumstances or special events, such as your graduation, that requires you to take a day off, you will have to make a request in advance to the school principal. Any unauthorized absences can result in the loss of your student grant.

What are all of the expenses I will incur and what about my student loans?

  • * Student visa application fees (US$160 or more)
  • *Translation of official documents for the visa application
  • * Purchasing a private health insurance –visa requirement (around US$20/month) If you are from the US, you receive this insurance from GeoVisions Foundation.
  • Obtaining a Certificate of Absence of Police Records, Enhanced DBS (GBP62), FBI records (via a Channeler –recommended-) or similar
  • Your travel expenses from/to your country (will depend on the distance and on how early you book your tickets)
  • One-day accommodation in Barcelona for the induction meeting (prices start at around €20/night in a hostel’s shared room)
  • Travel expenses from Barcelona to your destination (will depend on distance and the means of transport used. Carpooling apps are a very popular option in Spain)

*do not apply to EU citizens

You might be interested in knowing that, as it is officially a training program, you might be able to defer repayments of student loans during your participation (this will depend on your loan company).

Participants with a European passport who have studied at a European university could be eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funds up to 12 months after their graduation. For specific requirements and to apply, please consult your university.

Is medical insurance included?

Yes, you will have access to the Spanish Social Security health care (upon registration). The public administration will deduct a small amount from your stipend (€6.94 in 2018) in order to pay compulsory social security contributions.

Non-EU passport holders: although you will be covered by the Spanish Healthcare system, in order to obtain your student visa you will have to purchase additional private health insurance that should cover you during your time in the program. US citizens receive this insurance from GeoVisions Foundation.

Am I going to be a Teaching Assistant?

Not at all. The role of an English Tutor is completely different.

The teaching assistant is only supposed to support the teacher delivering the lessons with a complementary task and is never independent while doing so. In contrast, paid English tutors work mainly on their own, prepare their own lessons and are supposed to use their own initiative most of the time. They also focus primarily on speaking skills. Nevertheless, the tutors will have to follow their mentor's general indications and guidelines.

What will be my duties?

Your duties could consist of the following:

  • Additional Support: any kind of activity delivered by the teacher while they are present in the classroom. The school will expect you to take the initiative and prepare your activities, not just teacher shadowing.
  • Conversation practice with reduced groups or split groups: activities delivered by the tutor on his/her own.
  • Conversation practice with other teachers: one-to-one or small group sessions.

Depending on the school and on your profile, you might be involved in extracurricular activities, as well as in teaching other subjects (such as P.E., music or science) in English, German or French.

How old will be the children I will be teaching?

It varies depending on the school and the placement, but you will know in advance. The age groups range from 2 to 18-year-olds, and we do our best to match the age range of the children in the placement with the successful applicant’s preferences.

How many hours can I expect to be at the school?

Although you will be teaching around 20 hours/week, this does not mean you will only be at school 20 hours/week. You will have some gaps in between lessons and you will probably need it to meet with teachers to coordinate your activities (up to three hours/week). You can also use this time to prepare your lessons and follow the online course. It is normal for some tutors to be in their assigned school from 9am until 5pm, with a two-hour lunch break in the middle.

The University Courses

The courses begin with a one-day-session in the Faculty of Education of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona and, after that, you will move to your destination and follow your course online, with the support of forums and a tutor. The completion and evaluation of the course will be based on the assessment of individual modules. The UIC recognizes your English Tutor placement and around half of the credits for each course correspond to your teaching practice.

  • Participants in the "Advanced" program take the 40 ECTS1 credits Expert in Bilingual Education course. The typical workload2 is of 480 hours, so if you are not thinking about the possibility of making a career out of teaching, maybe you should consider applying for the "Graduate" or the "Speakers" program instead. This certified course intends to give a common base to people coming from different backgrounds, providing them with a sound base for TESOL and CLIL contexts, as well as practical tools to use in the classroom.
  • Those accepted in the "Graduate" or the "Speakers" program will have to complete one of the 12 ECTS credits certified courses (workload of 180 hours). If you hold an acceptable TEFL certification you will take AMET3 course. Otherwise, you will complete the TEFL course.
  • Regardless of the type of program, if you are participating for less than 8 months, you will be taking a shorter course (9 ECTS – workload of 120 hours) called TEFL for School Teachers.

Accommodation Options

There are two lodging options: full board accommodation with a host family or independent housing.

In the host family program, if you happen to be teaching less than 23 hours per week, your teaching hours will be spread out over four days instead of five.

Staying with a Host Family: the Best Way to Improve Your Spanish Skills

Living in Spain is a good way to practice the Spanish language; however, staying with a Spanish host family will be the best way to make the most of this unique experience. There are many ‘typical Spanish’ family traditions that will help you improve your Spanish, discover a new culture and most probably, make friends for life.

The main idea of this cultural exchange is that, while out of the school, English Tutors will spend half of their time interacting in the foreign language with the family and the other half interacting in Spanish, traveling or enjoying their spare time as they want. During the program, the family will cover meals and accommodation expenses.

Becoming another member of a Spanish family will ease your way into your new life. Also, as you will not have a rent to pay or groceries to buy, you will be able to save more money for your social life and trips around Spain.

Becoming another member of a Spanish family will ease your way into your new life. Also, as you will not have a rent to pay or groceries to buy, you will be able to save more money for your social life and trips around Spain.

If you intend to live in a shared flat and not with a host family, the cost of living in Spain for a student in a shared flat (budgeting the expenses) is around €500-650, depending on the city.

Some numbers to show the cost of living in Spain when talking about housing:

Internet – €10*

Utilities – €30*

Rent – €175 a month*

*per person (4 people total)

Bus fare – €2 a trip (€24 for monthly pass)

High-Speed Train to Barcelona- ~€37 – €43

High-Speed Train to Madrid ~€73 – €100

Blablacar to Barcelona – €11

Blablacar to Madrid – €28

Oranges/Bananas – €1 / kilogram

Coca-Cola – €0.76 / 2 liter bottle

Bottle of Wine – €1.50 – €7 (average around €2.50)

Milk – €0.80 / liter

Yogurt – €1.20 (pack of 6)

Ground Coffee – €4.76 / kilogram (2 pack = 250 grams = €1.20)

Freshly Baked Baguette – €1.73 / kilogram (3 Baguettes = 1 kilogram)

Eggs – €1.35 / dozen

Beer – €1-€1.50

Tapas – €1-€3

Why do we ask about your preferences?

When offering a placement to a successful candidate, we take into account their background, the pupils’ age range they feel more comfortable with, the kind of school, the kind of area where it is located, etc. Once we have a clear idea of their profile we try our best to find a well-suited placement – taking into consideration the location only when possible. Remember that our allocation process is, above all, profile-based and not location-based.

If one of your friends or your partner has also applied, please, bear in mind that our policy is not to place the two of you in the same town or even region, without exception.

When filling out the form and during the interviews, the more flexible you are, the better but please, be honest about what is really important to you. Do not try to tell us what you think we want to hear, it is extremely important for you to avoid polite answers when expressing your preferences - we will not feel offended! If later on we propose you what seems like a suitable placement for your profile, and you decline it because you were not frank enough with your preferences during the selection process, your chances to be appointed will be reduced dramatically.

What will my school be like?

We work with private and concertado (charter/grant maintained) schools only, and before accepting a placement, you will receive all the details: location, pupils’ age group, school’s characteristics and expectations etc.

Which administrative procedures need to be carried out?

GeoVisions will provide all the necessary documents required to come to Spain. All the administrative procedures are described in detail in the Welcome Document.

  1. A) European passport holders will need to obtain their Certificate of Absence of Police Records (Enhanced DBS in the UK, Police Certificate in Ireland and the equivalent clearance document elsewhere) in their country of residence in person. 
  1. B) Non-European passport holders will need to apply for a long-term student visa (valid for over 180 days) in their country of origin in order to come to Spain.

Important dates and details to consider for programs starting in September/October:

March: apply for/ensure you have a valid passport.

April:  apply for a police background check.

If you are a US citizen, apply for your FBI criminal history record. Since it might take several weeks to be obtained, we recommend applying through an FBI-Approved Channeler, a faster option, albeit a more expensive one.

  • Find out whether or not an appointment in the corresponding Spanish Consulate or Embassy is necessary.

May/June: appointment in the corresponding Spanish Consulate or Embassy.

These procedures can only be carried out in person by successful participants (due to legal restrictions family members cannot be in charge of this process).

If there are no issues, visa processing time (in the US) is generally six to eight weeks, depending on the consulate; during this time the Consulate will usually withhold your passport.

Tell me more about the required university courses?

First of all, the required university course is an online course and the program pays for the course and your credits.

The courses begin with a one-day-session in the Faculty of Education of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona and, after that, you will move to your destination and follow your course online, with the support of forums and a tutor. The completion and evaluation of the course will be based on the assessment of individual modules. The UIC recognizes your Language Assistant placement and around half of the credits for each course correspond to your teaching practice.

  • Participants in the "Advanced" program take the 40 ECTS1 credits Expert in Bilingual Education course. The typical workload2 is of 480 hours, so if you are not thinking about the possibility of making a career out of teaching, maybe you should consider applying for the "Graduate" or the "Speakers" program instead. This certified course intends to give a common base to people coming from different backgrounds, providing them with a sound base for TESOL and CLIL contexts, as well as practical tools to use in the classroom.
  • Those accepted in the "Graduate" or the "Speakers" program will have to complete one of the 12 ECTS credits certified courses (workload of 180 hours). If you hold an acceptable TEFL certification you will take AMET3 course. Otherwise, you will complete the TEFL course.
  • Regardless of the type of program, if you are participating for less than 8 months, you will be taking a shorter course (9 ECTS – workload of 120 hours) called TEFL for School Teachers.

Are the Program’s Courses Internationally Recognized?

TEFL related courses are internationally recognized and certified as long as the organization that delivers the course is internationally recognized - in this case the course is delivered by the Faculty of Education of a renowned official university, so there is no doubt about it.

How will I be interviewed?

You will have two Skype interviews. One by GeoVisions and the other by our program partner in Spain.

Face-to-face interviews take place in several locations throughout the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, and the US. Travel expenses to attend the second interview are not reimbursed.

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Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook PageInstagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Thai since you're now living as a local and helping your community and students realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a community in Thailand and you're ahead of the game.

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