About a year ago, I earned my Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate through the International TEFL Academy (ITA). I took the online course, and it was a great experience. While Life Stuff (and, let’s be honest, a big ol’ dose of fear) has gotten in the way of my going abroad to teach so far, it’s still something I think I would like to pursue someday.
When I was first considering the idea of teaching abroad, one place that I really wanted to go to was (and still is) Spain. Spain is actually a fairly popular destination for teaching abroad, but it can be tricky to go about doing so legally, especially as a US citizen.
The United States doesn’t have a working holiday agreement with Spain the way Canada does, and it’s just about impossible for someone from the US to get a work visa in Spain for teaching English. (Side note: if you HAVE managed to get a work visa for this and are a US citizen, I would love to hear your story. You can contact me here)
There are some people who choose to just go over on a tourist visa, overstay it, and teach under the table. And while this isn’t uncommon, it’s not something I would want to do. Knowing my luck I’d be the one sorry soul to be banned from the EU forever.
I’ve listed here some of the ways in which US citizens can teach English in Spain legally. These aren’t the only ways to teach legally in Spain, but they are some of the more popular ones, and they are all legitimate.