I am thinking about doing a TEFL course before summer as I am hoping to move out to Barcelona to learn Spanish and enjoy the culture for a few months to a year maybe. I have been recommended that the CELTA course is the best one to do but as this is an expensive option I was wondering if anyone recommmended any other options to go down as I am unsure at the moment?
Does anyone have any advice on work in Barcelona and how hard it is to get work out there?
Your help would be appreciated.
14 January, 2010 at 9:44
Total posts: 149
Reply To: Which TEFL? Barcelona Work?
Many jobs in Spain are got by being there; a lot aren’t advertised online. The standard requirements to teach there are a degree and a TEFL certificate – in many schools almost any TEFL cert will be fine. Most contracts are for a year minimum; hiring usually takes place at the end of Summer.
Pete is right that a lot of schools don’t advertise online, but rely on teachers "walking in off the street" and therefore being available for face to face interviews there and then.
A CELTA or equivalent will certainly be an advantage (see some of the threads in the "Training and courses" forum for more info on the pros and cons of different courses), but if, when you are there for a face to face interview, you can show that you have what the school is looking for in terms of teaching skills, motivation and so on, then the type of TEFL cert becomes a less decisive factor.