• Finding work in Spain & How Canterbury English can help

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    Many native and bilingual English speakers, and teachers from around the world want to come to  Spain to live and work.

    For non-Europeans, it is almost impossible to get a job at an English school in Madrid or find work anywhere in Spain. You rarely, if ever, see English teaching jobs from Spain offered internationally. Why is that? Because there are plenty of English teachers living in Spain.

    TEFL certificateAnd why are there so many English teachers living in Spain? Because Spain is an attractive country to live in and with a good Mediterranean lifestyle; which is probably the healthiest lifestyle in the world, mentally and physically. Let’s face it, living here is like living in paradise!

    Under the sparkling blue skies of Spain, there’s no need to offer free airline tickets, free lodgings or free whatever to entice English teachers to come, because teachers are beating down the doors to get here. And Canterbury English makes sure you do!

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    The first step is registering for a TEFL program in Madrid (but few, if any, offer work). If the TEFL program doesn’t include a Non-EU Study Abroad Visa Program (most don’t), you can’t legally work in Spain. So you take the TEFL program on a tourist visa and afterwards leave for another destination. We call that …paradise lost!

    And this is where Canterbury English comes to the rescue as we are one of the few schools that have a TEFL program and an English Academy and we are the only school that offers work to all its graduates.

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    However, many people already have an on-site, accredited TEFL Certificate (online TEFL certificates or non-accredited TEFL certificates are not recognized here in Spain). So, it just doesn’t make sense for them to take another one from Canterbury English if they already have an on-site, fully accredited certificate, which includes an external monitoring body (Cambridge, College of the Teachers, IATQuO).

    And that’s why we created the Madrid Lifestyle Program, to give those people with an accredited, on-site TEFL Certificate, the opportunity to live and work in Spain too!

    So if this is the case, then the other route into Spain is taking the Canterbury English One Year Madrid Lifestyle Program.

    What exactly is the Madrid Lifestyle Program (Non-EU) and what are its benefits?

    There are many benefits to the Madrid Lifestyle, so let us explain what the main ones are. The Madrid Lifestyle Visa Program is a program that gives you A to Z coverage; including the opportunity to apply for a visa to get here, a job, a 36 week Spanish course; a social network of friends, contacts with 300 English schools, help with accommodation, bank accounts, mobile phones and so much more. And that is why it is so popular and every month fills up fast.

    The Madrid Lifestyle kicks off with a morning workshop when you arrive, job offers start the same day and so do your 36 weeks of Spanish classes, without which you can’t get a one year study abroad visa, because you are coming here first to study and then to work.

    • The visa allows you to work for 20 hours a week or up to 92 hours a month. (Depending on how many working days there are in a month).
    • Unless you are studying at university or you are studying Spanish you cannot get a Study Abroad Visa.
    • In other words, the only way to work in Europe and Spain, for Non-EU, is a Study Abroad Visa. Basically there is no other way to get started.

    Find more information about the Madrid Lifestyle Non EU here.