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English as a Second Language in Spain | Bilbao, Spain

Gain valuable experience teaching English as a second language to 4th and 5th graders at a private all girl’s school outside of Bilbao, Spain. This school’s educational approach stresses a holistic approach to learning incorporating human, intellectual and moral values throughout the curriculum, including Christian, Basque and Spanish cultural values.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Semi-flexible start dates in mid-September and mid-January 

Duration of Internship:

  • 6 months, minimum. One year, preferred

This school is a recognized educational center for girls at all non-university levels (K-12).  It’s aim is to offer quality education attainable to all families, and thus supply a service of social interest and contribute to the plurality of the educational system which allows parents the right to freely choose the center they desire for their children.

Its main educational function is to guarantee an integral formation of its students paying special attention to the development of human, intellectual and moral values balancing the equality between them.

As a school for girls, the foundation of its mission is a vision of Christian life in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Catholic doctrine and profound respect to the freedom of conscious choice. Through initiative and responsibility, the college has incorporated Basque linguistic and cultural values to its educational program. 

Note: This is not a Catholic School, it is simply founded in the Opus Dei doctrines.

The school is situated just 15 minutes from Bilbao, in front of the airport.

Interns will assist with English speaking practice and lead phonics lessons with 3rd and 4th graders (8-10 year olds). 

Academic Background:

Professional focus on English as a Second language (certification is a plus)

Academic focus in one of the following: English as a Second Language, Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education

Skills/Experience:

  • Organized and Flexible
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to an ever changing environment while maintaining a positive perspective/ attitude
  • Strong interpersonal/intercultural communication skills; ability to follow the lead of head teachers
  • Strong English language and grammar skills (written and oral)
  • Desire to work with elementary aged girls
  • Respectful of the Catholic Doctrine of the Opus Dei schools (interns do not have to be practicing Catholics)
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Language Requirements:

3rd or 4th year of university-level Spanish proficiency is required

Other Requirements:

Because it is an all-female school (students and teachers), intern must be female

Previous experience working or studying in Spain is preferred

 

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3 Program Fee: $3,450
  • Host Site Fees:  $260
  • International Travel: $1,400
  • Visa: $70
  • Recommended Immunizations: none required

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing:
    • Option A: Complimentary homestay arranged by host site, including 2 meals/day*, in exchange for English tutoring and au pair work (outside of, and in addition to, full-time internship work)
    • Option B: $500 ($125/wk) – Homestay with retired teacher including 2 meals/day*
  • Food (snacks)*: $125 ($31.25/wk)
  • Local Transportation:  $125 ($31.25/wk)
  • Recreation: $125 ($31.25/wk)
  • Personal Expenses: $65 ($16.25/wk)

Budgeting Note: Estimated costs are based on typical internship-related costs and a modest standard of living.  Each intern’s costs will vary based on lifestyle choices (eating out vs. cooking or eating provided meals, taking taxis vs. walking or taking the bus) and recreational spending (travelling on days off, expensive hobbies, etc.).

200 Euros / month. Transport to school on bus. Lunch in cafeteria at school included.

  • Option A: Option A: Complimentary homestay arranged by host site, including 2 meals/day*, in exchange for English tutoring and au pair work (outside of, and in addition to, full-time internship work)
  • Option B: $500 ($125/wk) – Homestay with retired teacher including 2 meals/day*

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Terms

Fall/Winter | Winter/Spring

Application Deadline

Fall/Winter: April 15
Winter/Spring: September 1

Basic Requirements

-See Qualifications and Requirements section