Teaching English in Spain and Argentina



The Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training offers new Language and Culture Assistant positions in Spain for university students or graduates from New Zealand for the school year 2020-2021. Citizens of these countries who are interested may apply for the complete school year (October 2020 to May 2021, June if destination is Madrid) or also for the first semester of 2021 (from January to May 2021, June if the destination is Madrid).

The Education Office of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training does not charge application fees for any service related to the application process in this program. Please contact us if you receive any petition of fees for this service.


Participants in the program have the opportunity to live in Spain, start or improve their knowledge of the Spanish language and culture and take advantage of an internship experience in public Spanish schools for their future, fostering and promoting intercultural understanding between citizens of Spain and New Zealand. Their main role is to support Spanish teachers of English, or of other subjects such as science or social studies, which may be delivered in English, in primary or secondary education schools or language schools (adults). Some knowledge of Spanish is convenient but not compulsory. At the same time, this program allows Spanish students the opportunity to study English language in depth and get to know the culture of the different countries where the candidates come from by interacting with English native speakers. In Spain, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and the local education authorities in some autonomous regions organise teacher training courses for language assistants during the first days of the school year. Regions can be requested. Each country has different regions or Autonomous Communities assigned that language assistants can request:. New Zealanders can apply for all the Spanish regions.


  • be a citizen of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, India or Singapore
  • be a native-level speaker of English.
  • have a completed university degree or be a last (or second to last year) student of a Bachelor's degree.
  • be of sound mental and physical health and must have no limitations that would impair your ability to teach.
  • have a clear police record.


  • An interview with the Education Advisor may be required for some candidates. Depending on where you live, the interview can take place by phone, Skype or in person.


  • The candidates selected will complete their duties as language and culture assistants, supporting the teaching in English under the supervision and guidance of a classroom teacher at public schools.
  • Their work will involve preparing and developing oral comprehension and speaking activities that focus on language and culture. Their activity could also involve to support Spanish teachers of other subjects delivered in English.
  • Assistants are not responsible for discipline, evaluation or meeting up with parents.
  • The weekly requirement of the assistants is 4 days a week, between 12 and 16 hours a week, all of which are spent assisting the classroom teacher. The monthly stipend will vary depending on the number of hours:
    • Madrid and Comunidad Valenciana: 16 hours/week, 1.000€/month
    • Galicia and Extremadura: 16 hours/week, 935€/month
    • Murcia: 15 hours/week, 875€/month
    • Rest of Regions: 12 hours/week, 700€/month
  • The language assistant and the classroom teacher (or the institution's head teacher or Principal) may agree upon other tasks such as attending meetings, giving talks and participating in extracurricular activities, such as field trips, school exchanges, school plays, concerts or sports carnivals.
  • The different local education authorities from each region will allocate each assistant in a primary school, secondary college or public language school (students over 14 years of age). Over 50% of placements are in primary schools, including sometimes nursery education. About 60% of assistants are placed in bilingual primary or secondary schools.


  • A minimum monthly allowance of approximately 700 € (1000 € in Madrid and Valencia), tax-free
  • Health insurance.
  • Initial training course at the beginning of the school year.
  • Official certification issued by Spanish educational authorities.
  • Paid school holidays: Christmas and Easter.
  • Lodging, transportation


Applications must be submitted online through PROFEX. Please note for some nationalities, such as Filipinos, an interview with their Education Advisor is compulsory before sending their application through Profex.

The following documents must be scanned and uploaded on PROFEX:

  • A passport size photo
  • One copy of a valid passport (minimum validity September 2021) showing the photograph page. It is very important to have a valid passport in order to register for the program since you will need your passport number to set your username (usuario) and log onto the PROFEX system in the future. Also, a valid passport number is required because it will appear on the acceptance letter from the school that you have to submit in order to apply for the visa. Therefore, your current passport number must coincide with the passport number on the letter.
  • Original degree certificate(s), diplomas(s) or official academic record.
  • Motivation letter/cover letter: 300-word essay or statement of purpose, signed and dated, with a general greeting, in English or Spanish, explaining the reasons why the applicant wants to participate in the program, their expectations about it and what the applicant can offer to the program.
  • A letter of recommendation or reference letter, written in Spanish or English, from a teacher or employer, with letterhead, signed and dated, a general greeting and containing the contact details of the person who writes it (see "Letter of recommendation guidelines" at the end of this document).


Once you submit your application through Profex, you will get a pdf file, which you will need to save as proof of your application. In addition, you will need to print it out, sign and date it, scan it and email it to your corresponding Education Advisor:

  • NEW ZEALAND: asesoria.nz@educacion.gob.es
  • NZ Police record or Police clearance.
  • The Spanish Education Office in Australia will be responsible for the selection process.
  • Positions will be allocated by the Spanish regional authorities. Every applicant that obtains a position will be notified individually through e-mail with the assignment of the specific region in Spain in the weeks following the end of the application period.
  • Candidates must accept or decline this offer of a regional placement within three days of receiving the email from PROFEX.
  • The Spanish regional education authorities will send a letter of appointment with the town and name of the school (you will need this letter to apply for your visa) where the candidate has been assigned. Each region sends the letter of appointment for their corresponding assistants who will be asked to provide the regional Departments of Education with a written acceptance or renunciation of the assignment. Instructions will be provided to apply for a visa.


Please, share this document with the person who will write the letter of recommendation that will support your participation in this program.

To whom it may concern,

Thank you for making the time to create a letter for one of the candidates to the Language and Culture Assistants Program from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.

The person you are writing the letter for has applied for an internship within the program. If the applicant is selected, he/she will be offered a position to support teaching in English in a K-12 school or a School of Languages in Spain for one academic year. Therefore, the candidate must be responsible, open to new ideas and cultures, and have good social and communicative skills. The candidate will be assisting the Spanish teacher in classes by means of oral practices and conversation techniques to improve the students' speaking performance.

In order to simplify the process for you, next you will find a list with the items that need to be present so that the letter is valid and supports the candidate's application.

The letter, which will be addressed to the Language and Culture Assistants Program Advisors, needs to contain the following elements and information:

  • To be on letterhead paper from your institution
  • Your name, title and contact information
  • The capacity in which you know the applicant, and for how long
  • A short paragraph assessing the applicant's qualifications and qualities for his/her success in the program.
  • A final statement, in which you reflect the applicant's appropriateness for this opportunity, or not.
  • Your signature and date. Please see that it is essential that your letter is SIGNED and DATED.

In order to deliver this letter, please hand it out to the applicant, who will attach it to his or her application online. If you are uncomfortable with the content of the letter being visible to the candidate, kindly ask him or her to find another professor or employer to recommend him or her.

Thank you for your consideration.


Every year there may be a few positions available for the January-May/June period (June if the destination is Madrid) for candidates from countries of the Southern Hemisphere due to the different academic year.. If you are interested in this intake, you must apply in the general application period (usually from January to April) and state that you are applying for the January intake in your cover/motivation letter.

  • APPLICATION DATES January 30, 2020–April 15, 2020.



Asesoría de Educación
Embajada de España en Nueva Zelanda
Level 11, 50 Manners Street Wellington 6142
Tlf.: +(64) 4 802 5665 Fax: +(64) 4 801 77 01
Email: asesoria.nz@educacion.gob.es
Dirección de correo postal
Education Office
Embassy of Spain
P.O. Box 24200. Manners Street Wellington 6142

Application submission deadline: January 27 to April 6, 2021.

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