Spain

  • Minimum age

    17 for Language Coach / 20 (Graduate) for Teacher

  • Departs

    January & September

  • Duration

    3 – 9 Months (Graduate role)

    6 Months (Language Assistant)

    Please contact to discuss shorter term placements

  • Roles Available

Gap year Spain! Placements in Spain are located in the region of Castilla y Leon. The largest and most historic region in Spain, with 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Lattitude offices are based in Valladolid.

Placement roles

Language Coach

Language Coaching roles in Spain offer volunteers the freedom to develop imaginative lesson plans that encourage students to practice their English in a fun and supportive setting. The ability to adapt, think creatively and embrace a new culture will allow you to experience the wonderful traditions and customs that Spain has to offer.

gap year spain - language coach

Graduate Teaching Role

The role for Graduates as English teachers involves classes, sports and helping out with other activities on immersion programmes for children aged 10-14. English, outdoors and nature activities are combined, giving an opportunity to get immersed with the local staff and environments. All graduates are offered a training programme during the first week on placement to get you ready and set for an incredibly rewarding experience.

Teach English in Spain
Teach English in Spain

 

Placement details:

Lattitude volunteers in Spain will be based at a variety of schools from primary to high school level. They will officially adopt the position of English language coaches, but will often be in the position of planning and taking charge of lessons. You will work alongside permanent teachers and help with a range of activities, using your English skills to assist both students and teachers.  Volunteers may also become involved with additional activities in the school, such as music or drama classes or sport, and occasional extracurricular activities and outings.

Spain has traditionally lagged behind other EU countries as regards language skills and resources have been made available to improve language learning and create so-called “bilingual schools”, where English is made a priority, to the extent that some regular school subjects are sometimes given in English, such as science, art or Phys. Ed. However, the teaching staff are still some way behind and contact between students and native speakers is encouraged to provide the opportunity to practice.

As a fluent English speaker, you will primarily be responsible for teaching English up to 12-15 hours per week. Overall you are likely to work 3-5 hours per day, 4-5 days per week.

 

Accommodation, food and allowance

All Lattitude volunteers in Spain will live with host families – the ultimate way to learn about culture, language, food and friendships from within. All volunteers will be given their own room and full board for the duration of their stay. Meals will likely be standard Spanish fare (amazing!), which is normally lunch at around 2pm, with a first course, second course and desert or fruit and the evening meal will be similar, at 8 or 9pm. Volunteers have to get used to this, as snacking during the day is much less common in Spain. Most Spanish families prepare food each day from fresh ingredients, with fish, meat, vegetables, pasta, rice and eggs.

 

Volunteer has typical Spanish dinner with host family
Typical Spanish dinner with host family

Spanish families expect a degree of interaction most times, as they tend to be sociable and enjoy shared time in the evenings and meal times. With regards to practising English, volunteers should be expected to offer 3-5 hours English help per week with the kids at home, whether this be helping with homework, reading or playing games in English and it may also include helping other family members practice their English, although in a friendly and informal fashion. Host families will ALWAYS want to help our volunteers with their Spanish too, so reciprocal language learning is common.

Free time & travel:

 

View of Barcelona, Spain, from Gaudi's Park Güell
Gaudi View of Barcelona

Volunteering in Spain offers the chance to explore the whole Iberian peninsular, it is famous for it’s cuisine and stunning Mediterranean beaches.

The region is full of historical sites, with UNESCO World Heritage sites in Salamanca, Leon, Burgos, Avila, Segovia and then further afield, larger urban centres, such as Bilbao or Madrid are 60-90 minutes away.

There are football, basketball and handball teams which all have local support, cinemas, live music and a variety of social and cultural events every weekend throughout the region.

Dancing is very popular, with Sala, Zumba and similar classes available.

Just to the North, the beaches of Cantabria offer bracing weather and excellent surfing.

Costs

As a global organisation, we list our pricing in US dollars. To convert to your own currency, you can use xe.com

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lattitude has had to restructure, creating considerable cost savings for the organisation.  One positive outcome of this is that we are able to pass on these savings to our volunteers, resulting in significantly reduced fees for departures from April 2021.

Lattitude Application Fee – $50 (USD)

The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.

Lattitude Placement Fee: $1900 (USD)

This fee is broken into three payments:

Deposit

Once you have been interviewed and accepted into the programme, you will be required to pay a $500 USD deposit to secure your position. The deposit covers our costs for identifying, assessing and matching you to a suitable placement.

Under normal circumstances, this is a non-refundable deposit. However, due to the uncertain timeframe of COVID-19 travel restrictions etc, we have adopted a more flexible approach to ensure there is no financial risk to our volunteers proceeding with their Lattitude travel plans.

Your deposit will be refundable if: You have paid your deposit after 11 March 2020 (the date WHO declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic) and if nearing your scheduled departure, as a result of COVID 19, you are still unable to travel, or if, following government advice, your destination is deemed unsafe to do so.

If you are still unable to travel to your first-choice destination, we can work with you to look at alternative destinations at short notice. In the unprecedented scenario of no appropriate departures being available, we will look to reschedule, offer you the opportunity of deferring, or refunds will be made available.

Deposit Update – October 2020

From 8th October 2020, Lattitude will refund deposit payments in the event that Lattitude needs to cancel a specific programme departure due to COVID 19 or if international/government COVID 19 advice is to avoid travel to that destination. Lattitude will always encourage volunteers to consider an alternative destination or to defer travel.

Interim

You will be required to pay an interim payment of $700 USD no more than 6 months before departure. This payment covers Lattitude costs involved in the pre-departure stage of your placement.

Final

The remainder of the Lattitude fee of $700 USD will be due 60 days prior to your scheduled departure.

 

What’s included?

  • In-depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
  • Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure advice and guidance
  • Pre-departure information and briefing session
  • Relevant DBS/police check fees
  • Airport pickup on arrival
  • Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
  • Accommodation and food (provided by your host family)
  • 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from the Lattitude Country Manager
  • Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
  • Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni

Other costs

  • International Flights
  • Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • In-country Orientation Fee (when delivered in-person)
  • Pocket Money for weekends/holidays/post-placement travel
  • Accommodation and food during holiday periods

Ecuadorian Volunteers

Ecuadorian volunteers will also be responsible for a $400 USD supplementary fee to cover the specific support we offer volunteers and their families in Ecuador. $50 USD of this fee will be put into a scholarship fund for future Ecuadorian volunteers.

Fundraising

As a charity we always recommend our volunteers fundraise to help meet the costs involved in volunteering overseas. In many ways it is part of the whole experience. For more information and fundraising ideas please click here

Spain can offer some flexibility regarding start dates & durations for certain placements, so please ask.

Hear more from Madeleine, Volunteer in Spain

Deciding to volunteer with Lattitude has been the best decision I have ever made. Not only have I been completely immersed in a fascinating and unfamiliar culture, but I have been presented with an opportunity for personal development; I know the leadership skills, independence and confidence I have developed will take me far.
I couldn’t recommend volunteering with Lattitude in Spain enough; it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Madeleine, Teacher Assistant