Published: 23 December, 2015  |  Last updated: 16 September, 2016

Teaching English in Instincíon, Almeria, Spain

Instincion, Spain


Report submitted on 16 November, 2015 by Patrick Heron.

Teaching English in Instincíon, Spain:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Instincíon, Spain?
There’s a big expat community so it can be difficult. I teach in a small village where everyone knows me.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Part time English language school positions, teaching at community centers, etc., private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
For formal posts the most important seems to be experience. I have a TESOL qualification, but it hasn’t helped in ten years.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Enthusiasm, no fear of acting and a well organised partner who can find sites on the Internet like ESL KidStuff.

What are the levels of payment?
5€ an hour per child

How many teaching days a week is normal?
3 days per week

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
5 hours per week.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Instincíon, Spain to teach English?
Don’t expect to make a living at it unless you’re really well qualified and experienced.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Instincíon, Spain?
The parents are very keen for their children to learn and the kids themselves are enthusiastic.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Instincíon, Spain?
At school they hardly ever do speaking and listening.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
A very heavy Spanish accent, also economic crisis.


Living in Instincíon, Spain:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Spain?
Yes if coming from outside the EU.

What is the cost of living like in Spain?
Cheaper than France or Britain but not by much.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Lots for rent.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Instincíon, Spain?
Great for families, good food, weather and people.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Instincíon, Spain?
Very high unemployment.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Instincíon, Spain?
Learn Spanish.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Pork pies.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Instincíon, Spain?
My bees.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Plastic fruit, printer ink.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Patrick Heron

Nationality: UK

Students I’ve taught in Spain: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years).

Where I teach: I teach by appointment with families. Working here for 1 year.

How I found my current teaching job(s): People pestered me into doing it

My school facilities: Very good – It’s all ESL KidStuff’s stuff – I can’t do it without your resources!

Teacher support at my school: None.


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