News & Stories/2020

A TEFL Guide to Spain

Not a week goes by here at UK-TEFL without speaking to somebody who is interested in teaching English as a foreign language in Spain, and it's really easy to see why. Spain is an extremely popular holiday destination for Brits, so of course people who have visited there on a holiday are bound to fall in love with the country!

The fact that the country is a popular holiday destination for English speakers isn't the only reason for the demand for English teachers. A lot of Spanish organisations look for EFL tutors to teach their employees, due to English often being seen as a necessity and a gateway to being able to deal with larger Western companies. English has also become a compulsory subject for children aged 8 and above. One thing is for sure, the demand for TEFL graduates isn't going to slow down anytime soon!

Quick Facts

Population: 47,788,731

Language: Spanish, Catalan (depending on where you go there are various dialects)

Capital City: Madrid

Religion: Roman Catholic

Climate: Temperate Mediterranean

EFL teachers salary (average): £800 per month

Things to do in Spain


Hit the coast and take your pick of jet skiing, paragliding or banana boating - these are just a few of the many activities which can be found on a lot of Spain's tourist beaches. Afterwards, relax on the sandy beaches - don't forget your sunscreen though!

Eat Tapas

Tapas is a great way to try lots of different food in one sitting. Expect to find patatas bravas, which are potatoes covered in a tasty sauce, as well as lots of ham, cheese, calamari and olives.

La Tomatina, Bunol (Valencia)

One of the biggest food fights in the world! Join thousands of people taking to the streets to throw tomatoes at each other.


If you're a thrill-seeker, this theme park near Salou is a must! Try out some pretty cool rollercoasters or, if it's a hot day, visit the aquatic park next door.

Top Places to Go

Due to a high demand for English teachers, you will find teaching jobs all over Spain. Take a look at some of the most popular destinations below.


You will find it easier to get a job outside Barcelona, as this is the most common place EFL teachers try and find work. Barcelona is known worldwide for its art and architecture, especially the work of Gaudi. Seeing some of his work dotted around the city is an absolute must!


Spain's capital city, Madrid is known for its elegant parks and boulevards. Be sure to visit one of the several museums in the city. 


The third largest city in Spain, Valencia lies on the southeastern coast and is home to several beautiful beaches. You will find great restaurants, nightlife and shops throughout the city.


Home to flamenco dancing, you are sure to find lots of Spanish traditions in Seville. The tomb of Christopher Columbus can also be found in this city, at the Seville Cathedral.

Does Spain sound like the perfect TEFL destination to you? If you're not yet TEFL qualified, book onto a course of your choice today. 2 days or 120 hours of Online Training is all it takes to become TEFL qualified, then you are free to jet off to start your new life and career in sunny Spain!

Once you have passed your course with UK-TEFL, you will have access to our UK-TEFL Jobs Service, meaning you can apply for the jobs listed on our website (these are updated regularly). You will also be able to access a list of contacts for schools all around the world and will receive a FREE Finding Work Guide and CV MOT!

Already passed your course with UK-TEFL and have been working in Spain? Feel free to take our quick survey - we'd love to hear from you!