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English language and culture assistantships in Spain for Australians 2013-2014

English language and culture assistantships in Spain for Australians 2011-2012

Experience Spain while sharing your language and culture

  • Experience Spain while sharing your language and culture

An unforgettable experience

  • Would you like to spend a school year in Spain? Getting to know its culture and people while improving your Spanish and collaborating with other foreign language teachers in school tasks?
  • There are vacancies awaiting you in many Spanish cities and small towns. Why not apply for one?

Experience Spain while sharing your language and culture

  • Experience Spain while sharing your language and culture

Why Spain - 01?

  • Why Spain - 01?

Why Spain - 02?

  • Why Spain - 02?

Why Spain - 03?

  • Why Spain - 03?

Why Spain - 04?

  • Why Spain - 04?

Why Spain - 05?

  • Why Spain - 05?

Why Spain - 06?

  • Why Spain - 06?
  • Velázquez
  • Miró
  • Cervantes
  • Dalí
  • Picasso
  • Almodóvar

Why Spain - 07?

  • Why Spain - 07?
  • La tomatina
  • San Fermines
  • Las fallas
  • Semana Santa
  • Carnavales

Why Spain - 08?

  • Why Spain - 08?

Why Spain - 09?

  • Why Spain - 09?
  • RAN Canberra & Adelaide (LHDs)
  • Built by Tenix & Navantia

Why Spain - 10?

  • Why Spain - 10?
  • Wind power: Spain is the 3rd producer in the world (US, Germany, Spain)

The Language Assistants Programme

  • The Language and Culture Assistants programme is coordinated by the Spanish Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Spanish Comunidades Autónomas (regions) and the educational authorities of the participating countries.
  • It gives senior university students and recent graduates an opportunity to visit Spain and become acquainted with the Spanish education system, teachers and students, while sharing with them aspects of your own language and culture.

The Autonomous regions of Spain

  • So, where can I go?

Where can I go to?

The Languages of Spain

What type of schools can I go to?

What type of schools can I go to?

  • Elementary schools (3-11 years old students)
  • Secondary schools (ages: 12-17/18)
  • "Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas"(Government language schools) (14-...)
  • These schools are located in all the regions throughout Spain.

Do I qualify? - Requirements

  • You must be an Australian citizen.
  • You must be a university senior student or already in possession of a Bachelor Degree, Master Degree, or any other postgraduate degree.
  • You must be of sound mental and physical health and must have no limitations that would impair your ability to teach.
  • Have a clear police record.
  • You should have at least a lower intermediate knowledge of Spanish.

Do I qualify? - Merits

  • Candidates can improve their applications by having the following merits:
  • Additional degrees other than those required to participate.
  • Accredited diplomas of Spanish (DELE or others).
  • Knowledge of other languages in addition to English and Spanish.
  • Spanish teaching and methodology courses.
  • Experience living, working or studying abroad.
  • Prior teaching experience.

Timing? – The school year in Spain

  • Each autonomous region has a slightly different calendar.
  • Roughly, September to June.

How can I apply?

  • Applications must be submitted online through PROFEX www.educacion.es/profex
  • Candidates may choose their preferred destinations in out of three regional blocks.
  • Upon completion of the application, and before sending it by e-mail, the applicant must print, sign and send a copy to:
  • Consejería de Educación - Embajada de España 15 Arkana Street YARRALUMLA  ACT   2600 AUSTRALIA
  • Tel: 61-2-62734291 - Fax:  61-2-62734588 - email: spainedu.au@educacion.es
  • Original versions of medical clearance forms or police clearance reports will be needed in order to apply for a visa if the applicant is selected.





Documents to submit (1)

  • A printout of the application form signed and provided by PROFEX.
  • Electronically submitted documents:
  • One copy of a valid passport.
  • One passport sized photograph.
  • One official copy of academic transcripts. If the applicant has already obtained a university degree, they should include a copy of this, along with the official academic transcript.
  • A testimonial letter from a teacher written in Spanish/English.
  • A 300 words essay or statement of purpose, signed and written in English or Spanish, explaining the reasons why the applicant wants to participate in the program.
  • One copy of each document that speaks to the applicant’s language skills and any other additional merit.

Documents to submit (2)

  • One photocopy of a police report issued by the police department of the of the city in which the applicant has resided for a period of at least six months within the last five years. The police report should be issued within six months prior to submitting the visa application.
  • One photocopy of a medical clearance (or GP letter) that has been issued within six months prior to sending the application. The medical clearance should indicate that “the applicant does not possess any mental or physical illnesses that will impair him/her from completing his/her duties as a language and culture assistant in Spain”.
  • The deadline for submitting applications is 2 April, 2013.

How are the candidates selected?

  • The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in Australia will be responsible for the selection process.
  • Every applicant that obtains a scholarship will be notified individually by e-mail. The scholarship recipients will be asked to provide a written acceptance or renunciation of the scholarship, through PROFEX.
  • Once the applicant’s acceptance is acknowledge, the recipients will be sent Instructions to apply for a visa. (Applicants who have a UE passport do not need a visa)
  • Candidates selected will obtail a student visa.

Duties and obligations

  • The candidates selected will work under the supervision and guidance of a classroom teacher.
  • The weekly requirement of the assistants is a minimum of 12 class hours (in some regions it could be up to 16 hours), all of which are spent assisting the classroom teacher with conversation activities and practising oral skills with students.

Duties and obligations (2)

  • The assistant and the classroom teacher may agree upon other tasks such as:
  • attend meetings,
  • give talks and presentations,
  • participate in extracurricular activities, such as field trips, school exchanges, school plays, concerts or sports tournaments.

What do assistants get?

  • 700/1000 euros a month for 12 hours of work a week
  • full medical coverage
  • orientation sessions on arrival in each city.
  • official certificate of internship when completing the school year
  • Embajada de España en Australia - Consejería de Educación

Is it possible to start in January? (5-month program)?

  • Yes, it is!
  • You must apply again through PROFEX and send your application together with the same documents:
  • In mid-November you will be offered to choose among available positions.
  • You need to start in school in January 8 approx.
  • Once completed this period, you can renew for another school year.  

Is it possible to continue my experience? (Renewals)?

  • Yes, it is!
  • You must apply again through PROFEX and send your application together with the following documents:
  • letter of motivation of no less than 300 words.
  • report or letter of recommendation signed by the principal or head teacher of the school.
  • once completed, printed and signed, the application must be sent to the central office in Madrid or the local offices in the regions.  

Spanish Education Office

  • www.mecd.gob.es/australia/en_AU/convocatorias/programas/auxiliares-de-conversacion-australianos
  • U.S. Cultural Ambassador in Spain: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwn-xkr5ia4
  • Embajada de España en Australia - Consejería de Educación

More information

  • Rosa Prieto
  • Education Advisor in VIC, TAS, SA and WA
  • Asesora de Educación
  • Asesoría de Educación – Education Office Consulate General of Spain in Melbourne 146a Elgin Street. CARLTON, VIC 3053 Tel/Fax: 03-93479834 asesoriamelbourne.au@mecd.es
  • rosa.prieto@mecd.es

More information

  • Embajada de España en Australia Consejería de Educación 15 Arkana Street YARRALUMLA ACT 2600 Tel: 61-2-62734291 Fax:  61-2-62734588 spainedu.au@educacion.es

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