TEFL in Spain

Spainwise North TEFL Jobs Fair – 20th May 2017 in Bilbao

Want to meet employers from different parts of Spain all in one day?

Sponsored by Cambridge ESOL Exams, Trinity College London and FECEI (the National Federation of Private Language Schools in Spain), Spain’s TEFL Jobs Fair is the place to meet top employers face-to-face:

  • Interview for job opportunities for the 2017 – 2018 academic year
  • Find out about summer course vacancies
  • Take part in seminars about living and teaching English in Spain.
  • Attend presentations given by recruiting schools
  • And it’s all FREE for teachers!

Register online today and upload your CV to the Spainwise Teacher Database.

For any queries contact jobfair@spainwise.net

Spainwise North Top 10 Questions

1. Why should I attend the fair?

There are over 6,000 private language schools in Spain so teachers often don’t know where to start looking! The Spainwise Fair provides a unique opportunity for teachers to meet with some of the top schools in the country.

Although some private language schools in Spain may be willing to recruit via the internet and/or phone/Skype interviews (the job-seeker’s equivalent of a blind date!), most discerning teachers appreciate the unique opportunity to meet employers face-to-face which the Spainwise Jobs Fair offers. Where else would you find so many private language schools under one roof?

The seminars and presentations are also a great way of finding out more about the private language teaching sector. They provide teachers with essential background information to enable them to make more informed choices when considering employment opportunities.

2. Does it cost anything to attend Spainwise?

No. Attendance at the fair, the workshops, the presentations, the CV-Forwarding service, etc. is ALL FREE.

3. Is it easy to get to?

Bilbao is one of the easiest locations in Spain to reach, with an international airport and another within an hour’s bus journey (in Santander). With Spain’s Bus services, getting to the fair from any nearby location couldn’t be easier.

4. What type of school attends the event?

All the schools are Private English Academies from all over Spain who are members of FECEI (the national federation of Language schools) which means that the schools are all legitimate and do everything above board (pay taxes, pay social security, follow employment laws etc)

5. Do they recruit there and then?

Most employers at the fair conduct on-the-spot interviews. Obviously, because of time and space constraints, these ‘mini interviews’ are not as in-depth as a normal job interview, but many employers shortlist teachers at the fair and conduct follow-up interviews with candidates afterwards.

6.  If I’m a teacher looking for work, what should I bring with me to the jobs fair?

Rather than taking along multiple copies of your CV, you can upload your CV to Spainwise’s online database. All employers taking part in the fair will have access to the CVs in this database on the day of the fair.

7. Can you give any advice on what the schools expect the candidates to wear for the event?

Think of it like any other interview, if you want a job teaching business classes, I wouldn’t wear swimming shorts and flip flops. Smart casual is usually a safe bet as you can only make your fist impression once.

8. Will schools help me find accommodation?

Most schools will help new teachers to find accommodation. It’s a question you should ask individual schools you interview with.

9. Do schools sort out taxes and healthcare?

Once you sign a contract with a school, you will be paid monthly and given a monthly pay-slip (called a nómina in Spanish). Tax is deducted at source so schools are directly involved in tax deduction. As a contributor to social security, you will also be entitled to free state health care. You will have to register separately for this and most schools will help you with this.

10. Are there free sandwiches?

No. Attendance at the fair, the workshops, the presentations, the CV-Forwarding service, etc. is ALL FREE. But there are no free refreshments.

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