January & September
6 Months (with possibility to extend)
Spain is part of Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, and is famous for it’s cuisine and stunning Mediterranean beaches, but there is so much more in store! Friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyles, world famous art, architecture and a rich vein of history make Spain an incredible gap year destination.
Placements in Spain are located mainly in rural areas in the region of Castilla y Leon, the largest and most historic region in Spain, with 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Spain Placement Roles
Language Coach 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.
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 Coach, 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.
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
Free time and travel
Volunteering in Spain offers the chance to explore the whole Iberian peninsula, it is famous for its 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.
Lattitude Application Fee – $175
The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
Whenever possible, we like to travel to your area to interview you in person, but if not possible, video conferencing using Skype is an alternative.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.
Lattitude Placement Fee – $4000
The Lattitude placement fee covers your preparation & support prior to departure as well as in-country support whilst on placement. This is payable in two installments:
Upon acceptance to the Lattitude programme, a non-refundable $1000 deposit is payable within 7-10 days.
The balance of your Lattitude fee is payable 40 days prior to departure.
Orientation – $400
Volunteers receive an informative group orientation upon arrival in their placement country.
This includes safety & security briefings, an overview of the local culture & customs, language skills (where relevant), and other handy tips, as well as an in depth Teaching Skills course.
• 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
• Links with returned volunteers
• Advice on obtaining police checks
• Advice on obtaining a Visa
• Pre-departure briefing seminar
• Airport pickup on arrival
• Accommodation for the duration of stay (either with a host family or on placement site)
• Food provided by host (may not include every meal, but you will know what to expect before your arrival)
• Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
• 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from local reps and the Lattitude Country Manager
• Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
• Returned Volunteer follow up and Debrief Event
• Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni Association
• Certificate of completion and references (on request)
What’s not included:
In addition to the Lattitude fees above, volunteers will be required to pay for their own international flights, travel insurance and any visa costs. Lattitude staff will assist you in making these arrangements.
• International Flights – approx. $2200 (ex-Auckland)
• Travel Insurance – 12 months – approx. $1045
• Visa – $118.40
(based on 2018 prices – subject to change)
• GP medical clearance
• Travel doctor consultation (recommended)
• Vaccinations (if applicable)
• Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
• Pocket Money for weekends/ holidays/post-placement travel
• Accommodation and food during holiday periods
As a charity we always recommend our volunteers to 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.
Placement Availability – 2020
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Placement Availability – 2021
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