What is the Auxiliares Program – FAQ

The  Auxiliares de Conversación Program or “North American Language and Culture Assistant Program”(I’ll call it the Aux. Program) is, in short, an opportunity to assist teachers in Spain.

Who ?

Who is qualified for the program?Picture

  • A citizen from Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, United States, Russian Federation, Philippines, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Fiji and Sweden ( bold are the most common countries).
  • ​You must be a junior or senior in university or have your degree
  • You must be under 60 years old.
  • You have to speak English or French as your first language.
Do I have to be a teacher?
No. You can have a degree in anything. You don’t need any experience teaching.
Can I go with someone/bring my kids?
Yes, you can ask to be placed with a spouse or friend. If you bring kids or a trailing spouse you’ll have to figure out their visas on your own.
Who would be a good candidate?

People who are flexible, patient and self motivated. You might be paid late, you won’t have any help filling out paperwork or getting an apartment. There will be schedule changes constantly. You need to have good coping skills with cultural differences.  You need to be good at researching – there is conflicting information between documents on the Aux. website.



You aren’t supposed to be alone in the classroom but this program is all over the place. You will have a co-teacher who is supposed to teach his/her subject and you’ll assist. More likely you’ll lead classes and they’ll discipline students from the back.

What kind of support can I expect from the program?

Not a lot. There is an orientation at the beginning but you will be expected to do everything else on your own (visa, TIE card, bank account, apartment).


Picture When does the program start?

The program is from October 1st – May 31st.
​Madrid is from October 1st- June 30th.

When does the application period start?
It starts in the first week of January and lasts until mid-April.
When do I teach?
You will teach 12 hours per week (16 hours in Madrid and 15 hours in Murcia). You  will teach 4 days a week and can choose if you want Monday or Friday off so you can have 3 day weekends.
You won’t teach during holidays.

If you renew for another year you won’t be paid and will not work between May-October.


Where is it?
You can be placed anywhere in Spain, but some regions are NOT available because of budget cuts. The following regions were re not available (as of January 2017)
Castile La Mancha
Valencia (created a separate program which starts in January)
and the Canary Islands (Americans usually aren’t placed here while others are)
Placement depends on your nationality – this document shows where you can go.

Is placement random?

No. You choose 3 places (from 3 columns) as your top choices. The program is first-come first-served so the earlier you apply the better chance you have of being placed where you want.
You can only choose one from each group (so you cannot choose Andalucia and Madrid as your top choices). Starred are troublemakers who pay late (Andalucia needs a big ol’ star)
What kinds of schools?
You can be placed in elementary, middle, high school or special instruction facilities. You can put your top preference when you apply.


PictureWhy does Spain do this?
It’s a two-way street. They want to give people the opportunity to travel in Spain, learn Spanish culture and language, and learn about the Spanish school system. In return the students can learn English/French as well as your home country’s culture.
Why should I do this?
It’s a great opportunity to get a student visa to travel Europe. You can learn Spanish. You’ll be paid some, but not much.
How much do I get paid?
The program is technically a grant. You’ll be given €700 or €1000 if you’re in Madrid or €875 in Murcia.
Any other benefits?
Medical insurance and the paperwork to get a EU student visa. ​This will allow uninterrupted travel throughout the EU.

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