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 is qualified for the program?
​You should be a citizen of the United States or Canada (but there are New Zealanders and Filipinos that do it, too)
​You must have your degree by the time it starts (or be a junior or senior)
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 to have 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 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 get 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.


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, apartment).


Picture When does the program start?

The program is from October 1st – May 31st.
​Madrid is 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). You 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 these regions are NOT available at this time (January 2017)
Castile La Mancha
and the Canary Islands

Is placement random?

No. You put 3 places 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.
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 North American 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.
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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