School Language Volunteer

1,500 or 1,650 USD

January or September for 6-12 months

Embarking on a volunteering journey at a school in Spain offers many rewards for those interested in Spanish culture, language, education, and the joys of working with young minds. The overarching aim is to enrich the English proficiency of Spanish students, hence the preference for native English speakers. As a School Language Volunteer, you will be pivotal in supporting English lessons and managing engaging activities like games and storytelling sessions to nurture students’ language skills. No experience is necessary, making this opportunity a golden gateway for aspiring educators and language enthusiasts alike. Furthermore, volunteers will actively contribute to the smooth functioning of the school’s daily operations.

Immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Spanish culture and language whilst volunteering at a school in Spain promises not only personal fulfilment but also the cultivation of invaluable communication, leadership, and organisational skills.

If you are excited by education and wish to acquire hands-on experience whilst delving into a fresh cultural and linguistic landscape, then embarking on this transformative journey at a school in Spain is tailor-made for you.

Locations

The schools are in small towns and cities all over Spain.

Work Schedule

Volunteers work 15 hours in the classroom each week and have the opportunity to get involved in other aspects of school life. With three-day weekends (Friday-Sunday) and school holidays, there will be plenty of time to explore and experience the local culture.

Age Requirements

Visa requires volunteers to be at least 17 years old at the point of application.

Income

Volunteers can earn additional income by providing English tuition, which is in high demand. The school is available to assist in arranging tutoring opportunities.

Teamwork

Volunteering at a school means working closely with a diverse team of all ages. You’ll always have at least one fellow volunteer by your side while collaborating with the entire local staff team.

Food & Accommodation

The host family and school will provide traditional Spanish meals (expect Paella), and can cater to specific dietary requirements. Volunteers have a private room with a host family where they will experience authentic Spanish life.

Unforgettable.

May 11, 2024

Volunteering in Spain was an experience of a lifetime. Every aspect, from the family, the school, the community, and the location was perfect for me. I volunteered in a school just north of Valencia, in a small town called Alboraya, and from the very first moment they welcomed my friends and I like family.

I made countless new friendships, and every day was a new adventure in this school, surrounded by the most amazing people. Having joined the program as a 17-year-old, I found my time in Spain especially transformative to who I am. It is incredibly difficult to put into words, however on the other side of it now, it gives you a new definition of the word home, having found a second family, and a second community on the other side of the world.

I will never forget my time there, and I am incredibly grateful to all the people who helped make it into what it was. My biggest advice to people joining the program is that you get out what you put in, and when you give all your energy and love, it will forever change who you are.

Thank you.

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Oliver Nolan

Experiencing life in Spain as a Language assistant

April 15, 2024

Volunteering as a language assistant in Spain is an incredibly rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to work with students of all ages, from elementary school to high school, helping them improve their English language skills.

The teachers and staff at the school were welcoming and supportive, and I felt like a valued member of the team from day one. I was given the freedom to design my own activities, allowing me to tailor my teaching to the specific needs and interests of the students.

One of the highlights of my experience was being able to immerse myself in Spanish culture and language outside of the classroom. I had the chance to explore the vibrant city of Valencia and Vitoria, try delicious local cuisine, and make lifelong friends with fellow volunteers and locals.

Overall, volunteering as a language assistant in Spain is a truly enriching experience that allowed me to make a positive impact on the lives of students while also gaining valuable teaching experience and cultural insights. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to broaden their horizons and make a difference in the world.

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Kudzai Jonathan Kanyangarara

The experience of a lifetime

April 14, 2024

I was placed in a small town in the Castilla y Léon, called Faramontanos de Tábara, and it is a community dynamic that I don’t believe exists anywhere in the world. Not many people in my town and surroundings speak English so it was a full immersion into the Spanish language as well as lifestyle.

I wouldn’t trade my time in Spain for anything. The schools are wonderful to work with and there’s nothing quite like getting to experience the family and tight knit community atmosphere in Spain. Overall the most rewarding experience of my life thus far and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity provided to me by NVW. I will forever think of the town as “my town” and have made lifelong connections.

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Miranda

Volunteer Case Study

Clara describes her role at the primary school, assisting English classes for children aged 5-11. Her duties include helping with various activities like reading books and conversations and tailoring lessons for events like Christmas and Diwali. Initially uncertain, Clara grew confident, finding her place in the classroom.

“I’m more independent and more thankful for the things I have. Professionally, I still want to be a teacher. It has confirmed it for me.”

Programme Manager

Supporting volunteer journeys

The Spain Programme Manager, Josh, prepares volunteers for their placements and provides ongoing support.

Originally from London, Josh has worked in Education in Spain for over 30 years, and is passionate about helping young people live their dreams and explore the world. He wishes he had the chance to do a gap year! Josh knows all the placements personally, and is always available to support volunteers during the application and placement period. ¡Hasta Pronto, amigos!

Fee Details

Why there’s a fee
New Ventures Worldwide is a UK-registered nonprofit charity. The fee contributes to our operating costs and allows us to continue our mission of arranging volunteering placements for our global network of nonprofit organisations. A financial report is published annually to the UK Charity Commission.

 

Included in the fee
The fee includes a sponsored visa, a thoroughly vetted placement, an appropriate volunteer role based on age, experience and interests, a placement mentor, preparation guidance, ongoing support and a placement that provides any necessary training, accommodation, food and a spending allowance.

 

Additional costs 
In addition to the placement fee, volunteers pay for flights, a visa, and travel insurance, usually costing around $2,500 USD (depending on the departure destination). Volunteers are reimbursed weekly towards their costs during placement, and the reimbursement amount varies. If you wish to continue your placement after the agreed finish date, NVW can extend your visa by six months for €350 Euros. The Spanish government charges an additional €200 Euros.

FAQs

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What is the enrolment process?

After completing the application form, our team will check if you are eligible for your chosen program before inviting you to a Welcome Video Call. The interview is where you get to know the New Ventures Worldwide team, ask questions and get matched to your perfect program. Various background checks are then conducted before you are officially enrolled in the program.

What are the benefits?

  • See the world while experiencing a new culture
  • Experience personal growth, becoming more confident and independent
  • Make an impact working with international non-profit organisations
  • It looks great on your CV
  • Learn new skills for life
  • Gain perspective and understand what life is all about

Do I need flights and travel insurance?

Yes, you will need to arrange your own flights and travel insurance. You’ll need to send us your travel insurance policy details before starting a program.

Can a friend and I enrol on the same placement?

Being on a volunteering placement means you’ll always have a network of people around you, including locals and other volunteers. Providing a readymade community with local knowledge to explore, share, and create incredible memories. However, if you want to travel with a friend from home, let us know, and we can usually arrange for you to be on the same placement.

What happens if there is a problem during the placement?

New Ventures Worldwide has a Ladder of Support so you can see who to contact if you need help. Your placement will assist you in almost all situations. However, we also offer background support, mainly if a more serious issue arises.

Application Form

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Our placements are for those aged 17-30-years-old
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Requirements

Schools may consider volunteers who have a high level of English, if this is their second language.

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