Teaching English at a summer camp is an easy way to stay in Spain over the summer and make a bit of extra money in the process. The benefits are two-fold: not only will you be gainfully employed for up to two months, but you’ll also learn invaluable skills and give your resume a boost.
As the Spanish academic calendar ends in late June (June 22nd or 23rd is the last day at private and public schools in 2017), look for camps to start the last week of June and to run through July and August. However, don’t expect camps like those you went to as a kid – in Spain many day camps are held in urban areas and those that are residential, or sleep-away, are often multi-week.
Types of Summer Camps
There are two types of English camps: residential or day camps.
Residential camps are often outside urban areas and students and staff sleep in shared accommodation. Teachers at residential camps will receive room and board along with their teacher’s salary.
Day camps are non-residential, meaning that students make their way to the grounds in the morning and leave once activities are over. These sorts of camps are usually held in cities, and combine English and activities, such as sports or drama.
How much can I expect to be paid?
As a rule, most camps will not discuss wages until you’ve been offered a position. Expect to make anywhere between 600 to 1000 euros for a month’s work.
Is it necessary to have a TEFL degree?
TEFL certificates will certainly make you a more competitive candidate, but they are not always required.
What is the teaching load like?
This depends largely on the company you work for. Timetables range from three to five teaching hours a day, with planning done outside of class. While some camps hire teachers solely to teach, others camps may require you to perform duties that a monitor or counselor would do, such as sleep in the same room as the campers or supervise during meal times.
There are usually training periods before campers arrive to familiarize employees with the camp’s teaching methodology, to decorate classrooms and to get to know the other teachers.
I’m ready to start my application. Where can I apply?
|Location(s)||Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Uclés (Cuenca), La Coruña, Pyrenees|
|Dates||July; August work available based on performance|
Forenex is one of the oldest and best-known summer camp companies in Spain. Their courses are residential with the exception of Madrid, which is held in Las Rozas. Teachers are just that – teachers – and are not required to perform monitor duties.
The company also employs bloggers with a background in photography and writing as well as technology teachers who have studied IT or have knowledge of Android and iPhone application design.
Camps run from the last week of June in Uclés through July. Teachers who excel in their positions during July may be offered work in August in Uclés.
|Location(s)||Cádiz province and Gredos (Ávila)|
|Dates||Late June, July, August|
TECS, a subsidiary company of the Cádiz-based El Centro Inglés, has the market covered in Andalucía and offers a number of choices for campers and employees. Apart from teaching, you could apply for all sorts of coordinator positions or those with ample experience to be a camp director.
The TECS application is extensive. Information regarding the application, hiring process and each TECS camps are laid out cleanly here. There are a number of different positions available, from teacher to coordinator.
Other camps of interest:
While we cannot speak from experience to the reputation of the following camps, check out these additional links for other teaching opportunities at English summer camps in Spain.
Kings College International
And don’t forget to search in your city or town for camps run by locals, by schools or even by English academies.
Any advice about teaching at summer camps?
Regardless of the fact that it’s a summer gig, remember you’ve been hired to do a job. Teaching English at a summer camp can be a lot of work and requires flexibility and organization.
Be open with recruiters about your strengths and weaknesses, the levels you’d be interested in teaching and camps you’d like to teach at.
Portray that you’re enthusiastic and a team player – even if you have little experience, showing that you can survive a month or two in close quarters with other teachers and campers can be a selling point.
Have you ever worked at a summer camp in Spain?