Erasmus in Spain

Erasmus in Spain

with our TEFL Internships

Health and Safety Policy 

TEFL Trainer has a vested interest in ensuring that students are placed in environments that are suitable and that conform to local health and safety standards. Students must be informed about health and safety regulations that apply to the language school’s premises; fire exits and emergency procedures, first aid facilities, accident reporting procedures etc.

Any accident must be reported in accordance with the organisation’s procedures. TEFL Trainer must also be informed by email within 24 hours of any incidences or accidents.

For the purposes of employment law, students should be deemed “employees” and be included on the Employer’s Liability Insurance Schedule. When taking on a university student, the student’s university generally carries indemnity insurance which covers inquiry or damage to a third party caused by any negligence of placement students, in other words an Accident Insurance.

TEFL Trainer highly encourages its students to take out a Health and Travel Insurance cover.

TEFL Trainer provides no cover in relation to the legal liability or negligence of the placement company / partner language school, or accidents, or health and travel. We only accept partnerships with language schools able to insure the student (under the Employer’s Liability Schedule).


Equal Opportunities Policy

TEFL Trainer has an Equal Opportunities policy which states that ‘It is TEFL Trainer’s aim that students are treated fairly on the basis of merit regardless of age, disability, family responsibilities, gender, HIV status, marital status, mental health problems, nationality, race, religious or political views or affiliations, sexual orientation, socio-economic background or transsexualism’.

TEFL Trainer also has an Anti-Harassment code of practice. We ask that placement providers uphold these policies with regard to placement students/ TEFL students.

Disability Policy

TEFL Trainer has limited experience with disabled learners on the programme. We have however in respect of the specific types of disability (visual impairment, reduced mobility…) and with the support of the university, always managed to include all students on the programme. With regards to learning disabilities such as dyslexia, solutions can be provided. For instance the online exams can be completed paper-based. TEFL Trainer must be informed before the beginning of the internship, so as to prepare a paper-based and invigilated exam in the language school. Other alternatives include oral exams with TEFL Trainer, via Skype.

Student responsibilities

When provided with the lesson plans, and induction, on-going support, and on site mentoring, our TEFL students can become real assets to the language school’s team. Skills that students can be expected to transfer from their degree and experience include team work, presentation, communication, and research.

However they may also be expected to improve said skills:

  • Students should become more confident in working as a team in order to prepare and deliver EFL classes.
  • Students should become able to demonstrate initiative to assimilate information quickly and take on an increasing degree of responsibility.
  • Students should use their research skills and communicate in written form at a basic to high level both in English and their chosen foreign language(s) (generally the local language of their internship placement provider). Generally partakers in our TEFL certification programme will have completed one, two, or three years of their degree (Bachelor’s and Master’s), during which time they will have gained a solid grounding in their chosen foreign language(s) as well as the politics and culture of the courtliness where the languages are spoken.
  • Although we accept many language students on our TEFL certification programme, we also take an interdisciplinary approach when recruiting so as to include perspectives from international relations, political economy, cultural studies, and polity science. Therefore students of psychology, international business, as well as PGCE, are also prioritised.
  • Students should learn to face the challenges of living abroad.

The TEFL certification programme’s main goal is to help the students develop a thorough understanding of the role of a teacher of English as a foreign language, in depth subject knowledge, and gain first-hand teaching experience (a minimum of 130 hours is required).

Student support arrangements for internships (academic and non academic)

TEFL Trainer ensures that before going on placement the TEFL students are briefed on their responsibilities to the employer (our partner language school), work etiquette, ethical issues, the correct use of the internet and email at work, and areas such as confidentiality at work. The briefing also informs TEFL students about the assignments and exams we require them to complete, and how to keep in touch with TEFL Trainer over the placement period.



Sporadic visits to the language schools may be organised. To summarise, the main purposes of the visits are as:

For the TEFL student:

  • to enable TEFL Trainer officers to see how the student has settled into the host institution/partner language school,
  • to check that a work pattern has been established, mutually agreed by the TEFL student and the supervisor in the partner language school,
  • to discuss the development of the work programme over the remaining months, as well as online progress (reflective diaries and online exams).


It is the TEFL student’s responsibility to find suitable accommodation. However TEFL Trainer provides help with the search, providing guidance and discount codes from partner accommodation providers, when possible. Any further contacts or guidance from the university is appreciated.

DOWNLOAD HERE: University Poster_TEFL Trainer_summer2018_and 2018 2019 academic year

In order to apply for a TEFL internship in Spain, please, you must hold an EU passport and be a native or near native user of English (in all 4 skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking).

  • send us your updated CV and brief CL (ensuring that your phone number is updated),
  • specify your preferred destination(s) and potential starting date(s) to


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I really enjoyed the blend of online training with teaching in Madrid, giving me a chance to implement what I had learnt. The reflective diaries were also really helpful to delve deeper into the theory behind teaching.

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Beth M. Madrid

The TEFL trainer is a great course and provided me with a wonderful experience teaching in Madrid.

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Emma S. Madrid

This work experience of teaching was really perfect for me. I had no experience in that sector but the staff helped me a lot.

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Clémence J. Madrid

During my TEFL training in Valencia I gained a lot of new knowledge and fantastic experiences.

The TEFL trainer programme covers all neccessary topics to make you a confident and well prepared teacher.

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Denise P. Valencia

Upon arrival at the language school in Madrid, the head teacher quickly introduced me to their style of teaching and materials used, and by the second day, I was taking my own classes.

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Marianne O. Madrid

It was a challenging and rewarding experience. The online lessons were perfectly dosed, neither too short nor too long with a variety of contents.

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Sylvie D. Madrid