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5 Reasons Why I Love Teaching English in Barcelona

Teaching English in Barcelona is a great way to make the dream of living year-round in Spain come true. One of the easier ways for a native English speaker to establish a home and support system in Spain's second largest city, teaching language numbers among the most popular. While the cost of living in Barcelona is relatively high, and the pay for English teachers is modest, the many benefits listed below make such an endeavor eminently worthwhile.

Quick Immersion into Barcelona Living

Joining other expats in a TEFL training course in Barcelona to prepare for teaching there is the perfect entree into a pool of potential friends. For those who have already earned their TEFL certification, teaching native Catalonians quickly draws them into the flow of Spanish life and polishes their Spanish skills too.


Native English speakers with teaching credentials can fashion their careers according to their own preferences in Barcelona. For a predictable schedule and a steady income, albeit at a lower rate of pay than other options, teachers can take positions at established schools. Teaching classes at Barcelona businesses involves less rigid scheduling. It involves traveling to different locations within the city but culls a higher rate of pay. The entrepreneurial teacher may choose to teach privately and maintain an autonomous schedule.


Typically, teachers take summers off, and for those located in Barcelona, world-class sightseeing adventures await. Two months in the summer plus two weeks during winter holidays and a week in the spring free English teachers to explore the historic sites and unparalleled tableaux of the continent.

Job Security

Barcelona has a virtually endless supply of students who don't speak English but are eager to learn. Those with language skills enjoy higher-paying jobs in such markets as tourism and international business. Finding and keeping teaching positions, especially for native English speakers with good work ethics, is not difficult.

Excellent Public Transportation
For teachers who travel to on-location business classes or private lessons, Barcelona public transport eliminates the need for a car. The Metro, clean and on time, is an economical option, providing air-conditioned service to all parts of town. Central bus service is an easy solution for those who teach classes in the commercial district.

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