The UCETAM program offers 18 or 26 hour English Language Assistant positions at UCETAM-affiliated schools located within the Community of Madrid. Integrated within the English Language Assistant’s schedule is one hour exclusively for planning & organization time.
English Language Assistants can commute by metro, bus, and/or train to their schools, and for this reason many take advantage of the wonderful opportunities and the amazing experiences that living in the city of Madrid offers.
The English Language Assistant program provides health insurance and the vast majority of our schools offer free lunches. Not only that, UCETAM provides the proper documentation to those who need to apply for their Visa or renew their NIE, and assists in soliciting the NIE (first-time applicants only) upon arrival to Spain.
UCETAM is a well-organized and transformative teaching program that allows participants to develop exceptional teaching experience. I highly recommend this program.
UCETAM’s ELA program gave me the opportunity to practice, develop, and hone skills related to leadership/mentorship, staff teamwork and coordination, curriculum design, content and materials development, and classroom management. No matter where I go to teach next, I am ready to jump in as an experienced and confident teacher. As a teacher or manager who has finished initial training, you rarely or never work with a peer in the same room at the same time again. One of my favorite parts of teaching through the UCETAM ELA program was getting to work in the classroom with several highly experienced teachers: every teacher has his or her own way of teaching and, no matter your experience level, you and the educators you work with will learn a lot from teaching, co-teaching, and feedback.
I would recommend this program to beginner teachers looking for another student-teaching experience before starting a full-time teaching position as a main teacher and friends looking to work with children in an education setting. Being a teacher is an incredibly rewarding job and you, as the ELA, bring something completely unique to the school.
I get to work alongside teachers from Spain to incorporate native-language practice into a range of subjects including cultural-specific lessons.I would definitely recommend this program to a friend because it allows them to engage with Spanish students and teachers by giving them practical conversation practice in English.
The past two years have been absolutely incredible! Thanks to my school and the wonderful students, I was able to walk into school every morning with a smile on my face. This program gave me the freedom to create, plan. and lead all of my classes. Though it was a lot of work, it was completely worth it when I saw how motivated and happy the students were to speak English.
I found working for UCETAM these past 2 years to be an absolutely amazing, enriching, and instructional experience. I will never forget my time here with UCETAM. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in getting great teaching experience while exploring a new culture.
HOW TO APPLY
The application period for the 2018-2019 academic year will start on January 14th, 2018 and finish on February 13th, 2018. Applications will only be accepted during the application period.
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS
English Language Assistant Profile
English Language Assistant Application
Completed applications consist of: an English Language Assistant Profile, an ELA application, a letter of recommendation and a current CV/résumé.
STEP 2: UPLOAD DOCUMENTS
When sending the e-mail make sure to clearly state in the subject of the e-mail: 1st Name, Last Name Application 2017-18, for example, John Smith Application 2017-18. Please state in the body of your e-mail, if you would be interested in working at a school in a picturesque, quaint town surrounded by stunning nature scenic views. These lovely towns are right outside of the capital of Madrid such as Buitrago de Lozoya, Escorial and Guadarrama. Search google images to see how lovely these towns really are
CVs/résumés should highlight your academic credentials and all experience working with children (teaching, assisting, working in a camp or after school program, volunteer work, etc.)
Letters of Recommendation should be written by someone who has known you for at least one year and who can attest to your personal, professional, and/or academic achievements and accomplishments. Recommendations should highlight your experience working with children and your ability to adapt to new situations or any achievements pertinent to the position. The letter should not be from a friend or relative. The letter can be in English or Spanish and must be in PDF format.
Instructions for the recommender, save the official letter of recommendation as first name, last name Recommendation, for example JohnSmithRecommendation.
Please read carefully this info and choose the right option
1.- If you meet one or more of the criteria below:
- Is traveling to Spain from the USA or Canada and needs to apply for a visa
- Does not have an European passport
- Does not have a Spanish residency or working permit (June 2017 expiration date)
- Does not have a NIE/TIE through the Program of Auxiliares de Conversacíon de Comunidad de Madrid or the Ministry of Educación en España (June 2017 expiration date)
*For your information, a N.I.E.(Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is the Foreigner Identification Number given to you within Spain. The T.I.E. (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) is the Foreigner Identification Card that has your N.I.E number on it, which is given to you within Spain.
**The Letter of Recommendation must be submitted via e-mail by the Recommender, not the Applicant. No exceptions can be made.
2.- If you meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Has an European passport
- Has a valid Spanish residency or work permit (June 2017 expiration date)
- Has a valid NIE/TIE from the program of Auxiliares de Conversación de Comunidad de Madrid or the Ministry of Educación en España (June 2017 expiration date)
*The Letter of Recommendation must be submitted via e-mail by the Recommender, not the Applicant. No exceptions can be made.
The UCETAM English Language Assistant is a dynamic professional with a passion for working with young people.
Please consult the following requirements before applying:
It is recommended that program applicants have:
- Degree in education or bilingual education
- Prior classroom teaching experience in Spain and/or other countries
- Have experience working with children of different ages.
- Knowledge of the Spanish language (will help in daily activities).
The UCETAM Language Assistant program does not have an age limit and encourages all interested applicants to apply to the program.
You will be notified via email if you have been selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted via video-chat with candidates who are currently located outside of Madrid.
Program decisions will be made in late April. Candidates will be notified via email after decisions have been made.
Please, no phone calls or emails to inquire about the status of your application.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
If you are accepted to the program:
- Make sure you have a current passport, valid through June 15th, 2018. It is recommended that your passport have at least two blank pages in the Visa section and other blank pages to allow for entry and exit stamps.
- Apply for your Visa immediately after acceptance for the program (if applicable). The Visa process may take up to six months depending on your consulate/embassy. UCETAM will provide you with the proper documentation.
- US citizens should register with the US State Department.
- Book your plane ticket early to prepare your trip.
- Information about finding housing will be provided in the Program Handbook.
- It is mandatory to attend orientation on September 12 and 13, 2017 for all new Language Assistants.
- Be prepared to arrive at your assigned school at 9 a.m. on September 15, 2017.
- Apply/renew your NIE after you arrive in Spain.
- If you are a first-year participant without a current NIE, UCETAM has special permission to apply for your NIE.
- If you are a first-year participant and already have a valid NIE, you are responsible for renewing your NIE.
Spain requires that citizens from non-Schagen countries solicit a three month Visa prior to arrival in Spain if their stay exceeds more than 90 days. The Schengen states are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Repulish, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Litvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovack Republic, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Do no delay in collecting the necessary documentation in order to secure your visa, as requirements and processing time may vary per country and consulate.
UCETAM will facilitate the supporting documents necessary to solicit the Visa (unless you are completing a Master’s degree with a collaborating university). Securing the Visa is your responsibility. After the Visa is granted, assistants will be given a 90-day student visa so that they may enter Spain. Once in Spain, UCETAM (by special permission) will submit documentation for first-time NIE applicants.
The following information pertains to Assistants from the United States. UCETAM has Language Assistants from many English speaking countries, though the majority are from the United States.
For the most recently updated information, please check the Spanish Consulate webpage (enlace www.exteriores.gob.es)
U.S. Language Assistants must apply at the Spanish Consulate or Embassy that serves their state of permanent residence. Most Visa requirements are similar from consulate to consulate, but it is necessary to check your consulate’s website for exact requirements.
As of May 2017 the requirements were:
- Application for Visado Nacional
- Valid passport during the stay in Spain with at least one blank page for the Visa
- Proof of migratory status in the US (for non-north Americans). If necessary you must show your “Alien Registration Card” or “US Visa with I-20/IAP-66”
- 1 passport picture with a white background
- Acceptance letter from UCETAM
- Proof of Health Insurance during time in Spain with a minimum of 30,000€ (or the equivalent in dollars)
- Means of support (one or more of the following):
- Proof of financial aid or support of at least $1,000 per month of stay.
- Letter from parents or guardians assuming financial responsibility of at least $1,000 per month of stay.
- Personal savings of at least $1,000 per month of stay
- Background check (“Certificado de antecedentes penales”).
- FBI background check (this is still the preferred documentation). As with all federal documents, the FBI background check must be submitted to the Secretary of State to secure the Apostille of the Hague stamp.
- State-level background check from the state of residence (generally these are issued by the State Bureau of Investigation). The State background check must have the Apostille of the Hague from the Secretary of State’s office of the issuing state.
- If you have resided in Spain for more than three months, you will be required to have a “Certificado de Delitos Sexuales”
- Medical certificate. Declaration from a medical doctor indicating that you are in good physical and mental health, that you do not have any contagious diseases and are not a drug addict.
- The cost of the Visa is $160 for North American citizens and $64 for citizens of other countries and is non-refundable. Fees should be paid in cash.
Processing time varies by consulate. In general, it can take two to three months to process the visa and applicants can apply for their visa a minimum of three months prior to departure; it may also take a while to get an appointment. Thus, we strongly recommend that you contact your Consulate as soon as you are accepted for a more specific time-frame. It is imperative that you apply for your Visa as soon as possible. There is currently no rush processing service.
Changing Visas Once Abroad
Visas are not awarded once a person is abroad so you would need to return to the U.S. in order to apply for or renew any Visa. It is generally necessary to appear in person in order to pick up your Visa. Check with your consulate for more information.
Problems with the Visa
UCETAM has special permission to apply for the NIE/certificate of residency for first-time applicants and will arrange the appointment with the Comisaría General de Extranjería for all first-time applicants without a NIE/certificate of residency. The appointment will take place in September-October and the ELA coordinator, Julie Maney, will inform assistants of the date and time they will need to attend any appointments.
EU assistants will be granted a NIE certificate of residency. Non-EU assistants will be granted a NIE card that allows them to remain in Spain legally for the duration of the program.
You will need to provide the following documents (original and one copy) in order to apply for the NIE/certificate of residency. Without these documents, it will be impossible to solicit the NIE/certificate of residency.
- Passport picture page
- Student visa page (non-EU citizens only)
- Stamped date of arrival in Spain (non-EU citizens: if your passport is not stamped with date of arrival because of entry from another Schengen country, then you must bring a copy of the reservation or the actual airline ticket)
- EX 17 (non-EU citizens)
- EX 18 (EU citizens)
- Carta de nombramiento (provided by UCETAM)
- UCETAM Nombramiento de auxiliar (provided by UCETAM)
- Three recent passport photos with a white background (can take at kiosks in certain metro stations)
- Modelo 790 for payment: 15€ (U.S. citizens); 10.20€ (EU citizens).
Fingerprinting and pick-up
After the aforementioned documents are submitted, the Comisaría will notify UCETAM of the date and time when assistants must go to the Comisaría and have their fingerprints taken. Assistants must be present at this appointment. During this appointment, EU citizens will also pay the fee and receive their certificate of residency.
Non-EU assistants will be required to return a second time to the Comisaría when their card is ready. During this time, they will pay the fee and pick up their card. UCETAM will notify assistants of this appointment; attendance is mandatory