North American Cultural Ambassadors
Posted by Sammie
Information about teaching and securing a temporary visa in Spain
If you’re craving the Spanish sun, sangria and laissez-faire lifestyle, but are having trouble cutting through immigration’s red tape (which has tightened it’s reins over the years) in order to secure your visa, the Spanish government might have a solution.
Currently in its seventh year running, the Continuing Education grant, provided by the Ministry of Education of Spain, is now handing out more than 2000 scholarships for North American Cultural Ambassadors. Supported by Spain, as well as several Departments of Education and School Districts in both the United States and Canada, this collaborative program is an excellent opportunity for Canadians and Americans to work as teaching assistants in K-12 public schools across the country. You’ll not only be helping teach English or French to Spaniards, but you’ll be imparting your distinct North American cultural practices onto your Spanish counterparts and vice-versa.
Since inception in 2005 when the program began with only 50 participants, it has gained rapid momentum and is expected to award approximately 2700 grants for the upcoming, 2011-2012 school year.
What does one get out of the program?
- Successful applicants will be required to work 12-16 hours a week
- You’ll receive a monthly stipend of between 700-1000 Euros
- Participants will also receive medical insurance
What does one need in order to get into the program?
- Grants are awarded on a first come first serve basis
- U.S. or Canadian passport
- Must be a native or bilingual English or French speaker
- Have a minimum of a BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BS (Bachelor of Science) by the end of the academic year before the start of the program Or be an upcoming Junior or Senior student at university Or be a university graduate
- Must be in good physical and mental health
- Must (very important!) be able to speak Spanish at an intermediate level
- The average age of participants is 21-35
- Candidates older than 35 are subject to regional evaluation depending on the region’s needs at that time
- Program usually lasts eight months and runs from October 1st through May 31st