Teach English in Spain: Teaching at Summer Camps
Posted by Casi Cielo
Part 5 of 5 articles about teaching English in Spain. Summer camps provide some of the best opportunities for English teachers during the summer months. Here we provide information on the whats, hows and whys of English summer camps for teachers in Spain.
During July and August Spanish parents get eager to spend a week or two without the kids to enjoy a vacation, or just some time with each other alone. Thus, many Spanish kids end up at English summer camp during the summer months. Of course the parents want their kids to improve their English too, providing them with better opportunities in their future careers.
Some children have the opportunity to go to camp in English or Ireland, but most end up at English summer camps in Spain itself. Often times it’s the child’s first time away from home, they’re scared and they don’t want to spend their summer vacation learning more English, but the kids almost always have tons of fun and classes are generally on the easy side.
This is also where you’ll find many English teachers in Spain during the summer, providing both legal and illegally working (without papers) teachers with a month or two of steady employment and meal-covered, rent-free living (you’ll probably want to rent out your place during this time, and with all the tourists flocking to Spain in the summer it’s not too difficult). Most teachers will be able to save at least 1000 € per month of camp, providing them with living money to get them through September while they look for work at the English schools back home.
You can find English summer camp teaching positions on the internet between March - June. Try English language classified sites for your city, for Spain and try searching for the individual summer camp websites, sending your CV/resume to them between the above mentioned months. You’ll likely hear from the camp’s English director in early June at which point you’ll get a telephone interview unless you’re living in the same city as the director. They’ll be asking about your experience teaching and general experience and attitude towards kids. Don’t fake your interest too much or you’ll regret it. If you don’t like kids or have very little experience with kids, then you’ll be the one not enjoying your time at camp.