Volunteer with us and teach english to teachers in Spain
What is a teacher’s Pueblo Inglés Program?
Where Pueblo Inglés and Pueblo Inglés figure into the equation is that we offer the Pueblo Inglés for Teachers programs (with teacher-oriented workshops) for different regions within Spain who are looking for an immersion-based program. They have been incredibly popular for the teachers (our students) as well as our volunteer Anglos, who both express the privilege it is to help and learn not only about how to improve English, but also how to make education itself better. The result is a program that offers fun activities and an exchange of ideas that are fascinating considering the critical time in history that Spain finds itself.
A ‘Teachers’ program is simply a combination of our normal Pueblo Ingles immersion program mixed with teacher-focused workshops. Our objective is simple: help the teachers to better teach in English and thereby help the country to improve as a whole. It is a great way to find out what’s happening at the educational level in Spain in multiple disciplines. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet incredibly hospitable people who are usually quick to invite you to visit them and show you around their home with pride…no better way to learn about a culture than from a friend who lives in it!
The Doña Teresa venue is located in the town of La Alberca, well known for its traditions and customs that date back to the 15th Century. It was also the first village in Spain to be declared a National Heritage Site in 1940. The medieval village still preserves its architecture, especially in the town center. You can also find expert blacksmiths and traditional artisans who, still to this day, excel at special crafts such as embroidery, woodwork, ceramics, and iron work.
Villa Engracia is a small, charming venue in rural Tarragona, located in the Poblet Natural Park. It is 500 meters from the Monastery of Poblet and 1.5 kilometers from the train station, which makes it an ideal place for rural tourism and outdoor activities.In 1888, an old spa was transformed to create this hotel in l’Espluga de Francolí.
Los Hervideros de Cofrentes is hotel-spa that can be found in the Ayora Valley. This is one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the Valencia region of Spain. Located in an area rich in medicinal mineral deposits due to the ‘Hill of Agras,’ which gives rise to four volcanic springs: Hervideros, Fuentemina, El Pilón y Las Salinas. The venue was built in an old, abandoned village that was completely renovated in 2006.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY IN PUEBLO INGLÉS LOOK LIKE?
What’s covered in the cost of the program?
The only cost of the program is your travel expenses to get to Madrid by the day of departure and any accommodation or travel from after the program ends. The program includes three meals a day and a basic travel health insurance. Any additional expenses for drinks outside of meal times are on you.
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HOW IS A TEACHER’S PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PUEBLO INGLÉS PROGRAMS?
The Pueblo Ingles teacher programs are the same Pueblo Ingles spirit and dynamic with a slightly different focus. The program is still based on one-to-one interaction with native English speakers where the native English speakers are catalysts for a variety of conversational themes (teaching related and not). As usual, we mix in group activities, short presentations, fun role-plays, and even a bit of theatre to spice things up. The main difference will be with rotating workshop sessions during the day whereby our workshop leaders aim to 1) help improve their English level of our teacher friends in the form of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as 2) help their method of instruction with relevant activities and correction toward a more ‘authentic’ English dynamic.
You as the native English speakers (or “Anglos” as we commonly use in the linguistic form of the word) get to sit in on some of our workshops as well as observe class simulations and presentations, which is a great way to see directly how teachers are improving their English abilities. Your support throughout the week as native English speakers is instrumental in helping the teachers improve, who will in turn help their students, and thereby the local region of and country of Spain as a whole!
In recent decades Spain has emerged from the rather introverted years of the Franco bubble and has rapidly become an active leader in the European Union, joining the international community woven together largely by an English-speaking business and travel oriented network. Companies have had to look outside Spain for sources of revenue and opportunities. Adults are still having to play catch-up and are looking for ways to improve as efficiently as possible. Additionally, the economic crisis of 2008 has forced parents and the government to re-think the future of the young generation and their abilities to participate the global market.
As a result, they have been investing lots of money and effort to make sure the youth are getting more and better English skills than their parents. The situation of training teachers to speak better English comes from the country-wide governmental initiative of the “Integral Program for Learning Foreign Languages” or the ‘bilingual’ system. The idea is to transition schools into bilingual learning environments. This makes English education accessible to all students, not just the ones who can pay for private classes and courses. As an example, Madrid currently as achieved the mark of 50% of its schools being bilingual. Most other regions, however, are still further behind.
There is, of course, some controversy with these changes since not all teachers are fully qualified to teach their material (be it history, science, math, etc.) in English and the resistance and criticism is that the kids won’t learn English or the subjects they have studied in English. Teachers who make the voluntary shift to teach in English get paid a little more, so there is some incentive. The sensible answer seems, ‘Why not get native English speakers to teach in the schools?’ The problem with this is that the application process to become a certified teacher in the public school system is dictated by the same civil servant testing system which is extremely rigorous (think law school) and is a complete deterrent for native English speaking teachers, who are given no break in the reducing the barriers to applying through this system, such as accepting other degrees and teaching qualifications from other EU countries. In the end, the ultimate goal is good, but teachers are feeling the pressure to improve as quickly as possible.
No. We only work with the teachers who are all adults.
These particular Teacher’s programs will last 8 days, from either Friday to Friday, Monday to Monday or Sun to Sun which includes the day arriving to the venue as well as the day returning. Note that this may be a different time-frame from previous versions of teacher programs.
We provide transportation to the venue leaving from Madrid or Barcelona by bus the first day of the program as well as the return trip to Madrid/Barcelona at the end. If you do want or need to travel to the venue directly you must do so in order to arrive by the designated start time and by your own expense.
Departure times will vary depending on the venue and its distance from Madrid/Barcelona. The official start time of the teacher programs is usually not until afternoon/evening, which may allow you to arrive to Madrid/Barcelona the same day of the program start date.
As a general rule, however, we recommend arriving to Madrid/Barcelona the day before as to allow for any travel complications and delays, not to mention some down-time before the intense week. We will provide more specifics for each respective venue Madrid departure time soon!
The short answer is, No. We try to combine a balanced mix of professions, nationalities and ages as usual that don’t necessarily have to be in the educational field… as long as they have the mindset of helping those in the teaching profession! If the idea of influencing the younger generation does not excite you, or if you are a purely business-minded person, this program is probably not the ideal match for you.
Understandably, we specifically do want people who are teachers, or who have been involved in educational profession, whether younger or older. Our primary objective is to try to match volunteer profiles that enable the program dynamic for sharing professional insights and secrets of the trade that will help the teachers up their overall game!
The teachers in our programs can be from all levels of schooling. Primarily they are teachers in the primary and secondary schools, but can also be for preschool (ages 3-4), as well as for vocational programs (ages 18-30). They may be teachers of general subjects, English, or very specific subjects (ie. maths, science, art, physical education, philosophy, music, etc.).
Sometimes we have concentrations in a particular week of a particular type of teacher, for example only Secondary. Sometimes we have mixes of all levels. We organize sub-groups respectively for our workshops or relevant activities.
We usually have an idea of the types of teachers before the program, but on occasion are not sure of the mix until a month or weeks before the program. If we do know we will try to let you know before, if is relevant to your particular interest or background.
This is a common question or desire that the typical ‘tourist’ mindset asks. We have to tell you that, while our programs are usually in charming remote locations that you usually don’t have the opportunity to visit, we don’t have much of a chance to explore the surroundings and the teacher programs in particular do not include an official excursion. Why?…you may ask. The reason for this is basically because the regional educational ministry usually don’t prioritize them, and therefore we try to maximize the time focused on language learning.
This said, we usually try to organize a short walking excursion somewhere nearby which takes advantage of the immediate surroundings and breaks up the cabin fever that some may feel at times.
Keep in mind however, what makes our programs unique is the chance to meet and go deep with people that we usually don’t have the opportunity to do that with. Our programs offer more intense focus on conversation and workshop ours for the teachers. If you’ve not done one of our programs before, that in just one week you will quickly realize that you are able to travel much of Spain and the world vicariously through the stories, experiences and insights that all the participants bring. While we would love to combine a bit of tourism as well, we have found that there is plenty of inspiration to be had without.
Please keep in mind that it’s the people that make places worth visiting. Once you’ve had the chance to make connections with the other participants it opens up the door to explore new places after the program!
We provide volunteers with accommodation in single rooms for the duration of the program (not the days before or after). Although the facilities provided vary slightly, the rooms themselves are generally 3-4* hotel standard.
How do I register?
If you’ve been to a Pueblo Inglés before just click on the Volunteer Zone button below. If you’ve never been to a Pueblo Inglés volunteer program before, please apply by clicking the button below to register.