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NALCAP Series: How to teach English in Spain with NALCAP

My NALCAP post series is not complete without talking about exactly what NALCAP is! In this post, I will discuss the salary, work hours, requirements, and provisions of Spain’s most popular English language assistant program, NALCAP. It’s time to learn if you want to teach English in Spain with NALCAP!

Please note: This is the information as of August 2023. Future academic years may see details change!

Related reading: Reasons you should and shouldn’t be an auxiliar de conversaci贸n

The basics of NALCAP

The North American Language and Culture Assistants Program– commonly called NALCAP– is a program directly administered by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Your role in the classroom is being a language assistant. You supplement the teacher’s lessons with games, micro-lessons, and other activities!

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Placements are given all over Spain in public schools only. Support in the program is limited outside of having difficulties with your school or renewal applications.

Program fee, monthly salary, & work hours

This program has NO program fee. Any entity asking money for your placement in the program (or your application) is not NALCAP. Some programs tied to NALCAP ask for program fees, but NALCAP does not. Be wary of scams. As of this post written in August 2023, the Spanish Ministry of Education has never asked for a fee to apply or participate.

The monthly salary (or ‘monthly pay’) for participating in this program is between 800 and 1000 euros. This entirely depends on the region that you are assigned to. For the 2023 school year, the Ministry raised the monthly pay from 700 to 800 euros to teach English in Spain with their program. This money in considered a grant and is non-taxable in the eyes of the Spanish and United States governments. Those outside of these countries should consult with their tax body or past reliable participants to find out if this is taxable in your country. If you don’t already know how to budget, get learning! It’s actually quite fun.

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The work hours range from 14 to 16 hours a week. Like the monthly salary, this entirely depends on your assigned region. In previous years, the pay was 12 to 16 hours a week. The lower end of the scale rose with the monthly pay in 2023.

Program requirements
  • Be age 18 – 60. Due to Spanish labor laws, you cannot be over 60 by January during the program year
  • Be a native or native-like English speaker
  • You have a BA, BS, AA, or AS degree. Otherwise, you must be enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or a senior in a BA or BS program.
  • Be a North American citizen
  • Have a valid passport through to the end of the program, which is May 31 for all regions but Madrid, whose end date is June 30
  • You must be in good physical and mental health. Your doctor must give you medical clearance in order for your visa to be granted.
  • Have a clean background check

Related reading: NALCAP series: Complete timeline for the NALCAP program

What the program provides and doesn’t provide you

The program provides you your placement (your assigned region, city, and school), your free health insurance, and your pay. They communicate with your school about the school’s needs and can help determine your schedule within the allotted 14-16 maximum weekly hours. If you have issues with the school’s treatment of you or other job technicalities, the Minstry is there to help.

However, they do not provide you with housing, visa support, or a necessary Spanish bank account. You will have to search for your apartment yourself and speak with the landlord on your own. The program does not assist with rental agreements and contracts either.

When it comes to Spanish bank accounts, the most common bank among auxiliars is N26*. An important note: Cash withdrawal is very limited because N26 is an online bank! Some grocery stores in Spain allow you to receive cashback when you purchase using your N26 card. The reason this bank is so popular is because it is free to open an account, you get a Spanish IBAN, you can use the app in English, and it is paperwork-free.

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NALCAP provides you with a part-time position as a language assistant in an assigned public school(s) within Spain. The pay is between 800 and 1000 euros depending on your region. With this job, you get free health insurance and long-term residency in Spain! Because of these facts, it is a fantastic job for those who have decided that the aux life is for them.

Keep in mind that you will be living in Spain! Learning the basics of the local language in the country you live in is both courteous and common sense. Most landlords do not speak English. You will need basic Spanish skills to survive and live comfortably. Being able to teach English in Spain is a privilege, so please be kind and learn Spanish! 馃檪

I am very excited to share more about this program so others can pursue it too! If this post has piqued your interest in NALCAP, learn more about it by reading my NALCAP blog post series. Thank you for reading. See you next time!


*Disclaimer: I do not receive money from N26 for this post because I have no affiliation with them.

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