Practice, learn and develop your English teaching in the sublime cities of Seville and Lisbon
Do you have a TESOL, CELTA or TEFL qualification? Did you qualify anytime since April 10th 2020? Do you want to use your qualification to help everyone learn English? Would you like to teach in an academy with in country support and a range of other benefits?
If so, apply now for IberiaTeacher! Learn more below.
ABOUT THE SCHEME
95 days ALL EXPENSES PAID English teaching, learning and enjoying
What is it?
IberiaTeacher is an EU funded Erasmus Plus scheme, run in partnership by Red Ochre in London, 3Si in Seville, Synopsis Practice in Lisbon, plus partner academies in the UK, Spain and Portugal. An IberiaTeacher placement helps you to develop and use your teaching skills in English academies and in the community in Seville, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. We are an intergenerational scheme that aims to give people of any age a chance to exchange learning about their vocation and other aspects of their lives. We've had participants from 18 to 61 years old on the scheme!
Why have we set this up?
Intergenerational and cultural understanding and multilinguism
Seville and Lisbon have a significant amount of people who would love to learn English (perhaps from someone like you). And whilst in Seville or Lisbon, you'll be receiving a lot of lessons too: about yourself and teaching as well as life lessons from the people and the Iberian places where you live, work and hang out. For that reason, we call the scheme, "IberiaTeacher" - you teach and get taught by the place at the same time.
Secondly, recent census figures showed that across the UK, 900,000 people have either no, or poor spoken English. They can face significant barriers in participating fully in local, national and European life. There is a need for high quality, trained teachers who can think creatively in how they teach, where and when. That could be you!
Here's how it works...
Other benefits of joining us
Teach AND learn a language, be with a group of newly qualified teachers and learn the rhythm of life in Sevilla or Lisboa...
Don't miss out on a chance to improve your teaching with EU funded Erasmus Plus support
Who can apply?
Please read carefully
Anyone with a TESOL, CELTA or a TEFL (or any other teaching qualification) gained since April 2020 can apply to Iberia Teacher. (This is because Erasmus is for people who are currently learning or have less than 1 year's experience).
Whoever you are - you can apply for our scheme. Our criteria is simply focused on people who are kind and curious, as well as fully committed to English teaching, to enjoying their time in Seville or Lisbon and to contributing something positive into the mix of the city's life whilst there.
Obviously in the time of COVID19, our placements and scheme will have additional challenges so:
- this is perhaps not a time for applications if you feel this sort of thing is a huge and totally daunting step
- whilst you will have support, it is also important that you also have your own forms of support (e.g. friends, family, personal habits).
Due to funding rules you must also be a UK National or any other EU citizen, but based in the UK....or...with a UK address....
We can't accept applications from Spanish citizens (for Seville - you can apply for Lisbon) or Portuguese citizens for Lisbon (you can apply for Seville however). We have had IberiaTeacher participants from the UK, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain, France, Lithuania, Germany, Greece and Ireland...and welcome all eligible nationalities.
Due to Brexit, British citizens must not have travelled to the EU in the 3 months previous to departure in order to not break the law and immigration rules. This can help you to calculate this rule: www.schengenvisainfo.com/visa-calculator/
For EU citizens - you will have 95 day placements and no restrictions.
How to apply
Applications for IberiaTeacher are closed. They will open again on June 28th for mid September to mid December placements (dates to be confirmed).
To apply please send three things to the Founder of IberiaTeacher – Martin Cooper: email@example.com
If you have a preference for either Seville or Lisbon please state this in your application or email as it is very helpful. If not, that is also totally fine.
We’ll then select candidates for Skype interviews.
It may take time, but we will be in touch with ALL applicants with our decisions. Whilst we receive many applications and have limited resources, responding to everyone who applies within the funding rules is important to us.
If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with Martin
What do 2018-2020 IberiaTeacher Sevilla alumni say about us?
were satisfied with their IberiaTeacher experience!
On average, participants make three good, long term friends on our scheme.
Churros were eaten by our participants :-0
Start something new...
"Having struggled with my self confidence due to abuse in the past, being able to go to Seville, and getting the stipend, free flat and so on, gave me a chance to start something new. It helped me to realise that I was more self reliant and capable than I'd believed, and that many more things were open to me than I'd ever imagined. My self confidence improved enormously, and it was the first step on the road to recovery and making a new life for myself."
Beth, IberiaTeacher, 2020.
"The IberiaTeacher experience has changed my life. It's more than just a teaching internship; it's a spiritual journey in which you are destined to find like-minded people and to discover more about yourself.
I think that, most importantly, this experience has reminded me what it means to be European, what we're part of and why it's not worth just disregarding."
Shahin, IberiaTeacher, 2020.
Some nice things previous participants have said about IberiaTeacher
"I just want you to know I have really appreciated everything you have done for us. Iberia Teacher is probably the best thing I have ever done and I don't want it to end!...I never thought I would have the confidence to move to a new country and teach English, but this scheme made it possible because of the brilliant support I received. I owe this scheme so much, it has completely changed my life!
" Participant, March 2018
"Thanks again for having me on this remarkable experience. It really was very special..” Participant, December 2019
A wonderful challenge
"I just wanted to say how grateful I am for this wonderful opportunity! I think Seville and the work placement has had its ups and downs, like most things, but I have had an incredible time and loved this experience very much. I feel like I have really developed as a teacher and made some really great friends as well." Participant, December 2019
Open horizons and perspective
"Thanks once again...I can’t tell you what your accepting me onto IberiaTeacher and the Erasmus programme has meant to me and my life; it’s just opened everything out again somehow!" Participant, July 2019
I couldn't have done it alone
"I’ve absolutely loved my time here. It’s been a unique, amazing experience and I owe that to you, 3Si and the programme - there’s no way I would’ve been able to do this otherwise. So yeah, thank you.
Participant, December 2019
One of the best...
"I'd like to say a big thank you for coordinating this project. It has definitely been one of the best things I've ever done, and I'm so grateful I got the opportunity to take part.” Participant, December 2019
“I wanted to express all my gratitude for everything so far. It has been a great pleasure to meet all the lovely people that run or take part in this programme. It was nice to be welcomed with so much care since we put our feet on Andalusian ground. Love the area where we live, love the flat, love my housemates and the school where I will spend my time in the next few months developing my professional life." Participant, Iberia Teacher September 2017
Two years on...
“I would just like to add that two years on from completing the scheme, I still feel very sentimental and grateful for my time in Seville. It was the best experience of my life and I loved every minute of it! I developed personal and professional skills and would like to say thank you so much.” Participant, 2020
Pathway to employment
"I just wanted to say thanks for everything and for letting me be a part of IberiaTeacher. It really was an amazing experience and provided me with exactly the experience I needed to start working as an English teacher. Aside from that, it was loads of fun and I was able to visit a lot of beautiful places! I’ve got a job for the summer in Valencia so I’ll be heading back to Spain next weekend, I almost can’t believe it." Participant May 2017
"I honestly can't thank you enough for organising the IberiaTeacher scheme. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to take part in it, as it seems like something truly unique." Participant, March 2018
"I highly recommend the IberiaTeacher Program. I felt well supported and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Seville, because it’s a unique opportunity that I will value tremendously throughout my future career. I am very grateful for being accepted onto the scheme, and I hope that it continues to get funding for years to come, because I think that it’s something that will be invaluable for so many fledgling teachers." Participant, May 2016
The full package
"I just want to say one more thank you. I’ve had an absolute whale of a time in Sevilla. Life here has been great; I’ve met loads of great people, improved my Spanish dramatically, I couldn’t have wished for better colleagues. My students were great and I enjoyed every single lesson." Participant, December 2015
The academy and students
"Today while I was preparing my lessons for tomorrow, I felt how much I will miss that place, the academy and especially my students and the time spent with them. Some of them are planning to visit London during the summer, so I might have chance to see them again – which makes me happy. I’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU for everything what you have done for me and for us as a group. Thanks to you I had a really unforgettable experience which was a huge plus for my career prospects and life.” Participant, March 2016
Back to Seville!
"Thanks for everything! I'm madly packing up my flat in UK to return to Seville on 3rd January for my new teaching job! Participant, December 2019
WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR PLACEMENT
Founder of IberiaTeacher,
Martin takes care of business from London and ensures recruitment, preparation and evaluation runs smoothly. He wishes he could have done something like IberiaTeacher.
Project Lead, 3Si
Reeny works on project monitoring, accommodation and academies in Sevilla. She is also a translator and fluent in knowing what it's like to move to another place and get on with it.
Project Co-ordinator, 3Si
Antonio works on recruitment, and academies. He also organises our fantastic community teaching project in Sevilla. He has a PhD and is a quick learner...
Project Lead, Synopsis Practice
Eloy takes care of things in Lisbon, making sure accommodation, academy and school liaison are all up to scratch. Phew.
Project Co-ordinator, Synopsis Practice
Monika handles day to day stuff in Lisbon, is our tour and Portuguese lesson leader. She also speaks five languages and knows lots about Lisboa.
Overview, 3Si and Synopsis
Bruno handles the overview in Sevilla and Lisboa. He's also a language teacher and fount of knowledge for both cities.
Overview, Red Ochre
Uday is co-founder of Red Ochre and as a Chartered Accountant and social entrepreneur, he takes care of the financial stuff.
Fátima helps out with recruitment. She brings previous experience of co-ordinating the Sevilla placements to supporting the London team.
Project Support, Red Ochre
Robert is also co-founder of Red Ochre and provides support and insight across programme activities.
Iberia Teacher is a partnership of organisations in the UK and Seville, Spain, led by Red Ochre in London
UK, Spain and Portugal
Iberia Teacher is made possible through the support of some of the leading language schools in the UK and Europe.
All applicants from our partners get priority access to Iberia Teacher. And if you have yet to get your English teaching qualification then WEBridge Academy, The English Studio, and B3ST would be the best place to start!
We are also delighted to be working with Third Sector International (3Si) in Seville - one of Europe's specialists in hosting participants in Erasmus Plus schemes and an Anglo-Spanish organisation who provide exceptional pastoral support and placements for Iberia Teacher. You can learn a bit more about them and the Iberia Teacher team in this video. After years working together we have expanded to Lisbon and are loving working with 3Si's sister organisation, Synopsis Practice.
Be part of the Erasmus experience
Iberia Teacher is funded by Erasmus+ through the European Union.
Whilst the UK is still in the European Union and negotiations about it's exit are continuing, you will be part of a wider movement to help people to study, train and get work experience in different European countries. Grab this highly valuable experience and opportunity whilst you still can...
We look forward to hearing from you.