• Practice, learn and develop your English teaching in the sublime cities of Seville and Lisbon








    Would you like to learn to teach English in an academy or school with in-country support and a range of other benefits?

    If so, apply now for an IberiaTeacher paid internship! Learn more below.


    90 day ALL EXPENSES PAID English teaching, learning and enjoying

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    Iberia Teacher

    What is it?

    IberiaTeacher is run in partnership by Red Ochre in London, 3Si in Seville, Synopsis Practice in Lisbon, plus partner schools in 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 or Lisbon, Portugal.

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    Why have we set this up?

    Cultural understanding and multilinguism

    Seville and Lisbon have a significant amount of people who would love to learn English (perhaps from someone like you). At the same time, you can also learn, improve and immerse yourself in the Spanish and Portuguese languages. Whilst in Seville or Lisbon, you'll also receive 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. Both cities are vibrant and fascinating places to be and so much can change in your life simply from living there for three months.

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    What's involved?

    Here's how it works...

    • Placements last 90 days. 
    • The date for our next group is Apr 10th-July 8th 2024.
    • You will get full expenses paid. That means we pay for your accommodation, flights, bills, 24/7 in country support, flight transfers in Lisbon and Seville AND you get a grant of £130 (€146) per week for your food costs, local travel, to cover your travel insurance and any extras.
    • For each group we have spaces for 3 people in Seville and 3 people in Lisbon. So we are currently recruiting for 6 participants for April, 2024. You can apply here.
    • Train and teach in well known English academies and schools.  OUIEA, Conecta Idiomas, OC Languages, and others in Seville. Or Berlitz, Linguagest or Astoria International School in Lisbon. We will provide you with job descriptions and tell you more about these during interviews.
    • Your own room in a flat in central Seville or Lisbon. You’ll share a lounge and kitchen with the two others who are also on IberiaTeacher. That way you'll have peer support and meet other newly qualified teachers like you.
    • To help you progress in your teaching, all participants will have LRN Level 3 training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB) as part of the programme.
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    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...

    • Rapidly boost your Spanish or Portuguese skills. You'll get one free lesson a week with our qualified language teachers in Seville and Lisbon, plus access to intercambio language exchanges. You do not need any Spanish or Portuguese language skills to join IberiaTeacher.
    • Develop your skills and experience. IberiaTeacher is not a training programme or a course. We are focused on 'learning by doing' and on participants contributing to the school wherever they can. Placements will vary but generally you’ll start off with an orientation week, move to shadowing activities before assisting and then running your own classes.
    • Be part of a peer learning group. All our academies are different and to give you a flavour of day to day work on IberiaTeacher, you can watch this video of Rhian's day at Lope de Vega in Seville, or read case studies of Usamah, John and Marcos or Amalia at OC Languages. Plus read the testimony below or see our Instagram. For a summary of what it's like on IberiaTeacher see this video by Lewis.
    • Continuous in country support from a friendly team who’ve done it. Our partners, 3Si are based in Seville and Synopsis Practice in Lisbon. Both staff teams have taught languages and speak fluent English.
    • Preparation training before you go. We'll be running Zoom preparation calls and we'll support you to make sure you have everything in order. With your co-operation., we'll make sure you're ready to roll!

    Don't miss out on a chance to learn to teach with Turing funding support

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    Who can apply?

    Please read this carefully

    As long as you are a UK or EU citizen based in the UK, 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, languages, and to contributing something positive into the mix of the city's life whilst there. IberiaTeacher is for those at the beginning or early stage of their English teaching work so it is not appropriate for people with many years of English teaching experience.


    It is highly useful to have gained a TESOL, CELTA or a TEFL within the last couple of years. We will be running some training in the LRN Level 3 Course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB). This training will be run in the first week of arrival during our orientation. However, having some existing relevant certification, skills or experience is helpful especially as our participant groups are now smaller (three in each city).


    Whilst you will have support in Seville and Lisbon, it is also absolutely vital that you also have your own forms of support (e.g. friends, family, personal habits or skills) and a decent ability to take care of yourself at this time.


    We have had IberiaTeacher participants from the UK, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Ireland, Slovakia and Ukraine...and welcome all eligible nationalities. You must be based in the UK however.


    No visas are involved in IberiaTeacher. Due to Brexit restrictions, British citizens must not have travelled to the EU (Schengen Zone) in the 90 days previous to departure in order to not break immigration rules. This means you must not have travelled to the EU Schengen Zone after 11th January, 2024 . This can help you to calculate this rule: www.schengenvisainfo.com/visa-calculator/ We ask you to do your own calculations on this however and take responsibility for knowing whether you are within Brexit immigration laws. You cannot join this scheme if you are unable to complete 90 days. For EU citizens - you will have no restrictions.


    How to apply
    Applications for are now CLOSED.


    To apply, download an application form and send it along with your CV to the Founder of IberiaTeacher – Martin Cooper: martin@redochre.org.uk


    We recommend that you a) make sure your CV is up to date and b) include all work or life roles in your CV. For us there is not such thing as work or life experience that is not "relevant".


    We want to make sure we recruit from a rich pool of talent. We are able to make accessibility adaptions at any stage of the process should they be required for good reason. Please get in touch if so.

  • Impact

    What do our 2021-2022 IberiaTeacher Sevilla alumni say about us?


    were satisfied with their IberiaTeacher experience! (During a pandemic and Brexit filled year...)


    On average, participants make four good, long term friends on our scheme.

    620 and 280*

    Churros and pastéis de nata were eaten by our participants :-p

    *Estimated by participants in our 2021-2022 survey


    See our 2021-2022 infographic with more data from our recent evaluation including what skills people learnt, challenges, what jobs people get as a result.

    Download our older 2019-2021 evaluation infographic .

    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.

    Life changing...

    "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.


    Some nice things previous participants have said about IberiaTeacher

    Confident, aligned and excited

    "It has been such a beautiful few months for me and I feel like I’m coming out the end of it so much more confident, aligned and excited about life. I feel really lucky to have had this opportunity and just want to communicate to you how important your work has been for me and so many of us. "Participant, July 2022

    Special times

    "Thanks again for having me on this remarkable experience. It really was very special..” Participant, December 2019

    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, December 2020

    Be wonderfully surprised

    "I have been wonderfully surprised over and over again in Seville. Those unexpected and unique moments and encounters always reignite my desire to travel and never stop 🌍 It's been brilliant teaching experience and even better life experience.... I don't know where life will take me next but I'm feeling optimistic ☀️ Thank you for all your support and, most importantly, for accepting me on the programme! I feel so fortunate to have found it. Participant, July 2022

    Open horizons and perspective

    "Thanks once again...I can’t tell you what your accepting me onto IberiaTeacher has meant to me and my life; it’s just opened everything out again somehow!" Participant, July 2019

    Life changing

    "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

    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

    Fall in love with Lisbon

    "I had the most incredible time - fell in love with Lisbon, made the most incredible friends, had the most incredible experiences, and learned so much in teaching English" Participant, July 2022

    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

    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

    Unique experience

    "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

    Highly recommended

    "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 2018

    A genuine sense of happiness

    The experiences and memories that I made from that time in Spain were some of the best I have ever had and I do not regret a single part of it. I have made life long friends both from fellow IberiaTeacher participants and from the Spanish language school I was attending. It was the first time in a long time that I was able to feel a genuine sense of happiness, smiling to myself as I found the orange wine shop and my favourite tapas place. Participant, December 2021

    The IberiaTeacher 2021-2022 Scrapbook!

    As a form of testimonial, we asked participants from September 2021 to July 2022 to send a piece that says something about their time in Seville or Lisbon. See photos, art work, writings, children's drawings of their IberiaTeachers, tips and more in our 2021-2022 SCRAPBOOK

  • Social Feed

    Check out our super minimal social media presence and humans of IberiaTeacher alumni! ;-)

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    Martin Cooper

    Founder of IberiaTeacher

    Martin takes care of business from London and directs the programme. He wishes he could have done something like IberiaTeacher.

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    Irene Cortijo

    Project Co-ordinator, 3Si

    Reeny ensures placements and accommodation in Sevilla go well. She is also a translator, voice over artist and fluent in knowing what it's like to move to another place and adapt.

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    Inês Araújo

    Project Co-ordinator, Synopsis

    Inês provides super skilled direction, support and insight across programme activities, placements and accommodation. She's also a local Lisbon language teacher. Muito Bom!

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    Monika Wasik

    Project Co-ordinator, Synopsis

    Monika supports our Lisbon placements. She also speaks six+ languages and knows all the best places in Lisboa.

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    Bruno Riobó Budiño

    Overview, Synopsis

    Bruno handles the overview in Lisboa. He's also a language teacher and fount of knowledge for the scheme in both Sevilla and Lisboa.

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    Uday Thakkar

    Project Support, Red Ochre

    Uday is co-founder of Red Ochre and as a Chartered Accountant and social entrepreneur, he takes care of the financial stuff.


    Iberia Teacher is a partnership of organisations in the UK, Spain and Portugal led by Red Ochre in London

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    Our funders

    After the creation of IberiaTeacher via the European Union Erasmus Plus fund, the continuation of this programme is made possible through the generous funding via British taxpayers and the Turing Scheme.

  • Sound good?

    We look forward to hearing from you.


    To apply please send us your application as detailed above. For any other queries the best way to get in touch is to email Martin or use the form below.

    IberiaTeacher Programme
    Red Ochre
    7-14 Great Dover St
    SE1 4YR