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.
ABOUT THE SCHEME
90 day ALL EXPENSES PAID English teaching, learning and enjoying
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.
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.
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 learn to teach with Turing funding support
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 5th October . 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.
Applications are now open for our January 4th to April 2nd groups in Seville or Lisbon. Applications close on Sunday November 26th. Interviews will take place at the end of November and beginning of December.
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.
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
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."
"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."
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
"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
"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
"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 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
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
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.
Tel: 020 7250 8305.
"Iberia Teacher" is a scheme run by Red Ochre Enterprises Limited, company number 05023988 © 2023 www.redochre.org.uk