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Global Exclusive

Teach English in Spain (Barcelona)

4.8(34 reviews)
1 to 12 months
20 to 65

Limited spots. Earliest available arrival is currently Jul 2023, and closing very soon.

Trip overview

Our Teach English in Spain trip combines both passions of teaching and travel into one. You’ll gain an internationally-recognised accreditation and be presented with the unique opportunity to have your own classroom of students as you embark on an unforgettable adventure to teach English abroad. Soak up the fiestas and flamenco in the cobbled streets, taste the delicious seafood and Paella from the local restaurants and explore the incredible ancient ruins in one of Europe’s most fiery countries.  

We offer the complete package for those wanting to teach English overseas and, best of all, we have partnered with exclusive local teaching organisations so you have the option to score a paid teaching placement upon completion of your CertTESOL course. CertTESOL is a TEFL qualification certified by Trinity College London. This will stand you in good stead for any english teaching you may want to do in the future. You’ll be able to earn a local income, or you can take your new accreditation with you to almost anywhere else in the world. Our team will help you with all the essentials you need to kickstart your journey to becoming an English teacher overseas, from visa assistance to bank account set up, cultural activities and excursions, local support and so much more.

Immerse yourself in a whole new culture, create lifelong connections and tick off incredible bucket list spots in between. This trip is perfect for anyone looking for direction or a new adventure and dreaming of broadening their horizons, travelling Europe and gaining international work & travel experience. 


CertTESOL course

Gain accreditation to teach English overseas when you complete a 160-hour Trinity certified training course (4 weeks) with our experienced TESOL instructors. Receive your certificate upon completion.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

Pre-Departure Guide

Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.

Trip visa guidance

Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.

Personal Travel Concierge

You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.

Comfortable accommodation

Relax in modern shared apartment accommodation located in Barcelona and close to your training school, for the duration of your orientation and CertTESOL course.

Private airport transfer

To take you from Barcelona–El Prat Airport to your in-country CertTESOL course and accommodation.

Welcome orientation

Join other travellers in an introduction to Spanish culture, society and language. Plus, enjoy a tasty complimentary welcome breakfast.

Local cultural experiences

Join other Global Travellers as you take part in a week of Spanish cultural activities, including a Flamenco class, a walking tour of Barcelona and a Spanish cooking class with a local chef in an authentic Spanish home kitchen.

Local life essentials

All of your paperwork for Spanish bureaucracy, Empadronamiento, your Spanish Resident Card (TIE), bank account and social security appointments will all be booked and paid for upon your arrival.

Language lessons

10 hours of Spanish lessons exclusively for Global Travellers. Spanish lessons will take place in the first week for 2 hours per day, covering functional Spanish for beginners.

Interview preparation

Receive valuable feedback from expert in-country CertTESOL trainers to help you land your perfect teaching job.

Job assistance

Upon completion of your CertTESOL course, our team will arrange an interview with partner language school recruiters to help you land a teaching job in Barcelona. There’s a huge demand for English teachers in Spain! Typically, most jobs are at private language institutes and pay around €15 per hour.

Developing teacher course

A 12-month optional Teacher’s Development course is included to satisfy the student visa requirements and help you become an even better teacher.

Permanent accommodation support

If you choose to start a teaching English placement and if permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your placement, our in-country partners will help you find the perfect home close to your institution.

Certificate of completion

In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience. Employers will love this addition to your resume/CV!

Ongoing local team support

From our team and in-country project partners, think of them as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, you’ll be provided with unlimited support.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.

gWorld access

Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.


Travel alone but never lonely with Social! An exclusive social network inside our gWorld app to talk, share & meet-up with other Global Travellers in your region, with a dedicated Community Manager.


Global Academy

Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.


Marketplace deals

Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.

$250 off your next trip

The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more


To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 20-65 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

This Global Exclusive Teach in Spain trip is designed to get you travelling, living and teaching English overseas as smoothly as possible. We’re here to help you from the very beginning, offering step-by-step guidance as you embark on a path to work and travel as an English teacher abroad. We arrange local cultural experiences and provide you with an internationally-recognised CertTESOL course which is essential if you choose to find work as a paid English teacher upon completion.

Arrive in Spain with the reassurance that you will be many steps ahead of every other traveller or teacher in search of international experience in Europe. Once you’ve completed your CertTESOL in Barcelona, you’re free to take it with you to many countries in the world and embark on exciting teaching projects abroad. Or you can choose to stay for longer in Spain and earn a local income in a private language institute in Barcelona. We’ll plan and organise all the surrounding logistics, our 24/7 emergency support team is always on standby, and our in-country partner will guide you throughout the entire journey and answer any questions that may arise.

Spend your time teaching in Spain, immersing yourself in the rich culture, exploring the romantic landscapes, jetting off to neighbouring European countries in your time off and immersing yourself in the romance of the city; and leave the logistical stuff to us. We’re here to save you time, money, stress and even the risk of returning home early! Embrace a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel, live and teach in Spain and start making magic happen in the classroom of your dreams.


To qualify for this trip, you must have your high school certificate or diploma and meet the visa requirements, including purchasing medical insurance for your time in Spain</span >. You'll also be required to bring a laptop with you to aid your classroom duties as a teacher. 

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal background check, medical insurance, apostilled documents for visa application, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

Week 1

Once you’ve touched down at Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN), your private transfer will take you into the heart of Barcelona to your apartment accommodation.  Your first week is packed full of cultural activities! You’ll get to learn how to make Paella in a local chef’s home kitchen, go to a Flamenco show in the Theatre City Hall with a drink included, enjoy an open top bus tour of Barcelona, share a welcome breakfast and your group of 6+ Global Travellers will get 10 hours of beginner’s Spanish lessons. During your first week you’ll be taken by our partners to set up your bank account, as well as all the paperwork you need for your trip.   

Week 2-5

You’ll undertake a world class Trinity College certified TESOL training. Learning absolutely everything you have to know about teaching english. After you’ve completed your CertTESOL course, you’ll have an interview arranged with a local English school, or you might want to search in neighbouring European countries and earn around €15 per hour. Our in-country partner will assist you with your Resume/CV, interview preparation, placement and permanent accommodation advice to help you land the perfect teaching job.  


If you’re required to obtain a student visa, as part of the visa requirements you will be enrolled in a Teacher’s Development course. The Spanish student visa allows teachers to work up to 20 hours per week. The sessions are run in the mornings (if you want to attend), meaning you’ll be free to teach in the afternoons and evenings which is when the majority of English classes are scheduled. Each teaching placement generally gets 2 weeks off over Easter and Christmas and sometimes in August, making these holidays the perfect time to explore some of Spain’s renowned festivals and view the masterpieces of Gaudi, or jet off to a neighbouring island (Ibiza?) or even another country. We’ll always keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.


Callum H
Nice and easy, gave plenty of time and attention. Cheers
Mia V
Extremely helpful and straightforward assistance from Jake and Matt. So friendly and well informed.
Bella R
Alll the staff have been amazing and very helpful for me, they have helped me work through all the different options and helped me with all the application processes! Can’t wait for my trip! Dave and Nicole have been especially helpful!
Robert S
I loved the process. Everyone was so nice. Tai is amazing!!! This was such a pleasure to do. I am so happy that I chose to go with this company to Teach English abroad. I am so excited that I am moving forward with this adventure.
Matthew J
So good.Defineltly confident with getting booked in and starting this trip!

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and “work & travel” company, we offer you the ability to not only choose from a number of awesome experiences all over the world but, we'll be your support system from the very first moment you become a Global Traveller! We provide a premium service that allows you to pick the destination of your dreams, get our visa & pre-departure assistance, book great flights and organise the perfect travel insurance or tours for when you arrive. Plus, we’ll back it all up with some cool and exclusive tech features that are with you the entire time.

As a Global Traveller, you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace deals for discounts with our brand partners, a unique social network to connect you with other Global Travellers when you’re overseas, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn as you travel, invites to bucket-list side trips with other travellers, local meet-ups and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

And it doesn't even stop there. We continue to be there from the moment you land with a dedicated 24/7 emergency team, over 100 staff and ongoing support ensuring that you have the tools you need to feel like a local. That’s why 65,000+ Global Travellers from all over the world have chosen to turn their travel dream into reality with us and we can proudly brag that we’ve got the most & best reviews in the biz!

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free.

As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together!

But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join.

And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

What happens if COVID affects my trip?

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected with our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by Covid-19 while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We recommend travellers purchase Global Travel Cover travel insurance that provides Covid-19 medical protection too.

Do I need to be vaccinated to book?

As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So while you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel through over the next 12-18 months. We highly recommend our travellers look at the current travel restrictions of their destination, speak with a medical professional or get in touch with our team for travel advice.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 84* days before departure without incurring any charges when you rebook it for any time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 2 years!

*Some select trips excluded, including Teach (Spain, Italy & Czech Republic) and USA (Summer Camp, Working Holiday and Hotel Professional), and others as listed in Booking Conditions.

How it works

Make your decision

Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.

We become friends

You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.

Time to go

We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.

24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

Still have questions?

Why go Global

Flexible trips

The unexpected can happen sometimes. Can't travel right now? Swap your trip, gift it or save it for later with our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee.

Worldwide support

Know that someone is always ready to assist throughout the journey & they’re only a call, tweet, comment, text or double tap away, 24/7.

We're the experts

With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 100 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.

Partner network

We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.

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