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Travel to Spain on a Budget

World Explorers is the the ideal program for adventure travelers, a gap year or traveling on a budget. You receive a private room and three daily meals in exchange of teaching English for 15 hours weekly to your host family.

The rest of the time is yours to explore as you wish!

Neither degree nor experience is required. You also don’t need to speak the local language. 
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Famous City
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Sagrada Familia
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Whether you are a soccer fanatic, a Flamenco aficionado or a foodie in search of the best tapas – you will surely fall in love with the deeply rooted Spanish culture. Join World Explorers to teach English in Spain. You will live with a local host family where you will be considered part of the familia for one to three months. You will have the opportunity to exchange your language and culture with the locals while living in Spain on the cheap.

Your number one priority is to spend quality time with your hosts, and to practice English with them for 15 hours per week. However, you are welcome to explore as you wish in your free time. Your program is truly what you make of it. This is a once in a lifetime chance to meet new people and speak as much Spanish as humanly possible. We want you to come back with a Spanish lisp!

Take advantage of how affordable it is to live with a host family in Spain as a World Explorer. Your program fee ensures that you are placed in a safe environment and that you have local support throughout your stay. Don’t waste your money on expensive hotel accommodations and dining out for each meal. You’ll pay a lot less when you live as a member of a loving host family where you will build long lasting relationships and eat home-cooked meals.

CHI works with trusted overseas partners in Spain to find the best host families possible. Most of our recent placements have been in Barcelona. Barcelona is an amazing cosmopolitan city of 10 million that is situated on the Mediterranean coast. Visit Barcelona to see why it is considered the most exciting city in Europe. It boasts a young and international vibe. While the primary language is actually Catalan, Spanish is also spoken by everyone in Barcelona. The coastal province of Catalonia is home to renowned artists Dali and Gaudi. You won’t want to miss the Sagrada Familia church designed by Gaudi and Dali’s Park Guell. A stroll down Las Ramblas is a must, and don’t forget to check out Plaza Espana and the Olympic park!

Placements may also be in other areas of Spain upon request. Madrid is the thriving capital of Spain and is considered by many to be the heart and soul of the country due to its central location. You will have the chance to visit tourist attractions like Gran Via, Plaza del Sol and Retiro Park. There are also many flea markets, underground cafes and bars to enjoy. The Basque country is located along the northern coastline of Spain near the border of France. Pintxos, also known as tapas served on a toothpick, are native to this region. San Sebastian is a famous surfing beach in the area. Please note that the placements may be outside of major city centers due to limited living space in urban areas.

You will have a local coordinator throughout your stay in Spain. If you are interested in signing up for a Spanish class, a dance class or even a cooking class, our partners can help you arrange different activities according to your interests.
You are welcome to visit other parts of Spain during your program as long as your host family is aware of your travel plans. You may even want to take the opportunity to visit other European countries after your program ends. Many low cost airlines offer cheap flights from Spain to other European capitals. Americans can stay in Europe for up to 90 days without a visa. If you are looking to continue your adventure in another Spanish speaking destination, we offer several programs in South America.
Some of the overseas partner agencies we work with place restrictions on age. We recommend this destination for travelers ages 18-50+. Some older candidates may be considered, but we cannot guarantee it.


In order to teach English in Spain you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Be a high school graduate

Be flexible and adaptable to a different culture

Be respectful of your host family’s rules

Be a fluent English speaker *

* from the United States, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand. Residents from other countries may only be considered if they are completely fluent in English
Travel options from 30 to 90 days

Program Costs

CHI is a non-profit organization, but we still have fixed costs that are necessary for running the program. Our overseas partners are actually for-profit, and we must take that into consideration as well. Our partners do the work to find and screen excellent host families that match your interests and needs!

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Experiences abroad

I went to Spain and spent 3 months in both Madrid (2 weeks) and Algeciras (2 months). I definitely recommend traveling abroad to anyone and everyone with the opportunity to do so. It is a unique experience that gives you a valuable perspective on your current life, no matter where you go. With this program, you are teaching English to the children of the host families. I would almost always speak English to the kids and spanish to the parents. For me, the teaching was mostly conversational and I really liked that about it -- it's a breath of fresh air to get away from the books for a few months. There is a lot of time to hang out and do fun things while technically "working". For example, we went to the grocery store to learn names of fruits and vegetables, we learned conversational vocal while watching Harry Potter, and we practiced our grammar while writing letters to each other. The program is very open to your own interpretation of how you want to teach. That's the best part about it.
Tyler A.
World Explorer in Spain
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