Eligibility requirement: Undergraduate Degree (or currently enrolled) in a related field

Associated career paths: Primary/Secondary Teacher, Early Years teacher, Education Administrator, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Special Education, Teaching Assistant, Careers Adviser, Child Psychologist, Counsellor, Family Support Worker, Play Therapist, Youth/Social Worker

Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Internship details

Youth Development and Education internships in Spain offer a broad scope of placement opportunities that may be related to both private schools and NGOs.

Private schools in Valencia offer bilingual Spanish and English education at both the pre-school and primary levels. Therefore, these placements are great options for international interns who are not fully fluent in Spanish, but would like to enhance their language skills in order to further their professional development and career opportunities. Interns may assist both Spanish classroom teachers and English classroom teachers.

Interns can expect to assist with one-on-one reading, oral presentations, individual group work, and can provide classroom assistance on the subjects of cooking, art and sports. Interns can also support low ability students and provide additional supervision to students who need the additional support.

Intern duties can also be related to classroom administration, as assigned by the classroom teacher (such as preparing learning material and helping with classroom decoration).

The internship role varies, depending on the academic calendar. From September through the end of June, school is in session and the internship role will be related to classroom activities. The summer holidays begin at the end of June and summer camps are held for students during July and August. (No new interns are permitted to join the program during July and August). There is a three-week break over Christmas and New Years. Expected hours of assistance for interns are related to the school schedule, which may vary but is typically 9 a.m. till 4 or 5 pm.

For all interns with an interest in developing skills as an educator, we also recommend an interactive Online TEFL Certification Course. The training offers tools and techniques over a 100-hour program. Upon completion, you’ll have earned experience in planning, designing, and adapting diverse language activities and materials. No previous teaching experience or training is required. You can sign up for the Online TEFL Certification Course anytime and you’ll pay the discounted Intern Abroad HQ rate.

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks 2 weeks $2,209
3 weeks 3 weeks $2,434
4 weeks 4 weeks $2,659
5 weeks 5 weeks $2,884
6 weeks 6 weeks $3,109
8 weeks 8 weeks $3,559
10 weeks 10 weeks $4,009
12 weeks 12 weeks $4,459
16 weeks 16 weeks $5,359
20 weeks 20 weeks $6,259
24 weeks 24 weeks $7,159

European students who wish to receive Erasmus funding for their internship in Spain are encouraged to apply and outline their specific requirements.

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Program fee for abroad internships

What it covers
  • Securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (for selected programs)
  • Experiential Learning Curriculum
  • In-country guidance for social and tourism activities
  • International reference letter

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Arrival and Orientation

Programs begin every Monday and interns may choose to stay for a minimum of 2 weeks up to a maximum of 24 weeks. All participants fly into the Valencia Airport (VLC) where they will be picked up by our local team and taken to their accommodation (unless alternative arrangements for arrival have been made). Note that interns are advised not to book their flights until they have registered confirming their participation in the program.

The Welcome Orientation is given by our local hosts at their centrally located office and covers important details concerning the city, transport, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more. The Orientation also includes five introductory Spanish language lessons which are provided as a way of boosting confidence and assisting with social and cultural integration. Any additional Spanish language lessons must be coordinated and paid for separately. (See further notes on Spanish lessons under the “Extra activities and tourism” section of this page).

Accommodation

All interns in Spain are hosted in various homestay accommodations (which are typically located within apartment buildings). These are usually situated around the city centre, where it is easy to access both the central office of the local team (where Spanish language lessons also take place) and the designated internship placement.

In most cases, interns will receive their own bedroom. However, some bedrooms may be shared with another program participant of the same gender. Any given homestay may accommodate up to 2 to 3 interns at any given time. Bathrooms and common areas are shared. Living is comfortable and WiFi is provided in most of the home-stays, although it is not guaranteed. Laundry is included - usually it will be done once a week.

If a commute is required (to either the internship placement or the central office) then the travel time is usually between 30 to 40 minutes, maximum. There are ample public transportation options to utilize (including mobile phone apps, which can be downloaded at the program orientation) such as buses, subway, trams, and taxis. The city is flat and the climate is typically very pleasant, so public bicycles are also available. Interns may also opt to simply walk during the daytime and enjoy the sights of the city!

Meals

Internships in Spain include three meals per day provided by the host family (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner). Do not be surprised if you’re not joined in a hearty breakfast by your host family, as locals do not typically have a heavy breakfast (coffee may suffice!) However, interns can expect breakfast to consist of items such as bread/pastries, spreads, fruit, and coffee (you may even try a delicious local espresso, served with condensed milk to sweeten it).

Lunch time in Valencia is typically between 2 and 4 pm. This time is in line with the concept of “la siesta”, allowing time to rest and enjoy a relaxed mealtime - preferably with some pleasant company and conversation.

If you choose to opt out of lunch or dinner, any day of the week, you should communicate this back to your host family. There are many excellent restaurants to choose from in Valencia and they typically offer special lunch menus in the afternoon, which are designed to provide an affordable set meal option (they could range anywhere between €5.00 and €12.00). One of the most famous dishes in Valencia is paella - a must try!

Dinner time in Spain is typically served later in the evening, usually between 8 pm-10 pm, due to eating a late lunch. Typical dishes may include ingredients such as noodles or pasta, seafood, rice, and in-season salads/vegetables.

Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations to you accordingly.

Activities and tourism

Spanish lessons

Fluency in Spanish is not a requirement for interns in Valencia, however basic Spanish skills are strongly recommended. The Orientation includes five introductory Spanish language lessons which are provided in order to boost confidence and assist with social and cultural integration. However, any additional Spanish language lessons must be coordinated and paid for separately. We encourage all interns to take advantage of the opportunity to learn some Spanish skills during their program (or develop their existing vocabulary).

Affordable Spanish language lessons are offered directly through our local team in Valencia. Most lessons are two hours and can be arranged in coordination with the internship schedule. Spanish lessons can be arranged directly with the local team once registered for the program or at the orientation in-country (ask about online Skype lessons if you’d like to get a head start on your learning). Lessons are tailored to the student’s level based on their entry-level test, placing them on the most suitable course for them, within a timetable of Monday to Friday.

Lessons for 4 hours per week:

  • 1-4 weeks = €36 per week
  • 5-8 weeks = €28 per week
  • 8+ weeks = €22 per week

Lessons for 6 hours per week:

  • 1-4 weeks = €51 per week
  • 5-8 weeks = €39 per week
  • 8+ weeks = €33 per week

Lessons for 10 hours per week:

  • 1 week = €80 per week
  • 2-3 weeks = €70 per week
  • 3+ weeks = €55 per week

Lessons for 20 hours per week:

  • 1 week = €140 per week
  • 2-3 weeks = €120 per week
  • 4-6 weeks = €90 per week
  • 6+ weeks = €80 per week

Weekends and travel

Most internship placements in Valencia have a morning schedule and require a commitment of between 25-30 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Interns have the weekends free and there is no shortage of wonderful things to see and do in Valencia! Cultural activities, excursions and weekend trips are frequently organized by our local team in Valencia, who will communicate to interns in-country when fun plans are being made. Interns staying for longer durations, or who wish to travel before or after their internship program, can visit other regions of Spain (or even Europe). The local team will be happy to make travel and tourism recommendations. However, while you’re in Valencia, these are just a few examples of the attractions you won’t want to miss:

  • City of Arts and Sciences / Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias: This state-of-the-art science, cultural and architectural complex is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and counts as one of the “12 Treasures of Spain”. It encompasses the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe and Hemisfèric (for IMAX, 3D and other screenings).

  • L’Oceanogràfic: L’Oceanogràfic is an impressive aquarium, designed by the architect Félix Candela and the structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro. You’ll see 500 species in versions of the world’s main marine ecosystems.

  • Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia: If you love arts and theater, don’t miss an event at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia - Valencia’s beautiful performing arts and cultural centre.

  • Mercado Central, Valencia: Strolling through this indoor public market will inundate you with colorful sights and interesting produce. It’s located in the city center across from the Llotja de la Seda (a Gothic-style civil building) and the church of the Juanes.

  • Plaza de la Virgen: This lively plaza is central to Valencia, where it is surrounded by iconic historic buildings and outdoor cafes. You’ll see the Apostle Doors of the Valencia Cathedral, the Miguelete tower, and Neptune relaxing in la Fuente del Turia. From the plaza, you can also enter the Barrio del Carmen at Calle Caballeros - this is a trendy part of the medieval Valencia Old Town, from where you can also check out the Gothic-style Torres de Serranos, part of the old city walls, which mark the entrance to the Old Quarter of Valencia.

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Capital Madrid
Population 46.5 million
Languages Spanish (official), Catalan, Galician, Basque, Occitan (co-official languages)
Currency Spainn Rand (ZAR)
Time zone UTC+01:00

Weather and climate: Spain has a very varied climate, according to the geographical situation of different regions. Most of the country is considered to be within a Mediterranean zone, which is characterised by warm/hot and dry summers. However, areas with relatively high rainfall are considered to be oceanic climatic regions, rather than Mediterranean. The northern quarter of Spain, which is within the Atlantic region, falls within this oceanic climate category, where winter and summer temperatures are influenced by the ocean. The southeastern quarter of Spain has a semi-arid climate, where the dry season can extend beyond the typical summer season.

In Valencia, where the Intern Abroad HQ internship program is based, it is dry year round. The summers are warm, muggy, and mostly clear. The hot summer season runs from June through September, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F (27°C). The winter months, from November through March, are cold, windy, and partly cloudy. During this time, the average daily high temperature is below 65°F (18°C). The average low of the coldest day of the year (around early January) is 43°F (6°C).