The Meddeas program is an English Language Assistant program in Spain that provides its participants with a stipend and training along with the chance to work as an assistant in a private school. Meddeas offers three levels of programs and participants list their program preference according to their education, experience, and background (i.e. – Did you study education and hope to be a teacher in the future? Do you have a TEFL certificate, but didn’t necessarily study education? Do you have no experience teaching and would like to learn?) Thankfully, Meddeas offers programs for all types of applicants, even if you have no experience teaching! They also offer placements for English, German and French speakers, as long as they are either a native speaker or have a B2-C1 level of English.
Components to the Application:
- CV / Resume
- Application form
- Skype interview (in English)
- In-person interview (in English). Meddeas has select locations in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Spain, and Germany in which they hold the in-person interview. Applicants outside of these countries will also be considered, however.
Meddeas is different from the auxiliares program in that the selection process is more rigorous and selective. However, one of the big pros about the Meddeas program is that they really try to listen to your preferences and place you in a school/city in which you would thrive. For example, if you have your heart set on teaching in Barcelona, you can tell Meddeas that is your preference, and they will try the best they can to get you a placement in that city or near it.
While traveling to one of their select locations may be a drawback for some during the second round of interviews, Meddeas kindly offered to hold my second interview via Skype as well. At the time of the application process, I was living in Bogotá and they knew I had no chance of making it to any one of their interview locations. Since they liked my profile, they held my “in-person interview” via Skype.
2017-2018 Year Application Timeline:
Sent in application: December 4th, 2016
E-mail scheduling 1st interview: December 9th, 2016
1st interview (via Skype): December 20th, 7am
E-mail scheduling 2nd interview: December 27th
2nd interview (typically in-person, but held via Skype in my case): January 12th, 9:30am
E-mail notifying of pre-acceptance: January 19th
E-mail notifying of placement: April 4th
E-mail notifying of 2nd placement (after declining first): April 21st
Dates: September/October to May/June or January-June.
Location: Various locations in Spain.
Type of work: Language assistants work mainly on their own, prepare their own lessons, and focus on speaking skills with students. They give additional support to teachers, host conversation clubs, and give one-on-one or small group sessions to teachers. Language assistants may be involved in extracurricular activities or teach in other subjects (PE, music, science) in English, German or French.
Types of schools: Private/charter (concertado) schools
Students: Age groups from 2 to 18 years old.
Stipend: 312 – 912 euros/month, depending on program and if you choose to live with a host family or not.
Hours/week: 20 hours (including prep time)
Other benefits: Training (6 to 20 ECTS credits of an online certified course in English) and Teaching Practice (as a Language Assistant), a tutor at your school who will help you and give you advice when needed, paid holidays (the same holidays regular teaching staff have), Social Security and health care (~6.18 euros per month, paid by participants).
Option to renew? Yes, in the same school/program or in a different one
Security deposit (when you accept your placement): 450 euros (given back at the end of the program unless you are expelled or leave before the program ends). Meddeas also keeps 150 euros of the first grant until your grant period ends.
About the Three Types of Programs:
About the University Course:
According to Meddeas, there will be a one-day session at the Universidad Internacional de Cataluña in Barcelona. After participants move to their teaching destination, the course will be held online with the support of forums and a tutor.
Participants in the Advanced program will complete 20 ECTS credits in a course called Expert in Bilingual Education. It takes 480 hours to complete.
Participants in the Graduate or Speakers programs will complete 6 ECTS credits (180 hours) in one of 6 ECTS certified courses . If you hold a TEFL certificate, you will take the a course called Teaching English as a Foreign Language – AMET: Advanced Methodologies for English Teachers.
About Lodging Options
Meddeas gives participants two lodging options: living with a host family (which provides you with room + board) or finding your own independent housing.
If you decide to live with a host family, you will work four days instead of five. However, you will spend part of your time interacting in English with your host family. There will be arranged “Foreign Language Days” in which you must only use the target language with your host family. You will spend planned time with the family and play games or organize activities for them. On “Regular Days,” you may practice Spanish with the family, travel, and do your own thing. Families typically have curfews and you must be respectful and abide by their house rules.
If you choose to live with a family, you will make less money per month since the family covers your room and board costs.
Interested in the Program?
You can find out more about Meddeas at their website: http://www.meddeas.com
Finally, here is a complete FAQ for the Meddeas program (for the 2017-18 academic year): Meddeas FAQ 2017-18
Good luck & Happy Teaching!