It is very hard to exaggerate barcelona. With a population of nearly 2 million, it is big enough to offer the widest range of choices in arts, culture and entertainment but small enough to find your way around. Catalonia's capital sparkles with vibrant colours and intense energy.
At tefl international in Barcelona we will do everything possible to make sure you have an enjoyable time in this fantastic region. We are a small and friendly team offering you the warmest welcome and a range of social activities and excursions to suit everyone. Tapas evenings, café crawls, sailing trips, skiing, windsurfing, wine tasting, beautiful beaches we can arrange just about anything!
A welcome dinner at the start of the course helps ensure you get to know your fellow trainees at an early stage. Yes, the course is intensive but we do make sure you have the opportunity to get the most out of your weekends and evenings.
Situated between the blue waters of the Mediterranean and the Tibidabo hills, Barcelona is on the doorstep of some of the great playgrounds and vacation retreats of europe.
The Balearic Islands are to the east, the Costa Brava (Wild Coast) and Pyrenees to the north, the Penedes wine region to the west and the Roman city of Tarragona, the monastery at Montserrat and the beautiful resort town of Sitges to the south. There is so much to explore!
The time for Barcelona is now. It has led the region of Catalonia in a resurgence of a unique and intriguing culture, which makes it an unforgettable city to experience. It is home to some of the most visionary artists of the modern era.
From the modernist spires of architect Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral to Picasso's Cubism and Dali's Surrealism, the unique Catalan perspective has had a dramatic impact on the way we see the world today.
Stroll down the main street, the Ramblas. This grand boulevard takes you from the elegance of the Plaça Catalunya right down to the sea. You will see grand opera houses, ornate churches, flower stalls, artists, street mimes, classy cafés and great shopping. Visit the lively produce market to see an explosion of fresh products and colours. Try a‘tortilla espanola’ (potato omelette) and a café con leche in the market café.Wander deep into the bohemian Gothic quarter, a tangled mix of seemingly undiscovered and grand squares, schoolyard plazas, art nouveau storefronts, baby flea markets, musty and classy antique shops and balconies with jungles behind wrought iron bars.
The centrepiece of the Gothic Quarter is its colossal cathedral, a fine example of Catalan Gothic, started in 1300 and completed 600 years later. The Picasso Museum, far and away the best collection of Picasso’s work in spain is just nearby.
And finally, a word about Barcelona’s nightlife. At times it seems that there are more clubs, cafés and bars here than anywhere else in the world. Dinner only really begins to be served after 9pm and the choice and range of cuisine is excellent. Afterwards you can pick from a thousand near perfect bars tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, trendy cafes in the Eixample district and open-air nightclubs in the Tibidabo Hills amongst other options.
With all this to offer, Barcelona is a great place to have fun. History and character, buildings with no straight lines, artists and theatre, wild festivals and an even wilder nightlife, bronzed beaches and refreshing mountains.
Barcelona is a gateway to Catalunya, to spain, to the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Pack your swimsuit and your skis, your art history book and your clubbing shoes. If you're in the mood to surrender to the charms of a City, let it be in Barcelona.Register now & get certified to teach english abroad!
The TEFL International school is situated in new offices in the heart of Barcelona. There are 3 metro lines close by and regular buses and night buses run along the Paseo de San Juan.
Facilities at the school include internet access, tea and coffee, well-equipped classrooms and all the teaching resources and facilities that you will require for the duration of the course.
We have both large and small teaching rooms for your teaching practice to give you experience of teaching different size groups in different environments.
Optional extra: Spanish Language Course
Should you want to learn some Spanish during your time in Spain, you could attend a Spanish language program either before or after your TEFL course. This TEFL course/language program offers you the opportunity to become TEFL qualified with an internationally recognized TEFL certificate and immerse yourself in the local culture, improving your language skills.
Language courses start most Mondays, and are available for two, four and eight weeks. Please click here for details.
The accommodation offered during your TEFL course in Barcelona, should you require it, is arranged through a local housing agency, so you can be sure that your room will be of a high standard.
The accommodation consists of a private room in an apartment with a Spanish or English speaking resident of Barcelona. You will have your own private room and access to all communal facilities. You have your own key and are free to come and go as you please. All rooms are clean, comfortable and adequately furnished. Please note however that Barcelona bedrooms are generally small in size and do not usually have air conditioning as standard. Sheets are provided however you will need to bring a towel. All rooms are located within easy reach of various restaurants, bars and entertainment sites.
Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis. The cost of the accommodation starts from 500 euros depending on the type of housing you choose.
Accommodation in a SHARED FLAT with SINGLE ROOM = 207€/week
Enjoy the experience of sharing a flat with other students of different nationalities or local people. You have the freedom of cooking what you want and when you like. You can book a single room or a double if you are travelling with a fellow student.
A school representative will greet you at the shared flat upon arrival. The price includes a weekly cleaning service with change of sheets and towels.
The shared flats are located in the city centre and only a 10-20 minute journey from the school.
Accommodation in HOMESTAY with SINGLE ROOM
All our host families have been carefully chosen by our accommodation officer according to clearly defined quality standards, and are regularly checked.
Students will have a single furnished room and can choose either half board (breakfast & dinner) or just bed & breakfast.
Other specific requirements, such as special diets, can be requested on the registration form.
Reservations for accommodation with a host family in Barcelona are usually made from the first Saturday before the course starts and to the Saturday after the end of the course (extra nights can be reserved if required).
- Half-board room (breakfast + one other meal) = 224€/week
- Half-board room + private facilities = 246€/week
- Only breakfast = 189€/week
- Only breakfast + private facilities = 211€/week
The total fee for the accommodation needs to be paid fully minimum 2 weeks before your arrival. For later enrolments the fees needs to be paid immediately.
- 1 July 2024 - 26 July
- 5 August 2024 - 30 August
The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.
If you choose to use our accommodation, it should be paid for either by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the school at the start of the course.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Barcelona itself.
The balance of course fees are payable on the first day of class and can be made with a credit/debit card, cash or travelers’ check.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation, accreditation fees and lifetime job assistance.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Barcelona student accommodation consists of either a room in an apartment shared with your fellow trainees or an apartment shared with a Spanish or English speaking host. In both cases you will have your own private room and share all the communal facilities including the kitchen, washing machine for laundry and bathroom. All rooms are clean, comfortable, adequately furnished and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The cost of utilities is included. Sheets are also provided, however, you will need to bring a towel. All rooms are located within easy reach of various restaurants, bars and entertainment sites.
What travel documents will I need for spain?Expand
This information is specific to your country of origin. For the most accurate and current information regarding travel documents for Spain, please contact your nearest Spanish Embassy. There is also a very good chance that all the information you require (application documents, application fees, duration of processing documents), is available on the embassy’s webpage.
What is the course schedule?Expand
From Monday to Friday, there are input sessions every morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. when trainees learn classroom management, grammar, language and culture and other practical aspects of the course. Lunch is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. trainees prepare their lessons with the assistance of the instructors and then from either 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. they teach their lessons to Spanish students. These lessons are followed by immediate feedback from the instructors. You will not be teaching every afternoon, we aim to provide six to eight hours of observed teaching practice over the 4-week course. These lessons are taught from Monday to Thursday. On Friday, trainees are free after 12:30 p.m. and the weekend is also free. You are, however, encouraged to take your books with you to the beach so you can study over the weekend! In addition to these hours, there is also time that must be spent preparing materials and completing various assignments.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We use local Spanish students for the trainees’ teaching practice. Spanish students are very keen and enthusiastic and classes are usually a very positive experience.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
On average we have around ten to fifteen trainees enrolled on each course, although this does vary throughout the year. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
During trainees’ lessons, casual attire is allowed. During teaching practice, you will need to dress in trousers/skirts and closed-toe shoes. Men need collared shirts, while women need to wear conservative tops that will cover their shoulders. Men also need to shave or keep facial hair neatly trimmed. No visible tattoos or facial piercings are allowed while teaching local students.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We also encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
Of course, you need your passport. When you secure work you may also be asked to provide notarized copies of your birth certificate and college degrees. You might also consider obtaining an international driving permit if you intend to drive while in the country.