At our TEFL training centre in the Canary Islands you will have the chance to explore the world as you work towards your TEFL certification on the beautiful island of Gran Canaria, also known as The Little Continent!
You will be forgiven for believing you are in the Sahara Desert when you explore Gran Canaria’s sand dunes by camel or in a dune buggy. You’ll also be forgiven for believing you are in Peru, as you hike through the island’s rainforests. Such is the diversity of Gran Canaria’s landscape that it has become known as the Little Continent. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the island in the city of Las Palmas; the largest city on the island and one of the few in the world with its own beaches. You can enjoy scuba diving at the hundreds of dive sites where you can see more than 700 marine species, some of which are unique to the Canary Islands. You give windsurfing and surfing a go and watch the annual world championships held in Pozo Izquierdo.
For the less adventurous a game of golf on one of the many championship courses might be more your thing, or even just enjoying a picnic beside one of the many lakes found amongst the beautiful mountain ranges. You can enjoy spectacular mountain views that visitors have called a mini Grand Canyon or Rocky Mountains.
NASA chose Gran Canaria as the site of one of its receiving stations for its manned space program in the 1960s. This was due to the island having one of the cleanest atmospheres and best temperatures in the world. In 1969 NASA´s receiving station here was the first in the world to hear Neil Armstrong’s famous “That´s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Even to this day the island’s clear skies at night are a delight for enthusiastic astronomers. The island is also a magnet for professional cyclists, many of whom train for the Tour de France during October to March.
ITTT’s TEFL training school is based in the town of Vecindario, the second largest town on the island of Gran Canaria on the south-east coast of the island. We are close to the most popular tourist spots, so you can get to enjoy the best of what the island has to offer during your stay. The main city of Las Palmas is just ten minutes away. The windsurfing beach at Pozo Izquierdo is just 5 minutes drive from us and the diving town of Aringa is only a five minute drive away respectively.
No matter how you decide to spend your free time in Grand Canaria, you will be certain to gain more than an internationally recognised TEFL qualification from your time here. You will also make friendships and memories which will last a lifetime.Register now & get certified to teach english abroad!
Our TEFL school in Grand Canaria is a modern building located in a quiet town square in Vecindario on the south-east coast of the island. The training centre consists of a reception area, 3 large classrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a place for course trainees to relax and unwind.
All classrooms in the TEFL school are all fully air-conditioned and equipped with interactive boards for use by course trainees. We also have free internet access and computers available for use.
The centre’s main kitchen is there for trainees to make use of throughout the duration of the course. It has a large fridge/freezer, sink, small oven, microwave, kettle, coffee machine and a dishwasher.
We have a chill out area which has a sofa, study area and a small kitchen for use by the trainees with a sink, washing machine and small fridge. Around the centre there are a number of supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants for course attendees to make use of.
Our TEFL course gives trainees the opportunity to teach large and small groups of students in a variety of classroom situations, which is ideal preparation for when they start teaching as a paid teacher.
Gran Canaria offers
- A huge variety of indoor and outdoor activities
- Complimentary welcome breakfast
- 2 hour complimentary Spanish language class
- Optional Leisure Activities
- Island trips
- Scuba diving certificates
- Surfing courses
- Hiking and cycling tours
- Abseiling and rock climbing
- Horse riding
- Boat trips and/or deep-sea fishing and dolphin and sightseeing trips
- Astronomy excursions
Please note that accommodation is not included in the fees for the TEFL course and you can decide on the best type of accommodation for your needs.
We have built professional relationships with many local accommodation providers and are in the position to recommend rooms and apartments which are just a short distance from the TEFL training centre. If course participants want to stay in other areas of the island we are can recommend a range of accommodation types within a 10 mile radius of the TEFL school. Prices are reasonable and the public transport system is easy to use. We can arrange travel cards, which make travelling the island on public transport a breeze. If you prefer to travel by your own steam, we can arrange bike or car hire too.
When deposit for the TEFL course has been paid and your place confirmed, you will receive further information on the accommodation options available to you for the duration of the programme.
If TEFL trainees wish to make their own arrangements with regard to accommodation through independent sites we are more than happy to offer our advice and knowledge on those areas. Examples of such sites are as follows:
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- 16 October 2023 - 10 November
- 13 November 2023 - 8 December
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?Close
Deposit payments for the TEFL course must be made to our administrative centre. The quickest and cheapest way to pay is by credit/debit card, but you can also make payments via Western Union, Pay Pal or bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for making the deposit payment, our courses can sell out quickly and you can only be sure your place is secured once the deposit has been paid.
Once you have made your deposit payment, we will send you an email with a booklet with information about the TEFL course and Gran Canaria itself.
The balance payment of the TEFL course fees is due on the first day of your course and can be paid in cash or by bank transfer.
The fees for your course are all inclusive and you will not be asked to make additional payments for any of your TEFL course related materials or services including course accreditation fees, lifetime job search help, welcome breakfast and daily refreshments.
What are my accommodation options?Close
TEFL course accommodation mostly comprises rental rooms and apartments a few minutes’ walk from or within a 10 mile radius of our TEFL school.
Students can arrange their own accommodation through independent websites if they prefer and we will happily offer advice on how to do this. Examples of such sites are as follows:
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What travel documents will I need for Spain?Close
This depends on your home country and we strongly recommend all TEFL trainees contact their nearest Spanish Embassy for the latest information regarding visas, work permits, health and travel insurance requirements etc.
What is the course schedule?Close
TEFL classes are from Monday to Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. with lunch at 12:30 p.m. After lunch, the information learned in the morning sessions will be put to use in preparation for classes to be given to students in the late afternoon and evening. TEFL students will receive immediate feedback on their teaching practice from our instructors.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Close
The majority of students participating in our practice sessions are Spanish and are incredibly keen to learn. We offer adult and young learner lessons which will give you valuable experience teaching students of different levels and ages.
Who usually attends the course?Close
We have a limit of 12 TEFL trainees per course and we admit students from all over the world as long as they are highly proficient in English. All TEFL trainees must be over 18 years of age.
Is there a dress code?Close
The TEFL course dress code is smart-casual. Due to Gran Canaria’s year-round warm climate, we recommend cool fabrics, but if your course is during the winter months, it is advisable to bring a jacket. Please note that while the island is a relaxed holiday destination, it is not appropriate for teachers to wear low cut tops and/or flip flops. We recommend shoes, sandals or smart trainers with regard to footwear.
Any tattoos should be covered whilst teaching.
Women – Low cut necklines or thin straps or tank tops are not appropriate. Short skirts and bare midriffs must not be visible, even when lifting arms up. Sandals and shoes must be worn at all times.
Men – Long pants, smart jeans or smart dress shorts (no ripped jeans), short or long sleeved shirts are acceptable (although as the weather is generally warm short sleeved shirts are more comfortable), loafers, dress shoes and smart trainers are acceptable whilst teaching. Long hair should be neatly tied back into a pony tail.
What should I bring for course studies?Close
You should bring a pen and notebooks for taking notes during course lessons. All other relevant forms and instructions will be provided by us, as well as notes from the input sessions.
You can bring your laptop or mobile phone with you as we provide free Wi-Fi if you want to do any additional research on the internet.
The TEFL school has a large selection of books for use by trainees, but they cannot be removed from the classroom without permission from one of the trainers or the course director. During the TEFL course you will need to prepare materials for your teaching practice sessions. The training centre does keep a stock of supplies for use by trainees but if there are any extra materials needed, trainees are responsible for buying them at the nearby stationary store.
What documents do I need for finding a TEFL job after the course?Close
If you want to find work as a TEFL teacher in the Canaries or on the Spanish mainland you should bring original copies of your diplomas, degrees and grades from your college, high school or university. We also recommended bringing a police background check with you (ensuring that it is an original document and it is stamped). If you are married, please bring your original marriage certificate.
There plenty of opportunities for teaching work in the Canary Islands if you wish to stay here to work. However, each person is responsible for ensuring they bring all original documentation and visas with them as requirements will be different for each nationality. TEFL course attendees, who are EU citizens, will not require a visa but all students should visit on the Spanish embassy website.