Tuesday, November 8, 2011

An Academic Year in Spain, You Say?! Look into the NALCA Program!

Would you like to spend an academic year in Spain, getting to know its culture and people while improving your Spanish and collaborating with other foreign language teachers in school tasks? There are over 2,000 vacancies awaiting you in many Spanish cities and small towns!

The North American Language and Culture Assistants program is coordinated by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with the Spanish Comunidades Aut├│nomas (regions). The program gives juniors, seniors, and recent graduates an opportunity to visit Spain and become acquainted with the Spanish education system, teachers and students, while sharing their own language and culture.

The weekly requirement of the assistants is 12-16 class hours, all of which are spent assisting the classroom teacher. Other responsibilities may include attending meetings, giving talks, or participating in extracurricular activities. Teaching assistants may work in Spanish elementary, middle and high schools, as well as Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas (Official adult schools of foreign languages) located in all the
regions through Spain. Please note: This is a "rolling admission" program, with applications accepted beginning Monday, November 7 2011. Grants are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Early submission is crucial. The online application is now open here:
http://www.educacion.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/auxiliares-conversacion-eeuu.html

If you would like additional information, or an information packet with guidelines for preparing your application or to receive feedback on your essay, please contact the National Scholarships Office at
scholarships@umd.edu

Program Preferences: Candidates with prior teaching, tutoring or coaching experience are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have clear, strong interest in working and living in Spain.
Award Amount: 700 euros per month plus benefits: paid winter and spring holidays and medical insurance.
Duration: September - May; may be renewed (upon application) for a second academic year.
Deadline: March 31, 2012. Early applications are strongly encouraged.