Portland, Maine (PRWEB) February 07, 2013
For the first time, CIEE Teach Abroad is offering English as a second language (ESL) teaching positions in the community of Madrid, Spain, and is expanding its placement options in the region of Andalusia. Through this expansion, CIEE, the world leader in international education and exchange, is providing hundreds of new opportunities for U.S. college graduates to teach English in Spanish public schools. The goal is to offer more professionals the chance to gain important real-world work experience and international knowledge while supporting the Spanish Ministry of Education’s initiative to increase English language skills and cultural competence.
CIEE’s Teach in Spain programs are open to U.S. and Canadian college graduates with intermediate to advanced Spanish language skills. Participants on each program receive a monthly stipend to spend eight or nine months teaching English in a primary, secondary, or adult language school while exploring the country and culture of Spain. They return home having gained valuable real-world skills, having contributed to a local community, and having experienced a new culture from a native’s perspective.
“Through the expansion of the CIEE Teach in Spain program, we’re providing more professionals with stable, high-quality jobs that offer a chance to gain critical international knowledge,” emphasized CIEE President and CEO James P. Pellow, Ed.D. “At the same time, we’re building bridges between the U.S. and other countries—participants improve their Spanish language skills and gain a deep understanding of Spanish culture while sharing their U.S. experiences with Spanish students and communities.”
To help fund Teach in Spain participants’ program fees and travel costs, CIEE is offering 20 teaching grants worth $400 each. Grants will be awarded to exceptional applicants based on a short essay submitted with the program application. These grants are part of CIEE’s ongoing commitment to improving access to high-quality international experiences for students, educators, and professionals.
CIEE has operated the Teach in Spain program in partnership with the regional government in Andalusia since 2007. During this time, the cooperation has improved performance and retention of North American language and cultural assistants in the Andalusia region. With the expansion, CIEE will now also partner with the Comunidad de Madrid to offer more placements in two of the most popular study abroad regions in Spain.
CIEE is currently accepting applications for fall 2013 Teach in Spain programs. To learn more, visit http://www.ciee.org/teach/spain/ or call 1-800-40-STUDY ext. 6.
A nonprofit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For 65 years, CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.