There is a huge demand for English teachers in Madrid and teachers with good qualifications find it relatively easy to find work. The English level in Spain is pretty low compared to the rest of Europe and Spanish people are very keen to improve in order to compete in the international market.
Teachers in Madrid have a wide range of classes to choose from: in company classes, academy work, private classes, children's classes, language assistants... the list goes on!
You can expect to earn around €15-25 per hour, and work 20-30 hours per week. This is a minimum of €1,200 per month, which is enough to live comfortably; the cost of living in Madrid is very low!
In addition to job contacts worldwide, you can request direct job offers in Spain!
If you are looking for variety then Madrid is your place. From museums, arts centers, gastronomy, nightlife, fairs, shopping, mountains, monuments... you can get whatever you want! Madrid is one of the cities with the widest range of leisure activities, so we are pretty sure that you will be anything but bored!
Let's make something clear: Madrid is the capital city of Spain and it is well connected with every other city in the country BUT, before you start looking for other cities to visit, make sure you go to all the must-sees here first. What are they?
1- Retiro Park, an amazing green area in the middle of the city where you can find a lake, a crystal castle and amazing gardens, along with many other things. You can bike, skate, do yoga classes or just laze around all day watching the world go by.
2- The Prado and Reina Sofia museum: Whether you are a big fan of Goya and Velazquez or you just want to know more about their masterpieces, the Prado Museum is the place to visit. And for even more artistic culture, pay a visit to the Reina Sofia museum. There you will be able to find some of Miro's artwork, among other great artists.
3- Plaza Mayor: Located in the heart of Madrid, Plaza Mayor is the city's main square and a place where you can find culture, impressive architecture, street art and bars, all in one place.
4- Royal Palace: As ironic as it might seem, the Royal Palace is not the official residence of his Majesty the King of Spain, but it is where they celebrate official banquets and ceremonies. It is a national heritage and it is the largest Royal Palace in Western Europe as well as being Madrid's largest building. Incredibly beautiful, it is a must on your tour around Madrid. You do not want to miss a building that occupies 13 hectares, has 870 windows, 240 balconies and 44 staircases, do you? And not just that... the palace is surrounded by the beautiful Sabatini and Campo del Moro parks, which are just a few steps away and definitely worth seeing as well.
5- Almudena Cathedral: Next to the Royal Palace you can find the Almudena Cathedral, which took one hundred years to complete! Even though it looks much older, the cathedral wasn't completed until 1993. Its interior is based on the Neo-Gothic style with chapels and statues of contemporary artists.
6- Santiago Bernabeu: Are you a big football fan? Then you've got to visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Owned by Real Madrid, this place has hosted some of the most important football matches ever, including the final of the World Cup in 1982. There are also guided tours if you want to see the trophy hall, VIP zone, where your favorite football players change, etc.
7- Bullfighting Las Ventas: As controversial as this topic might be, "plaza de toros" is worth seeing due to its beautiful architecture and cultural influence, regardless of whether or not you attend the actual show. There are guided tours where you get to see every corner of the bullring.
8- Malasana, la Latina and Chueca: These are some of the best neighborhoods in Madrid to go out for "canas" (tiny beer), "tapas" (typically Spanish, creative savory snacks usually shared while drinking) or "copas" (spirits, but with double the amount of alcohol you are used to having). In these barrios you will find all types of bars and people from all over the place. Do not miss the chance to make friends while enjoying one of the most characteristic things in Spain: tapas tours!
9- Debod Temple: Donated in 1968 by the Egyptian state as a sign of gratitude to Spain, Templo de Debod is an Egyptian temple built in one of Madrid's most beautiful parks, the West Park, which makes it the perfect day out, visiting a landmark and having a nice picnic while you enjoy great views.
10- El Rastro Market: Are you a big fan of second hand things? If your answer is yes then this is a MUST on your agenda. The Rastro Market is in calle Ribera de Curtidores, very close to the metro stations Puerta de Toledo, Embajadores and La Latina. It is only open on Sundays from 8 in the morning until 15:00, making it perfect as an activity before lunchtime (yes, remember that Spaniards never have lunch before 14:30) From leather items, clothes and rugs to furniture and vinyl's, I can assure you that there's no way your leaving this historic flea market empty handed.
11- Gran Via Avenue: For those who like shopping, this is paradise with stores like Stradivarius, H&M, Pull and Bear and many more all on one single street.
As you can see, it is impossible to get bored in this amazing city. Come and explore it!