Become a World Explorer
Whether you are a soccer fanatic, a Flamenco aficionado or a foodie in search of the best tapas – you will surely fall in love with the deeply rooted Spanish culture. Join World Explorers to teach English in Spain. You will live with a local host family where you will be considered part of the familia for one to three months. You will have the opportunity to exchange your language and culture with the locals while living in Spain on the cheap.
Your number one priority is to spend quality time with your hosts, and to practice English with them for 15 hours per week. However, you are welcome to explore as you wish in your free time. Your program is truly what you make of it. This is a once in a lifetime chance to meet new people and speak as much Spanish as humanly possible. We want you to come back with a Spanish lisp!
Take advantage of how affordable it is to live with a host family in Spain as a World Explorer. Your program fee ensures that you are placed in a safe environment and that you have local support throughout your stay. Don’t waste your money on expensive hotel accommodations and dining out for each meal. You’ll pay a lot less when you live as a member of a loving host family where you will build long lasting relationships and eat home-cooked meals.
CHI works with trusted overseas partners in Spain to find the best host families possible. Most of our recent placements have been in Barcelona. Barcelona is an amazing cosmopolitan city of 10 million that is situated on the Mediterranean coast. Visit Barcelona to see why it is considered the most exciting city in Europe. It boasts a young and international vibe. While the primary language is actually Catalan, Spanish is also spoken by everyone in Barcelona. The coastal province of Catalonia is home to renowned artists Dali and Gaudi. You won’t want to miss the Sagrada Familia church designed by Gaudi and Dali’s Park Guell. A stroll down Las Ramblas is a must, and don’t forget to check out Plaza Espana and the Olympic park!
Placements may also be in other areas of Spain upon request. Madrid is the thriving capital of Spain and is considered by many to be the heart and soul of the country due to its central location. You will have the chance to visit tourist attractions like Gran Via, Plaza del Sol and Retiro Park. There are also many flea markets, underground cafes and bars to enjoy. The Basque country is located along the northern coastline of Spain near the border of France. Pintxos, also known as tapas served on a toothpick, are native to this region. San Sebastian is a famous surfing beach in the area. Please note that the placements may be outside of major city centers due to limited living space in urban areas.
You will have a local coordinator throughout your stay in Spain. If you are interested in signing up for a Spanish class, a dance class or even a cooking class, our partners can help you arrange different activities according to your interests.
You are welcome to visit other parts of Spain during your program as long as your host family is aware of your travel plans. You may even want to take the opportunity to visit other European countries after your program ends. Many low cost airlines offer cheap flights from Spain to other European capitals. Americans can stay in Europe for up to 90 days without a visa. If you are looking to continue your adventure in another Spanish speaking destination, we offer several programs in South America.
WE calculated the price for two scenarios. The first scenario considers your choices above. The second scenario is the scenario that offers the best value. We also compared our prices with two other options. A hostel-stay with 3 meals per day and a hotel-stay with 3 meals per day. For the hotel-stay, we considered 1-2 star hotels because we learned from past World Explorers that most of them are traveling on a budget. However, a home-stay (staying with a host family) is substantially better than a 2-star hotel-stay when all amenities, comfort, and support are considered. Aside from that, you will be staying with people who care about you, who will be sharing their culture with you, and who will embrace you as part of their family. These, as part of your life-changing experience, are priceless!
You will be traveling abroad on a tourist visa; hence, in most countries, you can only stay up to 90 days. We understand you might want to stay longer and we designed the World Explorers program to meet your desire. Instead of staying over 90 days in a country, we allow you, the World Explorer, to participate on a second adventure on a different country. And that is not all. You can actually participate as many times as you would like (some exclusions apply). Please contact a World Explorers customer care specialist for more information.
I went to Spain and spent 3 months in both Madrid (2 weeks) and Algeciras (2 months). I definitely recommend traveling abroad to anyone and everyone with the opportunity to do so. It is a unique experience that gives you a valuable perspective on your current life, no matter where you go. With this program, you are teaching English to the children of the host families. I would almost always speak English to the kids and spanish to the parents. For me, the teaching was mostly conversational and I really liked that about it -- it's a breath of fresh air to get away from the books for a few months. There is a lot of time to hang out and do fun things while technically "working". For example, we went to the grocery store to learn names of fruits and vegetables, we learned conversational vocal while watching Harry Potter, and we practiced our grammar while writing letters to each other. The program is very open to your own interpretation of how you want to teach. That's the best part about it.Tyler A. - World Explorer in Madrid and Cadiz - Spain, September 2014
Overall, I had a great experience in Spain with World Explorers. My host family went above and beyond to make me feel welcome. There was never a time I felt alone. There was always someone I could talk to if I needed help. I was able to improve my Spanish language, learn about the culture, and meet new people. The only negative thing I have to say is that my friend and I did the "Buddy Program" and I did not feel like we were able to spend that much time together based on where we were located.Sarah H. - World Explorer in Valencia - Spain, July 2014
World Explorers fulfilled our dream to live in another country. We were lucky enough to live in Spain for 3 months and experience their unique lifestyle, embrace their culture and learn a new language. We chose Spain because Arizona has a large Spanish influence and we figured it may be the most beneficial country for us to live and tutor in. The highlights of our stay was roaming around Valencia learning their history and enjoying the beautiful city. The program provides a lot of free time so we took advantage of it to enjoy the Spanish cuisine, go to the beach, tour the city and admire the architecture, churches, museums, etc. We also enjoyed spending time with our families that we tutored and learning about their traditions and everyday life.Autumn and Ryan R. (husband and wife) - World Explorer in Valencia - Spain, August 2012
This program is a must do for everyone, not only do you get first hand experience with another culture, but you are able to do it easily, cheaply and safely. If you are ever considering taking some time off, this is the program to do it through. You cannot regret doing this.Collin K. - World Explorer in Valencia - Spain, May 2012