Friday, 16 August 2019 17:25

Living In Gran Canaria: Getting A Teaching Job

Teaching English has always been one of the main ways foreign residents have lived and paid their way in Gran Canaria. While things are getting hard for unqualified teachers, there are always jobs around. 

Welcome to Gran Canaria Guru’s unbiased guide to Gran Canaria teaching jobs. With several large English schools, lots of bilingual schools and lots of thriving language academies, Gran Canaria is a great spot to get a job teaching English.

There are five types of teaching jobs each one requiring different qualifications and offering different pay.

English schools in Gran Canaria 

Schools such as the British School, Oakley College and Canterbury School.

These schools, most of the time, require a PGCE however it is not unheard of for unqualified people to get jobs there – send in your CV and see what happens. If you’re lucky they will need a teacher straight away. Monthly salary 1200€-1400€ depending on school and job.

Bilingual schools in Gran Canaria

Schools such as Hispano Inglés and Colegio Arenas. Many state schools are also becoming bilingual although they tend to employ teachers via academies.

These schools don’t usually require PGCE qualified teachers but a TEFL qualification helps. They pay less and working conditions aren’t as good, but you get the long holidays. Salary approximately €1200.

Do ask around before saying yes to a job at a bilingual school. A couple have rotten reputations for making staff work long hours.

Teaching assistant jobs in Gran Canaria

Teaching assistant jobs have dried up after the main state school scheme was cancelled. There are still some available. The pay is 600€ a month working approximately 4 mornings a week.

Language schools/academies in Gran Canaria

Academies such as Inlingua, Harven, Busy Bee and Little Monk.

Language schools pay less and the afternoon and evening working hours can be unsociable. However, they pay well enough to live a nice life here and can be flexible with working hours if you’re lucky. Salary/hour between 12 and 20€ depending on experience and the academy. Some offer fixed contracts while others expect you to be autonomo (self employed).

Giving private English lessons in Gran Canaria

Many people in Gran Canaria make a living by giving private English lessons to kids after school. You can ask for anything from 15-30 euros per hour depending on experience and chutzpah. Enterprising teachers also bag lucrative business-English lessons that pay up to 50 euros per hour.

Saturday School jobs in Gran Canaria

All the English Schools and the American school offer Saturday schools for children and adults. They pay very well €60-€80 9am -1pm. If you are interested contact the schools well before the course starts in October as teaching posts are rapidly filled. ESL is preferred but it is not uncommon for non-EFL teachers to get work.

Translation jobs in Gran Canaria

If you speak two languages fluently it is worth sending out your CV to the translation companies. Decent jobs are not that common as many people now use freelance translation websites.

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