The North American Language and Culture Assistants program—coordinated by the Spanish Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Spanish Comunidades Autónomas and Spanish Embassies in the U.S. and Canada—provides North American college students with paid teaching assistantships in public elementary, middle, and secondary schools throughout Spain. Assistants work for at least twelve to sixteen hours per week during the regular school year, helping English and French teachers in various aspects of their language and culture classes.
Language and Culture Assistants receive stipends of at least €700 per month from October through May, as well as medical insurance. The program also provides an orientation course at the beginning of the school year and a certificate upon completion.
Candidates must be current juniors or seniors, or recent graduates, and hold either U.S. or Canadian passports at the time of application. Candidates are expected to be native speakers of either English or French, and must also have at least intermediate-level proficiency in spoken Spanish.
Recipients are selected by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Comunidades Autónomas. Provided that candidates meet eligibility requirements and supply all required documentation with their applications, positions are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.