A Conversation Coach lives with a welcoming host family and tutors the children in English for 15 hours per week in exchange for accommodation and all meals. Most placements are close to Madrid, but we do have some host families in other parts of the country. With only a 15-hour per week volunteer commitment, you'll have plenty of time to travel this beautiful, diverse country and make Spanish friends!
- Host family placement confirmed before you travel
- All meals
- Sample lesson plans
- 24/7 emergency hotline
- Pre-departure and alumni support
- InterExchange t-shirt
Dates and Application Deadlines
We accept applications and organize placements throughout the year! Please apply at least three months prior to your desired start date.
Once we've sent your application abroad, we'll work on your host family placement (this can take a few weeks, especially if you've applied well in advance). We will notify you as soon as a placement has been found so you can connect with the family over email and/or video chat to make sure that you are both happy with the match. Once confirmed, we will provide all of the next steps on when to book your flight, where to purchase insurance, and how to prepare to be a Conversation Coach and live abroad.
Your host family will pick you up from the airport or train station. They'll bring you to their home and will help to get you oriented to your new environment and your host children. You'll also work with your family to set up a tutoring schedule and will discuss how to get around the neighborhood, where to go and what to see! Throughout your program, our international cooperator will be there to make sure your transition is smooth and fun.
Costs to Consider
Please be prepared to cover airfare to and from the U.S.
You must have insurance that covers repatriation and emergency medical evacuation.
- Personal Spending Money
For independent travel/trips, any optional extra classes, social time with friends, etc.
What our participants are saying
I could not have asked for a more sensitive, open and loving family to stay with! They not only treated me with respect and kindness, but they treated me as one of their own daughters. I know I will always have a place with them. Sara
Teaching in the home is very different than teaching in a school environment and I am enjoying the unique set of challenges this experience brings. Getting to know my family, their daily routine, and how they interact with one another has given me a lot in insight and information which has greatly influenced my teaching style and lesson planning. Chelsea
In short, going to Spain changed my life. I know it's a cliché to say that, but in my case, it's true. Being immersed in another culture excited a quality in me I never knew existed. I want to major in anthropology because Spain helped me cultivate my love of other cultures and peoples. I've maintained a beautiful correspondence with my host family – never have I met a more loving and open group of people and I'm aching to go back to visit them. Sara
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