Andorra, or the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra as it is officially known, is a very small landlocked country located along the border of France and Spain and it only has a population of less than 100,000 with a total land area of only 181 square miles. Many languages are spoken in the small country including Spanish, Portuguese and French, but Catalan is the official language.
Tourism is the most lucrative industry in Andorra and there are around 10 million visitors to the small country every year. The country is famous for skiing and winter sports and tourism is so important that it accounts for about 80% of its GDP.
Andorra was actually the longest combatant against Germany in the First World War. They were inadvertently left out of the Treaty of Versailles and they were technically still at war 25 years later until the Second World War started in 1939.
Read more about Andorra from Wikipedia.
Why Teach English in Andorra
Although Andorra is a very small country it is an extremely beautiful country. With stunning mountains can be explored all year round. With skiing available in the winter and hiking in the summer.
As you would expect from a country as small as Andorra, there aren’t many TEFL jobs available, but there are some language schools in the country and they do look to employ native English teachers. These schools don’t just teach English, they often have French and German classes too.
When you are in Andorra, you can take full advantage of their tax free shopping. There are even Ferrari and helicopter shops, but it’s doubtful that you will be able to afford one on a teacher’s salary!
Where to Teach English in Andorra
This is a very small country and most of the schools are located in Andorra la Vella and this is most likely place where you will find a job.
Types of Teaching Jobs in Andorra
Private Language School
There are a few private schools located around Andorra and Centre Andorrà de Llengües (CALL) and inlingua Andorra are two of the most popular schools. They both employ native English speaking teachers and require that you have at least a bachelor’s degree and an internationally recognised TEFL certificate.
There are also a few international schools in Andorra that offer bilingual education in English and Spanish. Therefore, they too employ native English speaking teachers. However, they will usually require that you are a qualified teacher in your home country with a postgraduate certificate in education.
It’s also possible to find some private lessons in the country. There are some Andorrans that are willing to pay for private lessons to learn English and it’s just a matter of getting your name out there. Usually, private lessons will supplement and income that you get from a regular job, because unless you have a high number of students, you will face a few issues with students wanting to rearrange lessons or cancel at short notice.
Teaching Requirements and Qualifications
To work as a teacher in Andorra, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree and an internationally recognised teaching qualification such as a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA. If you want to work in a state school or international school you will also need a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education. On top of this, relevant and recent experience will also help.
Expected Salary and Living Costs
[sociallocker id=”1646″]There is a wide range for expected salaries depending on your job and usually salaries are lower than neighbouring countries. Teachers could earn anywhere between €10 to €20 and more. Language schools usually pay less than international schools.
The cost of living in Andorra is cheaper than other Western European countries because it is a zero tax state. Everything you buy will be cheaper because you won’t need to pay tax on it.
For more specific information about the cost of living in Andorra, see Numbeo.[/sociallocker]
It can be fairly difficult to obtain a work permit to work in Andorra, and you will need a range of documents to obtain the necessary permit. You will need to complete forms in Catalan, provide a police report and take a basic medical. Your employer is responsible for helping you to file the correct forms.
There are different types of work permits available so the school where you are working should be able to advise you about exactly what type of work permit you will need.
For more information about work permits in Andorra, click here.
How to Find a Job Teaching in Andorra
You will often find that schools in Andorra advertise online when they have vacant teaching positions available. As stated above, Andorra is a very small country and you won’t find that there are lots of jobs available and online searches will often prove fruitless. If you’re interested in teaching English in Andorra, you should keep an eye on out on TEFL jobs boards.
Secondly, you can try contacting schools directly. Find their contact details and contact them either by email, phone or in person (if you are already in the country).
Moreover, international schools will often attend teaching conferences around Europe to attract potential teachers.
Teach English in Andorra
If you’re into tax free shopping, skiing and you want one of the highest life expectancies in the world then Andorra might just be the place for you!
There are a few schools in the country, but TEFL jobs really are few and far between because of the size of the country. To find a vacant job, it’s best to contact the schools directly rather than just hope to be in the right place at the right time when a job vacancy does arise.
Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in Andorra, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.