CAPS (Conversation Assistant Programme for Schools)

Overall rating: 5.3 based on 2 reviews

Program Description

CAPS is the Conversation Assistant Programme for Schools. This is a programme was created for young adults who want to experience life in Spain while working as a teaching assistant. Participants will have their accommodation covered since they will be placed in a homestay. Additionally participants will also receive a monthly stipend.

Participating in this programme will help you gain valuable teaching experience and will improve your CV. You will also be able to live in Spain for free with a local family as well as receiving a living stipend. You will have the opportunity to learn Spanish and be immersed in the local culture.

Requirements for CAPS Candidates:

• Minimum 18 years old.
• Native English speaker.
• Completed secondary education to A-level or equivalent.
• Interest and enthusiasm for working with children.
• Ability to socialize and interact with a wide variety of people.
• Passion for living in a foreign country.
• Ability and desire to live in a homestay and meet the local family’s expectations as well as be an active participant in daily life.

Conversation Assistants (CA) are placed in an infant, primary, secondary or technical school. These placements are usually in the Catalonia and Valencia areas. You will work with primary instructors to care for children between the ages of three and sixteen. You might be placed with older students in the technical schools.

Possible daily tasks that you might be assigned by the supervising instructor include:

- Conversation practice.
- Help in the language laboratory & audiovisual rooms.
- Help with oral exams.
- Introducing your own culture.
- Encouraging student’s oral skills.
- Playing English games, reading, and teaching songs.
- Answer with linguistic questions.
- Help in other subjects apart from English such as science, art, and sports.
- Preparing displays, supplementary material, and creating conversation activities.

You will also be expected to follow and assist in any other duties required by your school in order to aid the students in increasing their speaking skills. CAs need to help teachers and to reinforce the English skills that are taught in class. You will work in the school 25 hours a week from Monday to Friday. Follow the timetable given to you by the school and you will also have the same holiday schedule.

Start and End Dates:

The programme starts at the end of September in Catalonia and early October in Valencia 2014, and ends in June 2015.

Compensation:

You will receive a stipend of 200€ a month in the form of a grant (accommodation, food and transport to and from the school are covered). The grant will be paid directly into your Spanish bank account. The first month’s allowance will be held as a deposit which you will receive when you complete the programme on the official end date.

Travel to and from and around Spain:

You will cover the cost of flights at the start and end of the programme, and for any holidays during the programme.

Guidance:

The school you are assigned will find a tutor from the school to help you with adjusting to a new environment and culture.

Accommodation:

The CA will live in a homestay arrangement during their time in Spain. You will be assigned a family prior to your arrival in Spain. The CA will have their own room and will be given breakfast and evening meals during the week. You will be provided with full board on weekends and school holidays. Host families are a part of the school community (they have at least one child studying at the school or are part of the school staff). Homestay families do not receive any payment to host the CA. Families participate in the programme in order to have the experience hosting a native English speaker and to learn about your culture. Therefore, we encourage an enthusiastic and active participation during your host family’s activities.

Behavior Requirements:

• Be punctual when going to school and follow the timetable given to you by the school.
• Always behave in an appropriate and professional manner, particularly in the presence of children and around teachers and staff.
• Comply with the rules and timetable of the school and with the rules and social habits of the host family. You must be respectful of your host family’s requirements and be involved in family life.
• Organize the necessary paperwork before coming to Spain. Open a bank account and get a NIE in Spain (this can be done with the help of the host family/tutor). This will serve as the account the monthly grant is paid to.
• Speak English at all times in school and participate in the cultural exchange with the host family using your background and experiences.
• Meet and maintain regular contact with the programme organization to assess and discuss progression of your work.

Extra Benefits:

• Travel insurance will be provided in Spain in case of accident or death to the CA or caused by the CA to a third party.
• A Spanish and Catalan course will be provided. CAPS uses the distance learning method AVE by the Instituto Cervantes.

Highlights

This is a great program for those who are looking to:

• Gain hands-on teaching experience that will be a noteworthy addition to any CV
• Have all your bed and board paid for in a homestay and receive monthly stipend
• Learn Spanish and experience a new culture
• Interact with local children and families

Qualifications

Requirements:

• Native English Speaker (or equivalent)
• Age 18-26
• Enthusiasm for working with children
• Desire to integrate with the host family

What`s Included

• Stipend of €200/month
• Paid Housing, food and transportation to/from school (with host family)
• Tutor in school to aid with cultural transition
• Online language (Castilian) course plus tutor

Program Locations

Valencia, Spain

Overall rating 
5.3
Experience
8
Program Administration
2
Living Conditions
3
Cultural Immersion
6
Social Life
7
Health and Safety
6
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Program Details

Provider:
CAPS HOME TO HOME
Location
  • Spain: Valencia
Languages:
English
Duration:
6-12 months
Participants:
American, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African
Salary/Pay:
• Stipend of €200/month
• Paid Housing, food and transportation to/from school (with host family)
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    Terrible pay, hopeless administration, near-non-existent support structures, and a general stench of abject mediocrity. There’s an enormous notice period should you have the audacity to look for a better job (see point re terrible pay above), and an egregious, totally unnecessary and completely unjustifiable penalty fee if you do actually move on. If it wasn’t for the staff in the school I was in (who, mercifully, were completely unrelated to and disconnected from CAPS) it would’ve been awful. To anyone thinking of moving to Spain to become a TEFL teacher, I would strongly advise against joining CAPS. There are a plethora of companies offering similar experiences to the CAPS Programme, and although I can’t speak from experience, I can’t imagine how any of their competitors could possibly be worse.
    Avatar Charlie Smith

    Would not recommend

    Review by: Charlie Smith , On: 12 Mar 2017, Changed On: 12 Mar 2017 | No, I would not recommend this program
    Terrible pay, hopeless administration, near-non-existent support structures, and a general stench of abject mediocrity. There’s an enormous notice period should you have the audacity to look for a better job (see point re terrible pay above), and an egregious, totally unnecessary and completely unjustifiable penalty fee if you do actually move on. If it wasn’t for the staff in the school I was in (who, mercifully, were completely unrelated to and disconnected from CAPS) it would’ve been awful. To anyone thinking of moving to Spain to become a TEFL teacher, I would strongly advise against joining CAPS. There are a plethora of companies offering similar experiences to the CAPS Programme, and although I can’t speak from experience, I can’t imagine how any of their competitors could possibly be worse.
    Overall rating 
    3.7
    Experience
    6
    Program Administration
    2
    Living Conditions
    2
    Cultural Immersion
    2
    Social Life
    4
    Health and Safety
    6
    The administration of CAPS is absolutely horrid with their practices that include; promising assistance when needed but then refusing to do so when it comes down to it, refusal of payment due and overall scummy practices to shill their "associates" out of a pleasant experience
    Avatar L P

    Absolute nightmare to work with

    Review by: L P , On: 01 Mar 2017, Changed On: 01 Mar 2017 | No, I would not recommend this program
    The administration of CAPS is absolutely horrid with their practices that include; promising assistance when needed but then refusing to do so when it comes down to it, refusal of payment due and overall scummy practices to shill their "associates" out of a pleasant experience
    Overall rating 
    7
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    2
    Living Conditions
    4
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    6

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