Gran Canaria Teaching Jobs

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

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

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

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

Academies such as Inlingua, Harven  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).

Private lessons

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 Schools

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.


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.

57 thoughts on “Gran Canaria Teaching Jobs

  1. Hi there,

    Is there any teachers not returning to your current positions of employment in the next academic year and are planning to sell your car please get in contact….

    Cash waiting…

    Kind regards

    David (

  2. I am an accomplished teacher who has demonstrated success teaching, motivating, and directing learners while maintaining high interest and achievement.

    I consider myself to be an articulate communicator able to effectively interact with diverse populations of learners at varying levels of technical ability; maintaining liaison with learners, teaching and other professionals.

    I have specific interest, and specialism, in educational assessment, and behaviour management, of learners with special educational needs. I have written quite extensively upon these areas within the context of educational, and care, settings.

    I seek to explore the possibility of securing, either, permament or contract teaching work within the Telde and/or Las Palmas areas.

    I can be contacted, by E-Mail at, should any potential employer(s) wish to obtain a copy of my Curriculum Vitae, for consideration.

    Darren J. Stott

  3. My name is finesa, I am 25 years old, university graduate and I am an english native speaker with previous experience as a teaching assistant in Gran Canaria,and private english tutoring in France.

    I am looking for a teaching position as an english teacher in a language school or as a teaching assistant in a private school.

    I am enthusiastic, hardworking and reliable.

    If you are interested and would like some more information from myself,
    please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    regards, Finesa Fox Moloto

  4. Hello my name is Juan/John and i am looking for job in Gran canaria. I am 34 years old and i am a very experienced person who has a high level of Spanish. I am currently working as a Sous Chef in a Golf Resort in the UK. I currently have family in Las Palmas so relocation can be done within a month.

    I am looking to working in Schools helping with English studies or sports activities.

    My email address is and my phone number is 0044 7870748529.

    I have attached my CV for potential employers to review.

    Thank you for your time.

    Kind Regards

    Juan Martin

  5. Hello! I am Ollie Ekpebor, a 19 year old girl from United states. I will be living in Telde as an au pair from December to July. So, I am searching early for teaching assistant jobs at local schools. I am youthful and have worked with many children from the ages of 7-14. I am a native english speaker and I almost understand and speak spanish very well. I would like to apply for teaching assistants jobs or any native english speaking positions. If needed, I can send photos, a resume/cv, a background information, etc. You can email me at

    Thank you,

  6. Hello my name is Juan/John and i am looking for job in Gran canaria. I am 34 years old and i am a very experienced person.

    I am looking to working in Schools helping with English studies or sports activities

    My email address is and my phone number is 0044 7870748529.

    Thank you for your time.

    Kind Regards

    Juan Martin

  7. hi i am moving to gran canaria at the end of april ,i have worked as a teaching assistant in the uk for 8 yrs and am looking for the same sort of work in gc,if anyone knows of anything going could you please let me know.
    many thanks

  8. Relocation to Gran Canaria
    Submitted by LOOKING FOR WORK on Thu, 21/02/2013 – 20:43.
    English/Spanish man, looking to relocate to Gran Canaria.
    Currently living in Birmingham, England.
    Bi-lingual- English (native) and Spanish (A little rusty)
    I am looking for a job. Open to all possibilities.

    Creative, talented & hardworking
    Enjoy discovering new people, places and things.
    Love sharing and helping others.
    Love the outdoors and the sun.
    Competent, reliable, organized, polite
    Always attempt to give it my best and archive the best result possible

    Skills and know-how:
    Can do manual labour.

    Experience in:
    Kitchens, Education, Customer Service
    Computer literate ( PC )
    Sport activities (All Sports)
    Could tech the following subjects: English, Sports, Cooking, Conversation etc…

    Will accept any position for the opportunity to make the move to the Canary Islands.

    If there is anything that can be offered. I will be in Las Palmas from the 1st April 2013.

    Please Email me on



  9. Hi, we are looking for a nursery teacher to start in April in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. We are seeking someone who is an English native speaker but is also able to communicate in Spanish at an intermediate level. As well as this we need you to be flexible with your hours, and to have experience with teaching is essential.
    Please contact us at,

  10. Hi there

    I have recently moved to Gran Canaria from New Zealand. I am looking for any work in the teaching industry, whether it be teacher’s assisting, English tutoring, private lessons, etc. I am TEFL qualified and I am able to relocate anywhere on the island. I have a one year Spanish Working Visa ready to go.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me on:


  11. I have recently moved to Gran Canaria from The UK. I am looking for any work in the teaching industry, whether it be teacher s assisting, English tutoring, private lessons, etc. Need for my employer to give me Social security. And questions please do not hesitate to ask.



  12. Hi my name is Amina Stermasi, I live in Canada but I want to move to Gran Canaria. I’m a qualified TESOL English Teacher and I am fluent in Spanish. Any infomation I can receive in regards to jobs in teaching English would be great.

    Thanks in advance for the help,

    Amina Stermasi

  13. HHiHi,
    I am interested in teaching jobs in Gran Canaria. I have a degree in Education, have 11 years experience teaching in a variety of settings from Secondary to primary, autism to behavioural, and tefl. I once taught at Kent college in GC, so also know the island and love it.
    my email is
    I look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested.Thanks

  14. Hi, i am native to england where I am currently in my third year at university studying Music and Musical Theatre.

    I am hoping to become a teaching assistant in September to gain that much needed experience before attempting to complete a qualification in teaching itself.

    I would love the oppotunity to find a teaching assistant job in Gran Canaria, either assisting with lessons in English or assisting at an international school. Whilst learning the beautiful language myself.

    Please, if anyone is hiring or knows of any vacancies don’t hesitate to contact me.


    Thank you, Luke Howard

  15. Hi there,

    I am currently doing a TEFL course and am a qualified Montessori Teacher (pre-school) My diploma qualifies me to teach children aged 3-6 years and I have six months teaching experience teaching children of 3-4 years old. I do not have a degree and am finding it difficult to find a teaching position as a TEFL teacher in Spain without a degree. Can I teach anywhere in Gran Canaria without a degree? I have been to Gran Canaria on holidays a few times and love it there. I am a native English speaker from Ireland. Many thanks Jennifer

    • Hi, you can get teaching work in Gran Canaria with a TEFL course, both in some schools and academies. Most are in Las Palmas, but there are lots of others around the island. There’s also a “teaching jobs group” on Facebook specifically for people looking on the island.

      Good luck and please let us know if you have any other questions.

  16. Hello Recently Qualified TEFL teacher native English speaker moving to Gran Canaria In September after our Holiday as I will Be in Gran Canaria from the 27th August to the 6th Sept If Anyone has any jobs and want to see me while I’am there I’am qualified in First aid also

  17. Colegio Hispano ingles is still a nightmare. They have just lost 2 primary school teachers within the first month of starting back.

  18. Hello, I am moving to Las Palmas in March with a tefl certification. I do not have a degree but I am a native English speaker. Will I be able to find a job, doing conversation classes with either kids or adults? How should I go about doing this? Thank you in advance for any tips!

    • We advise you to contact language schools and academies in advance. The TEFL will be useful and also stress any experience you have with kids. Most of the places that offer work are in the north and east as that’s where most locals live.

  19. Hi,
    Bilingual Spanish Teacher with a Major in English Language and Literature plus Spanish Teaching Certificate (CAP), American Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CLAD and BCLAD achieved at UCLA and University of San Diego (California), 8-year teaching experience as 4th Grader and Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher in California, 7 -year teaching experience as British Council-MECD English teacher in a rural school located in Castilla and León, looks for a teaching job in a primary , middle or highschool. Contact NATALIA at

  20. Hello. I would like to know whether any of the English language schools offer short-term contracts (e.g. 3 months) or opportunities on a more ad hoc basis. I am planning to be in Gran Canaria for about 3 months beginning January 2018. I have a PGCE, TEFL and PhD (doctorate in music)and over 20 years experience teaching children and adults both in a classroom setting and individually. I have learnt Spanish to intermediate level partly through the Gran Canaria School of Languages in Las Palmas. I should be grateful for any pointers you could give me. Many thanks in advance. Dr. Steve Robinson

    • Hi, we aren’t aware of companies that give short-term contracts like this. You’d have to contact them all and enquire closer to the time to see if anyone has a position available.

  21. Hello Admin, I’m a Native speaking Canadian/Serbian, semi-retired, wanting to teach English in the Canary’s, approximately 6 months experience teaching online English, currently in South Europe, any openings?

    • Hi, we don’t run a language school but we do publish jobs on our Facebook page as and when they come up. You’d need to contact the local academies and schools to find out if they have positions.

  22. Hi,
    I have been teaching English for over fifteen years and I have a Master’s degree in American Civ. I am French but I have a near native Level in English. I have several experiences teaching English abroad. The most recent one is a one-year contract in Colombia where I prepared students to sit for KET, PET, and FCE exams. I would like very much for my next experience to take place in the Canaries. I would like to know if schools are willing to hire teachers even though they don’t have TEFL.

  23. Tired of the cold, wet winter here in Oregon! What are the odds of a 77 year old, finding a part-time position after March 15th? ESL + direct English at all levels all ages + MA Reading. American with an EU passport.

  24. Hello,

    I am a 28-year old, native-English speaker. I have a degree in Modern Languages (French & Spanish) from a red brick university, a PGCE in Secondary Teaching and five years of experience in teaching these as foreign languages here in the state and private system to students between eleven and 18 years of age.

    I am in love with Gran Canaria and it has always been a dream to relocate there one day and continue to work in teaching, be it at primary, secondary or adult level and be it in a TEFL, bilingual school or French-teaching context. So the time has come for me to ask whether it would be possible to find work with the qualifications that I have. I have also done a Summer in a TEFL camp here and I have sound, proven knowledge of language teaching methodologies, the key to learners’ success and preparation for exams in busy, fast-paced environments. I am willing to consider all possibilities and will be as adaptable as possible. Finally, I am fluent in English, French and Spanish as the above hopefully suggests.

    If anybody has any leads or advice, please do get in contact:

    Thank you very much in advance,

  25. Hiya, I am from Edinburgh and currently in touch with the british school for an assistant teacher position and i am wondering what to expect per hour in terms of salary. What are the salaries like in teaching fields in 2018?

  26. Hi,

    I am writing to enquire about English Teacher positions in the Canary Islands in academies from September.

    I have nearly 6 years teaching experience here in Spain, in academy, primary school, secondary school and company environments. I have worked with all levels and all age groups and have varied skills and the ability to work with many different types of people. I believe I could fit easily into your team as I am familiar with Cambridge, TOEFL, Trinity and have taught intensives.

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