British Council Assistant Bethan Morgan

Meet Bethan Morgan

Madrid Cathedral at Sunset

Bethan's favorite photo from Madrid, the cathedral at sunset.

Bethan Morgan is an British Council English Conversation Assistant in Cantabria, Spain. She has taken advantage of her year in Spain to travel to various parts of the region and to other parts of Spain too.

Tell us Bethan, why did you decide to teach English and why did you choose to teach English in Spain?

I started teaching English in Spain as a compulsory part of my Spanish University degree. I chose Spain over South America purely due to geography – I didn’t want to be too far from home.

Where do you teach in Spain and how did you find your teaching job?

I teach in Torrelavega, Cantabria. The job was offered to me through the British Council. However, I also picked up a second job in a private academy through word of mouth.

How many hours a week do you work and what is your monthly salary?

In the secondary school, I work 12 hours a week and am paid €700 a month, which is the standard rate for British Council assistant teachers. In the private academy I work 5 and a half hours a week at €13 per hour.

Was being able to travel a main factor in deciding to teach English in Spain?

As it was a compulsory element to my degree, I didn’t have much choice, but it has been an important part of my experience.

What cities and countries have you been able to travel to while teaching in Spain?

I have travelled to Salamanca, Oviedo, Madrid twice, and almost every town in Cantabria. I am due to travel to Seville in May.

You’ve certainly seen Spain! What countries are next on your list for travel while teaching?

My year of teaching is almost over, but I will try to get a few more trips planned in that time. At the moment, I have no plans but would love to travel to Greece, as I have a friend who is studying there.

Is teaching in order to travel worth it? Would you recommend it to others?

I think it is definitely worth it, as you can experience living and working in another country, as well as having so many amazing places on your doorstep. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Check out Bethan’s  Spain blog for more information about her year abroad and teaching English in Spain!


  1. SO glad when I found this blog and then even more excited when I saw all of the interviews with language assistants! I’m leaving the UK next week for Zaragoza to become an assistant too! Hopefully I’ll have things to share as well as getting tips from all of you! 🙂

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