cropped-Leopardfish-1-1-e1464111245146.jpg International Schools in Spain

marker  IB School   green marker   US School  blue-dotUK School orange-dotCombined Curriculum’s

Leopardfish  Country Guide

Lifestyle

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual Better Life Index, the quality of life in Spain is a mixed bag. While the health status and social connections are better than average, environmental quality appears to be lagging. Of course, this study can be misleading. After all, Spain has much to offer and has proven to be a popular destination for expats. There’s good reason for this. It’s warm, beautiful, cosmopolitan and life tends to be a little more laid back and relaxed. With its Mediterranean coastline and rolling green mountain, the country’s natural landscape is breathtaking and a playground for those who love the sea and an outdoorsy lifestyle. Madrid and Barcelona are not only architectural wonders with rich histories, they also offer thorough urban experience for the expat, replete with fine restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, cinemas and impressive cultural institutions. Also, while Spain is a safe country, a minority of the locals speak English. If one cannot speak Spanish, retail shopping, doing personal business and working with government agencies can become complicated at times. Read more..
Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Spain
britishexpats-spain    expatica.com/es    spain-angloinfo    spainexpat

Cost of Living

Residing in Spain is not bad on the western expatriate’s budget. Indeed, according to Xpatulator’s July 2016 report, the cost of living in Spain is below the international average. This becomes apparent when one purchases any number of goods and services in Spain such as a housing accommodation, healthcare, groceries and alcohol. Still, some items are more pricey such as restaurant meals, hotels, retail recreational opportunities and transport. Still, assuming that a teaching expat negotiates a fair remuneration with his or her new international school employer, he or she should be able to both live comfortably in Spain (fully exploiting all the wonderful things that it has to offer) as well as save some money. It should also be noted that living costs vary throughout the country, region by region and city by city.

Satisfying sites on cost of living in Spain

expatinfodesk-spain      expatarrivals-spain      numbeo-spain     numbeo-barcelona     

numbeo-madrid     justlanded-spain

Climate

In Spain the climate is very diverse with about five distinct weather types. The Mediterranean has hot summers and mild winters with rain being extremely rare between June and August. In central Spain again hot summers but snowfall occurs on the Sierra mountains. This area can be windy especially when the winds come from the Sierra mountain regions. The north is the wettest and cloudiest part of spain  with summers being cooler than the rest of Spain. Temperatures vary from region to region but as a general guide winter temperatures range from between 5 and 12 degrees Celsius in January and between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius in July.

Find out more… 

Visa Restrictions

If you are a European Union National you have the entitlement to work in any European Union member country without needing to obtain a work permit. The only exception to this is if you are planning to work in Croatia where some restrictions can apply. However you should still investigate the consequences of working and the effect this will have on your benefits (health insurance, maternity/paternity, pensions, occupational accidents and diseases, death grants, unemployment, early retirement, family benefits), and the implications of where and how much tax you pay. The European Union offers this Tax advise at its Your Europe website. Once you have been in an EU country for more than 3 months you will be required to register your residence and obtain a residency permit.

If you are not a European Union National then you will require a work permit. The requirements for this often differ depending on your Nationality. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit the   Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world is constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office     US State Department     BBC World News     Al Jazeera     Costa News


School Profile Pages

Please click on the school below to access the school profile page. This is a new resource and we will be adding more profiles asap.

Please let us know if the schools details need updating.
The information on this page has been gathered by the Leopardfish team. However staff, websites and contract benefits change regularly. If you discover one of these changes please let us know by emailing us at admin@leopardfish.
* Leopardfish takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this data, All data is provided in good faith.