Can I study and work in Spain

Not all of us are lucky to have enough money to pay for our flamenco studies.

If you’re hoping to work in Spain read on…

Studying Flamenco; and working at the same time.

Learn and Earn

Depending on how long you’re planning to be in Spain or how much cash you have in reserve you may find yourself needing to work.


The short answer is: Yes. Sabby works & studies, so why couldn’t you.

Sabby & Bindie SleepingThe effects of which are going to be extreme tiredness!! I mean extreme.



Sabby & Cristina Heeren Foundation.

After studying in Granada Sabrina & I found our selves on the doors on Cristina Heeren Foundation. We were starting to run low on funds, lucky Sabby had a Swiss passport. So she was able to get work, even though I wasn’t.

It meant committing to roughly 6 hours of dancing, followed by another 4 hours of working. Sabby managed it beautifully and helped us pay our bills for a little longer.

Teaching English.

If you can read this than you can teach English in Spain.

Sabby Teaching English

The level of English in Spain is low, Andalucia even lower. While there are heaps of English schools all through Spain they are mostly staffed by internationals. It shouldn’t take you long to find a job teaching English with a major school but expect to travel a lot.

Wages are above average but work hours can be patchy or sporadic.

Average wage: 12 Euros/ Hour

Number of hours a week: 18-20 Hours

Monthly income after tax: 750Euros

Bar or Cafe work.

Another option is to work in a bar. There seems to be a heap of jobs around which is great except the pay is shocking. A usual work day is pretty long with most jobs expecting you to work until 12pm.


Average wage: 5 Euros/ Hour

Number of hours a week: 20 up to 40 Hours

Monthly income after tax: 450 – 700 Euros

Working in a Hostel

It is an awesome option if you just need somewhere to stay. I have 3 mates who live in this way. The hostel doesn’t pay you but you have a free room. Normally it’s a shared dorm but with other hostel employees, so less party animals. Hostel Reception 2

In exchange you normally do a few hours at night, cruising the internet in between checking people in. Since it’s Spain this is going on in every hostel I’ve been in so far.

Average wage: Free Board

Number of hours a week: 12 Hours

Teaching Flamenco

Teaching your own skill is also an option but again the work is patchy and highly dependent on how good you are and your ability to find students.

Remembering that the cost for private lessons from a Spanish pro, start around 25 Euros (for guitar) and 40 Euros (for dancers & singers.) You’re probably going to need to either undercut them on price or quality.

Average wage: 15 Euros (guitarists) 20 (dancers & singers)

Average number of hours…. Good luck

The biggest thing to remember:

2 Gypsy Ladies

People mostly want to learn flamenco from a Spanish gypsy.

Most people are expecting a short dark skinned native Spaniard when they think lessons and often it’s hard for them to differ to far from this image when looking for teachers. Maybe you are a great teacher with an awesome level. If so you’re probably able to find a little work, otherwise you’ll need another job to fund your studies.

 The Paperwork.

So the main thing to consider, how to legally work.

All those who have a EU passport are eligible to work in Spain, but if you have one, no surprises. Everyone else:

Student Visa

  • You are eligible to work to support yourself while on a student visa. (Though I wasn’t able to confirm the max number of hours, I think 20.)

Partnership Visa

  • Anyone who has a partnership visa, like I have through Sabby, can work. I’m also able to apply for public healthcare, even without a job. Though this visa was a nightmare to get 🙁

Sponsorship Deals

  • There are a number of ‘Teach English Aboard‘ deals going and they pay decent money for part time roles, but you need to apply before you get to Spain and get a TEFL. Most are in small villages and from the people I’ve talked to, they had an amazing experience.

logo_extranjeriaA visit to your local “Oficina De Extranjeria” is where you can get all this information from. They have someone there speaking English normally, but expect slow service and even slower results. Our partnership visa took around 6 months to complete…

 Insider Tips

  • A lot of work is “on the black” meaning under the table.
  • The basic wage is no more than 5 Euros / Hour
  • Better to look for work once your in Spain since Spaniards prefer doing everything face to face or via Whatsapp.
  • Most companies offer contracts which is great for those needing to stay awhile.
  • Always check your paycheck to avoid getting ripped off.

Have you managed to juggle Flamenco & Work?

Offer us some tips below in the comments.

About Fisch

Fisch is a Flamenco Guitarist from Australia. Currently he studies flamenco guitar in Sevilla, Spain. He spends most of his time expanding his knowledge of this wonderful music.

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