The TEFL Iberia story

In the summer of 2008 Richard Davie graduated from Edinburgh University and moved to Barcelona in search of adventure and new experiences. After several English teacher jobs and teacher training courses at various academies he had a keen sense of what worked and didn’t work in language schools. He wanted to provide quality training in small groups, where trainees aren’t lost in a crowd and can feel at home.

He found his perfect location at Languages4Life, undoubtedly the most modern language academy in Spain. Comfortable classrooms, interactive whiteboards, beautiful library, up-to-date MAC computers all make it the perfect home for TEFL Iberia.

And so TEFL Iberia was born in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength, attracting people of all ages and backgrounds to train as teachers and find work in Barcelona.

The goal is to help you along the same path Richard took as a young 23 year old and get you settled in Barcelona with everything you need (a good job, comfortable flat and a social circle) whilst having a great experience along the way. Everyone at the school has done the same journey as you, so you’re in good company!

The school has been a major success and now ranks as one of the top TEFL courses in the world, according to TEFL course review. Richard has also worked with several major university and student publications, promoting TEFL and working abroad.

In 2017 the team took the major decision to get accredited by Trinity College London and become a Trinity CertTESOL provider. The school had done exceptionally well as an independent TEFL course provider but it was time to take the school to the next level and provide an official, UK-government recognised qualification. The combination of small school ethos and personalised approach with a globally-recognised qualification has made TEFL Iberia one of the most in-demand schools in the world. We strictly adhere to 12 places per group to ensure the best training and experience possible.

Why study at TEFL Iberia?

We’d say because we’re the best, but of course we’d say that! How about checking out some of the numerous glowing reviews all over the internet and past graduates will tell you why you should study with us. We’ve trained hundreds of new teachers and they’ve all got great things to say about the school. They’ll definitely mention:

  • The small groups (12 maximum, not 20).
  • The varied teaching practice with real students (big & small groups, beginner to advanced students).
  • Being instilled with the confidence to teach.
  • The excellent job opportunities given to them afterwards (we work very hard to make TEFL Iberia one of the most well-known TEFL brands).
  • The internationally recognised qualification.

Check the school out for yourself with our virtual tour!

To talk to Richard about TEFL or discuss your opportunities in Barcelona feel free to contact him at

TEFL Iberia in numbers


You’ll find us on Calle Valencia, one street away from the fashionable Passeig de Gracia. The neighbourhood has plenty of eating options for all budgets, including sandwiches, snack bars, cafes, restaurants and a great park across the street for eating and relaxing in the sun.

La Pedrera, 1min from TEFL Iberia

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