You will be in post from 1 September to 31 May and work around 18 hours per week.
You can expect to earn approximately CAN$1,700 net per month.
There are around 30 posts available each year in Canada. Almost all the posts in Canada are in small towns (population of 5,000 – 15,000) and in very rural areas of Quebec near/along the St Lawrence River and on the Gaspé Peninsula. These areas are not bilingual, and the only language spoken is French.
A post in Canada can be a very rewarding experience, but you need to think carefully about whether living in such a rural location is for you. The long and extreme winter makes a significant difference to the lifestyle, and temperatures of -25 degrees are not unusual. What's more, intercity public transport is limited. This all makes it especially important to research Quebec before you apply.
Shortlisted candidates may be requested to attend an assessment day at one of the British Council offices in the UK at the beginning of March. These are normally held in Scotland and England and we do our best to invite you to the nearest assessment day to you.
January/February - you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.
March - you will find out if you have been successful.
May - you will find out the location of your post from the British Council.
June - you will be invited to attend a preparatory briefing in London at the British Council headquarters. This is a great opportunity for you to meet other assistants, get advice on personal safety and other topics, and ask former assistants about life in Québec.
To help you prepare for life as language assistant, there is also a compulsory two-day training course in Montreal in early September. The course will cover all the necessary administration required for living in Quebec and give you the opportunity to learn and practise teaching skills too. Accommodation and meals will be provided.