Why become a Language Assistant?

The Language Assistants programme provides a unique opportunity for UK students and graduates looking to diversify their CVs, gain transferable skills, and become immersed in another culture. With paid placements, and teaching time limited to between 12 and 20 hours a week, being a Language Assistant gives you plenty of time to explore your new host country.

Experience another culture

There is no better way to explore and experience the culture of another country than by living in it for a year. And, getting paid puts you in a great position to be able to travel, learn and pursue new interests too. In previous years, British Council Language Assistants have used their time abroad to take part in a myriad of exciting opportunities, from starting a small business to appearing on TV!

Develop transferable skills

In an increasingly competitive jobs market, it is more important than ever to stand out from the crowd. Employers are always looking for transferrable skills, such as: 

  • cultural awareness
  • communication and presentation
  • creative thinking and problem solving
  • time management and organisation.

Also, if you are interested in becoming a teacher, being a Language Assistant will help you enhance vital skills like confidence, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Learn a new language

While language skills are beneficial, you do not have to be a fluent speaker to apply to become a Language Assistant (though you could be by the time you get back!). There is no better way to learn than by being surrounded by native speakers. As a Language Assistant, your skills will improve immeasurably as you interact with locals and navigate day-to-day life. You could discover Viennese German, Spanish on the streets of Buenos Aires, or French in rural Quebec to name but three!

Applicants from abroad can find out about teaching your language in the UK here.