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Find out at a glance about where you can travel as an English language assistant. Photo ©

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Placements are available for English Language Assistants in 15 destinations around the world.. Below you will find an overview of the types of placement available. There is more detailed information on specific countries on the individual Destination-Specific Information pages.

It is important to consider whether you are available for the full period of appointment before applying. Please bear in mind that some countries may hold compulsory inductions which you will need to be able to attend. 

Argentina is the only Spanish-speaking country to offer six-month long placements. Germany and Austria also offer shorter placements, and these are highly competitive. Six-month placements are not available in any Francophone country.

This information has been updated for placements in the 2021-22, but please be aware that this information may be subject to change.

Last updated: 28/10/2020

 

Austria

Language requirement: A2 in the country’s main language. Please note however that Assistants will be expected to be able to communicate and complete the necessary administration procedures in German. 

Placement length: eight months or four months 

Approximate salary: €1,292 net per month

Start and end dates: full-year placements run from 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022. First-semester placements run from 1 October 2021 to mid-to-late February 2022. Second-semester placements run from mid-to-late February 2022 to 31 May 2022.  

Hours per week: 13 hours 

Type of institution: posts in Austria are available in secondary and vocational schools (you may work at one or two schools). 

There are further details on placements in the Austria country page.

Belgium

Language requirement: B1 in the country's main language

Placement length: eight months

Approximate salary: €870 net per month

Start date and end date: 1 October 2021 - 31 May 2022

Hours per week: 12 hours

Type of institution: posts in both secondary schools and higher education institutions are available.

There are further details on placements in the Belgium country page.

Canada (Quebec)

Language requirement: B1 in the country's main language

Placement length: nine months

Approximate salary: CAD $1,700

Start date and end date: 1 September 2021 - 31 May 2022

Hours per week: 18 hours

Type of institution: posts are available in primary and secondary schools. A small number of posts are also available in adult education centres.

There are further details on placements in the Canada country page.

China

Language requirement: no language requirement

Placement length: 10 months

Approximate salary: 5,000 RMB - 9,000 RMB net per month

Start date and end date: mid August 2021 - late June 2022

Hours per week: 16-25 hours

Type of institution: posts are available in primary and secondary schools.

There are further details on placements in the China country page.

France

Language requirement: B1 in the country's main language

Placement length: seven months

Approximate salary: €976.40 per month gross 

Start date and end date: 1 October 2021 - 30 April 2022

Hours per week: 12-18 hours

Type of institution: posts are available in primary and secondary schools.

There are further details on placements in the France country page.

Germany

Language requirement: A2 in the country’s main language. Please note however that Assistants will be expected to be able to communicate and complete the necessary administration procedures in German. 

Placement length: nine months or five months

Approximate salary: €850 net per month 

Start date and end date: full-year placements run from early-to-mid September 2021 to 31 May 2022. First-semester placements run from early-to-mid September 2021 to 28 February 2022.  

Hours per week: 12 hours

Type of institution: posts in Germany are in secondary schools, with a very small number of postings in the primary and adult sectors.

There are further details on placements in the Germany country page.

Hong Kong (new for 2021-22)

Language requirement: No language requirement.

Placement length: 10 months

Approximate salary: £1,800 – £2,000 GBP per month

Start date and end date: 1 September 2021 – 30 June 2022. 

Hours per week: 40 (Monday – Friday)

Type of institution: Various - you can generally expect to work in a vocational education institution with students aged 15 to 24.

There are further details on placements on the Hong Kong destination page.

Italy

Language requirement: B1 in the country's main language

Placement length: eight months

Approximate salary: €850 net per month

Start date and end date: 1 October 2021 - 31 May 2022

Hours per week: 12 hours

Type of institution: the majority of posts are in secondary schools. A small number are available in primary schools.

There are further details on placements in the Italy country page.

Spain

Language requirement: no language requirement

Placement length: between eight and nine months

Approximate salary: between €700 and €1000 net per month

Start date and end date: 1 October 2021 - 31 May 2022 or 30 June 2022

Hours per week: 12-16 hours

Type of institution: there are posts available in Spanish secondary schools, primary schools and state language schools (for adult learners).

There are further details on placements in the Spain country page.

Switzerland

Language requirement: A2 in the country’s main language. Please note however that Assistants will be expected to be able to communicate and complete the necessary administration procedures in French/German.  

Placement length: 10-11 months

Approximate salary: CHF 2,600 net per month 

Start date and end date: mid-August/early September 2021 to end of June/mid-July 2022 

Hours per week: 12 hours

Type of institution: posts in Switzerland are in secondary schools, with a very small number of postings in primary schools (you may work in up to three schools). 

There are further details on placements in the Switzerland country page.

Latin America

Language requirement: B1 in the country's main language

Argentina

Placement length: six months

Approximate salary: please note that Argentina experiences high levels of inflation (approximately 40%) so the monthly allowance changes considerably each year. As a result, the monthly allowance will be confirmed nearer the time of appointment.

Start date and end date: Mid-March 2022 - mid-September 2022 

Hours per week: 12-18 hours

Type of institution: Posts are in universities or teacher training colleges where the students are training to become English teachers.

There are further details on placements in the Argentina country page.

Chile

Placement length: 11 months

Approximate salary: CLP 430,000 gross per month

Start date and end date: late July 2021 or late August 2021 - late June 2022 or late July 2022 

Hours per week: 18 hours

Type of institution: Posts in Chile are in universities or English academies where you may be teaching children or adults.

There are further details on placements in the Chile country page.

Colombia

Placement length: 11 months

Approximate salary: COP $2,484,000 per month

Start date and end date: July 2021 - May 2022 

Hours per week: 12-18 hours

Type of institution: the majority of posts in Colombia are at university level.

There are further details on placements in the Colombia country page.

Ecuador

Placement length: between nine and 10 months

Approximate salary: USD $450 per month

Start date and end date: mid-August 2021 - end of May 2022

Hours per week: 15-18 hours

Type of institution: all Assistants (usually three) will work at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Ambato.

 

There are further details on placements in the Ecuador country page.

Mexico

Placement length: 10 months

Approximate salary: MXN $8,000 per month

Start date and end date: early September 2021 - late June 2022 

Hours per week: 14 hours

Type of institution: teaching opportunities are available at universities and upper secondary schools.

There are further details on placements in the Mexico country page.