Applications to become an English Language Assistant have now closed.
What is it all about?
Being a Language Assistant is a fantastic way to explore another country, experience a culture different to your own, and develop invaluable, transferable skills for the workplace. Language Assistants have been placed in schools and universities all over the world since 1905. The overwhelming reaction from our assistants on returning home is that the experience has changed their lives forever, complete with memories to last a lifetime. So, whether you are keen to gain some teaching experience or would like to improve your knowledge of another country, the Language Assistant programme has something to offer everyone.
There is no registration fee to apply and no formal Teaching English as a Foreign Language qualification is required either.
Where can I go?
We now work with schools across four continents, right through from Europe, Asia to Latin America, so there’s something to suit even the most adventurous amongst you. Each year, there are usually about 2,500 posts available. You could find yourself supporting the teaching of English in a primary school, a secondary school or even a university. It all depends on where you decide to go.
Am I eligible?
To be a Language Assistant, you will need to have completed two years of higher education by the time you are in post. You must be a native English speaker and you will also need some basic language skills too (take a further look). If you fancy going to China however, you do not need any previous knowledge of the language at all.
Many people choose to be a Language Assistant on their year abroad, but graduates are very welcome to apply too.
What is involved?
With light teaching hours, between 12 and 20 a week, you will have plenty of time to explore your new surroundings and soak up the culture of another country. As a Language Assistant supporting the teaching of English, you could be helping to plan fun activities, introducing your students to UK culture or even helping to run international projects with your school.
Will I get paid?
Yes, although this varies from country to country and even from region to region at times. In Europe, you can expect to be paid anything from €700 to €1,100 per month, which you will need to cover accommodation and other living expenses. Schools in China will also provide a place for you to stay, and will even pay for your flights. Further information is available on our individual country pages.
When is the deadline?
Visit the Language Assistants site for further details on how to apply.
- The deadline for China and Spain is 21 February 2016.
- The deadline for all other countries is 17 January 2016
What have others said?
“It is the most rewarding thing in the world when you reach the end of your assistantship and your students have bought you presents, drawn you pictures, called you the best teacher ever and have organised surprise parties for you. As a Language Assistant the students really look up to you and they show a real interest in you, your language and your country. After this experience I am definitely considering teaching as a future career.”
– Kayleigh Heard, ELA Spain