A period spent abroad as a language assistant is an ideal way of improving knowledge of a foreign language and gaining experience as a teacher. Language assistants teach their mother tongue, immerse themselves in the culture of the host country and improve their knowledge of a foreign language. A stay abroad lasts between six and nine months.
Movetia arranges placements for Swiss students, graduates or teachers with no professional experience. Teachers with initial professional experience of up to a maximum of three years are also admitted.
Applicants must be of French or German mother tongue and have studied for at least four half-year terms at a university, university of applied arts and sciences or teacher training college. Movetia is currently considering the possibility of also finding places for Italian speakers.
Furthermore, a good general education, clear way of speaking in the mother tongue, initial knowledge in the field of education and independent work with split classes or groups are also required. The participants should, in addition, be between 21 and 30 years of age. In justified cases (second VET or PET), candidates up to 35 years of age may also be considered.
People of German mother tongue may apply for a position to schools in Great Britain and France. Equally, language assistants’ jobs are also offered for French speakers in Great Britain, Germany and Austria.
Interested persons apply by means of the application file. The applications are assessed on the strength of the submitted documents. If necessary, Movetia invites the candidate to an interview. These interviews are, as a rule, held between February and April.
The processing fee of CHF 150.- is charged by Movetia on definite admission into the programme.
The language assistants are paid a monthly salary, which varies depending on the host country.