The Language Assistants Programme is carried out bilaterally with Germany, France, Great Britain and Austria.
Places are arranged for the language assistants at various school levels depending on the host country. In individual cases, the language assistant can be assigned to more than one school in order to offer him/her a more varied range of responsibilities or to take into account the requirements of several schools. An agreement is signed between the language assistant and the school authorities. In the agreement, the terms and conditions of employment and the rights and obligations of both parties to the contract are set out.
The school authorities designate a mentor (male or female), who is responsible for looking after the professional and personal welfare of the language assistant. They also define - in consultation with the language assistant - the responsibilities to be assumed by him/her.
Depending on the host country, the period of employment is between six and nine months. The teaching commitment is 12 hours a week.
Before their departure and at the beginning of their stay in the host country, the language assistants are prepared, within the framework of preparatory and introductory seminars, for their work. At the end of the assistantship period, the participants are asked to take part in a survey and to assess their experiences. This survey is for the purpose of quality control and to improve the provision.