English Teaching Assistantships in Europe for 2009-10 School Year

It’s that time of year again!

English Assistant in France

Teach English conversation 12 hours a week in Primary or Secondary schools for a monthly stipend of 780 €. Medical insurance & paid holidays. Contracts of 6, 7, or 9 months, all beginning October 1. Students of any major can apply, though applicants should have an interest in education. Must be between 20 and 30 years old for American program. Read my Assistants Guide if you want to know what the program is like.

Deadlines & application links:

Native speakers from South Africa, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados can also apply, but I don’t have specific links or deadlines for the assistantship program. If you are from one of these countries, you can download the application through the CIEP site.

English Assistant in Spain

Americans or Canadians

Almost the same as the French program, but monthly stipend of 700 € and contract of 8 months (October – May). About 1,200 positions available. [2009-10 application not yet uploaded!]

English Assistant in Austria


Monthly stipend of 977 € and contract of 8 months (October – May). Must already have Bachelor’s degree. This assistantship is administered by the Fulbright Commission, so only 120 positions are available. Application for 2009-10 will be available November 15, 2008, and deadline is February 15, 2009.

English Assistant in Germany


Monthly stipend of 700 € and contract of 9 months (September – June). Must already have Bachelor’s degree. Also administered by Fulbright, so only 70 positions available and highly competitive.

English Assistant in Finland

Americans (no knowledge of Finnish required)

No application or deadline; just send resume and cover letter. Applicants with teaching experience receive priority. Contracts from late August until May; salary will be sufficient to cover living expenses.

November 11

Hug a veteran today.

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Mexican Food! Finally!

November 5th was David’s and my 2 year anniversary, so we decided to go out to eat last night. I had been wanting to go to a Mexican restaurant forever (since I’d left the US…), but we never got around to it somehow over the past 24 months. Either we’re extremely busy or there aren’t […]

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I don’t say this often, but today I really mean it.


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Yup, we bought one.

The Nicolas Sarkozy Voodoo Doll. He tried to have it banned in France, but he didn’t succeed. Not yet, anyway. Maybe it will be worth money someday. Or maybe we’ll just let the cat eat it.

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First Semester Language

We all laugh at these songs that make fun of beginning language classes and the somewhat useless words and phrases we learn. How many times in French have I ever said “Où est la bibliothèque ?” Um, probably never. But these videos also show the poor attempt at language teaching and/or the poor attempt at […]

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Sylvie et Emeric Autour du Monde

Back in July, two of David’s friends took off on a tour du monde (trip around the world). This seems to be pretty common as I’ve heard of many French people/couples who do it. I have no idea how they afford it though! Sylvie & Emeric started their trip in New York, with visits to […]

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French Jack-o’-Lantern

Auchan was selling pumpkins this week, so I had to get one. I was surprised they even had them considering how small their Halloween costume section is. And their Halloween candy aisle is just non-existent. There was a huge section for chrysanthemums though, for la Toussaint* – which I stupidly didn’t get when I first […]

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L’Essor Savoyard: Local News from Annecy

Mamie had a copy of l’Essor Savoyard from this week lying around, so I read through it to check out the happenings in and around Annecy. (Unfortunately, this local newspaper doesn’t have a website, but the other one does: Le Dauphiné.) Troops from the 27e BCA, which is located directly across from the lycée I […]

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Change Your Clocks in Europe

Europeans: Daylight Saving Time has ended and you need to set your clocks back an hour (except in Iceland where DST is not used.) DST will begin again on the last Sunday in March. North Americans: Your DST will end next Sunday; except for those in Saskatchewan, a small part of British Columbia, Hawaii, Arizona […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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