The application for the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) for Americans and Canadians is now available at tapif.org
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers 7 month English teaching assistant positions at public schools in France or the DOM-TOMs. The only contract is October 1 to April 30. Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 35 by the start date and have a B1 level in French at the time of application. The US program also requires completion of 3 years of university/community college while the Canadian program only requires 2 years.
English assistants work 12 in-class hours a week and receive 790€ net each month plus have health insurance. Assistants assigned to the DOM-TOMs receive a higher salary because of the higher cost of living (however, assistants in Paris do not.) Travel to/from French embassies to obtain a visa, travel to/from France, and housing in France are NOT provided. Assistants can also renew for a second year, but a new visa is required.
The application is due January 31, 2017, for Americans and February 15, 2017, for Canadians. Chek the official US and Canadian program websites for more information. There are roughly 1,100 positions for Americans and 200 positions for Canadians available.
Read all about my personal experience with the Teaching Assistant Program in France and get helpful tips and advice at my TAPIF guide. You can also download all the lessons I created for my French students (as well as international students in the US) at Free ESL Lesson Plans.
Speak another language besides French and want to teach in Europe?
If you would like to teach English abroad on an official program, but do not speak French, you can also try the similar Spanish program if you want to go to Europe. You do not have to prove your level of Spanish so it is possible to apply with a very limited knowledge. The contracts are 8 months long (October 1 to May 31) and the pay is 700€ net for 12 in-class hours outside of Madrid or 1,000€ net for 16 in-class hours in Madrid.
If you speak German, try the US Teaching Assistantship at Austrian secondary schools.
If you speak Italian, try the Study Intercultural Training Experience to teach English at schools in Lombardy.
Want to teach English abroad but don’t speak another language?
In South America, Colombia and Chile have also recently begun similar programs to bring in native or near-native English speakers to help teach in public schools. These programs are classified as volunteer programs, however, so the monthly stipend is much less than the European programs and require more hours of work per week. Neither country requires knowledge of Spanish before applying. They also have a different academic year than Northern Hemisphere school systems, so the contracts typically run from January or March to November for a full academic year. There are one semester options as well if you only want to commit for 4-5 months.