Becoming a Comenius assistant is a great way to experience first-hand teaching experience if you’re debating getting into teaching as a career choice. During your Comenius assistanship, you will get the opportunity to improve your language skills, work with fellow teachers and gain an insight into teaching techniques and the educational system in other European countries.
Comenius assistants are expected to work in schools and colleges across Europe for 12 to 16 hours per week, over a period of 13-45 weeks.
The British Council English Language Assistant programme spans five continents, placing people in 15 countries around the world. Becoming a Language Assistant is an experience that will stay with you for life: as well as improving your language skills and exploring a community, you'll build your sense of independence and gain the satisfaction of firing young imaginations.
Rachel is studying Italian and Spanish at Exeter University and spent her year abroad living in Pisa, Italy, and commuting by train to Viareggio where she was a British Council Language Assistant in a Liceo Scientifico. She says, "I did beginners Italian so I struggled at the beginning but I decided to stay over the summer (up until the start of 4th year this September) after my contract finished with the British Council in May because I loved it so much,and ended up being there for 12 months! I worked in a restaurant in Pisa over the summer for an Italian family and continued teaching English privately."
With a little over 2 weeks to go before I jump feet-first into the biggest adventure of my life so far, I’ve decided to take advantage of a rainy afternoon and start writing my blog…Well, after baking cakes, spending an unnecessary amount of time on Facebook and every other form of procrastination that, as a student, I have managed to perfect.