As a Language Assistant there is no guarantee of being placed in a city even if it was your first choice. Living in a small town could however be one of the best parts of your year abroad experience... I received my arrêté de nomination in early June and excitedly googled the name of my future hometown - Lunéville, Nancy-Metz region. So I found out that Lunéville has a population of 20,000 - just a little bit less than Nancy’s 105,000, the city I had hoped for. But over the course of the 7 months I really did grow to love living in a small town along with its (sometimes bizarre) idiosyncrasies.
Louise is studying German at the University of Warwick and is coming to the end of her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Lauf an der Pegnitz in Germany. Here is her advice about teaching in a small town: the German School System, the expertise required, the benefits and how being placed in a small town isn't the end of the world: it's a fantastic opportunity!
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.