Program Overview2019-10-24T10:17:46-04:00

Program overview

What is The Teaching Assistant Program in France?

This program is a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, France Education International (formerly called CIEP) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Canada. The program’s goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence, while also providing Canadian Francophiles with an excellent teaching experience abroad and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.

Job Duties (part time 12 hours /week)

Assistants teach a minimum of 12 hours per week in up to 3 schools (close location to one another). Classes are conducted mostly in English. Teaching assistants conduct all of a class with a referent teacher or part of class, independently.

Typical duties include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group/individual tutorials, introducing students to Canadian culture and history as well as facilitating cultural understanding between France and Canada. Assignments vary depending on the school’s needs and the assistant’s abilities.

Contracts are available at two different school levels:

• Elementary School: children aged 8-11 years old

• Secondary School: students aged 11-18 years old.

Contract Length

All teaching contracts last 7 months, from October 1st through April 30th. Short-term contracts, summer contracts and alternative start dates are NOT available.


€ 976,49 per month (gross), corresponding to about 1425$ CAD (gross).
Due to the higher cost of living in the overseas departments, assistants in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and La Réunion receive an additional salary allowance of 30% to 35%. The stipend provides enough money to live as a French student in most regions of France (but NOT in Paris due to the very high cost of living in the capital region). No additional support is provided for travel to France or for dependents. Personal funds are strongly recommended for the initial period of the contract, especially since you may not receive the first paycheck before the end of November.


The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers positions in all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and La Réunion. Applicants may indicate up to three regions of preference on their application form. Accepted applicants receive placement in a specific French Académie (school district) whey they are notified of the results in April.

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