3onFriday: 3 English Teaching Assistant Programmes Abroad

3onFriday: 3 English Teaching Assistant Programmes Abroad

Travellers can do more than just join a class to learn a new language. If you are willing and able to get out in front of the students and teach your own language, several governments around the world will welcome you with open arms to their country and put some money in your pocket too. We’ve picked out three varied countries where you could soon find yourself spending up to a year as an English language assistant:


The Chilean Ministry of Education’s English Opens Doors Program aims to increase the English proficiency of Chilean students and teachers by placing English Language Teaching Assistants in the Chilean school system. Volunteers are placed throughout Chile, and work with students ranging from 10 to 18 years old, teaching independent classes under the supervision of a Chilean head teacher.

Eligibility: Native and near-native English speakers, with a BA degree, aged between 21 and 35. Applicants should also have experience living or travelling in another country, an interest in Chilean culture and be highly committed, responsible, and flexible.

Benefits: Accommodation and meals with a host family, a volunteer allowance of CLP 70,000 per month to reimburse local transportation or other costs related to teaching, TEFL training, health insurance, and round-trip transportation from Santiago to the regional placement site. The EODP does not charge volunteers a fee for participation.

Who’s done it? Coleen Monroe and Lukas Gohl.

Find out more: www.centrodevoluntarios.cl.


Around 100 posts are available in the Austria each year through the British Council’s English Language Assistant Programme. Assistants are expected to work 13 hours per week.

Eligibility: Participants must be aged 30 or under and available for work between October 1 and May 31.No formal language qualification is required aside from being a native-level English speaker. Applicants should also have completed their secondary education in the UK, and have two years of university-level education by the time you start your assistantship.

Benefits: Though responsible for your own travel and accommodation, English Language Assistants receive a net salary of around € 1,130 per month and entitlement to national heathcare.

Who’s done it? Ruth Coates.

Find out more: www.britishcouncil.org/language-assistants/become/austria. US applicants can get more information from the US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria.


Native speakers of English (or French) can enrol in the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport’s North American Language and Culture Assistants Program, assisting teachers for 12 to 16 class periods a week in elementary, secondary or language schools around the country. Students spend a full academic year in Spain, typically from the beginning of October until May 31. Preferred placement in different Spanish regions can be requested.

Eligibility: US and Canadian nationals, aged under 60 (under 35 for Madrid), either with a BA or BS degree or due to graduate by the end of the academic year preceding the start of the programme. Basic Spanish is also required.

Benefits: A monthly stipend of €700 per month (€1000 in Madrid) and medical coverage.

Who’s done it? Kate Peregrina.

Find out more: www.mecd.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/auxiliares-conversacion-eeuu.html. Brits can apply to be language assistants in Spain via the British Council.

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