International Language Assistant Programme
Arriving from France, Germany and Spain at the start of each year, Language Assistants bring up-to-date cultural knowledge, authentic language and tonnes of enthusiasm. Language Assistants are a fantastic addition to the foreign language classroom.
The International Language Assistant Programme, administered by Future Learning Solutions - Centre for Languages and the respective donor government organisations, enables young native speakers to be employed as Language Assistants in New Zealand schools.
This provides an invaluable source of up-to-date language and cultural input for New Zealand teachers and students of French, German and Spanish.
The programme is available to schools offering languages at primary, intermediate and secondary level.
Before completing the application form, please ensure you are familiar with the General Conditions for Employing a Language Assistant and the
If you and your school are interested in the Language Assistant Programme but need Board of Trustees approval, please apply now. We will hold your information and be in contact with you until your Board of Trustees has made their decision.
Information for Language Assistants
A placement in New Zealand is a wonderful opportunity to experience Kiwi culture, practice your teaching skills and share your language and culture with others.
If you are interested in becoming a Language Assistant in New Zealand, you can register your interest through the following organisations (depending on your native country).
You can also contact our National Advisers for information and advice.
Previous Language Assistant Experiences
When I received this birthday card from one of my students I realised again what I value so much about the job of a LA. Being able to support your students with all the kindness they deserve while not being forced to assess. This allows for a certain kind of connection that is hard to establish as a regular teacher.
Carl (Nonta) Philipp Leifeld, International Language Assistant – German, 2020
"There are so many things to do and so many places to discover in New Zealand that you'll never get bored. Moreover, to experience how students strive to communicate in another language and to see how much they are improving is amazing"
Beatriz Blanco International Language Assistant – Spanish, 2020