Foreign Language Assistant Programme

Applications for 2020 now closed

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 Foreign 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 for a minimum of 12 contact hours per week. This provides an invaluable source of up-to-date language and cultural input for New Zealand students of French, German and Spanish.

The scheme is available to schools offering languages at secondary, intermediate and primary level. 

Before completing the application form, please ensure you are familiar with the General Conditions for Employing a Language Assistant.

Applications closed Sunday, 28 July 2019


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).

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You can also contact our National Advisers for information and advice.


Previous Language Assistant Experiences



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From my own experience, there is so much to discover in New Zealand. Without a doubt, the position of the Language Assistant will help you to realize how much  world has to offer,  so don’t miss it!


Mariam T., Foreign Language Assistant Spanish, 2018


Being able to use what they’ve learned in the classroom, being understood by a native speaker and being able to understand certain phrases a native speaker says resulted in a growing self-assurance among the students to actually use the language. 

Ina Terhaar, Foreign Language Assistant – German, 2017


From all the work done, bringing the Spanish culture to the classroom is what I loved the most. It was really exciting for me to talk about festivities and traditions that take place in Spain or in some South American countries.


Carmen Vilchez, Foreign Language Assistant – Spanish, 2017