The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) is a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d'etudes pedagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. 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 excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.
Age: Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years old on the start date of the program
Education: be enrolled in university, having completed at least two years of university studies
Language Skills: Proficiency in French is required (minimum B1 level on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). French majors and minors are encouraged to apply.
Citizenship: Candidates must be Canadian citizens residing in Canada at the time of application
Other: The selection process favors applicants who have prior experience teaching or working with children, teenagers, and/or adults. This is not required, but all applicants should demonstrate at least an interest in education.
Provide a clean criminal record
The net monthly salary of a teaching assistant is approximately 800 euros per month (12 hrs/week). This salary provides enough money to live in the lifestyle of a typical French student. Assistants are responsible for their own travel expemses. Personal funds are recommended for the initial period of contract.
October to February 15: Application available online
In March up to the beginning of April: Applications are processed and reviewed by the French Embassy and the CIEP
In April: Official notifications, positive or negative, are sent to the applicants by email
Between June and August: French educational authorities send the official contract (entitled "arrete de nomination")
Between June and September: Visa procedure
October 1: Contract starts
April 30: Contract ends
To Apply: www.tapif.org
Fees: $40 US
Deadline: February 15, 2016