Language Assistants

Language Assistants

By British Council
Whether you already have a Language Assistants placement confirmed, are thinking about applying in the future, or are generally looking for information to prepare you for living abroad ... then you have come to the right place!

Each week the team will be chatting with colleagues, former assistants and experts on a range of themes. From finding accommodation, money matters, and insurance, to settling into school life, managing culture shock and making friends; they hope to help you prepare for time overseas.

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Canada
In this episode, Finola is joined by Renaud and Rhianna as they discuss life in Quebec. Featuring ski-doos, poutine and the topic of Canadian French, be sure to listen for all the top tips !
26:10
February 3, 2020
Austria
In this episode, Finola speaks to two former language assistants: Luke and Katrina about their experience in Austria. Both share their key top tips about life, admin and their experience...especially to keep your fridge stocked before Sunday!
26:08
January 31, 2020
Wellbeing
In this episode, Bethan and Andrew from the British Council discussing the importance of and ways to wellbeing for Language Assistants, with helpful links and their own personal stories along the way. As mentioned in the video: - 5 Ways to Wellbeing - Mind
21:09
January 21, 2020
France
In this episode, Finola speaks to three former language assistants - Jason, Clorrie and Isabel - about their experience as a language assistant in France. Starting with the typical week, they then discuss challenges and their adventures. From teaching the next generation of French chefs to having tea with a International Prize winning author! 
33:54
January 20, 2020
Italy
In this episode, Olivia is joined by Felicity and Emma who look back on their time as a language assistant in Italy. From delicious food to Romeo and Juliet, this podcast has lots of helpful tips and provides an insight into the experience of being an assistant in Italy. 
25:58
January 6, 2020
China
In this episode, Felicity gives the lowdown on eligibility criteria for China and Finola speaks to Jasper and Lorna - two former English Language Teachers in China. They talk about their experiences, the benefits and challenges of living in China as a teacher and share some invaluable top tips -  useful information for those considering applying! 
33:25
December 27, 2019
How to Apply
In this episode, Finola and Olivia look at the application process, how it works and what we are looking for in English Language Assistant candidates.
14:43
December 9, 2019
Insurance
A 'must listen' episode this week as we discuss all things insurance! We talk about the importance of insurance with a former English language assistant who was involved in a major car crash in Spain, as well as the British Council's Head of Insurance for advice on policies.
31:03
August 9, 2019
Accommodation
Bethan and Olivia chat to former English Language Assistant Sophie about the different types of accommodation Language Assistants could consider abroad. Sophie shares her unique experiences living with a French host family at the start of her placement and subsequently living by herself in rented flat in Montélier. Together they also discuss contracts, deposits and how to set up a home away from home! If you have a question or would like to contribute to the podcast, please record a voice message for the team using the following link: https://anchor.fm/languageassistants/message it may even be featured in a future episode! Why not follow the Language Assistants programme on twitter @Languageasst. For more information about the British Council or Language Assistants programme please visit www.britishcouncil.org.  
40:37
August 2, 2019
Learning the lingo
Bethan and Conor are joined by fellow colleague Imo to chat about language learning. They discuss the various ways in which you can develop your language skills, both before departure and whilst living abroad. Whether you are a complete beginner or already at an advanced level, they share tips and tricks to develop your skills in formal and non-formal settings.  If you have a question or would like to contribute to the podcast, please record a voice message for the team using the following link: https://anchor.fm/languageassistants/message it may even be featured in a future episode! Why not follow the Language Assistants programme on twitter @Languageasst. For more information about the British Council or Language Assistants programme please visit www.britishcouncil.org.  
37:08
July 26, 2019
Village vs City
Conor and Bethan catch up with two former Language Assistants to discuss the pros and cons of living and working in a city or village. They speak to Gaurav, a Language Assistant in the capital of Chile Santiago and Cameron who worked in a school in Saint-Prosper, a rural village in Quebec. Together they reflect on their experiences and provide advice to future programme participants.    Why not follow the Language Assistants programme on twitter @Languageasst. For more information about the British Council or Language Assistants programme please visit www.britishcouncil.org 
26:08
July 18, 2019
School Allocation
Bethan, Conor and Olivia chat about placement and school allocations. From receiving your exact school information and location from overseas partners, to contacting your school for the first time, they provide advice and reflect on their own experiences working abroad.  Why not follow the Language Assistants programme on twitter @Languageasst. For more information about the British Council or Language Assistants programme please visit www.britishcouncil.org.   
20:47
June 25, 2019
Trailer
 Whether you already have a Language Assistants placement confirmed, are thinking about applying in the future, or are generally looking for information to prepare you for living abroad ... then you have come to the right place!  Each week the team will be chatting with colleagues, former assistants and experts on a range of themes. From finding accommodation, money matters, and insurance, to settling into school life, managing culture shock and making friends; they hope to help you prepare for time overseas.  Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss an episode!  www.britishcouncil.org/study-work-abroad/outside-uk/english-language-assistants
01:10
June 4, 2019