Another great way to spend time abroad and especially to gain insight into the field of education and the schools in a foreign country is through a language assistant or teaching programme. These are often open to all students, not just education majors, and offer a chance to work and live in a foreign country for one or two terms. Some programmes have age limits or require you to have completed a certain number of semesters at university or to study certain subjects, but there is generally a programme that suits everyone! Here are a few that might interest you:
Pädagogischer Austauschdienst Fremdsprachenassistentenprogramm: Be a German language teaching assistant in various schools around the world! The average teaching load is 12 hours per week in the classroom, plus planning, observing, etc., and you are encouraged to get involved with extra-curricular activities at the school or college you work at. These placements as teaching assistants last between 6 and 11 months, depending on the host country. In Europe, most placements are at secondary schools (and last 6-8 months), in North America, most placements are in higher education (and last around 9 months); though there is a pilot project placing German assistants at high-schools: PAD Teaching German at US Schools. Priority is usually given to students in Education degree programmes, and you will need to have completed at least 4 semesters of study (some countries require a completed BEd degree). The financial support you receive from this programme varies depending on the host country, but is usually around 750-900€ per month.
Amity – Intern Teacher Program: Be a classroom assistant at various schools in the USA for one semester (5 months) or a year (10 months). You'll need to have completed at least 4 semesters of study, preferably in an Education degree programme. You'll work at a school for around 32 hours per week doing observations, assistant teaching, presenting your home country's culture, preparing teaching materials, and also participating in extra-curricular activities. The application costs are around 500$, but participants receive a monthly stipend of $200 minimum as well as free room and board (a value of approximately $900 per month).
Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst Sprachassistenten: This DAAD programme sends students with a completed Bachelor’s degree to be German teaching assistants at colleges and universities around the world. Assistants are payed around 1500€/month and you can also get extra money to cover your travel costs and/or a language course in the host country. The assistantship lasts one year and can be extended for a second year in some cases, if desired. Students who study German Studies (Germanistik) or Teaching German as a Foreign Language (DaF) are usually given priority.
Youth for Understanding – Teacher Exchange Programme: Teach languages, music, drama and/or other Arts subjects at primary and secondary schools in India (mostly in the north, around New Dehli). To participate in this programme, you need to have completed your Bachelor’s degree, either BEd or BA. The placements last 10-12 months, usually starting in July, and you work around 30 hours spread over a 6-day week (with 3 weeks paid holidays at Christmas). You need to pay 500$ to the organisation to participate, but then the YfU programme pays you a salary of INR 18,000 – INR 24,000 (approx. 225 - 300€) per month, covers your travel costs, and provides free accommodation and board.