Where can I work? Where will I live?
Many of you are excited about the prospect of travelling across the country and living in a new environment for nine months! However, some of you are also a bit hesitant at the idea of applying for a job and having no idea where you might end up! Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Where will I work? Which cities can I work in? Do I get to choose where to work?
- On your application, you will be indicating your preferences for type of location (suburban, small town, or rural), school level (elementary, secondary, or postsecondary), and provinces or territories. As much as possible, your coordinator will try to respect your choices when assigning you.
- It is difficult, or even impossible, to tell you exactly which cities you can work in. There are about 300 language-assistant positions across Canada, and the locations of these positions usually differ from year to year in order to serve the greatest number of schools possible.
Can I work with my friend or spouse?
- In the event that you and your friend or spouse:
- both pass the interviews,
- both have your files sent to the same jurisdiction,
- are both given a position, and
- obtain two positions in the same area,
you could then ask to be assigned to the same area. Keep in mind, however, that most positions are in rural areas, and there is usually just one position available per school and per area. Your coordinator will try to respect your choices as much as possible, but we cannot guarantee that all your choices will be available.
Where will I live? How do I find housing? Do I have to pay for my accommodations?
- In most cases, you will have to make your own living arrangements and find housing that is both close to your school(s) and within your budget. Some school boards offer help in finding accommodation. Ask your provincial or territorial coordinator for more information!
Most positions are located in rural or suburban areas. To increase your chances of obtaining a position, be flexible in your choices and accept the job you are offered, and live the experience of a lifetime!
Not getting your ideal work location is not necessarily a negative thing! Most language assistants — whether they got their dream placement or not — made true, long-term friendships and really improved their second-language skills!
Whatever your adventure turns out to be, you won’t be disappointed!