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Description

The Odyssey Language Assistant Program (established in 1973, to promote Canada’s two official languages and the cultures they convey) is a paid, professional work experience that involves travelling to Quebec or New Brunswick to work with students for nine months. Earn over $27 an hour while gaining valuable work experience in a classroom setting
  • Working under teacher supervision, you will plan and lead activities on a daily basis to motivate students to learn more about the target language.
  • You will share your culture and the unique linguistic features of your home region through art, music, stories, local expressions, and humour.
Your work will consist mostly of:
  • preparing and executing activities that focus on language (aural comprehension and oral expression);
  • developing activities that reflect everyday communication opportunities in order to help students improve their English-language skills in real-life situations;
  • drawing from your own interests and those of the students, this is an opportunity to use your talents and passions to help someone build skills in English, and to have fun doing it;
  • examples include starting a debate, playing a trivia game, putting on a play, and teaching a dance or a new sport; and
The language assistant does not replace the teacher. The tasks of a language assistant may include the following:
  • encouraging students to participate in oral communication activities;
  • preparing classroom activities that focus on learning about language and culture;
  • leading small groups of two to 10 students;
  • motivating students to learn English;
  • encouraging students to appreciate and explore your culture and their own in a respectful and creative way through language;
  • participating in evening and weekend cultural activities;
  • meeting with school staff upon request.
Let your Odyssey begin!

Requirements

Level of education

College

Diploma

None
In progress

Work experience (years)

0-2 years

Written languages

Fr : Beginner
En : Advanced

Spoken languages

Fr : Beginner
En : Advanced

Requested skills

In order to qualify for the Odyssey program, you must:

  • have solid English-language skills, both oral and written. They are a must-have skill set. English proficiency must be as strong as if it were your first language;
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (those studying in Canada on a student visa are not eligible);
  • have completed, by the start of your work term and within the last 10 years, at least one full year of postsecondary studies, college, or university. If you are completing studies in Quebec, you must have completed two years of college-level studies or one year of university within the last 10 years. For studies done outside of Canada, you will also need to submit a formal assessment of your academic credentials.

There is no age limit for participation in Odyssey, but you do need to meet all eligibility requirements. There are no French-language-skill requirements to apply for the Odyssey program, but some basic oral and spoken skills in your second official language are always a great asset. A driver’s licence is not a requirement for selection. However, in some regions, having a licence is preferable.

Benefits

Paid leave The salary includes vacation or holiday pay, as well as any other benefit paid by the employer to the language assistant.

Language assistants usually follow the schedule of the school where they work, and therefore will usually be entitled to long holidays in December and March, as well as other holidays.

Paid leave

The salary includes vacation or holiday pay, as well as any other benefit paid by the employer to the language assistant.

Language assistants usually follow the schedule of the school where they work, and therefore will usually be entitled to long holidays in December and March, as well as other holidays.

Professional training and development program Pan-Canadian training session

Get together with over 300 other first-time Odyssey adventurers to make new friends, build a network, learn strategies, and develop activities before you start your work experience. Before the start of the school year, usually in late August or early September, language assistants participating in Odyssey for the first time attend a compulsory Pan-Canadian Training Session. The objectives of the Pan-Canadian Training Session are:

  • to give you a better understanding of your role as a language assistant;
  • to provide you with pedagogical tips and techniques to prepare you to work with students;
  • to introduce you to your Odyssey support network; and
  • to provide you with training from our expert workshop leaders.
Provincial and local training sessions

In addition to the Pan-Canadian Training Session at the start of the school year, you will subsequently get together with fellow language assistants from your host province/territory for one or more training sessions in order to exchange ideas and your best activities, share your successes, and discuss how to overcome challenges.

Professional training and development program

Pan-Canadian training session

Get together with over 300 other first-time Odyssey adventurers to make new friends, build a network, learn strategies, and develop activities before you start your work experience. Before the start of the school year, usually in late August or early September, language assistants participating in Odyssey for the first time attend a compulsory Pan-Canadian Training Session. The objectives of the Pan-Canadian Training Session are:

  • to give you a better understanding of your role as a language assistant;
  • to provide you with pedagogical tips and techniques to prepare you to work with students;
  • to introduce you to your Odyssey support network; and
  • to provide you with training from our expert workshop leaders.
Provincial and local training sessions

In addition to the Pan-Canadian Training Session at the start of the school year, you will subsequently get together with fellow language assistants from your host province/territory for one or more training sessions in order to exchange ideas and your best activities, share your successes, and discuss how to overcome challenges.

Reimbursement for kilometres travelled

Language assistants receive four travel allowances during their mandate (for a total between $700 and $5,600)!

At the beginning and end of their placements, language assistants, including those taking up their positions after December 31, are eligible for the interprovincial/territorial travel allowance if they must move outside their home province or territory to work and if their permanent residence is more than 200 km from their workplace. This allowance will compensate part of the travel costs incurred between their permanent residence and their workplace.

Language assistants who are required to move outside their home province or territory to work and whose permanent residence is more than 200 km from their workplace are entitled to a mid-year travel allowance.

Reimbursement for kilometres travelled

Language assistants receive four travel allowances during their mandate (for a total between $700 and $5,600)!

At the beginning and end of their placements, language assistants, including those taking up their positions after December 31, are eligible for the interprovincial/territorial travel allowance if they must move outside their home province or territory to work and if their permanent residence is more than 200 km from their workplace. This allowance will compensate part of the travel costs incurred between their permanent residence and their workplace.

Language assistants who are required to move outside their home province or territory to work and whose permanent residence is more than 200 km from their workplace are entitled to a mid-year travel allowance.

Reimbursement of training and development activities

Language assistants are reimbursed for part of the expenses they incur to travel from their permanent residence to the pan-Canadian training session and then to their workplace.

Travel expenses incurred between a language assistant’s permanent residence and the training session venue are deemed to be training expenses. The part of the travel expenses from the training session to the workplace is covered by the beginning-of-year travel allowance. For language assistants returning to work in their home province or territory following the pan-Canadian training session, the total amount of expenses is considered a training expense.

Reimbursement of training and development activities

Language assistants are reimbursed for part of the expenses they incur to travel from their permanent residence to the pan-Canadian training session and then to their workplace.

Travel expenses incurred between a language assistant’s permanent residence and the training session venue are deemed to be training expenses. The part of the travel expenses from the training session to the workplace is covered by the beginning-of-year travel allowance. For language assistants returning to work in their home province or territory following the pan-Canadian training session, the total amount of expenses is considered a training expense.

Social activities organized by the company Odyssey organizes a few training sessions every year, which may include social activities such as:
  • Quebec Carnival
  • Sugar Shack outing
  • Talent show
  • Cirque du Soleil outdoors show
  • Halloween dance party

Social activities organized by the company

Odyssey organizes a few training sessions every year, which may include social activities such as:

  • Quebec Carnival
  • Sugar Shack outing
  • Talent show
  • Cirque du Soleil outdoors show
  • Halloween dance party

Travel Odyssey language assistants have the opportunity to travel and discover another region of Canada!
  • Language assistants will get to travel to another province and live there for nine months - long enough to plan smaller trips to discover the province itself!
  • Language assistants will get to travel to Quebec City for the Pan-Canadian Training session in August/September.
  • Language assistants will get to travel for a provincial training session, usually to a big city within the host province.
  • Language assistants receive four travel allowances during their mandate (for a total between $700 and $5,600)!

Travel

Odyssey language assistants have the opportunity to travel and discover another region of Canada!

  • Language assistants will get to travel to another province and live there for nine months - long enough to plan smaller trips to discover the province itself!
  • Language assistants will get to travel to Quebec City for the Pan-Canadian Training session in August/September.
  • Language assistants will get to travel for a provincial training session, usually to a big city within the host province.
  • Language assistants receive four travel allowances during their mandate (for a total between $700 and $5,600)!

Equal Opportunity Employer

This employer is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status, Aboriginal/Native American status or any other legally-protected factors. Disability-related accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.