Teach English Abroad in Paris

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22 Teach Abroad Programs in Paris

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Get paid to live and teach abroad in Paris through the International TEFL Academy. After completing a TEFL/TESOL certification in four weeks, participants receive free lifetime job placement. The program is open to participants with native English fluency who want to become trained professional English teachers.

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Experience the City of Lights while teaching abroad in Paris through International TEFL and TESOL Training. Participants get to teach English as a Foreign/Second Language after completing ITTT's four week certification course that is fully accredited by the BOAA. The programs are available year-round and begin at the start of every month. All nationalities and ages are welcome to participate.

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Teach abroad in Paris with GeoVisions. Participants teach English to a host family for up to 15 hours a week in exchange for a free room and board. The program is open for one, two, and three month durations and available year round. Participants must have a native level of English fluency, be at least 18 years old, and have a high school diploma or certificate.

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Consider this course that will give you the best skills possible to get a placement overseas teaching English that pays! Our most comprehensive online TEFL course will give you a thorough grounding in the most important TEFL skills as well as specialist training, online video practice and a 20 hour course that'll explain the intricacies of English grammar. It's a perfect choice if you want high...

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API’s tutor abroad program consists of a guaranteed position to serve as a conversational English tutor in a French family from 1-3 months in duration. Participants are able to join this program at various times throughout the year, and are expected to contributed 15 hours per week toward tutoring members of the host family in conversational English. In exchange, the API participant gets to liv...

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Live, work, and teach abroad in Paris with the Speaking-Agency. The programs let participants teach English or German while staying with a host family and looking after their children. Participants must be 18 years or older, have experience with children, and be a native or fluent English or German speaker.

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Assist local English teachers in the Paris region for 15 to 20 hours per week while living with a welcoming host family in a private room and enjoying French home cooking! We'll provide pre-departure info and support, in-country support from our international cooperator, and 24-hour emergency assistance. Most importantly, we'll make sure you're placed with the right host family and in a great s...

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Experience life in France and immerse yourself into the French culture by living with a host family, and tutor them in conversational english 15 hours per week in exchange for free room and board. You will have a lot of free time to experience the culture, make new friends, join a local club, travel or explore the surroundings. This program has a focus on cultural exchange and host fami...

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Have you ever dreamed of travelling to Paris and experiencing the unique and wonderful capital of France? Our paid Language Teaching programme does not only give you the opportunity to teach in a family in Paris and fully immerse yourself in the French culture, but you will also be able to gain valuable teaching experience either in English or German. Participants will be teaching children ...

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Solution Au Pair is a registered and professionally recognized agency based in France offering tailor-made placements in French families in the North of France. Working with official partners, Solution Au Pair guarantees to find you quality tutoring placements and provides a person-to-person service with constant support throughout your stay. Coming to France as a private English tutor allo...

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Teaching Abroad in Paris

Audrey Hepburn was right when she said “Paris is always a good idea.” Teaching English in Paris, the French capital city, might be the best idea you’ll ever have. Being surrounded by one of the great artistic and cultural centers of the world, you will be a student as well as a teacher, learning lessons about culture, food, and romance as you teach English to local students. Paris is the city of light and love, and it will seduce you utterly. With an ambiance that is so distinctly Parisian, all you need to do is stroll by the Seine or sip wine in a chair outside a corner café to feel like you are completely absorbed by la vie parisienne.

Teaching Jobs in Paris

Opportunities to teach English in Paris are the most prevalent type of placement, and subsequently the easiest to find. Parisian parents are recognising the value of English more and more, and pushing their children to learn from an early age, resulting in lots of private tutoring or language school gigs catering for young charges. There are also plenty of professionals of all ages who wish to learn English to augment their career opportunities in an increasingly competitive job market.

The most common way to teach English in Paris is as a private tutor for a local family. This arrangement generally entails living with a family and providing after-school tuition and care for young children. Be careful to clarify exactly what services you are expected to provide; some families may expect you to be a cleaner, baby-sitter, and cook, as well as an English teacher. Women aged between 20 and 25 are usually the preferred applicants for these positions, but if you can make a convincing case for yourself, you may still be able to land yourself a tutoring job in Paris. Au pairs essentially fulfil the same role, but sometimes with additional responsibilities, such as childcare.

Language schools are also commonly on the lookout for native English speakers to teach in Paris. This is a potentially lucrative option, but it will require a higher level of independence (and language skills) when it comes to housing, setting up a bank account, and other tasks involved with getting established in Paris. Private language tutors are also in high demand, a sought after by individual students, but landing your first few clients and getting a cash flow that is enough to support yourself can be a challenge initially.

Most teaching jobs in Paris will only hire native English speakers. Although you won’t necessarily need to have TEFL qualification to teach English in Paris, it will be helpful in paving the way to an awesome placement. It is often required that you have at least some experience with (or at least a great love for) young children, if that is who you will be teaching English to in Paris, or some form of teaching or tutoring experience, if you’ll be working with older students. Remember that the teaching market in Paris is competitive, with everyone wanting a slice of the Parisian pie (or tarte aux pommes, if you will). Anything you can add to your application to make you stand out is a huge plus, so if you have zero experience, getting a TEFL certification before starting your teaching job hunt could make things a lot easier.

It is also recommended that you have at least a basic knowledge of French before teaching English in Paris, because most Parisians don’t speak English. If you are working for a family, a lack of French language skills will make communication exceptionally difficult if they aren’t ept in English just yet. Teaching English in a language school will be slightly easier, but you should still brush up on some essential phrases (like how to ask for a baguette in your local boulangerie, or order a glass of wine at a bar à vin).

Life in Paris

There is a reason there are countless songs, films, and works of art about life in Paris; it is, quite simply, extraordinary. Paris is one of the most beautiful and iconic cities in the world, and is home to an improbable number of attractions. You might be feeling uncertain about a lot of things before moving to Paris, but you can be confident of one thing: you will never be bored while teaching in Paris.

In a city this size, there is never a shortage of things to do. Join students along the Canal Saint-Martin with a bottle of wine and a picnic. Explore the art museums and meet Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne. Get lost in the tangle of streets around Montmartre. Fall in love with the view of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero. Glory in the fantastic falafels and Sunday quirkiness of le Marais. The list goes on and on, with dozens of quartiers all offering something different to discover.

Because teaching English in Paris is attractive to so many foreign teachers, you won’t have any trouble finding new friends to explore with. Together you can pack every spare moment with trips to every arrondissement in Paris.

Salaries & Costs

Paris is one of the most desirable cities in the world, so living there comes at a price. While some staples of French life (baguettes and fromage, for example) are cheap, many things in Paris are frighteningly expensive. Dining or wining out is pricey, and transport around the city is expensive if you are traversing more than one or two metro zones. The key to making the most of teaching English in Paris is to track down all the great things there are to do for free in the city. Put a visit to the Notre Dame, the many glorious parks, and circle the Nuit Blanche (an all-night free annual art festival) on your calendar.

Salaries for teaching jobs in Paris vary widely, depending on the kind of placement you find yourself in. If you are working independently or for a language school, you will probably earn anything from $20 to $40, depending on experience. However, if you are working as a private, live-in tutor for a family, you can expect a modest salary of around $100 a week. You will usually have room and board covered though, so that amount can go straight into your savings account (or be invested in cheese). Depending on the family you work for, you may get other perks, such as a transport card, so that is another cost you won’t have to worry about. With your main living costs, your weekly salary will go far in Paris.

Accommodation & Visas

Most opportunities to teach English in Paris come with accommodation, usually in the form of a homestay of some kind. Although there might be moments when you struggle with the pressure of living in a family’s home, there really is no better way to learn about French culture, especially their lavish approach to meals. If you’re ever sitting down to eat with the French, pace yourself; there will always be more than one course.

France is famed for its bureaucracy. If you come from a country outside the EU, brace yourself for a lot of sticky red tape and paperwork. You will need a confirmed job offer before even thinking about applying for a visa. Once you have a teaching job in Paris lined up, usually your employer or program provider will guide you through the visa process. Be sure to provide all the documents you will need to apply for a visa, as it will still be a complicated and time-consuming exercise. So that you care fully informed and prepared, it is helpful to contact a French embassy in your home country early on.

Benefits & Challenges

France has a proud cultural and historical heritage, as illustrated by their cuisine, language, and customs. Parisian culture is like no other, and discovering what makes it distinct is hugely rewarding. Just beware; once you get a taste of life in Paris (and French food), you will find it hard to leave.

Parisians are some of the proudest people on Earth. This pride can often be mistaken for arrogance or snobbery, but if they are cold it is because they refuse to bend to foreign influences.

They are notorious for refusing to speak English; it’s not always because they can’t, they just reasonably expect you to make an effort to speak their language in their country. As such, you will be pushed to speak French, which can be both intimidating and difficult, but ultimately beneficial. It’s not called a Romance language for nothing: speaking French will automatically give you an air of intrigue (and look good on your resume of course).

Voulez-vous enseignez avec moi? Say au revoir to boredom, pack your things, and set off to teach English in Paris: l’aventure awaits!

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