This page contains general information about the program, job duties, location, contract length, stipend, health insurance, and housing.
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The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) is a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The program's goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence. The program also provides American Francophiles with excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.
Assistants teach 12 hours per week in up to 3 schools. Classes are conducted in English. Teaching assistants conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English. Duties include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies. Assignments vary depending on the school’s needs and the assistant’s abilities.
Contracts are available at the elementary or secondary school level.
• Elementary School – Children aged 8-11 years old. Assistant organizes oral activities on his or her own with small groups, or works alongside the teacher with the entire class present. Good level of French required.
• Secondary School – Students aged 11-18 years old. Assistant serves as a resource person in conversation groups, provides small group tutorials, facilitates English-language clubs, or works alongside the teacher with the entire class present. Proficient level of French required.
TAPIF offers positions in all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion. Applicants may indicate up to three regions of preference on their application. Accepted applicants receive placement in a specific French school district or "Académie" (map below) at the time of acceptance notification in April.
More information about each Académie and corresponding region can be found here.
All teaching contracts last 7 months (October 1 - April 30).
Short-term contracts, summer contracts, and alternative start dates are NOT possible.
€965 per month GROSS, €790 per month NET.
Due to the higher cost of living in the overseas departments, assistants in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion receive an additional salary allowance of 30% to 35%.
The stipend provides enough money to live the lifestyle of a typical French student in most regions of France (NOT Paris).
No additional support provided for travel to France or for dependents. Personal funds are needed for the initial period of the contract.
Assistants receive healthcare coverage through the French national healthcare system known as the Sécurité sociale. The "Sécu" covers 70% of medical costs, 35-65% of prescriptions, and 80% of hospitalization fees in France. The plan does NOT cover the costs of travel outside of France, returning to the U.S. for medical treatment, or repatriation of remains.
Assistants are strongly encouraged to purchase travel health insurance or an international student/youth card that will cover medical expenses for emergencies that happen outside of France. This additional coverage also helps assistants pay for medical costs during the initial period of the contract (first 2-3 months) during which time they must complete the Sécu enrollment paperwork (co-pays and immediate reimbursements for medical services do not kick in until the enrollment paperwork is complete). Assistants are technically covered starting October 1, but must pay out-of-pocket until they receive their permanent social security number at which time they can be retroactively reimbursed. Additional individual coverage is not required, but is still highly recommended.
Assistants are responsible for making their own living arrangements. Some host schools are able to help assistants secure housing or make arrangements for the first few weeks in France, but this is NOT guaranteed. Assistants should expect to find their own housing. The CIEP, the Embassy and the school districts in France offer a number of resources and suggestions during the summer on how and where search for housing.