The Vice Chancellor officially flagged off 22 students going to France as French Teaching Assistants for a 7 months’ student exchange programme on Wednesday September 18, 2019 in his Boardroom.
During the visit by France President Emmanuel Macron to Kenya and UoN on March 14, 2019, the Government of Kenya signed a partnership agreement with the Government of France for promotion and exchange of skills and talents.
This exchange program aims at exposing the students globally on culture and education. The program is managed by the Office of Career Services and Department of French, University of Nairobi. Out of more than 150 applications from all over Kenya, only 66 students were selected to participate in the program with 22 (one third) being from the University of Nairobi.
The students will be attached to French Government Elementary, Primary and High schools for 7 months, renewable for another 7 months to teach English and will be paid a monthly stipend of Euro 794 which translates to about Kshs 100,000.00.
As part of the exchange program, the University of Nairobi will receive 2 French Language Assistants in October 2020 to teach French in the Department of French at the University of Nairobi.
Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Vice Chancellor applauded the students for securing the lifetime opportunity to sharpen their skills in the French language and appealed to the students to be great ambassadors of the University of Nairobi, to take the opportunity to learn new things and be great time keepers in their teaching experience.
Are you a Kenyan studying French and would like to become an English Language Assistant in France for 7 months?
The recruitment campaign for English language assistants in France for the 2020-2021 school year is now open until 12th January 2020.
About 70 English assistant positions in metropolitan France and the French Overseas Communities are offered to Kenyan students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Worldwide, approximately 5000 positions are open to more than 50 nationalities of candidates.
This program is designed to give Kenyan students the opportunity to discover a new region and culture by working alongside an English teacher in a French school environment. It is not aimed at experienced teachers, and whether or not students intend to become language teachers, it is a fantastic opportunity to gain seven months of international professional experience.
This program is open to students of all disciplines who can demonstrate competence in French, and who are seeking to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency.
70 Positions are available to Kenyan nationals.
What is the Role of the Assistant?
• Participate in language training for students in and out of class. Leading study on themes of civilization and, in general, aiming to interest students and teachers in the language and culture of Kenya.
• Provide help in the classroom with oral and written English for small groups of students. Working either with a teacher in their class, or leading a variety of exercises with a small group of students, or conducting a variety of activities outside of school hours, accompanying the teachers. The assistant will be expected to organize oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or to work alongside the supervising teacher with the whole class.
• Provide linguistic and cultural assistance to teachers. The assistant can help the teachers on many extra occasions: visits, exchanges, exhibitions, drama groups, publication of a newspaper, school correspondence, club activities, creation of didactic material.
Who is eligible?
• Candidates must be KENYAN citizens. Permanent residents are not eligible.
• Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years of age at the time of taking up their positions
• Candidates must have completed their secondary education in KENYA.
• Candidates must be enrolled at an KENYAN university at the time of application.
• Candidates must have completed at least two years of university studies.
• A minimum Level B1 in French is required
• Candidates must be native English speakers.
• Candidates should preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.
Conditions of exercise
Duration: 7 months from 1 October 2020 to 30 April 2021. The duration of the stay may not be shortened or modified at the candidate’s discretion, except in cases of force majeure. Assistants enjoy the same holidays as French students and teachers.
Weekly service of 12 hours in class and preparation time for courses and activities to be scheduled of about 12 hours also. A "club" at the meridian break may also be asked to lead for one hour a week.
Positions available in primary and secondary schools. This service can be spread over one, two or three establishments.
Remuneration: currently, the net monthly salary of an assistant working in metropolitan France is €795. Please note that your first salary will be paid at the end of November 2020. You must therefore be able to advance your expenses (housing, insurance, rental deposit, telephone subscription, living and installation expenses) during the first two months in France. We strongly recommend that you provide a sum of money equivalent to at least 1500 euros for your first two months in France before receiving your first allowance.
Social security coverage: The assistants are covered by the French Social Security for the duration of their contract. A civil liability insurance and a mutual insurance will be required.
Your visa: The French embassy in Kenya grants a free visa.
Transport: International transport to France is the responsibility of the assistant.
The French Embassy will offer 3 tickets to those who present the best results to the DELF/DALF.
Your accommodation: Accommodation in France is the responsibility of the assistant. It is therefore essential to find out about the rental property price in France (rents) and the disparities between the different academies. In order to statistically increase your chances of benefiting from accommodation provided by the host institution, it is advisable to focus on the following academies: Nancy-Metz, Besançon, Limoges, Caen, Rennes. Also note that the cost of living differs from region to region.
You will find all the information on the guide for the language assistant in France.
Applications must be completed online by Sunday January 12th, 2020.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
You will find all the information on the guide for language assistants in France
APPLICATION FORM ONLINE:
The application form must be filled in electronically: https://www.ciep.fr/sites/default/files/atoms/files/alve_2020-2021_nom_prenom.pdf
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Your application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and in hard copy to the French Embassy P.O.Box 41784 – 00100, Nairobi
For any supplementary information or questions, kindly get in touch with email@example.com