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Volunteer as a Language Assistant
School Language Assistants Program (SLAP) in Australia
The School Language Assistants Program (SLAP) is an approved program under the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) that seeks to provide Australian schools with the opportunity of gaining a linguistic and cultural resource person from overseas for up to 12 months. Australian schools invite young volunteers, who intend to pursue a career in teaching, to assist qualified Australian teachers in contemporary linguistic and cultural classroom activities and instruction.
SLAP offers participants the opportunity to live and volunteer in Australia from one to four terms, while gaining valuable professional experience. In exchange for the assistant’s volunteer full-time commitment at the school you will receive accommodation and meals for the duration of your program.
I’m almost at the end of my journey here, in Brisbane as the Italian Teacher Assistant and I couldn’t be more happy and grateful for how it went! Time has flown so fast. It’s been one of the best and most incredible experiences of my life because I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the real Australian life and I could meet many people from all over the world that I am now glad to call friends!
The school staff and students have been incredibly welcoming and nice during my entire stay and very curious about my cultural roots, my daily life, about Italian food and lifestyle…so different from the Australian ones. I‘ve been working with students from year seven to 12 and I got involved in many different activities such as staff meetings, weekly assemblies, school parties, school days dedicated to sport, music, culture, charity.
I’ve been also extremely lucky with my host family! They have been the sweetest and nicest I could ever hope for! They have involved me very quickly into their life like I was a member of the family. We have had dinner together almost every day and they also took me to some of the most typical Brisbane attractions such as the Australian Zoo, the Ekka, Moreton Bay, the Sunshine Coast. We have had a great time together!
In my free time, I had the opportunity to visit Brisbane, Byron Bay, Cairns, Stradbroke Island, the Gold Coast and many other Australian places, and I have shared these moments with wonderful people that I will remember forever. For me, this has been a life-changing experience and I’m infinitely joyful and grateful about every single thing I’ve done!
Please enquire below for more information.
- Be between the ages of 20 and 30 (inclusive).
- Be native speakers of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin.
- Intend to pursue a career in education in their home country.
- Be a current university student or recent graduate.
- Have less than 12 months teaching experience.
- Seek to assist an Australian school’s language program and contribute to the school community's cultural and linguistic awareness.
- Possess intermediate English language skills (as a guide a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score below 5.5).
- Have positive personal and professional references.
- Provide clear criminal history checks from their home countries and obtain relevant Working with Children Checks before participating in the program.
- Demonstrate they enjoy a reasonable level of mental and physical health.
- Have access to adequate means of financial support for the duration of their program.
- Show confidence and initiative to succeed especially in variable environments.
- Show flexibility and openness of approach to success in foreign environments.