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Are you looking for a paid work experience in a school environment? Does the opportunity to travel throughout Canada, and share your culture appeal to you? Take part in Odyssey!



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We’re still looking for language assistants!

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Although the 2017-18 application deadline has passed, we’re still looking for francophone and anglophone language assistants. If you’re interested, we invite you to apply. Your name will be placed on a waiting list to be interviewed as positions become available. For more information, please contact the coordinator in your province or territory. Their contact information is available here.




Six things I found out from Odyssey

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1.    How much it would change my career path
I signed up for Odyssey after completing an undergrad degree in world economics. After my Odyssey year (and after seeing how rewarding working with kids could be), I went back to university and signed up for teachers’ college!

2.    How independent I would become
The program pushed me to take matters into my own hands—from finding housing from a distance to working in a school where I was the only one in that particular role—and become more proactive and independent.

3.    How it would turn out to be the hardest thing I’d ever done
While leaving home for Odyssey was very hard, leaving my school, my colleagues, and my students was even harder! The bonds we have created are lifelong.

4.    How much I would learn
I expected to help teach students about my language and culture, but I learned so much more from them! They taught me to act with love and compassion, to smile, to live in the present moment, and to forgive and forget.

5.    How many people I would meet
Before leaving on my Odyssey, I figured I would spend most of my time with my colleagues and students from school. But working only 25 hours a week, it turned out that I had a lot of free time. I volunteered, tried new hobbies, did fun activities, and had a part-time job on weekends. I got to meet so many locals and enjoyed my time there that much more!

6.    How much it would change my life
I signed up for Odyssey to gain some work experience, improve my second language, and live in a different part of Canada. However, I never expected to meet and marry the love of my life! It’s been many years since I participated in Odyssey, but I still live right here, where my Odyssey brought me. Not only did I fall in love with my partner, but with the language, the culture, and most of all, with this quaint little corner of Canada as well.




Registration is now open!

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The registration period has begun. This means that between now and February 28, 2017, you may submit an application to the Odyssey program either by:

• clicking on the “Sign up/Sign in” link at the top of this page;
• clicking on the “Click here to apply!” under the Apply tab; or
• clicking on the “Click here to apply!” button on the right-hand side of this page.

Click here to read the seven steps to applying!

Filling out the application in a way that it will stand out to your provincial or territorial coordinator can be tricky, but here is a guide to help you.

Please note that once you complete and submit your application, no further changes can be made to it. If important changes are needed, you will have to contact your provincial or territorial coordinator or bring up the changes at your interview (if selected for an interview).

The Odyssey interviews take place in the spring, usually in March and April. Click here to see a timeline of events between November and June, and to get more details about the interview.

Many language assistants receive job offers after their successful Odyssey placement. This enriching experience may shape your future.

We wish you the best of luck, and if you have any questions, you can always reach us using the contact form below, or by calling 1-877-866-4242.




After the interview

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After the interview, your provincial/territorial coordinator will let you know whether or not you passed your interview. If you were successful, your file will be forwarded to the coordinator of your host province or territory. This still doesn’t mean that you have obtained a position.

Upon receiving your file, the host coordinator will review it and decide to either offer you a position or place you on a waiting list. If you are placed on a waiting list, don’t despair! You may still hear about an opening over the summer.

Best of luck!




Registration is now open!

2015-10-27T16:00:00+00:00

The registration period has begun. This means that between now and February 28, 2016, you may submit an application to the Odyssey program either by:

• clicking on the “Sign up/Sign in” link at the top of this page;
• clicking on the “Click here to apply!” under the Apply tab; or
• clicking on the “Click here to apply!” button on the right-hand side of this page.

Click here to read the seven steps to applying!

Filling out the application in a way that it will stand out to your provincial or territorial coordinator can be tricky, but here is a guide to help you.

Please note that once you complete and submit your application, no further changes can be made to it. If important changes are needed, you will have to contact your provincial or territorial coordinator or bring up the changes at your interview (if selected for an interview).

The Odyssey interviews take place in the spring, usually in March and April. Click here to see a timeline of events between November and June, and to get more details about the interview.

Many language assistants receive job offers after their successful Odyssey placement. This enriching experience may shape your future.

We wish you the best of luck, and if you have any questions, you can always reach us using the contact form below, or by calling 1-877-866-4242.




Summer blog

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•    If you are a language assistant starting work in September 2015, here is an update:

o    First of all, we encourage you to take advantage of the summer to find a place to live in your new community (if you haven’t yet done so, or if your accommodations have not already been arranged for you). On-line advertising, such as craigslist and Kijiji, are great tools to use. Your supervisor at the school board and/or the principal at the school where you will be working can also help you to some extent. You can also use the Odyssey Facebook page to find people who live or have lived in the area that you will be moving to, and ask them for their recommendations. A strategy used by many is to find a temporary place for the first few days (e.g., hostel, living with a friend, renting a room in a private home), and then, once you’re there, you should be able to find something to your liking.

o    The pan-Canadian training session for first-time participants will take place in Quebec City from September 2 to 4 this year. Your host coordinator has either sent or will be sending you more information about this training session. You’ll get the chance to meet your coordinator and other language assistants working in your province or territory, find out more about your role, and leave with plenty of ideas and activities! Come with an open mind, a great attitude, a huge smile, and a big appetite! It will be busy, but it will be fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

•    If you are interested in becoming a language assistant but have not yet applied, please note that the application portal is currently open, and you’re welcome to send your application to your coordinator. Your coordinator might contact you for an interview if positions become available throughout the summer.

We invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest updates, and we’re always available there to answer your questions! You can also use the contact form below to reach us by e-mail!




After the interview

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After the interview, your provincial/territorial coordinator will let you know whether or not you passed your interview. If you were successful, your file will be forwarded to the coordinator of your host province or territory. This still doesn’t mean that you have obtained a position.

Upon receiving your file, the host coordinator will review it and decide to either offer you a position or place you on a waiting list. If you are placed on a waiting list, don’t despair! You may still hear about an opening over the summer.

Best of luck!




We’re still looking for francophone language assistants!

2015-03-12T16:00:00+00:00

Although the 2015-16 application deadline has passed, we’re still looking for francophone language assistants. If you’re interested, we invite you to apply. Your name will be placed on a waiting list to be interviewed as positions become available. For more information, please contact the coordinator in your province or territory. Their contact information is available here.




Odyssey interviews

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If you have applied to the program and are anxious about the next steps, keep reading! (If you have just heard of this amazing program and wish to apply late — the deadline was February 28 — contact your provincial/territorial coordinator to see if he or she is willing to accept your late application.)

Your provincial/territorial coordinator might do a pre-selection by reviewing your file or conducting a quick phone interview. Then, if you pass this step, you will be invited to an interview in or near your city.

The interview involves one or two interviewers and usually lasts around 30 minutes. Most of the interview will be conducted in your first language, and your second language may be assessed with one or two questions. Come prepared with a sound understanding of the Odyssey program and role of the language assistant, some ideas for classroom activities, and a clear notion of how your past education and experience will help you in this role.

Good luck!