Foreign Language Assistants at your School

The Foreign Language Assistant Programme, administered by ILEP and the respective donor government organisations, enables young native speakers to be employed as Language Assistants in New Zealand schools for 12 contact hours per week. This provides an invaluable source of up-to-date language and cultural input for New Zealand students of French, German and Spanish. The scheme is available to schools offering languages at secondary, intermediate and primary level.

Applications for the 2018 school year have now closed.

Find out more about the programme on the flyer and the information sheet.

For any further information, email ILEP's Intercultural Programmes Coordinator, Jennifer Thomson at







The 2017 group of Foreign Language Assistants


Programme Feedback

"They are a fantastic resource in every way – students love interacting with LAs and find their presence in the classroom motivating and encouraging."

Read about the experiences of participating schools

"Beside regular conversation practice, sometimes the students need help with or supervision of their writing, at other times facts about Germany and German culture are discussed..."

Read about the programme from the perspective of the Foreign Language Assistants