Passionate about travel and culture?

Let your Odyssey begin by becoming a language assistant! Odyssey is a bilingual, paid, professional work experience that gives you the opportunity to travel to Quebec or New Brunswick, make a difference in the lives of students, and share your culture.

Your Odyssey

You will receive a taxable salary of $18,500 (approximately $20 per hour) for the nine months of your Odyssey work term.

Make a difference in the lives of students by helping them improve their knowledge of the English language. Working under the supervision of a teacher, you will use games and activities on a daily basis to motivate students to learn more about the target language. You will share your culture and the unique linguistic features of your home region through art, music, stories, local expressions, and humour.

As a language assistant, you will work 25 hours a week, Monday to Friday, from the beginning of September through May 31. Working during school hours, you will have plenty of time on weeknights and weekends to meet new friends, pursue your hobbies, or even find a part-time job in French! You will receive a taxable salary of $18,500$ (around $20/hour) for the nine months of your work term.

Key Facts

  • When you leave your province or territory, you will be placed in a rural or suburban area in Quebec or New-Brunswick. Living in a community where English may be the minority language, your adventure will be an opportunity for immersion in la francophonie. Your Odyssey awaits!
  • You could receive allowances for two return trips between your home province or territory and your assigned community. These allowances are paid regardless of your actual travel plans.
  • You will take part in a compulsory pan-Canadian training session for the program in Quebec City in August, which will help equip you for the Odyssey program.
  • If you are continuing your studies, you could receive credits for Odyssey. Check with the institution from which you would like to receive the credits.

* One of these allowances is taxable.


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I am very grateful for this opportunity because it will open, and has already opened, many doors for me for my future teaching career.


Personal anecdotes by Inge Marie Pedersen for Odyssey 2009-10

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