The language and culture assistants programme is an initiative of the Spanish Ministry of Education devoted to providing scholarships for New Zealand university students (majoring in any subject) and graduates with some proficiency in Spanish.
Assistants have the opportunity to teach English in Spain in primary, secondary and language schools.
In 2017, 14 AUT students from across different faculties are going to Spain as assitants, with 3 renewing their contract. Students are all English speakers who completed some Spanish papers as electives or minor.
AUT has more students than any other university participating in the programme.
"It is quite an amazing achievement as it gives our students lots of opportunities for work experience overseas at the same time that they learn about the Spanish language and culture," says Gloria Vázquez, Course Co-ordinator for BA Minor in Spanish.
Students spend a full academic year, from October to May/June in Spain. Preferred placement in different Spanish regions can be requested. At the same time, this programme provides Spanish students and language teachers in Spain the opportunity to study English in depth and to familiarise themselves with the New Zealand culture by interacting with New Zealand speakers.
Language assistants receive a scholarship that covers accommodation expenses, an orientation course and full medical insurance.
Last updated: 26-Jun-2017 1.09pm
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