Become an English language assistant in New Caledonia [fr]

Applications for the 2019 assistantship programme in New Caledonia is now open until. Apply online before October 31 for a posting starting in March 2019!


If you would like the opportunity to explore New Caledonia, improve your French language skills, share your knowledge and experience with students, and want to make the most of your O.E.... then the assistantship program is for you!

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Eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must be New Zealand citizens or Permanent residents ***
  • Candidates must have completed their secondary education and university studies in New Zealand.
  • Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years of age at the time of taking up their positions.
  • Candidates must have completed at least two years of university studies.
  • Candidates may be recently graduated.
  • Minimum Level B1 in French is required (see the Cadre européen commun de références pour les langues).
  • Candidates should preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.
  • Candidates must submit a National Police Check no older than three months.

As an English language assistant in New Caledonia, you will spend 12 hours a week teaching at a primary or secondary school. You will earn approximately 1529 € per month. Your role will be to use interactive activities to improve your students’ confidence when speaking English. Students will expect you to introduce them to the Kiwi culture.

Application process:

To apply for a position as an English language assistant in New Caledonia, and for further details about the assistantship programme, please download the below documents:
- General information about the 2019 assistantship programme in New Caledonia (In French)
- Instructions on how to apply and application form (In French)
- Medical form (in English)
- Teachers appraisals forms (1 & 2)

Applications must include:
1. 2 copies of the completed application form
2. 2 passport photos stapled to the application forms with the candidate’s full name at the back of the picture
3. 2 copies of the university transcripts and the degrees obtained (if applicable)
4. 2 copies of the medical form (p. 9 of the application form)
5. 2 copies of the passport ID page (the passport must be valid until December 2017)
6. 2 copies of 2 teacher’s appraisals (pp. 7-8 of the application form) - the forms must be signed by the teachers and stamped by the university
7. 2 copies of the national police check

Please send your application before October 31th to :
French Embassy in New Zealand
Pascale Seignolles
20 Ballance Street
PO Box 483
Wellington 6140

or to

***Permanent Residents: for more information, please contact. Pascale Seignolles

Advantages of taking part in the assistantship programme in New Caledonia:
1) Alongside their teaching work, English language assistants can enrol at the University of New Caledonia (UNC - Noumea), study papers and obtain credits (with the authorisation of the university they attend in New Zealand). Enrolment is free for students from UNC’s sister universities (the universities of Auckland and Waikato).

2) If English language assistants choose to study at UNC, they will have access to the university’s facilities: university restaurant, library, computers. In certain cases, they are also eligible to receive assistance when looking for accommodation.

For further information about studying at UNC, please visit the university’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions
When should I book a visa appointment?
Please be aware that you have to book your appointment at the Consulate General in Wellington at least three months before the commencement of your contract.
More information on work visas for New Caledonia

I’m having trouble booking a visa appointment at the Consulate General of France in Wellington. It seems that there are no slots available. What can I do?
Please remain patient. It is advised that you check the Consulate’s website everyday as cancellations of appointments are frequent. Even if you cannot get an appointment until the start of September, this will give you enough time to get your visa and arrive in France for the orientation session.

3. Do I have to go to the French Embassy in Wellington to lodge my visa application?

Yes, it is absolutely essential that all visa applications be lodged in person at the French Embassy in Wellington with all the required documents. Applications sent by post will not be accepted.

If you have any further enquiries about the assistantship programme, please contact

Dernière modification : 28/02/2019

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