If you’ve got a pas­sion for dis­cov­er­ing Canada and/or teach­ing, this is for you

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Ros­alie D’Amours and Erika Bernier wanted to ex­plore their op­tions to teach French. One is a teacher, one is not. One dreamed of trav­el­ing to the Mar­itimes and the other searched for ex­pe­ri­ence. The two found Odyssey, which pre­sented the op­por­tu­nity to travel Canada, and live an en­rich­ing, per­sonal and pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ros­alie and Erika are amongst hun­dreds of Odyssey lan­guage as­sis­tants who moved to a dif­fer­ent province or ter­ri­tory, to help stu­dents im­prove on their spo­ken English or French. Both lan­guage as­sis­tants say that their favourite part of teach­ing French is when the les­son “clicks” for the stu­dent; it feels good to make that hap­pen. They find it ex­cit­ing to share their lan­guage and cul­ture in a fun way, all while ex­pos­ing them­selves to the cul­ture of an­other province.

Erika en­tered the Odyssey pro­gram to gauge her in­ter­est in pur­su­ing a ca­reer in teach­ing. As a lan­guage as­sis­tant, she works along­side teach­ers, with im­mer­sion and core French stu­dents.

“There are dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions for both pro­grams,” she says, “and I’ve learned that I have to go into the class­room with an open mind. It’s im­por­tant to know how to adapt and be flex­i­ble. If you’re re­laxed, the stu­dents will be too, and then they will have fun and learn.” Erika feels that she is learn­ing a lot from the other ed­u­ca­tors and this is al­low­ing her to build on the skills that she will need as a teacher.

Ros­alie is a trained teacher and an as­pir­ing world trav­eler. This is her sec­ond nine-month con­tract work­ing as a lan­guage as­sis­tant, and it con­tin­ues to be a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. “Odyssey is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for any­one who has just fin­ished university,” says Ros­alie. “It’s a good place to start your jour­ney and make a liv­ing, all while trav­el­ling Canada.” Fol­low­ing Odyssey, Ros­alie in­tends to take her French-teach­ing skills to Asia.

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