What is Odyssey?
Inspire youth to practice their English-speaking skills and share your culture while getting paid! That’s Odyssey! As a language assistant, you will work in a classroom setting with teachers, using games and activities to help students learn and improve English. Over 36,500 people have participated in Odyssey since its inception. If you’re interested in seeing whether working in a classroom setting and the field of education is right for you, apply now!Read more
Can I apply?
There is no age limit for undertaking an Odyssey. To qualify, you must meet all of the following criteria. Have excellent English-language skills, both oral and written. English must be your first language, OR your proficiency in English must be as strong as if it were your first language; Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (those studying in Canada on a student visa are not eligible); Have completed one of the following within the last 10 years: For studies outside Quebec in Canada – at least one full year of postsecondary studies, in either college or university; For studies in Quebec – two years of college-level studies or one full year of university; For studies outside Canada – at least one full year of postsecondary studies, in either college or university. You will also need to submit a formal assessment of your academic credentials.Read more
Do I get paid?
Of course! As a language assistant, you will receive a taxable salary of $25,000 for 25 hours of work per week, to be completed during your nine-month mandate. That’s about $25 per hour, or $2,700 per month from September through May. More details will be provided during the application process.Read more
I have questions
Can I receive academic credit for Odyssey? Maybe! The decision lies with your post-secondary institution. Your first step is to consult an academic advisor at your institution to see whether the Odyssey program could be considered an internship or work placement. Your provincial or territorial coordinator may also be able to assist you if you require a confirmation of your experience in the program. Can I choose the city or region to which I am assigned? During the interview, you can identify your preferred location(s). We do our best to take your preferences into consideration! Please note that most placements will be in semi-urban, rural, or remote settings; there are very few urban placements across Canada.Read more
What is a language assistant?
As a language assistant, you will play a key role in the lives of young people in your host community. Working under the direction of the classroom teacher, you will provide students with the opportunity to practise their English-language skills and learn about other Canadian cultural identities.Read more
I have questions
You have questions and we have answers. You’ll find them here. If have questions that we haven't covered in this section, just send them to us using the contact form.Read more