Inspire youth to practice their English-speaking skills and share your culture while getting paid! That’s Odyssey!

Embark on this nine-month Odyssey and you will:

  • earn paid work experience in a classroom setting (approximately $25 per hour).
  • discover whether the field of education is right for you.
  • experience francophone culture and way of life in New Brunswick or Quebec.
  • develop new skills and improve your French-speaking skills.

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!


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.

You do not need any French-language skills to apply and participate in the program. However, you will be placed in francophone communities, where French is the first language, so basic speaking skills in French will greatly enhance your experience.

How to Apply?

Is this the first time you are applying? If so, you must upload the following documents with your application:

  • your résumé in English (including your current occupation);
  • proof of completion of the required level of study, which could be any of the following:
    • your transcript (official or unofficial); or
    • your diploma (only if dated); or
    • your proof of enrolment at a postsecondary institution (only if you do not have a transcript or diploma).

If you studied outside Canada, you would also need to submit a formal assessment of your academic credentials.

NOTE: An incomplete application may delay the process and result in potential missed opportunities.

Step 1: Create an online profile or log in to your existing profile.

Step 2: Create an application. Once you’ve filled out your information, don’t forget to click the Finish button to submit your application. NB: Consider including details of any experience you have working with youth, as well as any hobbies or interests you have related to games, songs, reading, movies, excursions to theatres and museums. Such activities may be considered an asset.

Step 3: Scan all of the required documents as a separate PDF or take detailed photos of each (accepted image file formats: .jpg, .tiff, and .png). Upload each file, using the corresponding button in the SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS section.

Step 4: Expect a few weeks for your application to be processed. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted by the designated provincial or territorial coordinator. All electronic communications will be directed to the email address you have provided on your application form.

We thank you for your interest in Odyssey and wish you the best!

Funding Amount

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.

Your Odyssey also provides:

  • holiday pay, as well as other benefits paid by the employer.
  • allowances to help cover two return trips home if you are placed more than 200 km away from your home province or territory.
  • allowances to cover the pan-Canadian and provincial/territorial training sessions.

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