Bieberstein is home to about 95 students aged between 14 and 20, who are organized in so-called “family groups” of up to 12 students. Each group is supervised by a teacher living on campus with the students. Since the relationship between teachers and students is closer than in state schools, students and teachers call each other by their first names and use "du" instead of "Sie".
The Language Assistant is expected to participate in the school life of Bieberstein, joining one of the “families”, supporting the teachers and teaching about 15 lessons a week, helping the students mastering the English language and preparing them for exams. In return, the Assistant will receive 950 € monthly allowance minus costs for health insurance, food/lodging and social security (This translates to a net income of 450 € after room, board, health insurance and taxes have been deducted.).
The Language Assistant will be accommodated in a single room in one of the former teacher flats, possibly sharing the flat with other university students taking part in a practical training year in Bieberstein. Besides teaching in Bieberstein, the Language Assistant is encouraged to attend any classes in Bieberstein he or she might be interested in (e.g. German as a Foreign Language), to take part in extracurricular activities and field trips as a supervisor at no extra costs. School terms usually start at the end of August, and end in July with holidays in October (2 weeks), at Christmas (2-3 weeks), in February (1 week), at Easter (2 weeks) and Pentecost (1 week).
Start date: August 24th, 2020
Salary and benefits
• clean driving license
• ability to deal with teenagers and young adults unsupervised
• teaching small groups/ one-on-one sessions
• excellent knowledge of English (academic writing, grammar, conversational English)
• moderate knowledge of German helpful
• ability and wish to actively participate in boarding school life