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, helping the students mastering the English language and preparing them for exams. The position is a full-time position, meaning 42 hours a week (these are the working hours, not the lessons; in Germany teachers' working hours are roughly twice the amount of lessons they teach, meaning that e.g. 15 lessons a week equal 30 working hours), holidays are to be taken during the official school holidays. Salary is 1800 € a month, minus 300 € for accommodation and food, minus health insurance and taxes/ social security contributions (probably leaving a net income of 1000-1300 €, depending on health insurance, age etc.).
Duties would cover: sitting in on lessons, teaching small groups/ one-to-one lessons, substituting for other teachers, supervising students (sometimes during the weekends, there is always an extra schedule for weekend duties) in boarding school life (= pastoral care duties), taking over some driving duties (e.g. driving students to doctors' appointments etc.), offering extra-curricular activities.
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
• health care
• free wi-fi on campus
• free school trips as accompanying adult
• clean driving license
• verification that you're vaccinated against measles or are immune
• 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