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About Us

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle empowers Kāhui Ako, kaiako, teachers, school leaders and tumuaki to achieve better outcomes for students and learners.

All languages are to be treasured

Languages, Culture & Identity

We offer programmes, workshops, in-person classroom support, online support and resources to help strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.

Cultural competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Empowering educators, students, and communities to shape a future of educational excellence that is firmly rooted in Pacific identity and aspirations.

Improving instructional dexterity

Literacy and Numeracy

We work with schools to build the literacy and numeracy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students.

International Language Assistant Programme

This programme enables young native speakers of French, German, and Spanish to be employed as Language Assistants in New Zealand schools.

International Language Assistant Programme






Teacher Aide


1-year programme



Face to face




Ministry funded


The International Language Assistant Programme for French, German, and Spanish Language Assistants enables young native speakers to be employed as Language Assistants in New Zealand schools. This is administered by Tui Tuia | Learning Circle - Languages and the respective donor government organisations. The programme is available to schools offering languages at primary, intermediate and secondary level.

About the course

Course information

Arriving from France, Germany and Spain at the start of each year, Language Assistants bring up-to-date cultural knowledge, authentic language and tons of enthusiasm. Language Assistants are a fantastic addition to the foreign language classroom. This provides an invaluable source of up-to-date language and cultural input for New Zealand teachers and students of French, German and Spanish.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to take full advantage of the benefits of working with an International Language Assistant. Applications close soon and recruitment is happening in France, Germany and Spain right now for language assistants keen to come to New Zealand.

Before applying, please ensure you are familiar with the following:

What we will cover

1 Year Programme for 2024

Thursday 1 February 2024 - Friday 6 December 2024

If you and your school are interested in the Language Assistant Programme but need Board of Trustees approval, please apply now. We will hold your information and be in contact with you until your Board of Trustees has made their decision.


"When I received this birthday card from one of my students I realised again what I value so much about the job of a LA. Being able to support your students with all the kindness they deserve while not being forced to assess. This allows for a certain kind of connection that is hard to establish as a regular teacher."

Carl (Nonta) Philipp Leifeld, International Language Assistant – German, 2020

"There are so many things to do and so many places to discover in New Zealand that you'll never get bored. Moreover, to experience how students strive to communicate in another language and to see how much they are improving is amazing."

Beatriz Blanco International Language Assistant – Spanish, 2020

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Applications for 2024 International Language Assistants have now closed.

Please have a conversation with your National Language Adviser (French, German, Spanish) if you are interested in joining the programme for 2025.

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