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Are there any Faculty-arranged international or French-language AFE opportunities?
Mentone: Yes! The Faculty of Education arranges several international Alternative Field Experience opportunities, usually taking place during April of Year 2 (the Term 2 AFE block). These opportunities change each year, but are typically finalized in October/November. Watch the 5008 T2P schedule for information sessions.
The 2017-2018 opportunities were announced October 31, 2017 and are listed online here. Interested teacher candidates must apply following each opportunity’s specific application process. If there are more applications than spaces, priority will be given to teacher candidates in the International cohort. If there are still more applications than spaces, decisions will be made based on the strength of the application.
Some of our international partners include funding/subsidies within the opportunities, but there will still be costs to the teacher candidate ranging from $500 to 5000 CDN.
Can I arrange my own international AFE opportunity?
Mentone: We strongly encourage all teacher candidates to take advantage of faculty-arranged international AFE’s instead of arranging their own. These include financial funding, vetted organizations, cultural integration, strong safety protocol and insurance policies to protect you.
If you have a friend or connection who is willing to host you internationally, you may complete your AFE through an independently-arranged opportunity. Please note that, if the proposal is approved, we will require some additional information from you for safety precautions and that the approval could be cancelled if risk levels change.
This week’s Expert Contributors:
- Katie Mentone, Program Coordinator