Language Counselor

ESL / EFL teacher wanted by American Village
Native speakers
Min. 1 year
No degrees expected
American Village Camps seek energetic, creative, initiative-takers who are native English speakers & love working with children. We’ve been running English immersion camps in France since 1994! Our English Language Counselors live at our immersion camps, scattered in the countryside across France.

Job details


ESL / EFL teacher

Work hours:


Student type:

6-10 years , 11-14 years , 15-18 years

Group size:


Contract term:

1-6 months

Contract type:

Work as employee

Institution type:

Language school

School authority:


As a camp counselor your job is to join in, have fun and immerse the campers in English. To really enjoy the experience it is important to familiarise yourself with the position at our camps.

Your role:
Make camp a fun and safe environment for the campers under your care.
Infuse US history and culture into activities and English class, using the daily theme as a basis.
Implement French childcare regulations & cultural standards.
Only speak in English.
Work as a part of a team!

Task overview:
Communicating clearly with campers and helping campers communicate with you.
Planning, preparing, and participating in the camp program (ESL classes, activities, evening programs)
Creating and performing skits, songs, cheers, etc for the daily assembly (congress)
Creating teaching aids (posters, charts, etc)
Team brainstorming according to the daily theme
Bring your experience and skills to the team
Completing necessary paperwork (lesson plans, camper language reviews, etc)

The American Village “counselor pledge” :
I will adhere to the motto “One for All, All for One!”
I will recognize and defend childrens’ rights and responsibilities
I will accept my role as a counselor and as a positive role-model
I will speak in English!
I will implement the pre-established camp program and improve on it!
I will adapt my activities to the site and to the campers' ages (and developmental needs)
I will always practice the values of equality, respect, solidarity, sharing, good will, and dignity.

List of Responsibilites (Job Description)

S/He will have to, in collaboration with the other members of the counselor team, take into account the directives of Site Director:
· Help setting up and/or packing up the site, when necessary;
· Chaperone camper transportation to and from camp when necessary (bus, train …);
· Supervise the arrival and departure of participants to and from the site;
· Organize, lead and supervise athletic and cultural activities and outings, in accordance with the program that the team has established together;
· Create and lead English Classes adapted to the level of the participants;
· Organize and participate in the daily assembly, along with the other team members;
· Produce lesson plans of the English classes given and give them to the Site Director;
· Submit the activities schedule for the session to the Site Director before camper arrival;
· Participate in making the camp program run smoothly,
· Decorate and personalize the camp site, following the guidelines of the Site Director;
· Supervise and insure the security of security of the children placed under his/her responsibility at every moment;
· Inform the Site Director of any absence from the site, including days and evenings off;
· Follow the guidelines of the Site Director when organizing all activities with the children;
· Conscientiously complete and provide Child Tracking Forms for each of the children, taking into account both their behaviour and their linguistic abilities;
· Propose, interpret, and develop new activities tied to American Village’s cultural themes;
· Execute all other task relevant to the role of Camp Counselor.

The length of employment depends on the camp schedule, and your availability. Contracts can therefore be as short as one camp, but are generally 6 or 8 weeks in the spring and fall, and 4 or 8 weeks in the summer.

Citizenship / Visa Status Requirements
You are either:

(a) of US American, Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand nationality, traveling as a legal tourist.

This temporary employment does not extend the length of time that you are allowed to stay in the Schengen zone as a tourist (90 days in a 6 month period).

(b) of US American, Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand nationality, living as a foreign resident in France.

You possess an existing French work visa that covers the duration of your employment.

(c) British or Irish

You are allowed to work in France

47800 Miramont-de-Guyenne, France

Who we are looking for

  1. Language proficiency

    Native speakers

  2. Experience

    Min. 1 year

    (camp counseling, childcare, &/or teaching experience)

  3. Qualification

    No degrees expected

    (You possess at least a high school diploma from a school within an anglophone country (English must be THE official national language of the country you grew up in and went to school in). A diploma to teach English is not required, but is a plus (TEFL, TESOL, CELTA etc).)

  4. Clear criminal history
  5. 20 years old is the minimum age requirement for foreign counselors. A typical applicant is between 20 and 35 years old
  6. First-hand knowledge of North American culture
  7. Must be able to enter Schengen Zone as a tourist (for example: US or Canadians are allowed this with a valid passport.)

What we offer

  1. All salaries are established before French taxes, and one full month salary represents 26 days worked. In accordance with French law, counselors receive at least 1 day off per week. Counselors are paid monthly by direct deposit into their bank account. Cou
  2. First-year Counselors (both Language and Daily Life) : €1170 / month
  3. Returning "Veteran" Counselor (both Language and Daily Life) : €1300 / month
  4. Each counselor receives a €50 train travel defrayal to their camp.
  5. All housing and meals are covered during the contract with bedding included (€30 a day per person, paid by American Village for you).
  6. Free laundry services available on site at least once a week.
  7. No fees to apply, and no fees associated with your temporary work permit.
  8. Accident insurance while working for work-related injuries is also included.

Miramont-de-Guyenne, France

Job location

American Village

About the employer

American Village Camps are English-language residential camps in France,
staffed by native anglophones and francophones, where the official language is English.

Our goal is to help French children and teenagers learn the English language while enjoying their school vacation with new friends!

Our counselors have summer camp experience in their native countries and understand the goals and policies of American Village. Most of our American Village staff are American college students, all with special skills - athletic, artistic, musical, outdoors.

Our counselors are the heart of our program, our staff members love giving a helping hand, and enjoy watching our campers learn and grow.

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