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Gaining work experience in Switzerland

04.02.2021 – Ruth von Gunten, educationsuisse

educationsuisse gives advice on all matters related to education in Switzerland as well as tips on gaining initial work experience in Switzerland.

Would you like to work as a language assistant at a Swiss upper secondary school or a vocational school for a year?

Young students or recent graduates from countries whose official national language is English, German, French, Spanish or Italian can gain teaching experience in Switzerland. As native speakers, they enrich language lessons and exemplify cultural aspects of their country of residence. Language assistants receive a salary which just covers their living costs in Switzerland. Applications for the 2021/22 school year are being accepted until the end of March 2021.

For detailed information about the Language Assistants programme, please consult or send an email to

Would you like to work as an au pair in Switzerland?

Working as an au pair for a family with children can be a good opportunity for young Swiss Abroad to get to know their country of origin better. The salary is nothing to write home about, but they receive free board and lodging and enough spare time to attend a language course, for example. Various organisations arrange au pair placements. Please contact educationsuisse for a list of addresses.

Would you like to help out on a farm in Switzerland for several weeks?

Agriviva,, is an association that organises placements lasting several weeks for young people aged up to 25 and from around the world. In return for free board and lodging and a small amount of pocket money, you will help a farming family with their daily work. These placements are ideal for young people who like to be active, love the outdoors, and are keen to get to know a new family and experience life on a Swiss farm.

Language assistant Leslie Schmid, Swiss Abroad from Canada, at work Photo provided.

eduationsuisse offers young Swiss Abroad specific advice on all matters related to education in Switzerland. Its employees speak German, French, Italian, Spanish and English and are available to answer your questions via email, telephone, Skype or in the office in Berne.

educationsuisse, Education in Switzerland, Alpenstrasse 26, 3006 Berne, Switzerland
Tel. +41 31 356 61 04