Summer Programs in Switzerland

 

TSP Employment Information and FAQ

Dear TSP teacher and counselor candidates,

Thank you for your interest in the TASIS Summer Program in Lugano, Switzerland. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are adjusting the dates of our summer program. We are also only able to hire candidates with an EU, UK, or Swiss passport.

Below are some additional requirements for all candidates:

Teachers:

  • Must have certification or experience in the subject they intend to teach. Note that experience teaching English to native speakers does not qualify a teacher to teach EAL.
  • Must be willing to live and work in the dormitory.

Counselors:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be willing to live and work in the dormitory.
  • Experience with children is important.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at jim.haley@tasis.ch.

Warm regards,

Jim Haley
TSP Director

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of compensation does TASIS offer?

  • A reimbursement of 1400-1500 Swiss Francs to defray the cost of airfare for North
  • American residents (exact amount depends on departure city). A reimbursement of up to 500 Swiss Francs for European residents.
  • Free room and board. Most accommodations are shared.
  • All expenses paid on any trip in which you are a chaperone.
  • Starting after-tax salaries of 1300 Swiss Francs for counselors and 2000 Swiss Francs for teachers.

2. What is the deadline for applications?

There is no formal deadline. Hiring will continue until all positions are filled. It is possible that there will still be open positions as late as June. However, the sooner your application arrives, the better.

3. What are the program dates?

July 8 - August 10. Arrive on July 7 and depart on August 9 or 10.

4. I want to work at TASIS but have a conflict with the starting or ending dates. Should I still submit an application?

It is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate you if you cannot be present for the entire program.

5. I am married and/or have children. Is it possible for my spouse and/or children to join me this summer?

It is possible but sometimes difficult to arrange. Please note this on your application.

6. Who is eligible to work in Switzerland?

At this point we believe that we can obtain work permits for EU and UK citizens.

7. Where should I send my completed application?

You should submit your application by email to jim.haley@tasis.ch. Don’t forget to include your CV! Please submit both documents in either pdf or Word format.

8. Can my references write a letter instead of filling out the online reference form?

No. Your references must use our form. They can attach a letter of recommendation to the online form if they wish.

9. I have submitted my application. When can I expect to be contacted for an interview?

Not every candidate will be granted an interview. You can check on your status at any time by sending me an email: jim.haley@tasis.ch.

10. I had my interview weeks ago, and I still haven’t heard anything. Does this mean I probably won’t get a job offer?

No. This summer there is some uncertainty regarding the number of positions that need to be filled. If you haven’t heard anything and are worried, don’t hesitate to email jim.haley@tasis.ch to see what your status is.

11. I am vegan or vegetarian. Will I be able to find something at TASIS that I can eat?

There is a vegetarian alternative served at every meal in addition to a regular salad bar. Vegans will have much more difficulty, and therefore it is recommended that vegans not apply to work at TASIS.

12. I would love to work at TASIS but will not be 21 this summer. Do you make any exceptions?

No. You must be at least 21 years old to work in our program. Both CDE and MSP have been known to hire younger staff members. You should inquire with the directors of those programs about the possibility of working there.

13. I am interested in teaching at TASIS, but it does not appear that there is an opening this year in my subject area. Should I still apply?

Yes. Staffing is often in flux and new positions sometimes become available. I will add these to the website at the appropriate time, but if you already have your application in, you have an advantage in securing the position.

14. I would like to apply to MSP and/or CDE also. Can I use the same application for all three?

No. Each program requires a separate application. However, your references need only fill out one reference form. If you direct your references to use the MSP or CDE form, just let me know so that I can contact the other directors to obtain the reference.

15. What is the difference between a teaching position and a counseling position?

Teachers and counselors share a number of responsibilities. Both chaperone weekend trips, cover afternoon sports, and supervise the dormitories. Teachers are responsible for preparing and teaching classes in their subject areas that run most days from 9:30 until 14:40. Counselors are responsible for the evening activities program and Wednesday travel program. They also serve as advisors, meeting with a small group of students each day. While the students are in class, counselors run errands and prepare for events in the evening.

TSP teachers can be as young as 23 or as old as 70. TSP counselors tend to be entering their final year of university, recent college graduates, or young teachers in their early to late-20s.

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