Summer Programs in Switzerland


DPAT Employment Information and FAQ

Dear DPAT Candidate, 

Thank you for your interest in the TASIS Summer Programs. We have a remarkable opportunity to teach students. We are part of a deep tradition of summer performing arts teams dating to the 1960s, featuring top-level performers from around the world. Our team features exceptional teaching artists in music, dance, theater. Many of our teaching staff return each year as it is an excellent opportunity to travel, share the arts, and work in a rigorous, exciting and rewarding educational environment. It also happens to be a lot of fun. For summer 2020, we are seeking a few experienced, innovative teaching artists with the ability to teach more than one discipline (music, dance, and theater) to join our team. Students range in age from 4 to 18 years old, so familiarity with teaching children and/or teenagers is also important.

DPAT summers are exciting, fast-paced, and absolutely exhilarating. Consider this a 24/7 job, with occasional breaks for sleep and staff outings. The week consists of music, dance, and theater classes designed to prepare the students in a short time for an end of session performance, as well as teach them valuable skills along the way. Classes are every day of the week, and when we aren’t teaching we are usually rehearsing for our performances or writing scripts and scores for the students. In addition to our teaching schedule, we have the opportunity to perform for the students in various capacities throughout the summer. We also host many of the staff-wide events, and being the performers we are, often find ourselves sharing music or stories in our off-time together. 

The work at DPAT is as rewarding as it is challenging but it is certainly not for everyone. All teachers are expected to work seven days a week, perform duties around campus, and fill in when needed. There is little personal time available and only two days off per summer. Living arrangements are most often shared apartments with other staff, but are included with employment. It is not a holiday. If you are serious about performing arts education and consider yourself an artist and team player who thrives under pressure, this could be the job for you! 

Below are some important requirements for all candidates:


  • Must have certification or experience in the subject they intend to teach. 
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Experience with children and/or teenagers.
  • Experience and interest in working with a close team in a high-pressure environment.

We are currently have the following openings this summer:

  • Music Teacher (French, English)
  • Dance Teacher (Ability to teach Music or Drama classes a plus)

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

Dream Work Makes the Team Work!

Michael Rosenbaum

DPAT 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.

    Starting two-session after-tax salaries of 4000 Swiss Francs for DPAT Teachers.
  1. What is the deadline for applications?
    There is no formal deadline. I will continue the hiring process until all positions are filled. Hiring begins in mid-January and is usually complete by the end of February. The sooner your application arrives, the better.
  1. What are the program dates?
    June 23-August 15. Arrive on June 22 and depart on August 16 or 17.
  1. Is it possible to work only one session?
    Usually, no. It is expensive and sometimes disruptive to change personnel in the middle of the summer. However, should the need arise, exceptions might be made. 
  1. 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, but please email with interest regardless. 
  1. 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. Housing is quite limited in the summer, and there are only a small number of apartments that can accommodate couples or families.
  1. Who is eligible to work in Switzerland?
    We can easily get work permits for citizens of the United States, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the European Union. The Swiss authorities sometimes agree to issue permits to citizens of other nations on a case-by-case basis.
  1. Where should I send my completed application?
    You should submit your application by email to Don’t forget to include your CV! Please submit both documents in either .pdf or Word format.
  1. What is the process for obtaining a work visa for Switzerland?
    If you are hired, TASIS will apply for your work visa in Switzerland. Once approved, you will need to submit an application and appear in person at a Swiss embassy or consulate in your home country.

    If you are an American or Canadian citizen who resides outside your home country, you can apply at the local Swiss consulate only if you are a legal resident of the country you are currently residing in. If you are not a legal resident of the country you are in (i.e. you are present as a tourist), then you must return to the United States or Canada to pick up your visa. Please consider whether this will be possible before deciding to apply to work at TASIS.

    If you are a citizen of a European Union country, Japan, or New Zealand, you will not be required to obtain a visa before arriving in Switzerland. This currently includes the UK.
  1. 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.
  1. I have submitted my application. When can I expect to be contacted for an interview?
    Not every candidate will be granted an interview. The earliest that you would be contacted for an interview is late January. If you don’t hear anything by the middle of March, then it is unlikely you will be granted an interview. In any event, all candidates will receive a written notice of the decision by the end of March. You can check on your status at any time between the end of January and the end of March by sending me an email:
  1. 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. Especially for candidates who are interviewed in January, you may have to wait several weeks for a decision. If you haven’t heard anything and are worried, don’t hesitate to email to check on your status.
  1. 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. It is difficult to find a full vegan meal consistently at TASIS and in the Ticino area, however it is possible. 
  2. I am interested in teaching at TASIS, but it does not appear that there is an opening this year in my 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.
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