- As a fluent speaker of Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, the support aide will act as the main translator for Canadian teaching staff during class time, outdoor fieldtrips, and camp. The support aide will also translate for the visiting international students and their teachers.
- Support aides must also help resolve any disputes or conflicts of interest that may arise at any time during the course of the program. These include problems between the students and their teachers, the students and their homestay families, and amongst the students themselves.
- In cases involving homestay property damage and/or theft, the support aide may be required to visit the homestay, and assist all parties involved in resolving the issue in a calm and timely manner.
- During outdoor fieldtrips, student safety is the primary concern. Support aides are expected to look after the group and each student’s well-being. It is extremely important to ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that no student gets lost.
- If a student becomes sick, or is seriously injured at anytime during the program, it is the responsibility of the PRESL staff to get the child medical treatment as soon as possible. Staff must also contact the principal and the homestay administrators ASAP. In some cases, the support aide may be required to drive the injured student to the medical clinic or hospital for a check up. It is the support aide's responsibility to translate for the injured student, and to make sure he/she has filled out any and all documents correctly.
- If a student becomes sick, or needs non-emergency medical treatment at any time during the program, contact the principal and homestay administrators ASAP.
- During camp, support aides are expected to assist with the cooking, supervise hikes and various games for the students. Staff aides are also expected to teach students how to build tents, and to make sure that they abide by the rules of the campsite (i.e. no littering, curfew, respect for the other campers etc.)
- Support aides will assist the teaching staff in a life skills training exercise with the students. Aides may also be required to assist the principal staff in a variety of other ways. This includes running errands, and participating in educational activities alongside the students.
- Each group of teachers will have a number of their students participate in a talent show at the program's farewell ceremony. Support aides may mentor the chosen students by helping them prepare for the farewell ceremony. All staff is expected to encourage student participation in a variety of ways (ie. songs, dance, skits, music etc.).
- A positive attitude and a strong work ethic are essential traits needed for the position of a support aide for Pacific Rim ESL School. This job requires a high level of mental and physical stamina, as well as a natural love and respect for children.
- Support aides must speak fluent Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese in addition to English.
- Support aides must be willing to work 5-6 days per week, and to remain on call for student emergencies 24/7.
- Applicants must own or have daily access to a vehicle; as well as a valid class 5 British Columbia driving license.
- This is a salaried position. Pay is not based on an hourly scale. Also, if you work on a Canadian holiday, there will not be double pay.
- The usual time frame is based on a Monday to Friday schedule: 8:30am to 4:30pm, classes start at 9am and run to around 11:45-12pm every morning. Afternoon activities start around 12:30pm and end around 4:00pm
- Student homestay pick-up occurs between 4:00-4:30pm. A minimum of two PRESL staff members must remain at the school until every student has been picked-up by their homestay parent. Staff members may include the PRESL manager, the principal, teachers, and support aides. It is the responsibility of those who stay behind to supervise the students, and keep them safe from harm.
- In addition to weekday shifts, the staff aide will work some half day shifts on Saturday or Sunday. These times generally run from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
- Two major exceptions to the regular time frame are whistler and camping. The whistler field trip is a full day commitment: 7:15am-6:30pm. The camping trip is a 2 night/3 day expedition to saltspring island. Support aides may bring their own camping equipment, or they may have it provided by the school. Staff is responsible for bringing proper clothing to camp for a variety of weather conditions.