Language Explorers facilitator training and work opportunity

Language Explorers facilitator training and work opportunity

Train as a Language Explorers facilitator and work with young children and their families in a creative and multilingual way!

If you are an artist experienced in creating and delivering engaging activities for children and proficient in a language other than English, we have an exciting opportunity for you. Mother Tongues is currently offering training to individuals interested in joining a paid panel of facilitators. This panel will be called upon to conduct workshops in Co. Dublin, Co. Galway, Co. Roscommon and Co. Limerick.


At Mother Tongues, we envision a society that embraces different cultures and languages. Our mission is to curate multilingual creative experiences where artists and communities connect across languages and cultures.

Language Explorers is our flagship programme for children aged 3 to 6 and their families. Language Explorers provides a child-centred, interactive and engaging experience for all children – monolingual, bilingual and plurilingual.

Who should APPLY?

Developed to be equal parts practical and inspirational, this new training is designed for artists with experience developing and/or delivering creative experiences to children and a passion for working with this audience.

Do you want to…? 

Develop your artistic/creative practice further

Improve your facilitation skills to work with children aged 3 to 6

Gain a greater awareness of child bilingualism

Be part of transformative change and have fun in the process


A desire to work with children in the early years is essential.


  • Learn the Language Explorers method 
  • Develop your reflection and facilitation skills
  • Design a programme of Language Explorers workshops based on your artistic practice and background. 
  • Once the training is successfully completed, you will be part of a panel of Language Explorers facilitators. Mother Tongues draws from this panel of freelance contracted facilitators to deliver Language Explorers family workshops within their network. 
Language Explorers workshop. Mother Tongues.


This training combines online and in-person elements. It will run over approx 3 months with an estimated overall time commitment of 40 hours. Self-directed learning is an important element of this training.

  • Deadline to apply: April 14th, 2024
  • Notifications sent by April 17th, 2024
  • Interviews between the 22nd and 30th of April 2024
  • Final notifications by May 1st, 2024
  • Start/orientation session: week starting 6th May (online) 
  • Self-led learning with booklet and further resources: May 2024
  • 1-1 online sessions with your mentor: May-June 2024 (online)
  •  Observation of trained artists facilitating Language Explorers: May-June 2024 (in-person)
  • Submission of your workshops plan and final assessment: July 2024  (online)

Please note: we will only consider applications from artists with experience in working with early years children and who can commit to delivering Mother Tongues’ Language Explorers workshops in Co. Dublin, Co. Galway, Co. Roscommon and Co. Limerick in 2024 and 2025. Workshops are organised mainly on Saturdays.

If you have any questions, please contact

1) Self-led training and online small group video calls

2) In-person observation of other artists

3) Workshop planning in your medium

Open for applications throughout the year.

Mother Tongues is an equal opportunity employer.
We encourage applications from individuals of a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience.

What other Language Explorers facilitators say:

“Working with Mother Tongues Language Explorers changed my perspective of the importance of art when working with children. It has brought my career to another level.”
Fernanda Ferrari photographed by Elena Cristofanon
Fernanda Ferrari
I’m having so much fun creating and delivering these workshops. My lesson so far is to trust the magic of play. [...] I feel like I’m at the beginning of a deep and transformative journey and I have a lot to give but much much more to learn.
Language Explorers workshop. Mother Tongues.
Carmel Stephens
“[Language Explorers] it’s a really powerful programme. I could see firsthand the connections being created among the different children (from all different languages), also the sense of pride and belonging among the participants and caregivers. As an artist, it was also very important to me to be able to work in my own language. [...] I really enjoyed seeing the connections between the children and their adults during the workshops and the melody of the beautiful array of languages being spoken. Although I had always wanted to work with this age group (3 to 6), I hadn’t had the confidence to do so before my work with Mother Tongues. Their excellent training and support throughout the series helped me grow as an artist.”
Alison Martin
Alison Martin
“It’s a lovely, low-pressure environment where carer and child can enjoy doing something together. The shyness that can come with speaking a minority language doesn’t last very long and some children really get into the idea of volunteering words to share with the group.”
Juliette Saumande
Juliette Saumande
“I truly believe that Language Explorers makes a difference in the live of the participants. It’s very important for people who are in a foreign language environment to feel that they are not alone and that they have support”
Olga Khomiak
Olga Khomiak

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