It’s officially been three weeks since I got accepted into the program! The first couple of weeks, I didn’t have much to do besides be relieved/excited/a variety of emotions that I finally knew what I was going to be doing with my life after graduation (and try to combat the constant comments of “You’re gonna marry a French guy!” or “Have you seen ‘Taken’?”). However, there have been a few things I have done to start preparing for the move, and more recently the program has been contacting me for information as well.
As I mentioned before, the day the emails were sent out I was keeping a close eye on the TAPIF Facebook page. I found a few other people who commented that they were going to Nice as well, so I decided to search and see if someone had created a TAPIF – Nice page, and lo and behold, someone had! I requested to join the group and began chatting a little bit with the other people who are going to Nice.
I feel like my last post was somewhat impersonal (probably because I copied and pasted pretty much the whole thing from the TAPIF website… HMM), so I decided I should share a little bit about what I’m thinking in regards to the program right now.
The whole “graduation-and-moving-away-from-my-home-the-last-five-years” thing aside, I have all of these emotions running through me when I think about moving to France.
I’m relieved: It’s so nice to know that I have a job for the next year (and a teaching job to boot!), especially after waiting to hear back and being in a stage of limbo for so long. Plus I’m super happy that I don’t have to go through the job-application process here in the States like so many of my friends are doing right now!
I’m nervous: I’ve never even been to France or Europe, much less lived there! I really have no idea what life is going to be like and heading into something so COMPLETELY unknown is definitely daunting.
A lot of people have asked for more information about the program in which I am participating: if I’m getting paid, what work will consist of, etc. More information can be found on the sites listed on my “Helpful Links” page, but here is a summary for your convenience!
What will the work be like?
Assistants are assigned a 12-hour per week teaching schedule that may be divided among up to three schools. Classes are conducted in English. The teaching assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English. Assistant serves as a resource person in conversation groups, provides small group tutorials, facilitates English-language clubs, or works alongside the teacher with the entire class present.
In honor of it being a week since I got accepted to the program, listed below are the various reactions I’ve gotten after telling people that I’m moving to France. Enjoy!
That’s so exciting!
I’m so proud of you!
Have you seen “Taken”?
You better not fall in love with a French guy.
It’s been quite the journey getting to this point, of FINALLY being accepted to the program in France. As I mentioned in my “France here I come!” post, I applied for this program back in November, but it was a process getting to the point of deciding to apply and filling out the whole application, so I thought I’d do a post about just how I came to have a desire to go to France and how I decided to apply for this particular program. There’s a lot I could say about this, so I’ll try my best to be concise 🙂 no promises though. I am an English major, after all.
I started studying French my sophomore year of high school, and continued it throughout my remaining years; my senior year, there was a conflict between French III and some other class I had to take, because they were each only offered one period a day, so I took it as an independent study. I didn’t have a huge passion for French or France at this time; I just knew that I liked French, it came easily to me, and I needed three years to get in to a lot of colleges.
If it wasn’t apparent from the title of this post, I’ll go ahead and say it- I GOT ACCEPTED TO THE PROGRAM!! I am beyond excited!
Just a quick overview of the program: it’s called the Teaching Assistantship Program in France (TAPIF) and it’s through the French Embassy in the US. Young adults can apply to be an English teaching assistant in a French primary or secondary school for 7 months, from October 1 to April 30. If you’re interested, general information on the program can be found here, or there are additional sites listed on my “Helpful Links” page, located at the top right of this page.
I’ve known since I applied (in NOVEMBER) that they would notify all applicants if they were accepted, rejected, or waitlisted in the first week of April, so it’s been quite a long wait for me. Last week, I saw on TAPIF’s Facebook page that they were going to notify us on Monday, then they pushed it back to Wednesday. All day today I’ve been super antsy to find out- when my alarm went off this morning, I didn’t even hit snooze- which, if you know me, is a RARITY. And by rarity, I mean that NEVER happens.