Yesterday was a great day for many applicants to the TAPIF program! Congratulations on those who were accepted to be an assistant for next year, keep your head up for those of you who were put on the waitlist, and for those who were denied a position – there are other ways to get to France!
I remember that day, when I finally found out that yes, I would be in France next year. It was a good feeling considering that I got my first choice and would be headed towards the north, working for the Academie de Lille. This exhilarating moment was then followed by more waiting, until I received my arrete de nomination later in July, which finally told me exactly what school and what city I would be working in (it wasn’t Lille, but rather 20 minutes away by train). The waiting was terrible, but in the end it all paid off. The program has been disorganized at times but extremely rewarding at others.
Once again, I am still playing the waiting game. As a renewal applicant, I should find out sometime during the month of April if I have been offered a position again. At least this time I know that I will definitely be in the Academie de Lille (renewals can only work in the same district after having done the program once already), but if I am accepted, I’ll have to wait until late summer to know exactly where it is that I’ll be working for the school year to come.
So, congratulations to all the new assistants (and especially to those placed in the north)! You’re on your way to France!