It’s been three weeks since I came back to the north of France!
In the past week, I’ve looked for work in Lille, visited Paris for two days, participated in a traditional cousinade, and started giving private English lessons.
The job search scene has been full of ups and downs, but I am trying to feel optimistic. I finally called the Parisians to see if I had been renewed for the year, and their answer was no. In fact, they informed me that they weren’t renewing anyone for the year because of the 20% decrease in assistant positions. This is totally false, because I know some British assistants who were renewed, but whatever! They also told me that I could call the Académie de Lille to ask them directly starting on September 3rd. This way I can check with the school district itself to see if there were any assistants that pulled out last minute and I may be able to take their place.
So much has been happening in my little corner of France that I am incredibly behind on blogging about it – I’ll take that as a good thing! I still haven’t written about Grant and Matt’s end to their trip, and I’ve just returned back to work after having spent a week with parents visiting me. There are lots of exciting updates, but for now, I’m going to tell you all about what has been happening in my little French life. How is work? How is food? How are the SNCF train strikes? Keep reading to find out. (I probably won’t talk about the SNCF train strikes though… thinking about it too much can probably lead to stomach ulcers.)
Oh, my dreams have come true.
Today I received my acceptance e-mail from the TAPIF (Teaching Assistantship Program in France), saying that I had received a position to teach in Lille, France during the 2011-2012 academic year.
It really couldn’t get any better than this. Now, I wait about two weeks to find out what age I’ll be teaching (elementary, middle school, or high school). During the summer, I’ll find out exactly what city I’ll be placed in. Lille is a big metropolitan area, so I could be placed at any school within about an hour of downtown.
I am so relieved and so happy! I can’t believe I’ll be living in France again, with a real job this time. Get ready for “Haley in France: Part 2!”