Read my Story at Teaching Traveling

Bonjour! Back in 2013, I was published on an online blog called Teaching Traveling, a blog run by Boston-native Lillie Marshall and which specializes in publishing stories about teachers traveling in all sorts of ways, to all sorts of places! I was lucky enough to have been able to tell my story about traveling and teaching abroad in France and Japan. Hanging out with some lovely ladies in … Continue reading Read my Story at Teaching Traveling

TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: How to Open and Close Your Utilities

Believe it or not, I never really had to deal with setting up or canceling les charges, or utilities– water, gas, electricity, heat, phone/internet/cable, until arriving in France in 2014. All of my US apartments came with included utilities, as did my first French apartment. So, due to my complete lack of vocabulary and background knowledge, I initially had a bit of a hard time when … Continue reading TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: How to Open and Close Your Utilities

So, You Want to Live in France…

Let me make this clear: I love, love, love getting comments, messages, and email from readers, and make a point to respond to each one I receive. But lately, I’ve noticed a trending, recurring question in many of the messages I receive– often a derivative of the following: “I want to live and work longterm in France/Europe/stay in France after TAPIF. What did you do to get there? … Continue reading So, You Want to Live in France…

Notes on Being a Triangle and Repatriation

“Nobody gets it. It’s like having somebody dying and there’s no funeral and you’re not supposed to talk about it. You feel guilty talking about it.” Expat therapist Lois Bushong who is also a founding members of the group, Families in Global Transition. Here’s the thing about repatriation, or the act of moving back to your “home” country after living abroad: for most people who … Continue reading Notes on Being a Triangle and Repatriation

5 Years Later– A Reflection on my Study Abroad in Normandy

Dana, 19 ans, Jardin de Luxembourg, Paris, le 22 janvier 2010. Don’t mind the bangs. Five years ago today, I arrived in Paris. Little did I know that my journey through Normandy would have shaped the course of my twenties to where I am in life today. Without a doubt in my mind, studying abroad in France was absolutely THE best decision I made during my … Continue reading 5 Years Later– A Reflection on my Study Abroad in Normandy

Lecteur Lesson / TAPIF Tip: Repaying Your Student Loans

If you are American and went to an American university, whether it be public or private, there is probably a good chance that you may have a few student loans to pay off. TAPIF assistants make around 790 euros per month after taxes, and that lecteurs make approximately 1,227 euros per month after taxes. Either way, but especially for assistants, that’s not much to live on, … Continue reading Lecteur Lesson / TAPIF Tip: Repaying Your Student Loans