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

Searching for Signs from the Universe

As my non-renewable lectrice contract approaches its final six months, the inevitable question regarding my next move has started to slowly but surely become the bane of my existence. The voices in my head haven’t stopped spinning, buzzing, or asking, “What’s next, what are you going to do next; where are you off to next!?” Do I apply for this, pursue that, settle here, go there, spend this, save that, try this, start … Continue reading Searching for Signs from the Universe

TAPIF Tip/Lecteur Lesson: So You Want to Be a Lecteur/Lectrice…

It was around this time during my assistant year that I determinedly decided that I wanted to stay in France, and that I was going to try to become a lectrice. I have been (happily!) receiving similar inquiries from eager expats about how to have the best chances at obtaining a position. So, below is my step-by-step process of what I did in order to prepare, search, and … Continue reading TAPIF Tip/Lecteur Lesson: So You Want to Be a Lecteur/Lectrice…

Cremaillère Upon Cremaillère Upon Cremaillère

In France, when you move into a new place, it is an *almost* mandatory tradition to have a cremaillère, or housewarming party, with friends and family, in order to celebrate and “break in” your new home within the first few weeks of getting settled. Since moving to the north, between finding a place to live, beginning my new job as a lectrice at the university, juggling new … Continue reading Cremaillère Upon Cremaillère Upon Cremaillère

Un Petit Coucou de Valenciennes!

Bonjour à tous et à toutes! The blog has been quiet, but I am back in France. I wrapped up the rest of the summer in the states with working, packing, and seeing my friends and family. It was an emotional, fast departure– one filled with tears of both happiness and sadness, and with feelings of excitement and uncertainty. It was a summer of adjusting … Continue reading Un Petit Coucou de Valenciennes!

TAPIF Pre-Departure Chaos: Your Questions Answered!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Pre-Departure Chaos blog post! Alas, lo and behold, the answers to your questions! Our contributors include future TAPIFers Anne Donnelly, Avec Sam, Jen, JenTee, Nika Likes Maps, and Anne Elder (be sure to check out their blogs!) What types of teaching materials did you bring with you, and were they worth the space in your luggage? … Continue reading TAPIF Pre-Departure Chaos: Your Questions Answered!

Fourth Time’s A Charm: The Lectrice Chapter

A two-week high school trip to Paris, La Loire, Bretagne, and Normandy in 2007. A four-month study abroad in Normandy in 2010. A nine-month TAPIF experience in La Côte d’Azur in 2013. Now, a 1-2 year lectrice job in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. It has finally hit me that I leave for France again in nine days and I’m not sure when I’m coming back. In a nutshell, … Continue reading Fourth Time’s A Charm: The Lectrice Chapter