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Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!) - Assistants in France

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Well, just when I thought that I’d rounded up all this year’s intake of Assistants in France I realised that there was another bunch hiding behind the bike sheds!

So, even though they’re all late for assembly….

I haven’t actually read the register yet so…

I’ll let them sneak in!

Ladies and Gentlemen (and anyone who’s been living in Brittany too long to be called either)…

This is the last bunch (I hope)…

The lot that missed the bus!




assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFirst on the list is Lauren who is blogging at Lauren in France.

Lauren is going to be and assistant teaching first-grade English immersion classes in Nancy which is somewhere near the German border, I believe.

Although Lauren has only posted one post on her blog, she knows, from her research, that Nancy is “a town of about 400,000 people, and the region is known for its excellent champagne and museums.”

Lauren comes from Salt Lake City which, I believe, is somewhere in America.

If you come from Salt Lake City (or know where it is), or live in Nancy or…

Are just feeling nice and welcoming, why not…

Pop into Lauren in France and say hello?

Lauren, from me and all of the team at A Taste of Garlic (apart from the cleaning staff who are threatening to go on strike because they haven’t had a strike for quite a while)…

Welcome to France and…

Have a great time!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNext up we have Ting a Ling who blogs at Ting A Ling in France

Ting A Ling is going to be based at Chambéry which, I think, is somewhere between Lyon and Grenoble.

And she is going to be spending the next year, to use her own words… “I’m going to be working as an English language assistant at a public high school in France. AKA trying to coerce a bunch of French teenagers to speak English aahhh!”

But, you know, I think that those students might be quite lucky…

Because, you know, I have a sneaky suspicion that Ting a Ling (and I could be horribly and humiliatingly wrong here – it wouldn’t be the first time!) is…

A very talented and clever girl who has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in French Cultural Studies. And…

Who is an artistic gymnast who she began training and performing with the JHU Classical Ballet Company in Fall 2008 and soon became an active choreographer and performer with the company.

Of course, that might just be another Ting A Ling?

Ting A Ling, welcome to France!

We need more clever and talented people over here…

We, the old batch of expats….

Are starting to get a bit worn out and…

Floppy round the edges.

I hope that you have a great time in France and make loads of new friends!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceStorming the Bastille is the blog of KCC who has been, to use her own words…

“placed in the Académie de Créteil, which borders Paris. I will be assisting in teaching high school level Economics and History for 12 hours a week at Lycée Camille Claudel in Pontault Combault. I will be teaching in English and I’ll be bringing plenty of Chicago/Badger pride with me. I doubt I’ll be able to persuade the French lycéens of the power of squeaky cheese curds and American football, but I hope by the end of the year, my students will have a little more knowledge of American culture and customs and realize that we’re not half bad. Or at least associate Chicago with something other than Al Capone.”

So, from now on we can say….

Ah yes! Chicago… City of Al Capone and…

KCC!

Kirsten, welcome to France and I hope that you have a wonderful time!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Francy Pants is the blog that belongs to Sylvia who…

Well, it’s probably better if I let her tell it herself…

“My name is Sylvia and I’m 22 years old. I will be living in Paris and working as an english assistant in the small town (population ~3500) of Boissy Sous Saint Yon during the 2011-2012 school year. I studied abroad at Sciences Po Paris from 2009-2010 and have spent a month on Aix-en-Provence (2005) and a month and a half in Annecy (2008), so I’m happy to be going back to France.”

Sylvia has been busy packing and…

I’ll let her explain (me being a stupid thing of the male persuasion who obviosuly has no idea about packing?)

“I’ve carefully selected only my favorite, most Parisian clothes. Nothing too bright, nothing with too much cleavage, no super short skirts, slightly more sensible (but still chic!) shoes, and more versatile basics. I’m going to be a teacher after all! French people generally don’t own very many articles of clothing and outfit repeating is no big deal.”

Now, I’m not even going to pretend not to be disappointed about the slight lack of super short skirts and not enough cleavage

I’m just hoping that a few months in Paris…

Will show Sylvia the error of her ways!

Sylvia, welcome back to France and I hope that you have a wonderful time…

Even if you have chosen to leave your cleavage and short skirts at home!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceHot from Pennsylvania is Nichole who is going to be blogging at Nichole Becomes Nantaise because…

She will be making her third trip back to France, but this time as a Language Assistant and will be teaching English to 11-15 year olds in Nantes, France.

She has been busy packing as well and asks the eternal question…

“How am I supposed to pack for 8 months into ONE suitcase???”

Nichole, I can’t help you with the packing but…

Welcome to France anyway – I just love your confidence when yuo say…

“I will be an English language assistant in Nantes, France for 11-15 year olds. I will be there for the entire school year and it will be an extremely interesting experience as I have absolutely no teaching experience.”

Take a tip from me, Nichole…

Make up loads of words…

Make sure that some of those words are rather rude…

And then just sit back with a nice glass of wine and wonder what is going to happen when your charges…

Have to use those words in the real world!

I’d have made a great teacher, me!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDipti blogs at Les voyages d’une francophile and is just about to start a 7 month teaching adventure at Strasbourg.

She seems to have her head screwed on and is looking forward to…

“famed heritage sites, illuminated noël markets, german-influenced cuisine, and more importantly winstubs (local Alsatian taverns!).”

Dipti, welcome to France and have a great time!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAlison has been in France since the start of the month and is, to use her own words, bouncing around before taking up roots in Mirepoix, where she will be working as an ‘assistante de langue’ for the academic year while plotting to become a French citizen and pursue academia once again.

Alison’s blog is at Reste Calme et Voyage Bon

I believe that Alison is currently in Brittany before starting her teaching career.

Alison, welcome to France; welcome to Brittany (not the same thing!) and I hope you have a wonderful 7 months in Mirepoix!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in Francewhimsicalwanderlust is the blog of whimsicalwanderlust who is just about to become an…

“assistante de langue, école primaire” in the “Académie d’Amiens.”

She was last spotted trying…

“to fit 7-months of clothing, necessary toiletries, jewelry, scarves, coats, books, and anything else I might need in 1 checked bag, 1 carry-on and 1 personal item”

But it does look like she’s bringing over a copy of Puppy Sluts Quarterly because…

There’s no way you’re getting through Customs without a full body search if they catch you bringing in smut like that!

whimsicalwanderlust, welcome to France and…

May I have a quick peek at your magazine; when you’re finished with it, of course!

All the best

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 7 – The lot that missed the bus!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in France


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