While I have yet to receive my official arrêté de nomination necessary for my visa appointment, I did receive an e-mail early last week with the name of my placement and contact information for my professeur référent!
I found out I was placed at a lycée in the small, rural town of Clamecy, Nièvre, located a little over 200km SE of Paris. With a population of just over 4,500 people, living in Clamecy is going to be a major culture shift from living in the DFW metroplex for the past 4 years. Needless to say, I am pretty excited! My professeur référent (let’s call her “EJ” from here on out) has been exceptionally welcoming and kind to me thus far and has put me in contact with the other English teachers at the high school, in addition to two assistants from years past.
One really nice thing about being placed in this small town: I already have a place to live! One of the teachers rents out a two-room flat to the teaching assistant each year, which I am happily going to accept. It takes a huge weight off my shoulders to know that I have one less thing to stress about after my arrival.
Speaking of my arrival, I (finally) bought my plane ticket! I was going to purchase it before I got my school’s contact information, but now I am glad I waited, as they requested I arrive in Clamecy no earlier than one week before the start of my contract. It’s hard to believe that in less than 80 days, I will be abroad for the very first time!
Receiving the contact information for my school and buying the flight has made my impending TAPIF placement all-the-more concrete and real. For the time being, I am oscillating between nervousness and excitement, but I know for sure that I want to make the most out of every single day I am there.
I know there is only so much I can do in terms of lesson planning before meeting the students and assessing their skills, but does anybody have any recommendations for ways to prepare to be in the classroom? Whether its books to read, podcasts to listen to or advice from personal experience, I would love to know!
Until next time,