With all of the excitement surrounding TAPIF, Facebook groups have been made and assistants started posting their placements. Their work contracts had already arrived! And most of the assistants who were posting about their placement had been placed in the actual city of Bordeaux!
I hadn’t received my contract/placement yet and started freaking out all over again.
The actual Académie de Bordeaux is HUGE so placement near the city isn’t guaranteed at all. While country living sounds charming–I wasn’t too fond of the idea for this upcoming year.
I know and love Bordeaux! I know how the public transportation system works and I am familiar with the city itself. This was especially important for me as I am planning on applying for another job since I’ll only be working 12 hours a week for TAPIF (The salary for TAPIF is pretty small and I’m hoping to make some extra money by working at a café or pub). Plus, Jean Philippe works in graphic design–and his opportunities wouldn’t be so great in a small rural town. (Side note– once my contract is up with TAPIF, we are thinking of moving to Paris! There are lots of graphic design agencies there and JP has spent three years in Bordeaux–so he’s ready for a change).
I am currently in Melbourne–and all of my TAPIF documents are being sent to my family’s home address in Oregon. I started messaging my mom incessantly– “Has anything come for me? Anything? Are you sure???”
Then, yesterday, I heard my phone start going off with a million messages. It was my mom! And documents from Bordeaux had arrived for me!
Immediately, I had her open the letter and send me pictures of everything.
There it was–my arrêté de nomination with my placement. I took a deep breath and looked–MY PLACEMENT WAS RIGHT IN THE CITY CENTER OF BORDEAUX! I’m not exactly sure how this whole privacy and blog thing works–but to be on the safe side I think I’ll refrain from naming the actual school I have been placed at until I am finished with the program. But, to give you a little more info–I am teaching at a high school smack dab in the center of Bordeaux! I’m so excited and relieved.
I can’t wait to be back in Bordeaux!
Now I just have to sort out housing…the task sounds daunting but I’m actually very excited. I made some good contacts in Bordeaux including the study center that helped me out while I was over there! When I studied in Bordeaux, I lived with a wonderful French family and while I’m sure they would be able to host me for a couple of months, I really want to take some time to live independently. The women who worked at the Bordeaux study center are so sweet and the one who was in charge of housing for exchange students has set me up with some possible options! (I thought that was so nice considering I’m no longer a student and I’m really not her responsibility! She is just doing this out of the goodness of her heart!) I’m really hoping to find a studio or tiny apartment for myself.
Jean Philippe won’t be able to come to Bordeaux until late November/early December so I’ll be in Bordeaux on my own for the first couple of months. I’ve never lived completely alone before and I think those first couple of months in Bordeaux will be the perfect time to do this. It will give me a chance to live in my own space but it won’t be too long of a time where I start to feel lonely.
So, that’s my TAPIF update as of right now! I’m so happy that I’ll be working in a high school IN Bordeaux! I just hope cool chicly dressed French high schoolers are nice to me and don’t shove me in a locker or something. :O