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Accepted to TAPIF!

by Daley


Last Friday I received my official acceptance from TAPIF! Also known as the Teaching Assistant Program in France.

For those of you who haven’t heard of TAPIF, it’s a position where teaching assistants teach 12 hours a week in up to 3 schools in their assigned region of France. As part of the application process, prospective teaching assistants rank their top three regions and select whether they would rather teach at the primary or secondary level.  (You can learn more about TAPIF here.)


I ranked Bordeaux as my first choice region and chose the secondary level over the primary level.

Luckily, I got both of my first choices! I will be teaching at the secondary level this next academic school year in the Académie de Bordeaux! As you can see based on the map, the regions are quite large–so I’m not sure if I’ll be placed near the actual city of Bordeaux, but I’m crossing my fingers.

I have been considering TAPIF for over a year now. Soon after arriving in Bordeaux this fall, I knew I wanted to return and TAPIF seemed like the best option for me. I want to teach English in France eventually and TAPIF will be a great way for me to gain experience and navigate my way through the French schooling system.

The application opens in October and closes in January. Assistants don’t hear back until the first couple weeks of April…so as you can imagine the wait was pretty agonizing. I am such a planner and having something like this so up in the air was very hard for me. At least I know that I have been accepted–now I just have to wait to be placed in a school!


With all of that being said, throughout the application process I found a lot of comfort by reading some TAPIF blogs written by past participants. I plan on chronicling throughout my TAPIF experience, so if you’re interested make sure to stay tuned!

And feel free to ask me any questions along the way 🙂




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Katherine September 9, 2016 - 9:55 pm

Hi! I’m looking into the program as a way to go back, after I studied abroad in Normandy and fell in love. Did you have any experience teaching before hand? I’m trying to gauge how qualified I would be if I applied. Thanks!

Daley September 10, 2016 - 12:31 am

Hi Katherine! I did have two summers worth of teaching experience, however I know of quite a few applicants who were accepted and didn’t have any prior teaching experience. I believe the application isn’t due until January, so if you can get some tutoring or teaching experience in that would definitely help. My advice would be to apply anyway– list whatever work experience you have and try to tie it into how it would help you as a teaching assistant!

Skylar Wooden February 16, 2017 - 5:17 pm

Hi, Daley! I stumbled across this today as I was looking through TAPIF blogs. I applied to the program early in January. Your comment about the in-between time being hardreally resonated with me. Not knowing whether I should be preparing to leave in October is difficult for me to process. Your words were helpful. I’m glad other people went through the same things I’m feeling. I hope your trip is going well!

Glennon July 18, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Hi! I just got accepted into Bordeaux for this year! Any advice?

Daley July 27, 2018 - 10:59 am

Congrats! I’m planning on making an Assistant’s Guide to Bordeaux post, but in the meantime feel free to send me an e-mail with any questions you have and we can chat!


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