J’ai une nouvelle à vous apprendre! I’m packing up and moving to my faux-pays natal in exactly one month! It’s been a long year and a half since I left France, and frankly, a very extended trip back is long overdue. I was accepted to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (referred to here on out as TAPIF) for the 2012-2013 school year in the Académie of Bordeaux, which is made up of the five departments of Aquitaine. But I won’t be in the region’s capital city; instead, I will be heading into the Dordogne, one of France’s more rural and remote departments, to teach English in an equally rural and remote high school. I have little idea of what to expect, having not taken more than a couple of dozen steps in the region, only to catch a connecting train in Bordeaux to Toulouse on my way to Albi. Not to mention…I’ve never taught a class, rented an apartment in a foreign country, lived in the countryside, driven a manual transmission car…and the list is longer still, but I’m so looking forward to all of these new experiences – even moreso the ones that I can’t anticipate! It’ll be a long and busy month, but come September 18, I’ll drop everything, board a flight to Paris and see where the next eight months take me!
A la Dordogne, mes enfants!