All posts tagged: teaching english

So you’re going to be a language assistant? | TAPIF Video Series

Salut mes amis! As some of you are getting ready to go to France for the TAPIF Program (Teaching Assistant Program in France), I’ve been uploading videos on the subject as I know how hard and stressful it can be to find info on the little details of the program. So, if you’re getting ready to be a TAPIF assistant, you can head over to our YouTube channel for the 4-part (so far) video series. Hope this is helpful to some of you and please let me know if you have any questions as you’re preparing for this great adventure! Bisous, Alexa Advertisements

How to Create a Study Abroad Capsule Wardrobe

Hey friends! If you’re getting ready to study abroad, you might want to consider paring your wardrobe down so that you aren’t stuck hauling a huge suitcase to the country you’ll be studying in. I’ve created a capsule wardrobe of about 35 items for my upcoming 3 months in Paris. Take a look at it below for some inspiration on what to pack and how to narrow down your semester abroad wardrobe. Bisous, Alexa

Experiencing British Uni Life in Canterbury

Hello friends, I’ve officially entered into my last month in France and am currently enjoying the last vacances of the year. After this last two week break, I’ll have one week left of teaching at my lycée. The sadness of my impending departure and having to say goodbye to the students and teachers is already starting to set in, but I’m also buzzing with nervous excitement (read: anxiety) while figuring out what I’ll be doing next. To kick off this vacation, I headed over to visit my friend, Kristen, in England. Kristen and I met at Hillsong Paris while we were both studying abroad back in 2015. It was so nice to take my mind off of the future and job applications for a couple of days. She showed me around Canterbury and University of Kent. We had a classic British uni night out, went to tea, grabbed a chippy, hung out in a bookshop for way too long and ended the weekend by watching “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.” Check out the vlog and photos …

On Fear and Faith

My biggest fear, like many other humans, is the fear of the unknown. Unoriginal, I know. But it absolutely terrifies me to walk into new situations, even the simplest ones. I get a huge rush of anxiety when starting new jobs, going to new schools and traveling to new places. Although I’m a relatively social person (though people falsely mistake my quiet demeanor for shyness on a regular basis), sometimes, meeting new people can incite small bouts of anxiety too. Both of the two times I’ve come to France, I seriously considered not going. Because of this fear. I considered cancelling this most recent move to France every single day leading up to it, on the plane ride over and even in the first couple of days I was here. I sat in my Airbnb on day two, searching madly for flights home. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited for the chance to live in France again and to have the opportunity to spend my first year post-grad traveling and learning a language, but I was equally …