January 29, 2010

Just try and make me leave

Posted in Application, la vie bordelaise tagged , , , , , , at 7:12 am by Fat Girl Dancing

You can’t!  I got my official long-stay visa today!  I can officially stay here until October 1st, although I’m really leaving sometime in July.

All the Bordeaux assistants are being scheduled in groups, so when I arrived at the OFII office for my 10am appointment, there were still some assistants waiting from the 8:30 group.  I got to see some assistants that I hadn’t seen in several months, and it was nice to catch up with them!

The immigration/visa process included a medical visit, which is good because I’ve been sick for going on three weeks now.  I was called in to one room where I was weighed and measured and then given an eye exam.  Hooray, my eyes are still fine!  Reading the letters in French was fun ^_^   I was sent back to the waiting room for several minutes, and then called into the radiology room for my chest x-ray.  The x-ray is apparently mine to keep — yipee?  Quite a souvenir.

The wait for the third and final room was a bit longer — this was to see the actual doctor.  I told her how I’d been sick for three weeks, and she said I had a sinus infection.  She looked at my x-ray, took my blood pressure, listened to my heart and my lungs, and pronounced me well enough to stay in the country.  Phew!

I waited a little longer in a different waiting room with my tiny picture of my face (a common requirement in France) and my proof of residency for my new lodgings until I was called back to the final room.  She deemed my paperwork acceptable and gave me my official long-stay visa in my passport!  Hooray!  Now I can go anywhere and do anything (including get a second job!)

It’s cold and raining miserabley here, and I feel so terrible from being sick for so long, so I’m just eating lunch, taking antibiotics and going back to bed for the rest of the day.  I’ve made homemade mac and cheese so often here, I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to EZ Mac once I return home!

Tuesday I went to see Amanda Palmer in concert here in Bordeaux.  I was so excited that someone I really liked was going to be playing in my new hometown!  I found out about the concert from her Twitter.  The show was fantastic — a really intimate performance, with her interacting with the audience, taking questions and requests.  I had a great night.

And I got my picture with her and her autograph!

Me and AFP!

November 23, 2008

Bienvenue!

Posted in Application, Introduction, meta tagged , , , at 9:48 pm by Fat Girl Dancing

Salut!  Welcome to my new blog here at WordPress.  I’m starting this blog in order to chronicle every step of my journey to become an English teacher in France — from the application to my life there.

When I’m living overseas, this blog will serve as a means of communication for friends and family who don’t have access to my personal Livejournal.

I hope this chronicle can be useful for future applicants to the program and anyone who wonders what it’s like to live abroad and teach English in France.

Just to give you a little background on myself, I’m a 30-year old student at Wright State University.  I’ll be graduating in June 2009 with a French major and a Spanish minor.  I’ve been studying French since I was in the fourth grade, but it wasn’t until 2005 that I decided to make it my life’s concentration.  I have always wanted to be a teacher.  I used to force my friends to play school, and I loved nothing more than to give them tests and help them with their homework.

I currently live with my three cats, Sabrina, Bat and Alexandra.  When I move to France, Sabrina and Bat will move in with my parents and Alexandra will come to France with me (hooray for no quarantine period!). 

I’ve printed out the application and I’m hoping to have it ready to submit for the December 15 deadline.  I’ve already asked two of my professors for letters of recommendation.  I have an appointment with my doctor on December 2 to fill out the medical release.  I went home this weekend to show my parents the application and get some advice on the essay.  The application is rather complicated, but they helpfully provide a checklist so I won’t forget any of the pieces!