Our new adventure has moved us from South Korea to France. We have been in France about two months now. We came here to get TEFL Certified and to find work and live.
During our first month here we took an intensive 130 hour TEFL Certification course. I did not realize how intensive it would be. We attended class from 9am until 6pm with an hour lunch break in between. The course consisted of teaching practice in the morning, feedback and then a lunch break. After lunch were information sessions, that covered various topics (grammar, teaching methods, phonology, etc). There were also various assignments throughout the course, that covered topics such as learning a foreign language, one-to-one teaching, etc. Overall, I thought that the course was invaluable, I learned a lot about teaching that I didn’t learn in my year of teaching in South Korea. We also made a great group of friends that we have continued to keep in touch with after the course.
Since the course has ended, almost a month ago, we have been flat hunting and job searching. Getting your own flat here in France is not easy for a foreigner due to the need to have a guarantor who lives in France and pays French taxes. We kept looking and were lucky to find a nice lady that would let our parents in the US be a guarantor. Now we are settled in our own flat and can start focusing our efforts on job hunting.
Living in France is like a dream come true. There is not a day that we don’t walk down the street and are amazed by where we live. Europe (France in particular) is absolutely amazing; the history, the old buildings, the way of life is in stark contrast to the US and Asia.