Category Archives: Housing

Pre-depature Chaos: Ask Dana and Lauren

New to TAPIF? Have questions you haven’t found answers to? Freaking out in pre-departure excitement and stress? Katy of the blog So You Think You Can France offered a similar question opportunity on her blog and I really appreciated it, … Continue reading

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The Practical Things for TAPIF: So you’re moving to Nîmes

Congratulations to all those who will be TAPIFing in Nîmes this coming year! You have secured a wonderful placement, so don’t be too disappointed if you were holding out for Montpellier, which is only 22 minutes away by train (yes, … Continue reading

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The Practical Things for TAPIF 2: How do I get CAF?

GETTING CAF: What is CAF? As I mentioned in my housing guide, this is a housing subsidization from la caisse d’allocations familiales, CAF. All assistants should be eligible if they’re paying for housing. While you can fill out the application online at … Continue reading

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Reflection on the first month on the job and new apartment

It’s been a little over a month that I’ve been an English teaching assistant. Of course, there were two weeks of vacation during this time, but I feel it’s time for an update on how the English assistant part of … Continue reading

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Time to Move

Tomorrow morning, I move. I really, really hope that things will work out better in this new apartment and that I’ll be happier. It’s unfortunate it didn’t work out where I am. I’m a little apprehensive about the move- what will … Continue reading

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The TAPIF application is open for new applicants! And… I’m moving btw

For those of you who think you too may want to be an assistant in France, the 2014-15 application just opened two days ago. Apply! I’m not quite one month in yet, but as of right now, I would recommend … Continue reading

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The Practical Things for TAPIF: Housing Guide

I hardly know what all those abbreviations for housing mean in English. So in French? As a French person may say while puffing their cheeks, “pffffff”. I thought I’d share my research on French housing terminology in case future or … Continue reading

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