About Me


In the calanques de Marseille, France (February 2017).

Little bit about myself: I’m Rebecca, a twenty-something from Los Angeles, now living and working in France. I was a TAPIF assistant in Normandy for two years, and I will be returning to France as a lectrice d’anglais in the Lyon region for the 2017-2018 year.

This blog is my attempt to document my life abroad in Europe, with both my past and present experiences rolled into one. I hope to offer some advice for those aspiring to be assistant(e)s de langue, after being inspired by other amazing expat blogs in the same vein (I’ll link a few below).

In essence, I aim for my blog to combine a variety of things that I love: travel, writing (I wasn’t an English major in college for nothing!), and a bit of poetry. I look forward to sharing my adventures with you, and until then, à bientôt!

— Rebecca

P.S. Comment “I like penguins” to let me know that you’ve read this far!


Links to other blogs:

As Told By Dana

A Taepke in Transit

La Vie En C-Rose

les aventures d’une fille américaine en france

Transient Local


29 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey Rebecca – I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award, as I love reading about your travels and also your tips for people moving to France (and I’m in constant admiration of the fact you have an entire blog in French!)

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    1. Bonjour, Rosie. I’m so flattered that you’ve nominated me for the award; I will greatly accept it. However, I still do not have stable Internet connection (oh, the struggle!), so I’ll get to it later. Thanks again!

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    1. Welcome! Nice to meet a fellow Californian. TAPIF is short for “Teaching Assistants Program in France;” you apply for it to teach French students at the collège and lycée levels for seven to eight months and it’s a really enriching experience. Unfortunately, the application deadline has passed, but you can try for it starting sometime this month for the following year!


    1. An assistant(e) de langue is a teaching position in France, in which you instruct your native language (English, Spanish, German, etc.) to students from primary to secondary school. I became one by applying to it while still in school; I was accepted, and after graduation, I started the job. I’ve been at it for almost two years, and I do encourage you to do it, if you’re interested!

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      1. TAPIF is specifically for North American applicants. However, there are programs in the UK, South Africa, Jamaica, India, Australia, and New Zealand which do the same thing. Doesn’t hurt to do some more digging!

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