Some of you may remember that I left WiVLA last year for a new adventure abroad. I was so excited that I neglected to tell y’all exactly what I was going to do. So, here it is, my year in review.

I was accepted for a teaching assistant position with the French Ministry of National Education through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). The program assigned me to one of France’s overseas department, Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean.

Under a seven-month contract, I assisted English teachers in public schools. Sometimes I had a group of students by myself and was in charge of creating the day’s lesson. Other teachers preferred I work with them in the classroom, correcting pronunciation and helping with written assignments.

Work only took up ten hours of my week. Most of the time, I was on vacation. I worked on my writing, completed two online classes for my translation certificate, and explored Guadeloupe. And every day, I woke up to the view of waves rolling in and breathing in the salty air. The landscape was a literal paradise.

Which is a large part of the reason I chose to go back. I applied to renew my contract and will be heading back to “the island of beautiful waters” in late September. I’m excited to reconnect with friends I made there as well as provide better lessons for my students.

I didn’t blog as much as I wanted to (another thing I plan to do better), but you can find my writings about my time in Guadeloupe on my travel blog roaminginsearchofpasture.tumblr.com.

Read about our past featured member Denise Bossarte.

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