InterExchange Working Abroad Ambassador Angie, Teach English France
We wake up and have breakfast - the kids usually eat around 8 a.m. I come down around 8:20 and scarf down some yogurt and toast real fast. Then I have my first teaching session with Stefano from 8:30-9:30 a.m. After that, my host dad goes to the office and my host mom takes me and the kids to the beach. The closest beach to us is five minutes by foot, but we like walking to the one that's 10 minutes away.
After a few hours of taking in the Côte d'Azur sun and swimming in Meditterranean waters, we head home for lunch. Our meals always consist of some type of vegetable or salad, a pasta or soup dish, meat, bread and fruit for dessert. My host mom always says how it's nothing, that she's limited by the tiny kitchen we have at the house, but I always enjoy my meals here!
After lunch I have two hours of lessons with the kids, in 30 minute increments (Claudia for 30, Stefano for 30, and so on). Once we're done learning, it's off to the beach again!
We beach it up for a few more hours until our tummies are rumbling for sustenance, usually around 7:30 p.m. We make the 10 minute trek back home, wash up for dinner and the meal is served around 8 p.m.
After dinner we either go on a walk and get gelato, stay in and play games or just chill at home.
Talk about a STRESSFUL day, right?? Hah! I'm pretty sure I'm living the epitome of what summer vacations should be like. I mean, the schedule varies slightly from day to day. I don't go to the beach every single day (my host family REALLY does though!). Some days I stay home and go to the gym, work on my online class, nap or Skype with friends and family. Also, I go out and have dinner with the French friends I've made pretty often.
For those of you who are more linearly minded and thinking about going on the Working Abroad Teach English program in France (or anywhere)... here's an outlined recap:
Typical Weekday Schedule
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.: Lesson with Stefano
9:30am - 12:30 p.m.: Family beach time
12:30-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00-3:00 p.m.: Lessons with Claudia and Stefano, one hour each
3:00pm-7:30 p.m.: More family beach time!
8:00-8:30 p.m: Dinner
9:00 - 10:30 p.m.: Family walk and GELATO ;)