Why did you choose this program?
I chose Cap English because I liked their approach to young learners.
As a teacher, it's important for me to share the same values as the institution I work with. Even from the Cap English website, I could see that we were going to be a good match since I could see myself reflected in their paragraphs.
What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?
The Cap English team has helped me a lot from the selection process to the moment I gave my first lesson. Even now, I feel like they have my back with any concerns or questions that I may have.
Cap English have effective communication. Even though they operate throughout the entire country (France), they are just one phone call away and aware of your work, making sure you have everything you need to succeed.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?
Living, working and studying abroad opens your horizons but it also helps you reevaluate the person that you think you are up until now. You will find yourself eating things that you would never think possible before, meeting people that otherwise you would have never met. By the end of the year, you will know a lot more than just the cliches everyone knows from the country, but also you will know a lot more about yourself.
Get out of your comfort zone and try it! It's possible and easier than it seems!
What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?
As a Cap English teacher, your schedules give you time to prepare your lessons with the advice and material they have at your disposition, but you also have time to enjoy life and sunny days in the city.
You would be attending different schools as a Cap English ambassador; some of the material will already be there, so no need to carry around a big suitcase. You'll have free hands to discover your city once the lesson it's over.
Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?
When I arrived in France, I knew how to say three phrases: bonjour, s'il vous plaît, merci (good morning, please and thank you), so I panic every time someone spoke to me, but it turns out these three magic words and a big smile are the keys to be well-received everywhere you go.
Now I'm able to speak fluent French, but it took a lot of mistakes and mispronunciations. Practice makes the master; mistakes are just part of the learning process.
Do you have a favorite story you'd like to share?
I found love while dancing salsa. I didn't even like it that much while living in my home country (you see, rediscovering myself) and now I have salsa lessons every Monday with my soon to be husband and I have fun and enjoy it like I never did before. And of course, he became an awesome French teacher for me.