Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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Cultural Services of the French Embassy Reviews

Updated April 12, 2014
Updated April 12, 2014
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  1.  

    Good salary/benefits, some complicated bureaucratic issues

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    Former Employee - English Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - English Teaching Assistant

    Pros

    --Salary is good, as are benefits
    --Decent assistance in securing a work visa, while time-consuming, is simple enough
    --Great amount of independence/freedom in the work environment

    Cons

    --Higher ups tend to be difficult to contact
    --Support/training is severely lacking if you haven't taught before (easily my biggest gripe--with a bit more instruction from the Ministry or from colleagues, the TAPIF program would be far less stressful)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great missions, great opportunities, but too administrative

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    Former Employee - Deputy Attaché  in  Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Deputy Attaché in Warsaw (Poland)

    Pros

    Possibility to meet very interesting people for all sectors, the pay is good especially in Easter Countries, the missions are interesting,

    Cons

    Very hierarchial, not enough business minded people whereas we are in times of economic diplomacy, no opportunities for advancement and no follow up after the mission ended (VIA contract)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help more to find a job after the mission ended. Be more business minded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Low pay, great benefits

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    Former Employee - Language Assistant  in  Mulhouse (France)
    Former Employee - Language Assistant in Mulhouse (France)

    Pros

    Lots of vacation, incredible places to travel, short hours

    Cons

    Pay was low, and travel was a bit difficult to-and-from school, but overall it was a positive experiecne

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    Recommends
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    Great Experience - Depends on Placement (English Teaching Assistant)

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    Former Employee - English Teaching Assistant  in  Bordeaux, Aquitaine (France)
    Former Employee - English Teaching Assistant in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (France)

    Pros

    You get to live in France and you are paid a living wage (unless you are placed in a large city e.g. Paris). Opportunity to teach and learn French. Relatively well organized program.

    Cons

    Some placements are very rural. Experience depends on your school placement. Some schools are well organized, others seem to forget that you work there. Luck of the draw.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give assistants more then 12 hours per week. Not nearly enough. 16 would be more appropriate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Regarding the Assistant Teaching Program: With an arbitrary support system, the experience is what you make of it.

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    Current Employee - English Teaching Assistant  in  Mantes-la-Jolie (France)
    Current Employee - English Teaching Assistant in Mantes-la-Jolie (France)

    Pros

    Living in a foreign country is the foremost positive aspect of working for the French Ministry of Education. Also, being able to expand your network on a global scale is another benefit. To add, the amount of free time to travel and do what you want is incredible.

    Cons

    ...However, the amount of free time can be a nuisance as well. For those expecting to gain a lot of experience as a teacher, you may be disappointed. But this is where the support system comes in. It is extraordinarily arbitrary in that from region to region, school school, you may have great support, or virtually none at all. This is a big disappointment when you have so much bureaucracy to navigate and red tape to slash through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that schools and teachers are aware of the rules governing assistants. Not much else can be done, unless the government is willing to pay assistants more by giving them more hours to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Librarian - Vacataire d'accueil du public et assistant de recherche

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    Former Employee - Vacataire D'accueil Du Public Et Assistant De Recherche  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Vacataire D'accueil Du Public Et Assistant De Recherche in Paris (France)

    Pros

    - Really good work atmosphere within the young recruits, often organized informal after works

    - Flexibility: easy to exchange hours or days of work with voluntary colleagues

    - Job is really easy to master if you're interested and involved

    - Fulfilling, you really help others and often get to see their improvement (I was in the language section, newly immigrants would come several times a week to learn French for example)

    - Possibility for bilinguals to give conversation classes at the Library in their mother tongue once a week.

    - Understanding and available management: they are genuinely concerned about your health and well-being. Great plus.

    Cons

    - Sometimes the older colleagues who work at the same desk are rude or unfriendly to people asking information. They may also not know up to date information and mislead others. It's hard to help without challenging their way of dealing things.

    - You will most likely have to do late shifts or work on Sundays once in a while, was not a problem for me

    - You will most likely have to attempt to impose authority on the noisy and young bunches around exam dates and deal with other people complaining about it.

    - It's a one time student job non renewable contract, open to 4th year students (Masters) and for a fixed period of 6 months. It's great pocket money and life experience but that's all it will be career wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Management is great, the library itself needs more innovative approaches- and material- and needs to keep it simple for Users.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Professor

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    Current Employee - Professor  in  Marseille (France)
    Current Employee - Professor in Marseille (France)

    Pros

    Worked as head of three French School abroad USA, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Cons

    Opportunities to work hard for improving educational children background, ethical values, social skills to build strong economy and fair society

    Recommends
  9.  

    teaching assistant- great experience!

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    Former Employee - English Teaching Assistant  in  Angoulême (France)
    Former Employee - English Teaching Assistant in Angoulême (France)

    Pros

    Working with kids
    time to travel

    Cons

    not a lot of support/ training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Awesome way to experience life in France

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Lyon (France)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Lyon (France)

    Pros

    If you get placed in your top-choice location, you are super lucky-- but you will have a wonderful year!

    Cons

    SOme people really end up in sort of isolated areas. I also heard that some people had difficulty with their students being obnoxious

    Recommends
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  11.  

    A very worthwhile experience for anyone deciding whether to become a teacher and who enjoys foreign language and culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - English Teaching Assistant  in  Poitiers (France)
    Current Employee - English Teaching Assistant in Poitiers (France)

    Pros

    You get to work with French middle schoolers and high schoolers on a daily basis. You work only 12 hours a week, but are paid 1,100 Euros per month (800 Euros after taxes). You have plenty of free time and some extra money to travel in France and Europe. A large part of your rent is paid for by the French Government.

    Cons

    There are many administrative and bureaucratic hassles which can be very frustrating. Many parts of the French system are very inefficient and some are also unjust.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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