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Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. TAPIF

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best part was getting to live in France and travel around. The time off was fantastic too. As a teaching assistant, you share all of the same holidays as the students.

    Cons

    The organization lacks structure. In addition, it is hard to become fully integrated with one's school. The schools often don't allow you to do outside work.


  2. Good salary/benefits, some complicated bureaucratic issues

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    Former Employee - English Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - English Teaching Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cultural Services of the French Embassy full-time (More than a year)

    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)


  3. Stagiaire du gouvernement

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cultural Services of the French Embassy as an intern

    Pros

    Good situation to start working and do research

    Cons

    Government salary is not very high

    Advice to Management

    It is a very good position for a couple of years


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  5. Ok Experience

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    Former Employee - English Language Teacher in Nantes (France)
    Former Employee - English Language Teacher in Nantes (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to improve my French

    Cons

    French bureaucracy and it was very disorganized


  6. Helpful (1)

    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)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cultural Services of the French Embassy full-time (More than a year)

    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 Management

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


  7. Bas salaire, de bons bénéfices Low pay, great benefits

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    Former Employee - Assistant de langues in Mulhouse (France)
    Former Employee - Assistant de langues in Mulhouse (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cultural Services of the French Embassy part-time (Less than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Beaucoup de vacances, des endroits incroyables où voyager, courts horaires

    Lots of vacation, incredible places to travel, short hours

    Cons

    Le salaire était maigre, et le voyage de et vers l'école était difficile, mais sinon c'était une expérience positive

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

    Advice to Management

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  8. Formidable expérience. Ça dépend du poste (assistant d'anglais). 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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cultural Services of the French Embassy part-time (Less than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Vous venez vivre en France et vous gagnez le minimum vital (sauf si vous êtes placés dans une grande ville ex. Paris). Occasion d'enseigner et d'apprendre le français. Programme relativement bien organisé.

    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

    Certains postes sont dans des zones très rurales. L'expérience dépend de l'emplacement de l'école. Certaines écoles sont bien organisées, d'autres semblent oublier qu'on travaille ici. C'est une question de chance.

    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 Management

    Donner aux assistants plus de 12 heures par semaine. Vraiment pas suffisant. Il serait plus approprié de leur donner 16 heures.

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


  9. En ce qui concerne l'Assistant du Programme de Formation : avec un système de soutien arbitraire, l'expérience est ce que vous en faites. Regarding the Assistant Teaching Program: With an arbitrary support system, the experience is what you make of it.

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    Current Contractor - English Teaching Assistant in Mantes-la-Jolie (France)
    Current Contractor - English Teaching Assistant in Mantes-la-Jolie (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cultural Services of the French Embassy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Vivre dans un pays étranger est l'aspect le plus positif de la collaboration pour le ministère français de l'Éducation. De plus, pouvoir étendre votre réseau à l'échelle mondiale est bénéfique. En plus, la durée de temps libre permettant de voyager et de

    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

    ...Cependant, la durée de temps libre peut aussi représenter un embêtement. Ceux qui s'attendent à avoir beaucoup d'expérience en tant qu'instituteur peuvent être déçus. C'est là où le système de soutien entre en scène. Il est extraordinairement arbitraire, dans le sens où, d'une région à l'autre, ou d'une école à l'autre, il se peut que vous receviez un énorme soutien, ou pratiquement aucun. Devoir passer par tant de bureaucratie et de paperasserie pour se frayer un chemin est une grande déception.

    ...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 Management

    Assurez-vous que les écoles et les instituteurs sont au courant des règles qui régissent les assistants. On ne peut pas faire grand chose de plus, à moins que le gouvernement soit disposé à payer plus les assistants en leur donnant plus d'heures de travai

    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.


  10. Bibliothécaire - Vacataire d'accueil du public et assistant de recherche 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)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cultural Services of the French Embassy part-time (Less than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Excellente atmosphère de travail avec de jeunes recrues, activités informelles souvent organisées après le travail Flexibilité : facile d'échanger des heures ou des jours de travail avec des collègues volontaires Le travail est très facile à gérer si vo

    - 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

    Parfois, les collègues plus âgés qui travaillent au même bureau sont impolis ou froids en demandant des informations. Ils peuvent également ne pas connaître les dernières informations et mal orienter les autres. Il est difficile d'aider sans remettre en question leur manière de gérer les choses. Vous devrez très probablement travailler tard ou le dimanche de temps à autre, ce n'était pas un problème pour moi Vous devrez très probablement essayer d'imposer votre autorité sur les jeunes qui sont bruyants à l'approche des examens et vous occuper de ceux qui s'en plaignent. Il s'agit d'un contrat d'étudiant non renouvelable, ouvert aux étudiants de 4ème année (Masters) pour une période déterminée de 6 mois. Ce travail offre pas mal d'argent de poche et d'expérience de la vie mais c'est tout ce que ça apportera à votre carrière.

    - 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 Management

    La direction est excellente, la bibliothèque a besoin d'approches plus innovantes - et de matériel - et doit rester simple pour ses utilisateurs.

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


  11. Professeur Professor

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    Current Employee - Professeur in Marseille (France)
    Current Employee - Professeur in Marseille (France)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cultural Services of the French Embassy full-time (More than 10 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    J'ai travaillé en tant que directeur de trois écoles françaises aux Etats-Unis, Croatie, Bosnie et Herzégovine.

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

    Cons

    Opportunités de travailler difficiles pour améliorer l'éducation d'enfants, les valeurs éthiques, les capacités sociales afin de construire une économie forte et une société juste.

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



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