I’m a newly-minted TEFL teacher hoping to work in France for 9 months to a year – as long as they’ll let me stay and work on a student visa. I recently finished a master’s degree in literature and decided to go abroad to teach as I needed a bit of an adventure. I chose France because I’d like to improve my French!
Does anyone have any experience looking for teaching work in Aix-en-Provence? I’ve also looked at Montpellier and Bordeaux, and as of right now Montpellier would probably be my first choice (I didn’t find the Alliance Française in Bordeaux very helpful, and as I’ll be doing classes with AF I’d like to have confidence in them). I’m considering going to Aix-en-Provence to check out work opportunities/life there…my main concerns are that there won’t be much teaching work available, since I’ve read there’s a very high expat/seasonal population. My other concern is that the cost of living might be insanely high!
Any advice on teaching in Aix or general tips on the city would be very much appreciated. I’m currently trying to decide if it’s worth going there to explore or just settling on Montpellier.
Thanks very much,
15 May, 2018 at 18:21
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I think you’ll find more work in Montpellier than in Aix. If you do decide on Aix though, you should be fine once you’re established. And that’s the key – getting established. Most English teachers in France build up work gradually from a variety of sources, on a freelance basis (“auto-entrepreneur”). It’s rare to get a full time contract with a language school, so most teachers get a few hours with a school here, a bit of private work there, eventually some university teaching work (which pays more), and all this of course takes time to build up, via word of mouth, sending your CV to language schools, and so on. I think this will probably take you longer in Aix than it would in Montpellier, so you need to be able to survive financially while you’re building up the work. Both Aix and Montpellier are really lovely cities, so both would be worthwhile.