I love hearing from you! I am happy to answer your questions as long as you have done your research and checked out the resources on this blog first.
These are some of the most common things people email me about. If you have a question about one of these topics, please read through and check out the super helpful resources I’ve shared before you email me. If you have a question or comment not addressed here, I would be happy to hear from you.
Do I need a visa to live in France?
Yes, unless you are an E.U. passport holder. Please check with your local French consulate to learn more. I’ve written about visas here. If your question isn’t answered there, I probably don’t know.
What kind of TEFL certificate should I get?
That’s a good question. I don’t know a lot about different TEFL programs — I’m really only familiar with the one I did (I wrote about it here.) If you’re trying to decide where to get your TEFL certificate, I suggest that you check relevant online forums and Facebook groups. I think they will be more helpful than I can!
Can you advise me regarding a student visa?
Probably not. I only had one student visa a really long time ago. I’ve linked to some helpful resources here, but I probably can’t tell you much more than that. I suggest you a) check out the resources I posted, b) research student visas on your local French consulate’s website, and c) look for information in a relevant Facebook group (e.g. Americans in France). There is a lot of helpful information already posted, so searching the group for “student visa” should turn up some results.
Will you write a post about my service/product?
Maybe. I generally don’t, but I am open to sharing things I personally like and use on my blog. I won’t write a post about a product or service I have never used.
Will you publish my post on your site?
No. If we are already acquainted, bloggingly speaking, I am totally open to collaboration! Otherwise, I generally don’t publish guest posts. However, there are lots of websites that will be glad to publish your work for free, and they probably have a lot more readers than my lil blog.
Can I publish your content on my site?
Maybe. I usually do not like to republish my posts, because I’m possessive like that. However, if there’s something I’ve written that you would like to share on your site (using a canonical URL) feel free to get in touch. Please do not share my content without my permission.
Will you write something for my site?
Maybe! It’s not always possible for me to write guest posts (so much to write, so little time!) but I do like contributing content when I can. Let me know what you have in mind!
How do I get a job in France?
It depends on a lot of factors — what field you’re in, how much experience you have, your work authorization status, your education, your language skills, etc. A lot of foreigners start out as students, au pairs, or English teachers. If you are highly skilled in a specialized area, you may be able to find other options. I explain how I got all my jobs in France and share other information here.
Can you tell me more about being a lecteur/lectrice?
Sure! Read this post first. If you still have questions, fire away.
I might be interested in attending MIIS. Can you tell me more?
Yes! I’ve written a little bit about my experience at MIIS here. I can only speak about the Translation, Interpretation, and Localization Management programs. For other programs, I suggest getting in touch with MIIS directly.
Guidelines for posting in expat Facebook groups:
Sometimes people ask me questions I don’t know the answer to. I often recommend joining relevant Facebook groups (e.g. Americans in France, English teachers in Lyon, etc.) because they are a treasure trove of information. However, just as I get annoyed when people email me with questions they haven’t bothered to Google, group members will get annoyed if you haven’t done any research before taking up their time. So before you post…
- Google it. Seriously.
- Search the group. (There should be a search bar on the right to type in keywords.) There’s a good chance that someone has asked your question before, and you can benefit from information that has already been shared.
- As long as you’ve done your due diligence before asking a question, I find that people in active groups are very generous with their advice.