Hindsight is 20/20: What is CAF and why is it important for expatriates in France?

If you are a future TAPIF assistant or just a future expatriate of France, you may have heard the acronym CAF thrown around a time or two throughout your preparations. So, what exactly is CAF, and why is it so important for those whom live in France? CAF is short for Caisse d’Allocations Familiales, an organization that exists to help people in France with living … Continue reading Hindsight is 20/20: What is CAF and why is it important for expatriates in France?

Why yes, I’m on holiday, by myself: my account of my first adventure of traveling alone as a female in Cork, Ireland

Female solo travel, three words that are either taken with complete shock doused with fear or with complete and utter bravado. It is well known that we live in a very crazy world, one in which terrorist attacks have become the norm and many people fear for their safety on a regular basis. This fear not only keeps people from traveling, but it keeps young … Continue reading Why yes, I’m on holiday, by myself: my account of my first adventure of traveling alone as a female in Cork, Ireland

Hindsight is 20/20: Taking care of things back home before embarking on your French adventure

Now that you’ve been accepted to TAPIF and you have ¬†your placement as well as have started on a packing list, you aren’t quite ready yet. There are many other things that you have to consider before you move to France. Many of these things are very important even for people who aren’t moving abroad to teach with TAPIF but are just moving abroad, regardless … Continue reading Hindsight is 20/20: Taking care of things back home before embarking on your French adventure

Hindsight is 20/20: A guide to what you should and should not pack for moving to France

I don’t know about you, but working through TAPIF was the first time that I was planning on being away from home for longer than 4 months. I had studied abroad for 4 months a few years before, but moving to work, to live in an apartment, to be earning my own money, and for 7 months was a whole new ball game. So, at … Continue reading Hindsight is 20/20: A guide to what you should and should not pack for moving to France