Calling all TEFLers! France is waiting.
1) Geographically Fantastic
I was thinking about how I would try sum up the French landscape. It is impossible. Whether it is North, South, East or West, it’s all different! The south of France, known for its warm climate and chic clientele, feels a million miles away from the cosy lodges of the Alps! Our most common TEFL hotspots include the likes of Paris, Lyon, Montpellier and Marseille, and each has their own charm and vibrancy. France has A LOT to offer! Beach, mountain, city, and countryside – it’s got it!
2) It’s easy to leave!
I’ve just told you how amazing France is...but it is in a great position for easy access to other countries too. In a clockwise direction France borders with....wait for it: Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Andorra! Phew! It’s also home to the TGV (the fastest train in the world!) so make sure you make the most of any public holidays to go for that weekend trip skiing in Verbier or an impulse shopping trip in Milan. Sounding pretty tempting now isn’t it?
3) Food, glorious food!
France is a connoisseur of good food and wine! Fact. Each region has a tendency to have its own speciality so make sure to try out the local dish. France produces about 20% of the world’s wine and is the inventor of Champagne. It is fair to say that the French have all their bases covered. If you’re a foodie, like me, then make sure to check out our TEFL Guide to French Food for more information
4) France – The Champion of Culture
Ok, so we’re beginning to get the idea that France is good at quite a lot of stuff. Whether it’s the architectural remnants of Louis XIV’s heyday, the pioneering fashions of Coco Chanel, the football skills of Zinedine Zidane or the increasingly popular past time of parkour, French culture is going to keep you on your toes!
5) High demand!
After all those facts you are probably itching to find out a few more details! You’re in luck. For teaching positions in France, places such as Paris, Lyon and Montpelier are all strong business centres which have a high demand for English teachers.
However, places are competitive; to work in France you’ll need a degree. EU citizens are entitled to live and work in France for 3 months before applying for a residence visa but are free to work whilst the application is being put in place. In recent years France has tightened immigration laws, so for Non-EU citizens it is a bit trickier as you will have to obtain a visa de long séjour AND secure a job before arriving in France. Make sure to check out our Jobs board regularly!
Looking to TEFL in France? Make sure to have a read of our free French guide