Exploring Europe while getting paid to work & study in Paris

Exploring Europe while getting paid to work & study in Paris
1 August 2018 Friends of Gaspard
In Explore, Testimonials

When I moved from Australia to Paris, I didn’t really know what Paris had to offer me except being payed to work and study with Le Répertoire de Gaspard. In addition to fulfilling my dream of working in childcare I was taking the opportunity to do so in a new place.

First impressions

After arriving in Paris from a 24-hour flight, I was overwhelmed and homesick! Everyone was speaking French and I didn’t understand anything! At this point, I was scared and felt alone. On day two in Paris, I received a phone call from Le Répertoire de Gaspard welcoming me which made me realise why I was here and assured me that everything was fine. After the first few weeks with the agency, I was taking advantage of the free French lessons as part of the course and the days of not understanding French where over! My teacher was amazing and I was soon talking French and getting myself around. I had moved places and booked tickets for trips – I was really enjoying my time here!

Immersing in everything French

Before I knew it, I was taking advantage of living in Paris; exploring parks and the areas surrounding Paris which I could explore with just my Navigo travel card. Furthermore I was soon experiencing all the yummy foods France offers plus trying things I had never eaten before like frogs and snails. As time went by, I was falling more and more in love with Paris.

Highlights

I took part in the 5km colour run and 10km de Paris run with the Le Répertoire de Gaspard team.
I used my salary from working with the agency to visit the many museums and other attractions (for those who are a EU citizen and under 26 these are often free of charge!).
As time went by I used the many school holiday breaks to take trips to Amsterdam and to places in France like Nancy, Orléans, Versailles and Lyon (and many others nearby).
I was also able to see my host family and the friends I made when I went to school in France in 2014.

 

Wouldn’t change a thing

When I started the course with Le Répertoire de Gaspard, I didn’t know I was going to make so many amazing friends that became a family away from home. I also didn’t expect teaching English to be so rewarding! As I look back on my time and my experience I would not change a thing. My experience has made me who I am today; my horizons have been expanded and I have learnt to live away from home, becoming independent and grasping how to budget effectively. So many opportunities have now been opened for my future; I have achieved some amazing goals and embraced the culture here in France. I’ve joined in many traditions and made the best memories with a wonderful community.

By Ayesha Middleton, childcarer and CAP diploma graduate

Comments (2)

  1. Lebbane 4 months ago

    Good morning
    Iam Algerien I have intermédiate level in english and i also speak french and arabic
    I would like to find a job with you
    Iam very motivqte and i like children very well .
    Iam sure i ‘ll make him loving english .
    I wish you to accept me in your team
    Best regards

    • Rachel Cook 1 month ago

      Hi Lebbane, apply via our website (if you havn’t already done so) and the recruitment team will get back to you about your profile and if we have any job opportunities

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