Thursday, June 12, 2008

Disappointed but not defeated....

I found out today that I didn't get renewed. I'm disappointed and sad. Apparently it was almost exclusively secondary assistants and it sounds like it's still a waiting list of people waiting for spots. But I haven't given up yet. I did decide that I really want to stay here a little while a go, so now I'm going to go for a full court press against the rectorat. I will call, email, run all the way to Amiens for a personal interview, whatever it takes! I am going to get renewed. Anyone who was named to Amiens this year had better watch out, because I will be back in the US this summer and I might be really desperate. Lock your doors. ; )

I guess I can offer to change levels to secondary, even though I much, much prefer working with the little kids. This isn't a staying in France at all costs kind of thing, this is more staying in a job that I like in a place that I like with people that I like. Other options: finding a last-minute FACC visa sponsor, convincing D to PACS me (not sure what her boyfriend would say about that), forcing le Rémois to PACS me (he does owe me €20 for that completely pointless round-trip voyage to Reims), contacting Stalky McStalkerson and convincing him to move here and PACS me, getting the bus driver to PACS me, paying one of the two homeless guys in front of Monoprix to PACS me, paying one of the creepy bar-brasserie guys to PACS me, paying anyone in town to PACS me, living in the school all summer and just starting work again in the fall and hoping no one will notice the immigration problems, forging an arreté (that shouldn't be too difficult, actually), convincing one of my students' parents to hire me as a nanny, becoming one of the homeless men in front of Monoprix.

Favorite options? Other ideas? Any viable options?

And I actually do have a serious question: does anyone know if I can apply as a recruté locale while my CDS is still valid and then get it renewed immediately if I get the post?


Monique said...

I have an idea, if you fly in and out of Geneva on the French side, no one checks your passport. My dad lived in Annecy and the closest airport was Geneva, and those f-ers NEVER stamp passports. No matter where you're coming from or going to.

The Swiss don't care, just as long as you're giving them your business, no questions asked. So you know, you could go to, find someone who wants a nanny to house you and then fly in an out of Geneva :)

That's not too shady.... right?

Jennie said...

Ha, that's true about Geneva. I have never once had them actually check my passport. They just cared that I had it in my hands.

Don't give up all hope about renewal though. I was told I wasn't renewed in June/July as well but then I was offered a post in September!

shannon said...

Wow! That's a long list of PACers. LOL!

See, I'm all confused. This is weird. I thought that since I was a secondary assistant, my chances of being renewed were slim. It seems like that's a much more popular post. And that primary assistants were more in demand. Like that British girl on the forums who was asked to change to 9 month primary and has her pick or regions. What's with that??? None of this makes sense.

Good luck, my friend. I want you to be renewed so so much!

Samantha said...

Oh man, that's crappy. But like Jennie said, I wouldn't give up hope yet, at least not completely. And you could always come back as a student.

As for your cds, it all depends on what kind of cds you have. If it's salarié, you might have a chance, if not, you're probably out of luck. Though I don't know how much luck you'll have applying as a recruté local anyways, since they're really at the bottom of the barrel - unless you have connections, they only get chosen after all the incoming assistants and the people who want to renew have been contacted.

Au Soleil Levant said...

Thanks for all the sympathy guys! Will have to look into flying through Geneva....

Actually, now that I think about it, PACSing doesn't help me at all because I wouldn't have the right to work for a year. But I definitely don't want to get married. Maybe I should find a rich guy who can support me to PACS with.

Sadly I have a travailleur temporaire CDS, so I think any recruté locale stuff is out of the question. But the secretary did suggest trying the private schools, maybe they would be willing to sponsor a visa.

Le Tigre in France said...

Sorry to hear that! But don't give up hope, you never know, some assistants might pull out at the last moment. Also, you can come back as a student. People say in comparision to the cost of an American degree it's quite a bargain to come and study in France.