experiences of Erasmus yr abroad please (France)

(31 Posts)
ggirl Sun 10-Mar-13 17:58:05

dd is going to Bordeaux for her 3rd yr

she's v excited and happily planning..not expecting me to do anything, thankfully a very independent person

I am however a tad anxious and would like to hear some other peoples experience of theirs or their childs yr abroad.

how did you get all your stuff there?
were you homesick?

fussychica Sat 27-Apr-13 13:45:50

Reviving this thread as DS has just found out he is going to Bordeaux region for his year abroad as a Language Assistant with the British Council. Won't know what city/town/village he's going to until the summer.
ggirl it's good to know where they're going isn't it. means they can start planning.
Anyone else's DCs off to Bordeaux or working as a Language Assistant on their year abroad?

overthemill Sat 04-May-13 16:53:18

ooh glad to see this post! my dsd has got her year abroud in 'outree mer - ie a Caribbean island! slightly shocked and not sure what her costs will be. She gets her erasmus grant plus some euros as 'pay' for her teaching assistantship. But anybody know how it works outside of actual france?

its so exciting for them all though isn't it?

fussychica Sun 05-May-13 13:29:01

Oh how fab. DS thought about it but played it safe with mainland France. Did she put that as one of her choices or was it pot luck? Does she know which island yet?

See this link
www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-france.htm
Outre mer pay is 40% more than the usual 965 Euros per month (gross) 800 net as the cost of living is 40% more. She will have to pay the air fare costs but maybe eligible for a travel grant.

www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/documents/digitalasset/dg_195933.pdf

Her Uni should also give her a full or part fee waiver as she is away for the full academic year.

DS is also waiting to find out if he is going to Germany for the summer - in the nicest possible way I hope I don't see much of him for the next 12 months grin

fussychica Fri 21-Jun-13 19:52:41

Reviving again.
DS now in Hamburg - very hot. Just getting to grips with his temporary new life there.
He has been allocated a very rural Teaching Assistant placement in the Bordeaux region, miles from anywhere & close to the Spanish border. Not what I was hoping for him.
Any tips for rural living in France?

Isthiscorrect Sat 22-Jun-13 13:46:16

Fussy post on the living overseas thread there are a number of MN who live in that region.

Good luck to him, its all sounds very adventurous.

fussychica Sun 23-Jun-13 15:56:10

Thanks - will do. Just thought there might be someone who had done a BC placement in a very rural area.

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