Some Advice Please...
Yesterday I was asked by the head of the Modern Languages Student Association at my uni to give a bit of a presentation at a forum that they're going to be holding in mid-March for anyone who's interested in the French program, and things that you can do with French. They'll be having people from the UBC and SFU teacher training programs, a lady from EduFrance (more on that later), and some other speakers too.
I've been asked to talk about my experience working in France as an English assistant last year.
I said yes, then started thinking.
If I get up there, and say how wonderful it was, and what a great time I had, all the travelling I did, and how much I think everyone should do the same thing, I'd be in part lying. And, if I get up there and say how much I hated it, and how the French government and the Academie de Lille screwed me over (i.e. getting paid), and how the French police harassed me, not to mention all the hassle getting paperwork, I know that's not what they want me to say.
It seems to that it's not a win-win situation, because I won't feel good either way.
Then there's the EduFrance lady who's coming. I'm curious to meet her, because I was in email contact with her when looking for a uni course in Lille. Turns out that I paid about $1000 Canadian for the course, and didn't end up getting anything out of it, because the course was for people beginning to learn French. The rub is that I can't really say anything to her about it (I paid her 100Euro or $150 Canadian for her to "find the course"), because she's a good friend of the head of the French department at my uni. And of course, I still have to take courses from the her.
What to do, what to do...