Due to hacking and spam control difficulties, the assistantsinfrance.com forums have been replaced by targeted Facebook groups over the last few months. Years and regions are represented as separate groups, so please do a search for your group accordingly. The previous software that was running the forums allowed too many spammers through the system, and they eventually ground the server to a halt. Therefore, the forums have been taken offline until a better forum management solution can be fully implemented.

My goal is to have the forums up and running again in the coming months, with a mobile version of the website available in its next iteration. All previous posts will be maintained, as will user accounts. Please be patient with me while I continue to work on this issue. Thank you!

Hello there! I am in the process of updating the assistantsinfrance.com website in a serious way. As you may or may not know, spam is a big issue with the forums and I am attacking the problem to the best of my ability. In the process, the site may occasionally not function here and there. But, hopefully, in a few days, it will work flawlessly! Apologies for any issues in the meantime...

I am also trying to get a mobile version of this site up and running. I will let you know if that becomes a reality.

Thanks for your patience while things are getting rearranged.

I will be updating the website over the next few days, so please be patient! There may be some weirdness, but we'll get through it! I am starting the maintenance today (June 22) and will update you when everything is all done and ready -- or when all hell breaks loose and the site is totally broken. Either/Or...

If you registered on the forums, you should have received an e-mail with your username and password. Please remember to forward this e-mail to Lee Ann or Jennie (by hitting reply) in order for your account to be activated. We receive dozens of registrations everyday and the majority are spam, so we have to activate legitimate accounts individually.

If your e-mail does not go through, you can also ask for help at the Assistants in France 2011-12 Facebook group, as Jennie (the administrator Nadjezhda on the forums) is also a member.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., is having a cocktail reception for alumni of the Teaching Assistant Program in France on Thursday, March 10, 2011, from 6pm to 8pm. This event is an opportunity to meet and mingle with other former teaching assistants living in the Washington, D.C. area. Organized with the support of the Embassy's Regional Department of Economic Affairs, the reception will also be a chance to network with representatives from a number of French and French-oriented businesses and organizations operating in the U.S. and overseas.

For more information, please see the Alumni of the Teaching Assistant Program in France - USA Facebook group.

If you are currently an assistant in France and you would like to renew for a second year, the form is available online. You cannot change académies, but you can request to change school(s) and/or the city. You will need to get it signed by the chef d'établissement before sending it to the rectorat or CIEP. The deadline is March 14, 2011.

Renewal Form 2011-12 (PDF)

Even though the form says that you will receive an e-mail in June, do not count on this. Many times assistants do not hear anything concrete until September or even October because new assistants have priority over renewing assistants, and so the rectorat must wait until a new assistant resigns before offering the position to a renewing assistant.

The application for the American program is due tomorrow, January 1, 2011!

If you're having trouble with the online application, call or e-mail Carolyn Collins at the French Embassy in DC. Also check out the TAPIF page on Facebook - a lot of questions have been answered there.

Good luck!

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