The long-awaited arrival!

I was very excited yesterday afternoon when I received my arrête de nomination in the mail! My mother texted me during the day that a letter from the Académie de Lyon had arrived and I couldn’t wait to get home from my internship to open it.

I’ve been placed in 2 schools: a high school in Bellignat and a middle school in Oyonnax. My high school’s name is Lycée Arbez Carme and the middle school is Collège Louis Lumière. I’m glad I’m getting the experience to teach in 2 different settings and age groups of schoolkids! I will be primarily at Bellignat, spending 75 % of my teaching time there, with 25% in Oyonnax.

So where are Bellignat and Oyonnax anyway? 

Bellignat and Oyonnax are both in the Ain département of the Rhône-Alpes region, of which Lyon is the capital. Bellignat and Oyonnax are 10 minutes apart from each other, both approximately an hour from Lyon and an hour from Geneva. (Looking forward to taking day trips into Switzerland!)

Location of Ain in France

Location of Ain in France

I still have a lot of research to do about my two new towns, along with finding housing (!) with both a reasonable commute and a reasonable social life. From what I can gather, Bellignat has a population of approximately 3,500 inhabitants, and Oyonnax is home to about 23,000 people. That’s quite a difference! I”m looking forward to experiencing two different lifestyles while I’m in France, and I’ll keep this blog updated with my findings on what to expect in Bellignat and Oyonnax!

Oyonnax

Oyonnax

Bellignat

Bellignat

 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 

 

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5 thoughts on “The long-awaited arrival!

  1. Laura Angell says:

    Hello!

    I would love to hear how your experience went within Bellignat since it is such a small town! I have just received my contract and both of my schools are in a small town named Mauriac in the Auvergne region. I am a bit worried because I am from Denver, and am only used to large towns (which is why I asked for a large town on the app). Anyways the town is less than 4k and anything about your experience in a small town would be very helpful. TBH I am really nervous.

    Thanks,
    Laura

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    • Nathalie says:

      Hi Laura! I was worried too about my placement and I’m not even from a big city in the US! Sometimes it was hard, not going to lie. Depending on the trains near where you are this could be different, but my town was reallly isolated and I had to travel 2 hours basically to get anywhere, which cut down on the day trips I could do. BUT I still pulled off lots of weekend trips and longer trips during school. I also was able to save money living in a small town because to be honest there just wasnt a whole lot for me to spend my money on! (bars, restaurants, movies, shopping, etc). I really got to know the other assistants in my town as well as the teachers I worked with in a way that friends who were placed in big cities were not able to do.

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  2. espoir891 says:

    Hi !I’m an indian and i was just looking for blogs of people who have been to lyon . First of all, I’m so grateful to this blog . I’m going to be somewhere in the académie de Lyon this year, still awaiting my arrêté and this blog is really helpful .
    Is there anything specific I should know about the académie ? Also dying from anxiety cause I haven’t received the arrêté yet . Any piece of advice would be super helpful . Thanks 🙂

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    • Nathalie says:

      Hi! Thanks for your comment! Lyon is a huge academie so you could really be placed anywhere- I had my heard set on being in Lyon and I was pretty far from it. I know its really really hard to wait for the arrete but there’s absolutely nothing that you can do about it…..I would advise just looking up the different towns in the region of Lyon for comparison sake. The Academie de Lyon is one of the biggest in France and also one of the most popular so assistants are pretty spread out. Good luck!

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