When I read Alexandra Tracy’s piece about working while studying abroad in France on Travel Latina, our similar yet vastly different experiences struck me. I also wanted to learn more about teaching in Marseille.
As Latinas, both of us have studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence (I went for five months in 2011). Other than that, we spent our time differently. I had a short stay, so I took university courses, I didn’t find a job and I spent most of my free time traveling or watching Anthony Bourdain episodes. I had an insanely generous program that gave me a monthly stipend, and while I loved every second of traveling, I didn’t meet as many locals as I could’ve. By teaching in Marseille for eight months, Alexandra integrated into French culture in profound ways. Find out what it was like for her to teach youth of color in Marseille.