How to Earn a Living in France!
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Behind the doors of a tiny pâtisserie, down a side street off the boulevard Saint-Germain, in the shade of tree-lined canals, an enchanting city of secrets and charms awaits you. Taking you through the city neighborhood by neighborhood, Paris Confidential is the ideal companion for those who want to discover a city they hadn’t yet imagined.
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Almost daily, I receive a letter wanting advice on how to find work in Paris. Most people who dream of living here can’t afford to do it without some income to support their baguette habit. It’s seems so difficult…working papers are near to impossible to get and the stumbling blocks seem endless.
The good news is that while it isn’t a piece of cake to create a new life here, it isn’t impossible. I’m just one of the thousands of true stories:
The first year in Paris I spent whiling away the time at the museums, lunching with new friends, reading in the parks and just discovering what the city had to offer. Virtually a “perpetual” tourist, I took advantage of every moment of the one-year sabbatical for which all those hard-earned bucks were saved.
The second year, a repeat performance wasn’t financially possible, so I did what any red-blooded American would do: create a new resumé (“CV” in French), peruse the help-wanted ads, make cold calls, see recruiters and employment agencies, network and talk to anyone and everyone. I had been told that hand-written cover letters were key to getting the right job, but I ignored that advice opting for the “more professional look” of a computer-printed letter (for God’s sake, wasn’t this 1995!?). My level of French was “debutante,” but no matter…I had knowledge and years of experience of American-style marketing they “needed” so language shouldn’t be a barrier?? I didn’t have working papers, but if they wanted me, they would get them for me. Right?
I got some appointments and went on some interviews. One in particular will never be forgotten — with a very important photo agency for a very important position and while walking out, I knew I had blown it…too confident, too optimistic, too full of “what I could do for you”…in short, too American.
Meanwhile, the savings were dwindling and anxiety was taking over. It wasn’t until I discovered how to work from within the community to network, meet people, prove myself and recreate myself using the talents I had from a “previous life” that the working world of Paris opened its doors to me.
“If I had only known then what I know now…” How many times have we said that to ourselves? In this case, it’s not “what,” but who. Finally on the scene is someone to make your dream come true with a lot less time, energy, angst and dwindling of savings than I experienced. We’re so impressed, that we’re pulling every string we can to rearrange his schedule so he can be live in-person at the Working and Living in France Conference to teach us all “how to earn a living in France.” And if he can’t, his presentation and his voice via audio feed direct to the conference will be! (Cool, huh?)
Meet Al Stewart…founder of Business Mentors, Inc., a management and career consulting company, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with offices in Fort Lauderdale and yes, Paris, France. Al’s credentials to help you organize and complete a successful job search, assess your skill sets to pursue a change in your career plan, learn to work effectively with the four channels of job search (networking, recruiting, classifieds, and the Internet) as well as to maneuver the maze of the daunting French system, is a career line-up in itself to be admired.
He’ll be telling us all how to go about setting and reaching your goals to “Earn a living in France” at the June 18 -20, 2004 Working and Living in France Conference…if not in person, then in live voice!
A la prochaine…
P.S. The new Springtime photo is thanks to portrait artist/photographer Theo Robinson who can take you from rags to riches with the click of his fancy digital camera. He’s fortunately for hire and I can tell you girls (and boys), the statement his photos make on those you want to impress are worth their weight in solid gold. See more of his amazing work at http://www.robinsonarts.com
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MOVING PARTS PLAYS IN ENGLISH
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
16th May John Ireland “The Magic Hour”
For more information, conact Stephanie Campion at: 06 14 67 18 58
The Improfessionals at Les 7 Lézards
Explore the buzz with the Improfessionals at the next run of shows through April and May at Les 7 Lézards – a jazz club in the Marais !
Thursday 29th of April – 7 p.m.
The International Players present in English
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Directed by Graham Bushnell who has also directed “Twelfth Night” for the Jardin de Shakespeare in Paris. The original music is composed by John Dawkins, musical director and conductor of the Melo’men choir and the Symphony Rainbow Orchestra.
The production will be part of the festivities to celebrate the 1300 years of the town of Le Pecq and also the centenary of the Entente Cordiale.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream occupies a special place in the works of Shakespeare: its contrasting worlds of dream and reality, its mixture of high and low comedy and its lyric beauty give it a timeless appeal. This production never loses sight of Shakespeare’s original intention: to tell a good story and to entertain.
A teacher’s pack and the complete script of the play
Thursday 3rd June, Friday 4th June, and Saturday 5th June at 20h30
Salle des Fêtes
15 euros (adults) 10 euros (students)
SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY BOOKSTORE PRESENTS…
* Special Poetry Readings as part of the Paris Poetry Workshop
Thursday, May 6th, 7 p.m.
* Monday Night Readings at Shakespeare and Company
BOOK SIGNINGS AT “FOOD”
Thursday, April 29th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 13th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 26th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
EXPOSITIONS at “FOOD”
Photos by Daniel Jouanneau for FRENCH VOGUE from the ’80s
Exhibition of “SEA,” photos by Tan Kadam, June 3 – 29, 2004
* CHILD DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Seminar Series on Children and Mental Health
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 8:00 PM
Dr. Stern will describe the newborn’s ability to form internal images (representations) of the people important to her or him, and how these images help the infant learn to interact with other humans. Among these earliest learning experiences are the ability to lump repeated patterns together to create a prototype of an activity (i.e., being fed) and the ability to imitate other humans, creating a window into other people’s feelings that provides the basis for sympathy, identification, knowing others and sharing experiences — all basic human traits.
Prof. Stern is currently Professeur Honoraire in the Faculté de Psychologie, Université de Genève, Adjunct Professor in the Dept.of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical School–New York Horspital, and Lecturer at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalysis. He trained at Harvard University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital (NY), and the National Institutes of Health (MD), among others. Prof. Stern is the author of six books, most of which have been translated into more than ten languages.
Free and open to the public.
* AN EVENING WITH NICK MORGAN
Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, Co-Sponsored by the Cornell Alumni Club of France
Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at 8:00 p.m.
WORKING THE ROOM:
There are several universal truths about public speaking. Most people hate doing it, and most don’t do it well. Morgan, a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and heads of state, will conduct a workshop that will teach you how to deliver a speech that grabs attention and impels action. Remarkable opportunity to learn from one of the best in the world. Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, calls his work “a must for any serious communicator.”
Two hours; limited to 30 participants. Sign-up via phone or e-mail.
For more info on Nick Morgan, you can check out his website at http://www.publicwords.com
* “PARIS–A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD CITY”
Evenings With an Author
Wednesday, May 5, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
Lynch has spent three decades documenting the life and beauty of the City of Light that he adores. Join us as he shares his hauntingly beautiful photographs and his insights into how he was able to capture these wonderful compositions. Lynch’s award-winning photographs have become part of the permanent collections of The Museum of The City of New
Gary Lee Kraut, Paris Revisited: The Guide for the Return Traveler
Whether a visitor or a long-term traveler by virtue of living here, Kraut’s book shows us how to see Paris with fresh eyes, giving insightful and entertaining views of both familiar and unfamiliar sights. To him, “off the beaten track” isn’t a place, it’s a way of looking and living beyond the clichés, a way of connecting with people and places so as to deepen our understanding not only of where we are but also of where we come from. “Paris Revisited: The Guide for the Return Traveler” (http://www.parisrevisited.com) is Gary Lee Kraut’s fifth travel book. He is the winner of FrancePress’s 1995 Prix d’Excellence for his guide to France published in the Fielding Travel Book Collection.
Free and open to the public.
American Library in Paris
USO Paris Presents
AN EVENING WITH THIRZA VALLOIS
Highly-acclaimed author of “Around and About Paris” series and “Romantic Paris”
Thirza Vallois will take you on a virtual romantic trip through Paris present and past. Funny, moving, outrageous love stories involving famous historical figures will also be part of the feast, always accompanied by wonderful slides. You will also get an insight into Paris at its most exquisite and most secret. If you think you have nothing more to learn about this city, by the end of the journey you will be amazed how much more there is to explore about “the civilized world’s eternal and splendid courtesan”, as William Faulkner described her.
Acknowledged worldwide as a Paris expert, Thirza Vallois has not only written several books, she has also contributes regularly to radio and television-BBC, PBS, CNN, Discovery, The Travel Channel, The French 5th Channel- and to such publications as Hemispheres, Condé Nast Traveller, the Financial Times. Her Three Perfect Days in Paris video was aired on all United Airlines international flights. She is also the author of the Paris entry to the 2002 edition of the Encarta Encyclopaedia.
“We come to Paris as to a stage on which to enact an episode of our love life, but before we know it we are caught under the spell and find out, to our astonishment, that it is Paris herself that has got under our skin, the one love that has no rival and that even time will never erode”
Thursday, May 13th, 2004 at 7:00 pm
SUNDAY 9 MAY
Nine American poets in Paris, writers with the 2004 Paris Poetry Workshop, a special event headed by award-winning poets Cecilia Woloch, James Baker Hall and Jeffrey Greene, will read their finest works, fresh with the inspiration of the City of Light, with guitar interludes by Yves Cutulic.
AT CITE DES ARTS – DINNER CHEZ PATRICIA
READING AND CONCERT 19h00 21h00
DONATION: READING & DINNER – 20 EUROS
RENDEZ-VOUS AT 19h00
GREAT FOOD! INTERNATIONAL CUISINE!
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. SPACE IS LIMITED.
“CA CHANTE A PANAME”
According to singer/actress Gay Marshall, “JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS…”
Gay Marshall, Gourmandises, Sabine Drabawitch and Arnelle Dumoulin will be singing songs from Broadway to Brel!
May 5 – 8 and 12 – 15, 8:30 p.m.
HEAR ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGE CHORUSES IN THE USA…
Southwestern Missouri State University Concert Chorale
Thursday, May 27, 2004, 12:45 p.m.
May 25, 2004,
Nouvelles Chansons with
NEW SONGS OF LOVE: DARE TO DREAM, RAINY DAY OUTSIDE, TIME PASSES
Thursday, April 29, 2004
In 2003, Ammon Moore recorded three songs for which he wrote the lyrics with Johann Wahlström, composer and Matts Ronander, guitarist of the musical group ABBA. Moore offers an inimitable style of “Jazziness” and “Soul” of Afro-American rhythm from all corners of Europe which inspired it. Moore presents for the first time at the Atrium Musical Magne his new songs accompanied by piano, bass and percussion, influenced by the spirit of the American Southern Church:
Entrance 15 Euros
FOR APHRODITE, “LA DORMEUSE DE CHYPRE”
Plein tarif: 20 euros
ite: 10 euros
Réservations: Ghyslaine Zay, 01 43 40 14 26, [email protected]
For more information:
PARIS CONNECTIONS SOIREE DINNER WITH PATRICIA LAPLANTE COLLINS
SUNDAY 9 MAY
Scroll up to see the details in “Literarily Speaking.”
NEXT MEETING: May 11, 2004 AND EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
WORKSHOPS AND MASTER CLASSES BY MADELEINE BARCHEVSKA
Workshop in Executive Presence
“You can rapidly improve your personal and professional life by clarifying the signals you send out to the world. This learning will bring you to that capacity.”
– Madeleine Barchevska, M.A.
Inviting You to Explore… “Behind the Mask “
Increased confidence, clarity and impact are the results of this training. Designed for executives and top management, this is a high-performance training program which enhances personal impact, accelerates development of personal style, and minimizes stress due to time constraints.
The mask is an ancient tool of liberation. It magnifies perception and puts us in direct contact with the flow of our nervous systems and our impulse to respond to life. Both life sciences and theatre arts inform this training. It is both direct and indirect, deep and engaging, and contributes immediately to success at a dynamic executive level.
Madeleine Barchevska has developed an award-winning approach to Executive Presence training, which is profound, accelerated, fascinating, and which also gives immediate results in all areas of life. Barchevska takes the essence of artistic and scientific knowledge and custom-designs training for the specific needs of each individual within the group. This can be a memorable learning experience for each participant.
Course price: 85 Euros
245 Euros 3-hour private session
For more information, [email protected]
Join us for a fun-filled week of creative writing in the South of France…
Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of “French Toast”, the successful memoir about her life in France and her reaction to mind-boggling cultural differences, will help you shape your thoughts and buckle down to put them on paper in a writing workshop devoted to getting the best out of yourself and your memories and experiences.
Location: Le Bois des Dames located in the Rhone Valley.
Lodging and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and wine) included (double occupancy). Early bird special: A 200 Euro discount will be applied for registration before April 30th, a 50% deposit is required at this time. See registration form for refund info.
For more information and registration please visit /parlerparis/travelwriters/rochefortmemoirs/index.html or contact:
May 9-12, 2004
Learn how you can earn extra income traveling the world as a VIP, meeting new people and enjoying the freedom and independence of a writer’s life…
This is the workshop we’ve hosted for the third year here in Paris taught by the best in the industry: Jennifer Stevens, John Forde, Steenie Harvey with guest speakers Rose Marie Burke, Thirza Vallois, Polly Platt and me!
Signing up before April 1, 2004, save $100 and pay $1,297 to enroll.
There may only be a few seats left, so act now. Visit http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/workshop/pp/
If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or investing in property in France, these power-packed conferences are a MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian Leeds, Editorial Director and Editor of the Parler Paris daily newsletter, these few days will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conferences include seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails — with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts.
Choose the one that’s right for you!…
Working and Living in France
Living and Investing in France
Working and Living in France
Read what our past participants have to say about our Paris Office Conferences and Tours…/frenchproperty/conference/conferencements.html
Reservations and information:
If you’d like to know more about the conferences or reserve your place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html or email Schuyler Hoffman:
As Part of the
Take a journey on foot with renowned Paris expert Thirza Vallois into the depths of Paris’ literary Left Bank. As Thirza puts it: “Scratch beneath the surface to probe into the souls and lives of the restless people, both high and low, who throughout the ages have never ceased to shape and reshape it.
Spanning three centuries of intellectual and artistic life, Thirza Vallois will walk you from the western edge of the Latin Quarter to the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a tiny (and visually exquisite) territory where so much of it took place. We shall start from the city’s first café, which opened back in the late 17th century. And we shall find out why…,
“Paris is a city of perpetual change, a hectic building site of destruction and reconstruction, of restoration and renovation, where fashions are no sooner created than forsaken, a city in perpetual motion whose rounds of pleasure are periodically broken by maelstroms of social fury and bloodshed and whose throbbing pulse has always exerted a magnetic power on creative minds from far and wide, who have bequeathed to the world great schools of art and thought.”
Schedule: May 10, 2004 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
TO RESERVE CONTACT:
Agora Travel and Conference Services
SURVIVAL FRENCH WORKSHOPS
Need to know just a few basics to get by while you’re here in Paris? This 9-hour intensive workshop is OPEN TO EVERYONE
Taught by French language expert Marie-ElisabethCrochard, former director of Berlitz Champs Elysées and co-coordinator of Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group!
DAY ONE — MAY 7, 2004:
DAY TWO — MAY 8, 2004:
DAY ONE — JUNE 21, 2004:
DAY TWO — JUNE 22, 2004:
Includes nine hours of classroom instruction. Learn how to survive on your own in Paris, master the basics — greetings, learn how to order your croissant, ask for the check, the price of an item, sizes, colors, numbers, asking for the time and all the key questions: who, what, where, when, how…, the use of the 10 basic verbs and where the Musée d’Orsay is located. Also, become skilled at exchanging pleasantries with the French — learning about the social protocols most often misunderstood by tourists.
$195 Workshop/Conference Participants
TO RESERVE CONTACT:
Adrian Leeds 01.40.27.97.59 or [email protected]
*Special Holiday Closings: May 1, May 8, May 22
YOUR FIRST TIME IS FREE!
Join us at the ParlerParlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers.
PARLOR TIMES — 3 TIMES A WEEK IN TWO LOCATIONS
Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.
AT COPROM LANGUES
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL INFORMATION
June 5 – July 25, 2004, 3:30 p.m.
E WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN CHURCH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:
Do you attend the American Church in Paris? Every Sunday after church we staff a Welcome Table that distributes information to newcomers about living in Paris and the activities of the American Church. We are looking for people who are willing to stay after church once a month or every 6 weeks to help staff the table. (Singles or couples are welcome!) For further information, please contact Charlie Pineda at [email protected]
BLOOM 2004 CO-CHAIRS URGENTLY NEEDED:
Do you want to have fun, meet new friends and make a huge difference in the lives of others?! Consider being the 2004 Chair for Bloom Where You’re Planted – it may be the most important thing you do while you are here in Paris! October 2004 will be the 34th annual program and we have an established program which allows you an opportunity to participate in a time honored tradition while make your mark on Paris by organizing this year’s event! As BLOOM Co-chair you have “high visibility” and are the “face” of BLOOM leading monthly organizational meetings, recruiting volunteers and attendees and representing BLOOM in the community at large. Being a BLOOM Co-chair is a great resume builder and is fulfilling because you get to make a difference in Paris by leading the world’s best expatriation program. We are looking for dynamic, creative, energetic people with great leadership, communication, & organizational skills. For more information, contact: Toma HAINES 01.55.42.16.15 or Kittie BROWN 01.47.66.38.51
THE WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN CHURCH (WOAC) SEEK A PRESIDENT:
You can make a difference in the English speaking community in Paris! Become the President of WOAC andyou will be building your resume while enriching the community here in Paris. We’re looking for someone creative to lead monthly meetings, act as liaison between the church and the club, to initiate outreach opportunities, and be a “face” of the WOAC representing our organization at church board meetings and in community events. Longevity in Paris doesn’t matter (new to Paris is okay). Candidates must be a member of the American Church. If you have leadership, organizational and communication skills and would like to make a difference, please contact Kittie Brown 01.47.66.38.51
DEMOCRATS ABROAD FIRST TUESDAY
First Tuesday will be held on Wednesday next month!
Religion in Politics: Where are we Headed?
Religion has become a focal point in world conflict and foreign policy, and it is also a deepening faultline in American politics. Our distinguished speakers will help clarify what is at stake both at home and abroad in the new religious wars.
Dr. Neal Blough
Moderator: Rey Riemer
To be held at
Please send your check for 32 Euros to Cathy Decavèle, 22 Chemin de la Rousterie, 78460 La Chevreuse, made out to Democrats Abroad France To pay at the door, call for reservations: Cathy Decavele at 01 30 52 34 92 or Ellie Schaffer at 01 43 20 78 01.
Seeking an adult who speaks French and can approach people in the community to ask them to complete a 33-item research instrument on Les Attitudes Diabete. Participation is voluntary. The sample would be convenience, i.e., anyone who wants to participate.
The instrument is valid and reliable developed by the University of Michigan Medical School. It looks at general diabetic attitudes held by ordinary people. It isn’t necessary that they be diabetic.
We would like to get the data collection started now and continue it over the next few months.
To sign up, contact William R. Whetstone, PhD Professor, Public Health College of Health & Human Services California State University Dominguez Hills, email: [email protected]
THE INTERNATIONAL LIVING PARIS OFFICE IS SEEKING INTERNS
If you are willing to work in exchange for valuable knowledge about working and living in France!– this is your opportunity to attend the June 18 – 20, 2004 Working and Living in France Conference free of charge if you can be available to work with Schuyler Hoffman and Adrian Leeds to assist in the coordination of the event the weeks in advance and be present at the conference all three days. Your expenses will be paid throughout the conference.
Experience with event coordination is important. Only the most appropriate candidates will be considered. Please send an email explaining why you believe you are qualified to Adrian Leeds at [email protected]
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