Paris Compass: Let “College Day” and “Bloom Where You’re Planted” Guide You

Paris Compass: Let “College Day” and “Bloom Where You’re Planted” Guide You

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Moving to Paris and raising a family in a new environment can be both exciting and daunting. There are beautiful sites and museums to visit, tantalizing restaurants to try. But it’s hard to have fun when you’re still struggling to figure out how things work in your new city. Ne vous inquiétez pas. You’re not alone.

Every Fall, there are two important Anglophone community events to ease the transition for newcomers to Paris.

For a one-stop forum to help you get your bearings in Paris and find answers all your most pertinent questions on housing, education, health and taxes, BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED is the place to be.

If you’re already planted on French soil with a teenager who needs to make some tough decisions about his post-BAC future, don’t miss PARIS COLLEGE DAY.

college fair, CIS - Amsterdam
Photo courtesy of CIS

Paris College Day

When: Sunday September 25, 2016 from 1:30pm-4:30pm
Where: Hotel Renaissance Paris La Defense
60 Jardin de Valmy, 92818 Paris

Metro: La Défense Grande Arche (line 1 and RER A)

For over 30 years, this FREE fair, organized by CIS, the non-profit Council of International Schools, with volunteer support provided by AAWE, is dedicated to advising international families with teenagers preparing for their post-BAC (post high school) education.

With more than 100 secondary education institutions represented, it is also a very popular event for long-term residents of France seeking beyond the BAC options for their bilingual students. (If you have a child in his or her final two years of French lycée, or high school, this event will help with orientation.) French students with a high level of English language skills are also finding their way to this important fair to find out more about the many options for programs in English around Europe, the UK and the USA.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Bloom Where You're Planted Paris
Photo: American Church of Paris
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 9am-6pm (registration and prices here)
Where: American Church of Paris.
65, quai d’Orsay 75008 Paris
Metro: Alma Marceau (line 9), Pont de l’Alma (RER C)

Connect with fellow newcomers, and ease your transition into Parisian life at Bloom Where You’re Planted! For over 50 years, the American Church of Paris has been hosting this orientation program for English-speaking newcomers. Through a variety of seminars, knowledgeable speakers will address topics from taxes and real estate to the French work culture, shopping, cooking, health care, education and raising a family.

This year, Nancy Ing Duclos and Grace Wong-Folliet, two of INSPIRELLE’s founders, will also be speaking at BLOOM! 

Participants get to mingle over breakfast, lunch, and wine/cheese reception; and will receive a copy of the Bloom Where You’re Planted book, packed with helpful information and resources.

Bon courage! The adventure never ends in Paris…

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