Thursday, April 24, 2008

Why I can't wait for the summer

Ok Internet, I need help, and fast.

I was hoping it wouldn't come to this, was hoping that I wouldn't make the cut for both, but it seems that I have received two very awesome and highly competitive job offers for summer employment and I can only accept one.

Job #1 is a position as French instructor and group leader for a summer "academic adventure" trip in France. (Did I mention it's in France?) The trip comprises an "adventure" portion, a classroom portion, and a homestay/community service portion for the kids. The entire trip is about 26 days, but including orientation/debriefing/wilderness first responder training (?!?!?!) it ends up being between 4 and 5 weeks long for me. The pay? The pay is diddlysquat. But it does include a free roundtrip plane ticket to France (did I mention it's in France?), so I'm not complaining too much. However, apparently the offer is contingent upon me completing my wilderness first responder training (?!?!?!), for which I would be required to dedicate about 70 hours of my time and also pay roughly 50% of diddlysquat, just for the privilege of bearing sole (ok, half the) responsibility of a group of hormonal and probably drunk-with-freedom adolescents for 24 hours a day times 26 days for roughly the pay of diddlysquat. The person I spoke with said she understood the financial burden this wilderness first responder certification could pose, and she would see about "getting me a discount." To which I say, hmmm, how about free? Otherwise, my next alternative is...

Job #2, French instructor for a prestigious summer language program (aka summer camp for nerds) in the ultra-glamourous Amherst, Massachusetts. (Please try to stifle your envy, I can't help it if I'm so lucky). Job #2 has the distinct advantage of paying nearly two and a half times diddlysquat, and probably not requiring me to immobilize anyone's spinal cord/figure out how to deal with a homesick student who has also been struck by lightning. This program is also linked with a quite prestigious and well-respected institution in the field of language learning, and would probably look damn good on a resume.

I already know which way I'm leaning, but we all know I'm a flighty, indecisive sort who can't even go on a date without running to ask the Internet's opinion first. So, tell me, what should I doooooo, Internet?

(And lord help you if you don't tell me what I want to hear).

16 comments:

  1. go with the offer that's better for your long term resume. plus, if it pays so much better then maybe you afford to holiday in france...?

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  2. Well that's the thing! I'm already fairly sure that I'm going to be going to France to teach English in the fall anyway, so it's not so imperative that I get over there right now.

    So...that's another factor.

    Anyway, yes, good point, Anonymous!

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  3. As far as it paying enough to holiday in France though...ha! Two and a half times diddlysquat is still...not a whole lot. Sigh.

    Damn American dollar.

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  4. Its my gut instinct when I read your post to go for the prestigious job at the camp for geeks, I mean nerds...I mean spoiled little bilingual brats. Oh gosh...I need to shut up. Knowing you Rachel, in a bloggity way, you will make the best of any situation you are in. Good luck with your choices!! xoxo

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  5. Job number 1. Forget the money.

    Did I mention the job is in France?

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  6. Number 2 may be the more responsible of the two choices but come on... You are yojng, single and have a great opportunity to do something you won't always be able to do. I say be adventurous, take the chance with number 1. You only live once. Screw responsibility.

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  7. damn typo..that should read 'young'

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  8. i'm with the responsibles rach. unless of course this means you'd be able to make a trip to spain on the tail end of your stay in france with the adolescent brats (to visit with talia and yours truly) in which case i would say, get your fanny to europe NOW!

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  9. If I were in your shoes (size 5?), my heart would yearn for #1, but my conservativeness would opt for #2.

    Doesn't that help????

    And, yeah, if I was going to France in the fall anyway, I'd definitely opt for #2.

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  10. yeah but how 'adventurous' is it going to be, hanging out 24/7 with a bunch of kids? and this responder training thing THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR sounds kinda blegh.

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  11. Wilderness first responder training is always something that could come in handy. You could be walking down the street next year and BAM, bear attack.

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  12. I say screw it! Go to France! You are only going to be young and unencumbered once. Two trips to France are better than one. (And I kind of have the feeling that the wilderness adventure will provide excellent material for your blog.)

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  13. France? The one in Europe? Hmm, tempting, but the euro is kicking American butt these days, and you could use actual salary money immediately since you will, in fact, be in France soon anyway. Where the dollar will likely remain dead and you may starve quietly in a small garret on one bank or the other. Go with the double squat job, hon. This advice? It's the romantic in me.

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  14. I promise that I'm one of the most adventurous people ever, as well as a "you only live once!" kinda person...and even I would choose the second one. The first one sounds like more trouble than it's worth.

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  15. Please review your previous blog referencing your (ok, maybe our) lack of success in wilderness environments. Just think about it. I've become one of the responsibles. Except now I'm looking at the cost to make a trip to Spain in August with you, Moli and Tal. Grammar note (yes I know I'm obsessive) your use of comprise is...modern, and gaining acceptance, but technically misused.

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