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).