Dijon Education Authority

The education authority

Geographical location
The Dijon education authority covers the Burgundy (Bourgogne) region and comprises the following 4 départements:
- Côte D'Or (prefecture: Dijon)
- L'Yonne (86, sub-prefecture: Auxerre)
- La Nièvre (58, sub-prefecture: Nevers)
- La Saône et Loire (71, sub-prefecture: Macon)
It is located in central-eastern France, 80km south of Paris and 60km north of Lyon, between the Jura mountains to the east and the Loire to the west.
Burgundy is 2hrs 30 minutes from Germany and 2 hours from Switzerland.

Climate
The climate here is semi-continental. It can be cold in the winter and very hot in the summer but the seasons in between are often perfectly pleasant.

Transport
Most towns are very easily reached by train or road.
By TGV train, Dijon is 1hr 40 minutes from Paris, 1hr 45 minutes from Lyon and 3 hrs from Marseille.

Tourist and cultural atractions 
The primarily rural Burgundy region (its capital, Dijon, having just 250,000 inhabitants) is famous for its vineyards, its historical heritage (the Dukes of Burgundy) and its gastronomy.
The many footpaths and cycle paths in the region provide the perfect opportunity to explore its rich and varied natural environment, and the region also hosts many festivals, concerts and exhibitions at various venues right throughout the year.

The place of the teaching assistant within the education authority

Host school setup
Schools are located in small (30,000 inhabitants) or modest-sized (50,000 inhabitants) towns. It is generally easy to get around within the towns themselves and indeed within the education authority, with the exception of a few very rural towns that can only be reached by bus.

Specifics of the role of the assistant within the education authority
The assistant's arrival is very eagerly awaited by the school. Assistants are often accommodated at the lycée or elsewhere. They participate in everyday life at the school and bring with them an element of authenticity and cultural awareness. Many take part in activities organised by cultural associations in the town to which they have been appointed.