On 1/07/12, Dave wrote:
> I taught in Italy last year. Honestly, just go to Rome, around
> the hospital, university, and the corsico, and put up flyers.
> Lots of people are looking for english and language tutors.
> People make about 20€-30€ a lesson (about 40-45 minutes).
> You can get a hostel for about 10€-15€ (Ive seen 8€) a
> night. Summer is the hardest time to pull it off, because
> everyone leaves on holiday and the place is flooded with
> backpackers trying to do the same thing, so you see the
> language lessons drop. However, you can often supplement this
> with day labor/service industry type work (waiting tables, bar
> back, dishwasher, etc), as much as tourists love the sound of
> italian, they want to be able to read a menu, and order their
> food without frustration (a cute waitress can make enough in
> one weekend night to cover expenses for the week). Ive also
> seen people do things like computer support (a tourists laptop
> dies, and they want someone who speaks english to fix it) to
> haircuts (all those back packers need a haircut at some
> My personal favorite that i do is wireless internet I would
> just show up with my macbook and iPhone and using hotspot
> software for the billing create a hotspot at 1-5€ an hour.
> Id make 10-50€ in an afternoon at a cafe while grading
> papers. Id do that once a week (not often), but it paid for my
> monthly mobile service and internet at home. It worked because
> infrastructure is so bad in Rome/Italy that your choices are
> mobile internet or slow DSL (if its available), and outside
> the hotels (which charge for their internet as well) everyone
> just wants to get online. In fact if you jailbreak your iphone
> you can do it without the laptop, but it runs your phones
> battery down REALLY fast (incidentally, few places will let
> you "plug in" to their electric, assuming you can find a
> outlet outside that is convenient. The macbook is really just
> a supplementary battery and runs the billing software. I did
> all my own work from my iPad)
> As for language tutoring, must people want to do it at lunch
> time or after work. Try to do it afterwork, otherwise the cost
> of the meal, is likely take up your fee. You will also see
> better results (learning a language with your mouth full is
> hard, and slows down progress). The best place to do it is
> their office (many of them are doctors or medical
> professionals). If your good, and personable, you will build
> up a word of month clientele in a month or so. Some people get
> good enough at it they stay into the fall (when the room rates
> drop, everyone back from summer holiday, and all the tourist
> backpackers have left). I know one girl who turned it into a
> job at the university.
> On 1/07/12, Lutece wrote:
>> Does anyone know where I could find a summer job in Italy,
>> teaching French, English, or Spanish, while practicing my
>> italian. Also, I am willing to offer french, english or
>> spanish lessons in exchange for room and board.
>> Thanks in advance.