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    Re: Teachers Exchange Programs in Italy - Summer 2012
    No not Italy

    Italy sucks. It is overrated and not all that! Go to Germany
    where things actually work and run much more nicely.

    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
    > point).
    > 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.
    >> Lutece