Re: Teachers Exchange Programs in Italy - Summer 2012

    Compared to Germany, Italy really is "all that". Germany is just a
    bunch of bankers, and pervs :)

    On 1/07/12, No not Italy wrote:
    > 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