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Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby jwhmilne » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:57 pm

Hey,

I'm currently working as an English Teacher at a few companies in Lima and the schedules are pretty scattered with a lot of cancellations and changes which makes it quite hard to secure, above everything else, a steady income. This isn't unheard of for teachers in Lima.

Does anybody have any information on how I could advertise myself/set up private lessons? What's the usual process for this? How much should I charge?

I was thinking about setting up a group like ''Conversation English'' and charging per person per hour/session. Maybe meeting in a park/public place. What do you think?

I have a 2 TEFL qualifications, and a bit of teaching and volunteering teaching experience, nothing major.

Any advice?!

Thanks guys!


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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby Alan » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:30 am

Hi there,

I used to do a fair bit of English teaching when I first came to the country. First question to you is, do you have your paperwork in order so you can emit Recibos por Honorarios? If you can, the horizon really opens up for you.

But, back to your question. I think it is important to try and differentiate yourself from the rest of the teachers out there by working on a specialty, for example, English for Finance, or English for Law, English for mining, etc. Get up to speed on what you need to know (there are textbooks you can buy online) in order to teach credible, useful, high value-added English courses in a niche of high income earners, and all of a sudden you have something you can market, and an identifiable pool of people who can afford to pay for what you offer. Then, get out there and network where those people can be found. Make a simple brochure and do some mailings. Ideally, try to form group classes at companies. Failing that, try a joint venture with an English language school who might be willing to bill and help market if they get a cut of the money you bring in.

Regarding cancelations, once you run your own show, and your students recognize you as a good resource for them (because now you are also helping them with translations, and helping them prepare their presentations), you can establish your own cancelation policy which protects you. There are some very serious students out there who will respect you as a professional and will agree to these terms; you just need to find them.


Good luck, and let us know how things work out for you :)
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Postby jwhmilne » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:09 pm

Alan wrote:Hi there,

I used to do a fair bit of English teaching when I first came to the country. First question to you is, do you have your paperwork in order so you can emit Recibos por Honorarios? If you can, the horizon really opens up for you.

But, back to your question. I think it is important to try and differentiate yourself from the rest of the teachers out there by working on a specialty, for example, English for Finance, or English for Law, English for mining, etc. Get up to speed on what you need to know (there are textbooks you can buy online) in order to teach credible, useful, high value-added English courses in a niche of high income earners, and all of a sudden you have something you can market, and an identifiable pool of people who can afford to pay for what you offer. Then, get out there and network where those people can be found. Make a simple brochure and do some mailings. Ideally, try to form group classes at companies. Failing that, try a joint venture with an English language school who might be willing to bill and help market if they get a cut of the money you bring in.

Regarding cancelations, once you run your own show, and your students recognize you as a good resource for them (because now you are also helping them with translations, and helping them prepare their presentations), you can establish your own cancelation policy which protects you. There are some very serious students out there who will respect you as a professional and will agree to these terms; you just need to find them.


Good luck, and let us know how things work out for you :)


Thanks for the information!
I don't have all of the legit paperwork yet I'm just sort of looking for something casual for the meantime until I have my carnet de extranjeria. I think you have a good point about teaching a specialist subject in English - many of my business students (oil companies mainly) need help with their presentations, etc. and they have even asked for private lessons!
It's a shame that it breaches my contract with the company I work for!

Thanks dude!
I'll keep you posted.

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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby jwhmilne » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:10 am

Anbody, please?
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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby miaperu » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:51 pm

I worked for a year up North in Sullana where I was the only native speaker and had a go at starting my own thing... i found students very ureliable, so much so, that once was expecting 10 and one turned up... the price per hr there was 15/12 soles per hour. I found that out of every 5 one one continue a few month. I made my living teaching at a school... no papers and no qualification as a TEFL teacher... however I am a qualified teacher, but really they do not check and one could just make up the docs on Word!!! You need Recibos Honorarios, I think they are called so tha you can avoid tax... you can buy them they will save you 10% if you work for a school.
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Postby jwhmilne » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:43 pm

miaperu wrote:I worked for a year up North in Sullana where I was the only native speaker and had a go at starting my own thing... i found students very ureliable, so much so, that once was expecting 10 and one turned up... the price per hr there was 15/12 soles per hour. I found that out of every 5 one one continue a few month. I made my living teaching at a school... no papers and no qualification as a TEFL teacher... however I am a qualified teacher, but really they do not check and one could just make up the docs on Word!!! You need Recibos Honorarios, I think they are called so tha you can avoid tax... you can buy them they will save you 10% if you work for a school.


Thanks, I think I will be looking to work at a proper school, any suggestions?
Ideally one that will let me work without my carnet, Recibo de Honorario is ok.
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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby panman » Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:11 pm

[quote="jwhmilne"

I think I will be looking to work at a proper school, any suggestions?
Ideally one that will let me work without my carnet, Recibo de Honorario is ok.[/quote]

How do you define a "proper school" that will allow you to work without a Carnet?
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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby fanning » Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:50 pm

Starting from 2015, only Recibo por Honorarios ELECTRONICOS are allowed. That will make it more difficult to 'buy' them. Offcourse this rule has been implemented specifically to avoid this kind of abuse of the system !
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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby Nemoshark » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:53 pm

Hi Joe,

I don't know where in Lima you're based but, I worked for a cruise line recruitment agency on Avenida Ejercito, 10 mins from Miraflores. The company is called CRC, and they hire English teachers to teach prospect crew members. Any way it's reliable income very standard for over here. I'll give you the website to look at. Give them a call if you want to enquire further most of the staff speak English and the front desk people definitely do, unless of course your Spanish is better than mine that won't be an issue. I also don't have legal papers to work here, and they worked with me on that.

http://www.crc-peru.com
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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby cmcarriemarie » Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:40 am

Nemoshark--- I've been wanting to look into CRC. Anyone specific I should ask for if I call?
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Postby tupacperu » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:29 am

ICPNA in Chiclayo use to hire undocumented teachers.
That was 4 years ago.. They are also in Lima

http://www.icpna.edu.pe/
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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby panman » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:42 am

tupacperu wrote:ICPNA in Chiclayo use to hire undocumented teachers.
That was 4 years ago.. They are also in Lima

http://www.icpna.edu.pe/

How many undocumented teachers do you know who used to work at ICPNA Chiclayo?
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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby Guiri » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:14 am

panman wrote:
tupacperu wrote:ICPNA in Chiclayo use to hire undocumented teachers.
That was 4 years ago.. They are also in Lima

http://www.icpna.edu.pe/

How many undocumented teachers do you know who used to work at ICPNA Chiclayo?
I know at least 3 who work at Camacho :lol:
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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby cmcarriemarie » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:32 pm

panman wrote:
tupacperu wrote:ICPNA in Chiclayo use to hire undocumented teachers.
That was 4 years ago.. They are also in Lima

http://www.icpna.edu.pe/

How many undocumented teachers do you know who used to work at ICPNA Chiclayo?



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Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

Postby Nemoshark » Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:37 pm

Nemoshark wrote:Hi Joe,

I don't know where in Lima you're based but, I worked for a cruise line recruitment agency on Avenida Ejercito, 10 mins from Miraflores. The company is called CRC, and they hire English teachers to teach prospect crew members. Any way it's reliable income very standard for over here. I'll give you the website to look at. Give them a call if you want to enquire further most of the staff speak English and the front desk people definitely do, unless of course your Spanish is better than mine that won't be an issue. I also don't have legal papers to work here, and they worked with me on that.

http://www.crc-peru.com


Hi Carrie,

I'll send you a private message with the name of the person in charge.

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