Tutoring Adventures Overseas

Are you after a “one-on-one” teaching experience, a more family oriented relationship with students than is possible teaching in an International School classroom? If so, full-time tutoring could be your ticket to a rewarding overseas adventure.

An ISR member asks:

Does anyone have experience working as a full-time tutor? I don’t mean the sort of tutoring where an International Educator moonlights in an IS for a bit more cash, or works with individual students after school hours. I’m talking about the sort of vacancy where you’re hired by a wealthy family to be their son’s or daughter’s full-time tutor.

These jobs seem more common in the Middle East, Russia, and a few of the richer Asian countries. Clearly salaries almost always seem substantially higher than what you could earn in an IS, even one that’s a first-tier school. Around 1250 a week seems to be the going rate, which could only be bettered by a very small percentage of schools out there.

Does anyone have any experience doing this? What sort of experience/education level do you need to have a chance at a position? Is it worth the money, or does being at the beck-and-call of a rich family make it too much of a grind?

I’m aware of websites like ‘Tutors International’ and ‘VIPKid’ that would allow me to stay home and tutor online. What I’m asking to hear about is experiences of actually going overseas to live with a family (or in my own apartment), and be the exclusive tutor for one or two kids. Anyone?”

Thanks in advance,

B.

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12 thoughts on “Tutoring Adventures Overseas

  1. In my experience, you need to stay in a city for a year or two to build up the networks. Usually one job leads to a parent asking you to tutor privately, and then if you do a good job that parent will introduce you to another parent, and so on ad infinitum.

    It’s a great system if you can get it, however work visas are an issue. When living abroad, to be legal typically you need official employment. (There are exceptions, such as countries that don’t regulate tourist visas very well, or being the spouse of someone else employed, but typically one can’t just work ‘off the grid’ and get away with it forever…)

    Part-time tutoring is a great supplement but I’d recommend it just as an addition, not as the main thing to do. Feel free though to get a job with low hours and do try your best to tutor as much as you can, good luck!

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  2. If you honestly think this may be a better politics free opportunity than a school you might want to think again. Why? Well parents are more selective in their opinions and views about education, you are often at their mercy in terms of how long the contract lasts and that is based pretty much on whether they like you or not rather than on how good you are, and your time is not your own.

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    1. I have a lot of experience teaching and tutoring children on s one to one basis.
      I am very interested in finding out more about the job.
      Kind regards.

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  3. I am a qualified and experienced primary teacher. I have also had a lot of experience in working with children on a one to one basis.
    I look forward to hearing more about this post.

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  4. An ex-friend of mine did this for a year in Russia, working with one small boy. I have no idea how she found the job but they treated her like gold. She had her own apartment that they paid for, they bought her a computer and a car to use while she was there (and she was allowed to keep the computer when she left) and she made a great salary, though I don’t know the exact figure. I think she used a head hunter or recruiting agency she found on LinkedIn, but since we’re not friends anymore I am not going to contact her and ask her. Good luck and please share if you actually figure out how to make that happen. I notice that Mr. “I worked for the Saudi Royal family” didn’t bother to actually explain HOW he got that job. I guess none of us are particularly helpful, but I’ve done what I can for you.

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  5. Hello Everyone-

    After working for 7 years in Thailand—Chiangmai and Bangkok I’ve had a great opportunity in seizing one on one, or small group ; Exam preparation, IB/IGCSE and common core tutoring/Exam prep or
    Daily homework assistance is provided with experience, a Masters degree in International education and a passion to teach.
    Any interest in B. Ed, B. IED, certified and qualified help: email toptiertutoring.th@gmail.com

    Regards
    Nolan Harvey

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    1. But how do you arrange the work permit for Thailand doing this? Does the agency arrange it for you? I am volunteering near Chiang Mai at the moment, and it would be great to get a bit of tutoring work (Phd, 8 years IB experience teaching and examining, qualified teacher) but I want to keep it legal. Thanks for any advice.

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    2. Hi… Tourists are not allowed to work in Thailand. If they want to, they need to have their visa changed into a Non-Immigrant B Visa. This visa is typically the one issued to foreigners so they can engage in business or employment inside Thailand. It comes on 90-day single entry, or on 1-year multiple entry. I lived and worked there for a year and a half and visited several other occasions. Also a lot of part time work in the English schools in Chiang Mai and they will help with your Visa.

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  6. I worked for 18 months as a full-time, live-in tutor for part of the Saudi Royal Family. I chose to work with more than the original single 14-year-old student, and even tutored house employees in English. There was an expectation to be available at any time, but I did carve out a schedule that was respected most of the time. Salary was above the figure listed, as I negotiated. These jobs are what you make of them, much like any teaching job. But the upside(travel) and downside(unclear or changing expectations) are greater.

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  7. Most of these positions that I have seen require a female teacher or tutor. Even the ads that don’t specify, I think they probably still prefer a woman. So if you are then you have a good chance. If you a man, then it will probably be harder.

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