Being a private tutor in Spain
There are many different reasons for being a private tutor in Spain, whether it is the flexible schedule with the endless midday siestas that you can enjoy or the number of different cultures that you can interact with along the way; this article explains 5 reasons why you should become a private tutor.
First of all, being a private tutor in Spain means that you don’t have to become a slave to the syllabus because you have the freedom to choose your own salary, your own timetable, and your own location.
“Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts.” (Charlie Chaplin)
2. Artistic license
You can express yourself as a tutor by speaking your mind, without feeling the need to hold back because of certain rules and regulations. You are your own boss! The world is your oyster! Be imaginative, but most of all, find out what works for you and your students, and what doesn’t. Personal development is key to optimising your potential.
Being a private tutor means using your expertise to focus on a students strengths and weaknesses. There are things that cannot be done in the classroom, such as personalising different lessons to different students for different needs. You also have to build confidence and improve problematic areas. These challenges vary from day to day, but if they are met, you feel a sense of satisfaction in your job. It is rewarding to see a student improve in something after you have created a technique or action specifically for them.
4. Value for money
If you don’t have an EU passport but you want to become a private tutor in Spain, you will only be allowed to apply for a short-term student visa (4 to 6 months) or a long-term student visa (minimum 7 months). The long-term visa allows you to legally work up to 20 hours per week (typical teaching schedule). Therefore, private teaching is the most lucrative way. Prices for private English tuition in Madrid/Barcelona can easily range between €20-30. This will allow you live comfortably and enjoy your time abroad.
Being a private tutor in Spain: If you are working as an ‘autonomo‘ (freelancer) you are required to pay for social security. However, for the first 6 months, you receive an 80% discount, and the following 6 months you receive a 50% discount. If you are here on a long-term student visa you will only pay €50 a month to work and you will also receive health care (a huge advantage). You can even teach out of the comfort of your own home by doing online private tutoring, such as phone or Skype classes; especially when teaching a language.
5. Good community
Finally, there are lots of communities for private tutors in Spain where you can share tips, exchange classes and get advice. Facebook groups such as ‘Madrid Expats’ or ‘English Teachers in Spain’ are useful for teachers to discuss different experiences that they have encountered after becoming a private tutor.