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Two years - my experience in Mexico
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Fitzgerald



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much can be made? I arrived in Querétaro in December 2014, and I started the teaching business as a full-time operation on June 1, 2015 (although I had my first private student a few months before that). In 2018, after several years of HARD work building the business, my monthly gross fluctuated between 25,000 and 35,000 pesos. For a long stretch of the year, I was teaching 40-45 class-hours per week, between two corporate clients and a dozen individual students, and I’ve got to say that although I loved the money, that was too many hours (especially when you add in travel time). I was getting exhausted. One of my goals for 2019 is to restrict my class-hours to 35 per week.
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MotherF



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fitzgerald wrote:
One of my goals for 2019 is to restrict my class-hours to 35 per week.

That still sounds exhausting to me, I have 15-20 hours a week. I do about 5-10 hours of prep and grading a week.
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Fitzgerald



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankfully, for private individual adult classes, there is no grading, and prep time is relatively minimal. With some students, classes are purely conversational; with others, I read articles and dialogues and review points of grammar and vocabulary as they come up. A lot of the preparation is mental - reviewing my notes on a student before a class, to see where we are and where we need to go. Keeping the notes is VERY important, because otherwise I could never remember what I have read or covered with a particular student. I make the notes every night without fail!
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Fitzgerald



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also remember that at Globoworld in Querétaro, where I taught briefly when I first moved here, I was required to teach 35 hours per week for a salary of (drum roll) 12,000 pesos per month. And that wasn’t even considered BAD; some schools paid worse. So I feel very lucky now.
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