I have been teaching for a few weeks and already someone asked me to tutor their child. My landlord told me that another farang tried to do that and got fined by the education board. I don't know that person's circumstances, but can anyone tell me how I might tutor legally? My wife is Thai, so perhaps we could start a business in her name and I could be an employee.
I can't see someone being fined by the education board. If you are working illegally, surely it would be immigration who would be on your ass?
Yes, thank you. I see that post and definitely don't want to get that deep. I have heard talk about tutoring at the school, too, so I will pursue that avenue, instead. Again, thank you very much.
I have recently started teaching Saturdays at the school, for a 50-50 cut with the principle. Her job is to market it (though she doesn't do a great job of it) and she charges 10'000 bht and a few satang for 24 hour courses. It works out as just 440 bht an hour, half going to me. Sound shit, and at the moment it is, but at the moment there are only 3 students. If she does her job well, and we get 10 or more in a class, it will be well worth it.
In Surat I was tutoring a judge's grandchildren. I never got into any trouble. I wonder why. Must be dumb luck.
So... is it fairly illegal but also fairly usual for people to do extra tutoring on the side?
^just about sums it up. I have heard stories of folks being busted, but you really have to be pissing off the wrong person a lot for that to happen. I have taught all sort of folks on the side, from public prosecutors to policemen. You just have to be careful and not tread on any toes.
My advice is to be VERY VERY careful about advertising your English tutoring. Don't put up any fliers and don't put any ads on the internet, no matter how obscure the website. There are some scumbag people out there (both Thai and falang) who spy for the local police, and they can set you up to be extorted out of a huge amount of money, which is done primarily through scare tactics. I can't go into any more details, but I speak from experience (and I wasn't pissing anyone off either). Not a good experience at all.
Last edited by jds1986; 24th July 2012 at 19:45.
My general feeling on these topics is that the better and more qualified service you are potentially offering to Thai kids, the more likely it is somebody is going to get in your business and F it up, or even worse. It just isn't worth doing anything well here, and it sure does show.