Tutor English abroad in Germany and live as a local for 1 to 3 months when you help a family in Germany learn English. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before! Your new host family is more interested in learning conversational English than they are grammar. You'll have so much fun living in Germany by simply speaking English the way you normally do at home. Also, you have a unique opportunity to learn or improve your German! In a matter of hours, you're walking around your new community like a real Germany citizen. It won’t take long for the locals to start recognizing you and for you to consider your host community your new, temporary home. It’s real and authentic. Get to know the locals. Wake up each day and feel a connection.
This is an immersion opportunity to learn German and enjoy the German culture and food for 1, 2 or 3 months. You'll live as a local with a carefully screened host family and you'll become a part of the community. This is not an "Airbnb" experience for a few days where you live locally but as a tourist. You're an invited guest for at least a month or longer.
What really happens? Genuine engagement, not just commoditized “experiences.” You'll live as a local. You won't live locally as a tourist in an apartment.
For up to 15 hours a week, you'll speak to the family in conversational English. In return, you'll receive free room (a private one for you) and board. Typically families are looking for you to speak English with them over a meal or for a certain amount of time during the day.
You will enter Germany on a tourist visa.
Flexible. Actual arrival date is coordinated between you and your host family. Positions available year round. (Starting in August or December is not usually available.)
The fee you pay to tutor in Germany goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation. The fee partially covers the cost of providing accommodation, meals while at the host home, and pre-departure & in-country support while you're in Germany.
Host families contact us because they want to provide room and board to a native English speaker who will help them with their conversational English. When there are children in the family, mostly they need help with their English homework, but many times the adults want to join in as well.
Families are screened. They have to show a need and a desire to host an English tutor. And they have to pass a background check, an interview by staff in Germany and agree to a home inspection and provide photos of the home (inside and out). Tutors are promised their own private room but there are times a bathroom might be shared. Families provide meals except when the tutor is traveling.
Tutoring information is available on the GeoVisions mobile app. We encourage tutors to also be creative and find tutoring techniques that they are comfortable using and the match well with the host family members that they are tutoring.
For the most authentic experience living each day in Germany, you cannot choose your exact location. What you can do is tell us the area where you’d like to be and whether or not you’d like a large city, a small town or rural placement. And we’ll try our best. Remember … the host families choose us when they need a live-in tutor and so timing is everything. There are many locations that you may not have considered prior to applying that are fantastic places in Germany. (We can tell you about many tutors that have loved their locations!)
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
After you arrive if you begin having issues with your host family, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
Unfortunately, host families needing a tutor generally have the room for one extra person in the home. So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except the tutor. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. If you’re set on traveling with someone, take a look at our other program types, because we do have those kinds of placements. Give us a call and ask.
So far, my experience in Germany has been great. GeoVisions has been extremely helpful, especially in the time leading up to the program. I was paired with a great family, with many similar interests. Since being here, GeoVisions has checked up on me several times. I have only been here for a month, and so far, all is well! I would suggest this experience to anyone.
Tutor in Germany. Elizabeth Hurst, September 18, 2018
I have been here for just over a month. GeoVisions was extremely helpful in the time before I came. This is my first time living abroad, so of course, I was a bit anxious in the time before I left. I had a person with GeoVisions assigned to me, so I had someone to answer any questions, both over phone and email. This definitely ,made me feel more comfortable about leaving. Since arriving, my agent has checked in with me several times, and is always available for questions. As of right now (I'm only 1 month in), I would recommend this trip to anyone looking to take a year off of school, or for after graduation. Great way to experience a new country!
Tutor English. Beth, October 11, 2018