My First Student


On Wednesday evening, I met with my first paying student at the San Diego Mall.

We had met once before my first week in Medellin through a mutual friend.

She is heading for a series of interviews in the United States this weekend, and wanted to work on her pronunciation.

Unlike trying to sell myself to a school for classroom teaching, I felt much more confident being of support in a one-on-one conversational setting.

It is another small step in the right direction.

This Sunday, I have plans to meet with a friend of a friend for the first time, who also wants to work on his English.

My hope is to transition a pro bono offer into a for-pay experience.

If I am going to build an income, I need to change my mindset from being the nice foreigner willing to spend his free time with people to the nice foreigner establishing a value for his time.

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  1. Good luck Dave!
    What you’re doing is great! (I’m the parisian guy who’s been follwing your trip since the begin)
    When I spent some time going around Australia, I thought I didn’t want to go back to Europe and stay there, taking any job, but my girlfriend wouldn’t agree 🙂

    Anyway, good luck with your adventure, be sure I’m still following you, and one suggestion, try to subscribe to either clickbooth or to put ads on your websites, so you can get a bit of extra money!

    • Hey Aur, thanks for checking out this new blog of mine. I am signed up for Commission Junction, though I never really saw any returns from their ads. I know there is money to be made, I just need to experiment and find what works.