There are three students. A girl of 8, and two boys, aged 5 and 3. There are two older girls, aged 14 and 13, who will also be part of this role, but only insofar as they may ask for attention or as an adult point of contact for them in case of some kind of an issue. They also have an older sister. All of the children are happy, communicative, polite, and keen to learn. They have a very great interplay between each other.
The girl has a good level of English. She understands more or less everything she hears but her confidence to speak is relatively low. She also struggles for a wide vocabulary. The younger boys’ level of English is yet to be known but since everyone else in the family speaks very good English, won’t be long before the younger boys can join in too.
Role of the Tutor
The main role of the Tutor is to help the children with their spoken English. This is not to be done through formal lessons, but instead through a plethora of activities encompassing arts and crafts, games, play, excursions, cooking, projects…whatever a resourceful and energetic educator can come up with. Through doing these activities in English, the children will learn the vocabulary and self-expression just from the experiential process. These activities/projects do not necessarily have to be outdoors, and indeed it’s important that the Tutor does not tire out the children too much at the weekend. It is all about keeping the children active and should be designed to help them develop certain skill sets. For example, the parents were told by the school that one of the boys needs to improve his pen grip. The Tutor could design activities for him to play with an airbrush so he can have some fun and at the same time improve his hand-eye coordination. It will also help with the pen grip problem because holding an airbrush is similar to holding a pen.
The two oldest children are keen and able equestrians, and this can mean that one or both parents are travelling with the older daughters at the weekend, sometimes overnight. On these occasions the Tutor will be expected to remain with and be in sole charge of the three children in a baby-sitting capacity until their parents return. This means in general the Tutor should not expect to be able to go out in these evenings no matter whether they are in Munich or elsewhere. The older children will largely look after themselves, but the Tutor is also expected to be involved as a responsible adult for them as a contact point or to help if they have a problem.
It would be helpful if the Tutor speaks some German, but it is not required. If they do speak German, the parents would prefer this not to be known to the younger children just to make sure that they have to speak some English in order to get anything done and understood.
The Tutor must be organised, self-reliant, and independent. They should be eloquent, able to explain concepts simply, and to inspire with their enthusiasm for any given subject. He or she should be a natural communicator with a kind and caring disposition, and a firm-but-fair approach to their work. The Tutor should be creative and resourceful and full of ideas. They should be excellent with arts and crafts, able to utilise technology for the children’s needs but at the same time not dependent on it. They should have a sunny disposition, the kind of person who brightens the room when they walk in, be fit and sporty, and must not smoke or use e-cigarettes.
Hours and Holidays
The Tutor/Mentor will typically work with the children between noon on Fridays and noon on Mondays, including all of Saturday and Sunday, and will be off from noon Monday to noon Friday. This will usually mean the Tutor is on from 12pm-9pm Friday, 7am-9pm Saturday and Sunday, and 7am-12pm Monday. On occasions when both parents are away overnight, the Tutor will be in loco parentis.
The standard minimum 9 weeks (45 working days) of paid vacation allowance (pro-rated) applies to this contract, with these breaks being taken at times convenient to the Client.
Any untaken vacation allowance or untaken weekend days that have accrued will be compensated by payment in lieu at a pro-rated day rate.
Accommodation and travel
The Tutor/Mentor will be provided with a furnished apartment within a reasonable distance from the family home in Munich. In the family's other home the Tutor will have their own accommodation space within one of the family’s residences, but it will not be suitable for the Tutor to bring any guests to that accommodation. The rent, utilities and Internet on this apartment will be arranged and paid for by the Client. The Client is not responsible for the Tutor/Mentor’s personal phone bills.
When travelling, accommodation will vary, with some locations requiring the Tutor to live-in with the family in a rented house, and other locations where the Tutor will have their own hotel room. The Client will always be mindful that the Tutor is a professional and should have appropriate privacy as far as possible.
A car will be made available for the Tutor where appropriate, but the main locations do not really require one. In all other locations, the Tutor will be reimbursed local public transport and any travels costs incurred while travelling with the family. The Client is not responsible for the costs of personal travel when the Tutor is taking paid vacation beyond the requirements regarding flights to the Tutor’s place of normal residence as set out in the Terms.
The successful candidate will be able to offer more than the minimum requirements of this position, such as a musical instrument, sports or circus skills, and must have been raised in a socially appropriate background. He or she will not only be an excellent educator, but also a good role model: educated and polished, with excellent manners and personal values.
The Tutor will be physically fit and healthy, a non-smoker.
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