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Tipping Spanish school teachers?

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This should get some comments. Question is: should you tip your teacher after finishing an immersion program in a Spanish Language school in Latin America?

A friend is in CA right now and is anxious to hear some comments because she is wondering.

I have been to several schools. Some have been 1 on 1 and others have been group classes often with the teachers changing throughout the day. Certainly with the group classes and teachers changing through the day I have never seen a student give a tip or heard any discussion about it even though I gave my teacher my National Geographic map on my last day of school in Costa Rica because she was so enamored by the quality of it and she seemed genuinly appreciative of it. I did not in any way consider it a tip. It was just because she seemed to like it and thought it was the best map she had ever seen of her country plus I had another of the same map.

In a couple of 1 on 1 schools I have heard the subject mentioned(albeit rarely) and have seen a few comments about it on some website. For me personally, at 2 of the 1 on 1 schools I have given my teacher a verrry little insignificant gift but never money. And that was because at one it was just more of a souvenier from my city and the other had done some extra work for me on some flash cards. But, I know many students who have never given anything nor have they even thought about it. Had the teacher not done the extra work for me at home I probably wouldn't have given her anything simply because it seems strange to tip a teacher.

I met a student at a school in Guatemala whose teacher had asked her if she was going to tip her after she finished two weeks of 1 on 1 with the same teacher. The student told me she had already given her teacher a couple of nice little gifts thoughout the 2 weeks and was "very offended" by the suggestion from the teacher and ultimately complained to the school about it.

So, what say you ardent travlers and students of the language? yes or no?

I will post this in General Interest, CR, Guat. and Mex. Hope that is the right thing to do.

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