My dear Noel,
The same question came to my mind, since I am teaching since August
2004 in my own small Jewellery manufacturing work shop( 15 years
old) now transformed in to a Jewellery training school, maximum five
students in one Batch of three hours each. I am a one man army,
teach Jewellery designing, Jewellery making, Stone setting, Wax
carving,Rubber mold making and Centrifugal and vaccum assist
casting, and also free of charge Rhinoserous cad software only the
basic couse, to the students who have taken any one course.
Since I am in India I charge Rs 1000.00 per day (8hours), lodging,
boarding and travel charges is to be beared by the school or
organisation in need of the right educator. Similarly you should
have to charge by Dollar per hour or per day. It is very simple and
straight forward.If the school is accepting your charges then go
ahead or they will be depriving from an expert who is willing to
impart excellent practical skills,which he or her has aquired by
spending his or her invaluable time of life and is willing to share
for few dollars which is going to be spent in his routine day to day
living expenses, thus actually he is not sharing his skills and
knowledge to amass the money, he is actually spending his invaluable
time of life free of charge,which will help the students to aquire
the skills to make a living and so on.
I charge fees which will help me to fullfill my mimimum requirement
of living expenses. This is my thought about charging the fees to
the out side school who needs an honest and expert educator.
In my own school i charge only the for the facilities i provide and
my time and teaching is free. I make my living form the commercial
work I do for two of my customers. I teach for 4 hours and for 4 to
6 hours i work for a living.
My fees are Rupees 167.00 per hour which comes to $3.71 per hour
(These charges are only to cover the expenses of the facilities i
provide which includes Silver, soldesr,all the consumables etc, all
the tools are provided for class use, etc. Air conditioned room and
benches as per International design with Foredom motor and German
soldering tourchs, I imported form Germany, which are used in the
German Jewellery training Schools. All the files and enngravers are
swiss made. My curicullam is a mixture of German and American based
projects, which i constantly upgrade.
Be yourself do not immitate others, when your mind is peaceful and
silent you will find the answer of your question.
Best of luck
May God bless us all with total health, Mental,Phisical, Spiritual