I'm a professional Italian language teacher (category L2) since 2014 and. During these last incredible six years, I've had the chance to work in a variety of countries (such as Argentina, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic) and in institutional realities. I taught in all kinds of situations and to students with all kinds of educational needs. Moreover, I'm qualified to impart classes for all the most important, National language certificate tests (such as CILS, PLIDA, CELI).
In parallel to my teaching experience, I've been involved with training volunteers in the field of linguistic facilitation and with various projects for the integration of asylum-seekers and refugees.
What is your favorite travel memory?
It's been in Israel and West Bank. Jerusalem, full of tensions, magic, different ancient cultures; Haifa, the main center of best religion in the world: Baha'i; Jaffa and Tel Aviv, the two faces of the medal; Hebron, the heart of the clash; Nablus, with its curfew at midnight...
I have met wonderful people from both countries and I will never forget the conversations and the looks, among all the trips I had there.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Istituto Europeo has allowed me to keep a window open on the world without physically traveling abroad! It permitted me to be passionately involved in the exchange of ideas and new culture with students coming from all over the world! Even more importantly, working at Istituto Europeo has allowed me to improve considerably my teaching skills!
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
I remember that, not too long ago, I taught a couple of young football players from Argentina, both of whom were, at the time, looking for a contract in a national team here in Italy. And you know what? As it turned out, one of them is now the goalkeeper of Udinese in the Italian national football league, the so-called Serie A!
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
Well, it's quite obvious, considering my position as a CILS teacher! I must go for the preparation course for CILS certification. Many guys who want to study, work and live in Italy are required to get that certificate! Without it, they would lose so many opportunities!
It's a pleasure to help such motivated people!
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Istituto Europeo is really a welcoming and friendly reality! It can easily become like a second family for the teachers as well as for students, who come here in Italy usually by themselves, alone and always in need of some support, especially for documents, visas and all kinds of bureaucratic issues that may arise!
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
Innovation ability and capacity to perceive the changes the process of globalization has brought in the world as a whole, and, more specifically, in the world of language education.
Istituto Europeo is always a step ahead, updating constantly its educational curriculum to adapt to the changing environment and demand.