Teach English at Summer Camps in Italy

A.C.L.E.

About

A.C.L.E. (Associazione Culturale Linguistica Educational) is a non-profit organisation accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. It has over 36 years of experience in the language-teaching and language-learning sector, promoting humanistic student-centered education through creative, motivating projects. Each summer the association trains and places more than 300 English tutors in camps to teach English to Italian children and teenagers.

A.C.L.E’s TEFL.TPⓒ Study Programme is a unique opportunity to enhance your CV by learning how to teach English to Italian children through games, sports, drama, and songs all taught at our orientation. You will receive expert training, meet people from around the world; teach at our numerous summer camps and enjoy all that Italy has to offer!

Website
www.acle.org
Founded
1982
Headquarters

Via Roma 70
18038 Sanremo IM
Italy

Travel Italy and become TEFL-TPⓒ Certified with A.C.L.E.

Check this out! Ever wanted to Teach English, acquire a TEFL-TPⓒ certificate, and explore different places in and around Italy?

Each summer A.C.L.E. trains and places more than 300 English trainee tutors in camps to teach English to Italian children and teenagers.
This TEFL-TPⓒ study program is a unique opportunity to enhance your CV!

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Anabel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ACLE is reliable and organized. Communication with the ACLE team is great, before and during the camps. Orientation can be a bit overwhelming, because there’s so much information and material you're receiving and learning. However, it’s extremely useful, it prepares you for camps, and it’s a load of fun. Typically camps run from 8:30/9am to 4:30/5pm. Camp days can be tiring and demanding, but they’re extremely rewarding and super fun! You’ll sing, dance, play games, and do a bunch of activities. ACLE provides you with more than enough material; you’ll never run out of ideas. You’ll get to collaborate with individuals from different parts of the world, which is pretty great. Duration of camps tend to be one or two weeks. Locations vary, you may find yourself near a well known city like Milan or Venice; or perhaps you’ll be in a quaint little town, in the mountains or by the sea. Italy is a gorgeous country, with so many hidden gems! Experience authentic Italian culture, living and engaging with Italians on a daily basis. Taste and savor Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Have gelato, drink cappuccinos, meet new people, play, dance, and be silly with children! Experience a summer in Italy with ACLE! You may just have the time of your life!
I personally had a wonderful time, and highly recommend it!!!

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Carla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My intention this summer was to find a fun, but still rewarding job along with the possibility to travel around Italy - and A.C.L.E. helped me achieve it. The training was a week long - intense but enough nonetheless - to prepare us for the two weeks of tutoring English ahead of us. I was placed at camps in the Tuscany and Umbria region - both breathtakingly beautiful towns, with host families who were just as friendly and welcoming. It was a fulfilling experience to see the kids having fun - through ACLE's approach - while learning English, and you truly feel this sense of fulfillment at the end of the camp week when you are having the Camp Farewell. Definitely an opportunity not to miss out on if you want to teach English and experience a side of Italy you will only get to see through ACLE!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come open-minded to new experiences, and make sure you get enough sleep because the Italian kids are full of energy, but so much fun be around!
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rhayanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My summer with ACLE was truly incredible. I was very scared in the begining, didn't know what I was getting myself into and was nervous. I knew nobody. But then afterwards, I made so many new friends from all over the world which I am so thankfull for. ACLE really provided us with all the information we needed to teach the kids. It was very organized and we always felt like there was someone to lean on. I was blessed to have amazing host families, that really took care of me and made me feel very welcomed. My camp directors we're all very great and helped us whenever we needed! Last but not least, the kids really made you feel important and special to them. The connection I made with the kids was unbelievable and Im so excited to create more memories and connections again. If you're up to new challenges, you love kids and you'd like to travel, ACLE is definetly the place to go.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Always pack LESS. Trains in Italy can be tricky. You need move fast and get on the trains quickly. Trust me, less is better !
Also, be ready for any temper tantrums the kids might pull, its very normal.
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Senthuriy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Traveling to a different country alone when I was only 19 years old was a big step for me. But I knew I wanted to further my teaching experience and so I heard about ACLE through a friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better abroad experience. I got to do my dream job in a beautiful country and I’m so grateful. I met so many amazing people from around the world whom I still keep contact with. Host family was one of my concerns before applying to ACLE but they made my experience much better. I’m not sure what I was scared about since they treated you like their own child throughout the whole experience. As for the experience in teaching, you get your own classroom and own children representing the country you’re from and it was so surreal. I’m so glad I went with ACLE during the summer of 2019, and I will definitely be back for 2020

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Roxanne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ACLE is to thank for such a wonderful summer in Italy for many reasons. Not only did this experience allowed me to meet many wonderful Italian families (who I keep in touch with regularly), explore beautiful areas throughout Italy, meet other tutors from all around the world, and teach the most precious students! Each day was was full of laughter, learning, adventures, and a lot of fun.
While the weekends are mostly spent traveling from one location to another and spending time with your host family, Monday through Friday the majority of the day is spent at camp; The morning half consisting of English lessons in the classroom and the afternoon half consisting of games and activities to support English learning. ACLE truly does provide rich, memorable, and emotional educational learning experiences for the students, but I can also say that I learned so much from each person I came in contact with throughout the summer - from the students, families, camp directors, and other tutors. I can't imagine a better way to spend my summer!

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Alumni Interviews

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Carla Rubeo

Carla Rubeo is an artist living in Milan, Italy. She moved from Montreal, Canada in September 2018 to pursue her studies for a Master of Arts, and wanted to compliment her academic background by teaching English as a second language to children in Italy.

Why did you choose this program?

I was searching for how to teach English in Italy during the summer, and A.C.L.E. was offering exactly that! It seemed like a great opportunity to get TEFL certified, while also traveling, and in return experience a cultural exchange. I wanted to use the summer as a step toward a goal, to help me find work in the future during my studies in Italy.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

A.C.L.E. trained me and other tutors with an intensive week-long training on their particular approach to teach English as a foreign language - through theatre and play. Following this week, we got divided into different camps throughout Italy, where we were introduced to our host families and camp director.

I was placed in Tuscany and Umbria, both week-long day-camps, living with families that were so generous and welcoming to have me part of their daily lives.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Come with an open heart and mind, and get a lot of rest - because Italian kids are full of energy! Coming from an Italian family, I was a bit familiar with the culture, and knowing basic Italian definitely helped! I think in order to understand the culture a little more, I suggest familiarizing yourself with the language and history a bit before coming!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The camp goes from Monday to Friday, starts at 9 in the morning, and finishes at 5 in the afternoon. It's usual to come in a bit earlier in order to brief the day with the other tutors and camp director, also to prepare your lesson and activities for the day. Come fresh and well-rested, stay hydrated and don't forget to have fun because the kids are really perceptive to your energy!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was really nervous the kids wouldn't be fully interested, in terms of being fully engaged in learning English because of my teaching. Luckily, I didn't experience this! The kids really enjoyed the program, and I found a way to personalize it, through ACLE's method with the songs and dances, I could tell they really enjoyed themselves.

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Staff Interviews

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Helen Graves

Job Title
Trainee Tutor Trainer

Helen has a background in musical theatre and T.I.E. She started as a tutor in 2010 and has worked full time for ACLE since 2013. She has had the chance to visit all 20 regions in Italy and has worked with students from the age of 2 to 86!

Helen works with both students and teachers during the year, and in the summer leads new trainer orientations and supports tutors during their summer with ACLE.

What is your favorite travel memory?

This is such a hard question. One of my favorite travel memories would have to be road tripping across four states in the USA. We did a lot -- hot air ballooning, staying in a safari tent, cycling along the beach in California. I did it with one of my best friends in the whole entire world who I met while working with ACLE at a camp.

In Italy, I would say my favorite travel memory is being able to go to natural hot springs in Ischia. This tiny volcanic island just off of Napoli, is a mini paradise. You can go to the beach and sit in the thermal waters with the waves coming in and the sun setting. It was truly magical.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

ACLE is definitely a learning curve, they nicely push you out of your comfort zone and the support you every step of the way. For me personally, it was growing as a teacher. Teaching with ACLE is just not teaching, it is how to make your classroom as dynamic as the world around us. How can you be more creative then last year, what new skills can you bring in, what can you improve on and honing skills I already had and developing new ones. Every year there are new challenges.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the best stories is from someone who was studying to be a teacher at University. She asked the following year if she could do orientation again as she had learned more in one week of orientation then she had in her year at university. That was amazing to hear.

Also, I was once in a pizzeria in Rome in my work t-shirt and this man said, "ACLE! My daughter loves your camps, she has been every summer and is so excited to go back, she counts down the day every year when summer is getting close."

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

This is a tough one as I have done everything they offer, though I would love to go Finland with our Italian teachers. I would love to experience camp as a camper as I would love doing all the activities.

I would also be interested in doing orientation again as a tutor, we have spent so much time working on the program for orientation and it is such a fun but intense week. I would love to go through it again and make so many more new friends.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

ACLE is a family, we stand by our values (Respect, Collaboration, Integrity, Positive and Creative). We are a small company and it is nice to know everyone you work with. What makes ACLE unique is that when you arrive you find people from all walks of life and all different nationalities with the same goals, the same passions, and the same drive to make a difference.

The didactic team makes me proud! These are my tribe, my people. We are all talented individuals but together we are amazing. We truly get what we are doing. We share ideas, we share problems, and we support each other.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

ACLE is successful as it believes in what it does and the people who work for them. We support our tutors and we are supported by an amazing team.

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