EDUCO

EDUCO

About

We are a non-profit association concerned with promoting student-centred teaching/learning through the application of theatre and drama practices. Accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, EDUCO utilizes the power of theatre and drama within a didactic framework to successfully teach English to Italian children all across Italy.

Our touring Theatre In Education company, TEATRINO, is acclaimed within both academic and theatre disciplines for an extensive repertoire which is the largest and most diverse of its kind in Italy. Drama is used as a powerful and effective ESL tool.

In addition to Teatrino, we offer other projects which include; Theatre In Education (TIE) Days, English Summer Camps (held across Italy for Italian students), CLIL workshops(Content and Language Integrated Learning), and Teacher Training workshops.

EDUCO recruits actors, performers, musicians, tutors, teachers, and trainers from all over the world who are native English-speakers.

Website
educoitaly.com
Founded
2006
Headquarters

54 Via Roma
18038 Sanremo IM
Italy

Reviews

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Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I’ve been doing Educo camps for two years in a row now and I’m so excited to head back for my third Summer with Educo this year!
It’s an unreal experience travelling around Italy, teaching, being immersed in the culture and sharing memories with new friends.

I was both excited and nervous to stay with families during my time at camp as I’d never done anything like this before. Each family I went to gave me a warm welcome and were eager to get to know me. We shared evenings together talking, eating, drinking and laughing together and they were kind enough to take me to places around their towns and cities so I could explore the sights. I stayed in touch with my families afterwards and I managed to visit them again the next Summer which was so sweet.

Within the camps you’re a part of a team, working together to create a fun and magical experience for the children. You get the chance to embrace your inner child alongside your peers as you lead and take part in the activities with the children.
My favourite part of camps is being able to create a final show with your class. You work with your class to write a story and a script in English and you spend time with them making set and costumes. It’s a rewarding experience having your class help create a show in a completely different language to their own and seeing how proud their families are of their incredible work.

The support from the Educo team is second to none. The orientation was so fun and insightful as we were trained and mentored on how the camps work and what was expected from us as tutors in a camp. You meet so many new people at the orientation who you are experiencing this new adventure together with and create strong bonds along the way.

I highly recommend you spend your Summer with Educo camps. If you’re looking to teach, travel, experience a new language and culture and make lasting memories then apply and have an incredible Summer!

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience was the first time I have travelled alone and EDUCO made it so simple and safe to get around the country. The first week of orientation was a brilliant opening week to Educo and, although intense, really taught me about the company and its goals. I really believe theatre and interactive education is the best for language learning and was so happy to find myself working for a company whose beliefs comply so much with my own.

The camps I worked on (Paestum and Napoli) were amazing and teaching English was such a rewarding job. I still keep in contact with one of my class helper who became a really good friend of mine too.

The host families were the most loving and kind families and I am very grateful to them. During the time I lived with them, I learnt the importance of buffalo mozzarella, met their entire family including great aunts who spoke no English at all, went to an Italian first birthday party, read to the children and taught them English in the evenings and saw some really local and fascinating parts of Italy.

Finally, the other tutors that I met through Educo were amazing. I was so lucky to work with some amazing people from all around the world!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are lucky enough to teach at a camp with a pool remember this... Italians are very particular about hair and believe if you walk around with wet hair you WILL die. On my camp, after pool time every day all the children would bring hair dryers and no more lessons would take place until every stand of hair was dry!
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Harneet
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After teaching with Educo for just one summer, I can say that not only did I get to fall in love with the experience but Italy as a whole! I went into Educo excited about being in Italy, but this was so much more than just that. The Educo staff do everything to try and make you feel at home and are there for you throughout the entire experience - no matter which part of Italy you're in. The host families and kids are some of the most lovely people along with the other tutors and people you get to meet on this adventure.

A great way to create incredible and unforgettable memories!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace every single moment - your time with the host families, with the other tutors, the lovely Italian kids, and treasure ITALY!
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Cat
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The staff and your fellow tutors at EDUCO truly become like family. I was able to spend an entire summer in the most beautiful place with some incredible people.
I really enjoyed teaching the students, both you and the students have an amazing time in the classroom or outside playing games! The teaching style is very kinesthetic, most of the time the class is up on their feet and learning through fun games that challenge and motivate them.
During the summer, you stay with host families: the families I stayed with were so welcoming and incredibly accommodating. I loved diving into the culture and learning the Italian language.
I will absolutely be returning again this summer, the students and the friends I met really changed my life for the better! Thank you EDUCO!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If there are any mishaps while traveling, EDUCO staff are always there to help you. This is a job where you need to be comfortable traveling from city to city every 1 to 2 weeks. More importantly, when things don’t go according to plan in or outside the classroom, you have to be willing to overcome those obstacles with positivity and the knowledge that the staff and your fellow tutors are there to help you.
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Rob
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Doing Educo summer camps has been an amazing experience for me. I have so many wonderful memories of the places I've seen and the people I've lived or worked with.

Staying with host families means you experience real Italian life. Expect to be shown around the local area, fed wonderful food, introduced to people in the town etc. Everywhere I've stayed the hospitality has been amazing.

Camp locations vary, so you get to stay in tiny villages, big cities, and everything in between. My very first camp was in a remote area and the second was in Milan. They were both equally charming in different ways.

You work alongside people from all over the world in camps. This means you can represent your country by bringing your own culture to the camp. This is particularly true for Culture Day, which is one of the afternoon activities. You can have so much fun. Water Games in another popular afternoon activity which is a load of fun.

Each day starts with a morning circle where you sing songs that you learned at orientation. This is daunting at first but there is so much support from the main training team to help you. Bring energy and enthusiasm and you'll have an amazing time!

Everything you need is in the training manual. The core team are all very approachable and can help if you need any guidance while at camp. Camp Directors are always on hand and there are also Camp Helpers to provide extra support to both tutors and campers.

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EDUCO: Teach English in Italy at Summer Camps
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EDUCO is a non profit educational company that provides Italian...

Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Alita Powell

Alita is a Canadian performing artist, teacher, and traveler from Whitehorse, Yukon.

Why did you choose this program?

I was told by a few friends I met while working across Italy that their experience doing camps was fantastic they only had positive things to share. They all had such wonderful stories about host families and meeting other tutors from around the world.

I have always dreamed of visiting Italy, and I couldn't believe getting paid to sing and dance with Italian kids and travel around Italy was an option.

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

Educo takes care of your accommodation while you're in camps, and you have three free meals a day generously cooked by your Italian hosts. They also get all of your train tickets and arrange any transportation to and from train stations to your net host. All you have to do is be at the right place at the right time.

Getting to Italy is on you! Because it's on a Study Grant basis, no need to worry about visa paperwork and processing. Just apply and buy your flight over! Easy peasy.

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

Learn some Italian! I think it's self-explanatory. Just makes the whole experience a lot smoother. Though playing charades is great fun when you really need to get a point across to your hosts and pretty common in a country where they speak with their hands all the time anyway. However, on days off when you want to go exploring, it really comes in handy to get around with a little Italian.

Also, pack light! You'll be wearing your EDUCO TUTOR shirts for work every weekday. Pack the essentials and a few nice outfits. Having too much luggage is a bummer to lug around buses, trains, and planes every weekend when you switch host families. Also, leave more room to fill your bag with Italian clothes. Trust me, you'll be shopping.

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

An average day at camp goes like this:

  • 9 AM: Morning Circle All the tutors and campers get in a big circle and sing energizing English camp songs and play games for half an hour. (It’s honestly my personal favorite part of the day and the best way to wake up in the mornings.)
  • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: English Lessons You and your individual class do English-based learning activities, games, and worksheets, with a snack break in between.
  • 12:30 PM – 2 PM Lunch Everyone eats together. Sometimes, the camp has a canteen/cafeteria if you're in a school. The tutors then get a half hour break and then another half hour to all set up the afternoon activity together.
  • 2 PM – 5 PM: Afternoon Activities Every day, the tutors set up a different game to play all together. Examples are water games with balloons and hoses and sponges, Safari Day where the kids paint the tutors as animals and have to run around outdoors and catch all the animals, Scavenger Hunt with maps, TRashion Show where kids have a time limit to create the best outfit with recycled materials, Culture Day where the kids get to do activities from all the different countries that the tutors come from. For example, I come from Northern Canada so I had the kids watch a short video of northern lights; we made paper snowflakes in one camp, we played floor hockey with brooms and tape rolls, and in another camp, we made "S’mores" over a tiny candle fire. They loved it!

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

My biggest fear was feeling lonely being far from home and the people I am closest to. The first week of camp, you work with 40 people all in the same shoes from across the globe. It's amazing because everyone is sharing the same fears and discomforts at first, and you make 40 new friends in a few days.

Every camp, you work with new people and live with a new family and are always surrounded by people to talk to and share with and listen to. Never once did I feel lonely. I've made some of the most important friends in my life this summer!

Is there anything you would have done differently?

I wish I had brought something from home to give to the families – even a small postcard or piece of home. The families are so generous when you're with them, and make sure you have the best time in their town/city. Being able to give them something back from my home would have been nice.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sophia Trozzo

Job Title
International HR Manager
Sophia is the international HR manager for EDUCO's summer camp program since 2016. In addition to overseeing the recruitment process for over 200 educators annually, she is also responsible for allocating tutors to camps across the country and serving as their first point of contact throughout the program.

She is based in Sanremo but coordinates nationally with a team of EDUCO collaborators.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I have so many wonderful travel memories! It would be impossible to only choose one.

Snorkelling along the coral reef in Egypt's Red Sea, camel riding at sunset in the Sahara desert, racing (literally) through the Hermitage in St. Petersburg with my 13-month-old daughter, solo travelling through Vienna, Prague and Budapest during the Christmas holidays, living in Paris (my favourite city) as a student, are only a few of the many treasured experiences that come to mind.

Unlike other countries, I've had the privilege of getting to know Italy profoundly and over a long period of time, largely thanks to my work teaching and recruiting for EDUCO. Some of my most precious memories in La Bella Paese include long train rides from the north to south (I recall one particular journey of 12+ hours from Elba Island to Ricadi, Calabria where I watched one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life from my window), hiking in the mountains near Bergamo, having my taste buds awakened by Puglia's delightful and original culinary traditions, drives along the Amalfi coast, and day trips to Liguria's small, colourful fishing and mountain villages.

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

I moved to Italy from Montreal (Canada) in the summer of 2015 to begin a career in education in the country of my roots. Since then I've worked with dozens of people from various educational backgrounds - each of whom has shaped my vision for my work. My Italian language skills have greatly improved and I've gained invaluable insight into working within a bilingual environment. I've learned that providing young people with opportunities to work and travel in a foreign country is an enormous responsibility that, when taken seriously and carried out with passion, reaps immense joy and can even change lives.

But the biggest change for me personally undoubtedly came from becoming a mom. The experience of giving birth in Italy, away from my family and friends, and now raising my daughter here, has added an entirely new and incomparable dimension to my relationship with this country. I want to do the best work I am capable of, for her. I want her to grow up in an Italy that recognises the importance of learning languages, that celebrates ethnic diversity and cultural exchange. And I'm so happy she will grow up with access to my work environment, because it provides a window into all of that, and much more.

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

Each summer I receive dozens of emails from tutors who have completed our program and gained new perspectives. People write to say that, following our program, they are considering changing careers, or want to find full-time teaching work in Italy, or that they've made friends for life. Sometimes they write to thank me for sending them to a location they were initially hesitant about, or for trusting them to handle a certain type of project or assignment.

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the people you've recruited grow, professionally and personally, over the course of a summer.

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

Hands down our camps! I spent three summers as a tutor on our program and they are among some of my best experiences. EDUCO camps offer an incredible opportunity to travel to unique parts of Italy while doing meaningful work with children and meeting people from all across the world. Our tutors come from dozens of countries, including USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

In addition, you get to live with Italian families, who offer you a direct link to the culture - an opportunity to learn more of the language, the local secrets, and specialties, and indulge in their region's cuisine. Your accommodation is provided and EDUCO covers all transport between camps, so your expenses (apart from your flight of course) are few to none. Plus, you earn a generous study grant for each week in camp and a TEFL certificate following completion of the program.

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

We are always striving to be competitive and attract the best talent for our programs. We recognise that this means setting a standard that is attractive for applicants across the world.

Currently, we provide the highest compensation of any summer camp program in Italy (and among the highest in the EU). We are the only company in Italy that offers a Theatre in Education program for children. We also provide outstanding networking opportunities on a national level, following the completion of our programs, with many of our recruits going on to accept full-time or part-time work in Italy via our collaborators and contacts.

Our staff are demonstrated experts in their respective fields and are continuously building on their education and training in order to provide the best for our new recruits.

EDUCO is a network of dozens of dedicated individuals across the Italian peninsula, from north to south. I don't think it can be stated enough, how difficult an undertaking it is to harmonize so many projects across great geographical and regional differences, but we do it! And I believe we're successful at it because at the core of what we do is a strong human component.

We are always feeding off of one another for ideas, ways to communicate better or synchronise our messages more thoroughly. Each year we involve over 100 000 Italian children and teachers in our programs. What we are able to accomplish on a national level annually makes me especially proud.

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

The biggest factor in EDUCO's success has been strong, visionary leadership. Leadership that, at its core, allows the best characteristics and abilities of every person in our network and on our team to flourish. This, coupled with our ability to adapt to the needs of an ever-changing world, and a gradually changing Italy, has made us a game-changer.