Exchange and Experience Italian lifestyles while Teaching Abroad

Video and Photos

Viewing Mori, Itly
Viewing Mori, Itly
Sunset on the hillside (Host fam house)
Sunset on the hillside (Host fam house)
Joinki excursion!
Joinki excursion!
students site seeing
students site seeing
Arena in Italy
Arena in Italy
Trentino, Italy Map
Trentino, Italy Map
students in Italy
students in Italy
The best picture you can have....over the top of a mountain.
The best picture you can have....over the top of a mountain.

About

Become part of the Joinki Language Tutor Program in Italy. This opportunity offers you a whole new way of experiencing cultural exchange since you will be given the chance to be an active member of a true Italian community.

You will serve as an English or German language tutor to an Italian family in the Trentino region in Italy.

In return for providing exposure to the language around 15 hours per week, focusing on conversation and some language tutoring, you will receive the following:

- Lodging and full board with an Italian family (three meals per day)
- Introduction and support from Joinki
- Italian Language Course
- One excursion every two weeks
- Free public transport
- Free entry free admission to more than 60 museums, 20 castles and over 40 attractions

Highlights
  • Enhance your resume with a unique experience.
  • Enjoy a truly cultural immersion program in the local community.
  • Free train and bus travel within the Trentino Region. Free admission to more then 40 museums, 15 castles and over 40 attractions.
  • Develope professional and technical skill.
  • Improve personal relationships-building skills.

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Questions & Answers

1-2 months. Thanks

19 years old

Thanks for getting in touch with Joinki. Of course. The program is open even to C2 level of English applicants.

Reviews

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based on 24 reviews
  • Impact 9.7
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.8
  • Safety 10
  • Benefits 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Facilities 10
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Aquila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An authentic Italian experience

Looking back at 2019, the five weeks I spent in Trentino, in the summer were certainly unforgettable. This program is based in one of the most beautiful places in Italy, the mountains are simply breathtaking. In addition to the amazing landscape this program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the Italian culture. In the short time I spent there, I truly learned so much I couldn’t have discovered if I had just visited as a tourist. My job was to teach English to the children in my host family, but I was also able to learn some Italian myself. Another thing that makes this program special is the thorough process of matching tutors with families. I was fully embraced by my host family who were the most welcoming and warmest people I have ever met. If you are looking to experience the Italian culture, to be surrounded by an amazing group of people and to enjoy the beauty of nature, I definitely recommend this program with Joinki.

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Marisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Joinki - a lifetime experience

Some time ago, after I finished my Abitur in the summer, I decided to take a year off and go abroad to various countries, to volunteer and make experiences. During my time in Kenya I already planned my next trip and stumbled upon the website of Joinki. As I didn't plan much time ahead, I had the expectation of my plan being too short ahead of time. But I contacted the agency and got an immediate response, with all the informations and dates needed. After writing and sending my application forms, I got in contact with the agency partner in Trentino, a very friendly and open minded woman, called Sabrina, who will require you to have several Skype meetings, in order to realise if you are fitted for the program and if there is a host family that could fit your personality and habits. As soon as she matches you, you get the information about the family, and get in contact with them. All over, the bureaucracy is very easy and comfortable, without any complications, long waiting times or anything else. Arriving there I met the Sabrina who, according to my wishes to work in a school, already made an appointment at the nearest school, enabling me to get to know the teachers and to decide on the lessons I want to help in.
She also gave me a lot of information about the Val di Non and Trentino in general, where to go and what to see. She also gives you the Trentino Guest Card, which allows you to travel for free in whole Trentino and visit Museums, Castles and tourist attractions for free.
She herself also took me on trips to spend time together and talk about problems or difficulties. The work in the school was very fulfilling but of course also quit exhausting as I took a lot of hours which also require preparation. In my free time I worked with a girl from the University Trient on the Tandem Program, on which you can sign up through Sabrina. It is a great opportunity to meet someone your age to go out with and to form a new friendship. Also I visited towns, like Bozen and Meran. You also have the opportunity to go see Milano and Verona and of course the mountains are an attraction for themselves :)

What would you improve about this program?
I would wish so much for the program to grow and to be able to have this experience not just in Trentino but in so much more regions of Italy, as the languages are so important and Italy is a stunning country.
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Zara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best trip of my life <3

It's now come to the end of 2019 and I have to say the best part of the year was my 6 weeks in Trentino with Joinki. For me, going abroad on my own was completely new and scary but with Joinki I felt incredibly supported and welcomed. What makes them special is that they take EXTRA care in matching you with a family so both of you have a wonderful experience.
For me, it was exactly that. The family I spent my summer were the warmest, kindest people you could meet and treated me like I was another member of the family. I love them so so dearly and can't wait to see them again hopefully next year.
If you are looking for a way to enhance your Italian skills/teaching/culture knowledge whilst having an incredible experience in the most beautiful part of Italy then I can't recommend it enough. Grazie Mille Joinki <3

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Judy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-changing program

If you are wondering wether or not to do this program, I would tell you : DO IT! I came from Canada to leave the city life for a little bit and to learn more about the Italian lifestyle, and I was not disappointed. During my 4 weeks stay in the region of Trento, I taught English to a very welcoming Italian family, but I also had the chance to learn some Italian myself! I felt like I was a member of the family from the moment I met my host family and I got to visit so many places all around Italy with them! This program is truly genuine and I created life-long friendships that I will never forget! Another point that really made this program unforgettable is the care and the support that Sabrina gave me right from the start! If you love nature, family values, learning new things and adventures, this is for you!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The mountains, again and again! It is a peaceful environment to tutor and to make a difference!
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Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing program

My experience with the Joinki Language Tutor Program was amazing, during the six weeks of my stay in Italy I didn't only teach English to some of the greatest people I've ever met but had the opportunity to take part in fun activities such as visiting some local castles, wineries and beautiful Italian cities. My host family was clearly selected with care and they were some of the warmest and most welcoming people I've ever met. Also, during my stay I really felt like I was cared for and looked after and everyone I met wanted to make sure I had the best time of my life. This program enabled me to have a summer of my life and I feel very grateful. If you've a passion for languages and love Italy this program is definitely worth getting into!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open-minded and get into as many things as possible, you won't regret! Also, knowing Italian or studying it beforehand might be helpful since many older people don't know English.
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melissa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

I had an amazing time with Joinki. From the thorough host family selection to the great efforts made by Joinki to get volunteers free transportation and guest passes to see local attractions, the Joinki experience went above and beyond what I expected from a volunteer program. During the initial interview, Joinki assesses your personality to determine which of their many eager families is right for you. Joinki also organizes events with other volunteers that are integrative and give you a taste of the authentic North Italian lifestyle! These things show just how committed Joinki is to giving volunteers the best experience possible. The program also takes place in Trentino: a beautiful mountainous region in Northern Italy. There is so much to see and do. I would definitely recommend the program!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have travelled to more cities. The nearest popular destinations are Verona and Venice, which make for great day-trips. If I could do it all again, I would have gone to see more of Italy on the weekends.
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Lars
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I can only recommend this project!

I already made three projects in Italy and this one was the best!
Directly after my first Skype interview with Joinki I got a good feeling because I noticed that Joinki is really caring about me. After approx 2 weeks they already found the fitting family for me. And they were right because I felt very comfortable in my host family.
In my six weeks in Terres which is a very small village in Valle di Non I was never bored. The nature around there is very beautiful so that you can travel around with your family or Sabrina from Joinki.
During the afternoon I did some grammar lessons with my younger host sister. Seeing my host sister improving her german skills I was really confident and happy.
Another great point about Joinki is the cultural exchange because I could show many things from Germany that are different in Italy. But of course I also learned a lot about the Italian all day life.
Special experiences were a tour in a canyon that I enjoyed very much and making Pasta by hand.

All in all I can really recommend this project cause of all these unique experiences you are able to explore.

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Phoebe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable experience in Northern Italy

Joinki offers a taste of Italian life in the North of Italy, a beautiful region rich with culture and housing a lot to offer to any of its visitors. Not only is the program based in such an amazing area, but Joinki also provides a good foundation to any of its volunteers by making them feel comfortable with adapting to life and any responsibilities they have as they participate in Joinki. In addition to providing a really good tutoring and interning experience with the most welcoming of families and schools in the area, the program also provides its volunteers with extra perks that allow them to have full access to what the Trentino region has to offer. The program directors provide a substantial amount of support to all of their participants on both sides to make sure everyone is satisfied throughout the entire process, from the placement process, to the tutor’s time in Trento, to after the tutor has left Italy. I couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying volunteer experience abroad, and I have Joinki to thank for providing that to me.