EDUCO: Teach English in Italy at Summer Camps

Video and Photos

Scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunt
water slides
water slides
best helpers ever
best helpers ever
crazy hair days...
crazy hair days...
FINAL SHOWS
FINAL SHOWS
My first ever group. They gave me life!
My first ever group. They gave me life!
Casual trip to the top of a 'cherry picker' on an excursion to the fire station... we had more fun than the kids!
Casual trip to the top of a 'cherry picker' on an excursion to the fire station... we had more fun than the kids!
I have so many memories from this camp and made lifelong connections.
I have so many memories from this camp and made lifelong connections.

About

EDUCO is a non profit educational company that provides Italian students with fun, enriching hands on opportunities to learn the English language.

We are recruiting creative, passionate and responsible mother tongue English speakers to teach English in Camps throughout Italy - from the Alps to the islands of Sicily and Sardegna - on our accredited TEFL through Peformance & Play program (in collaboration with Trinity Stars). This is a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and cultural horizons by learning how to teach through games, sports, drama & songs all taught at our orientation. Accommodation, food and transport during and between camps is provided and tutors also receive a generous study grant which is based on the number of weeks spent teaching.

If you dream of spending a summer in Bella Italia while doing rewarding work with children and meeting people from all over the world - then this is the experience for you.

Highlights
  • Living with Italian host families, working in a culturally diverse team environment, free transport from camp to camp, company accommodation during weeks on hold, networking possibilities in Italy following program
  • Earn a TEFL through Performance & Play Certificate accredited by the International TEFL Accreditation Council
  • We are proud to provide our tutors with the highest compensation of any summer camps program within Italy, and among the highest within the EU.

Questions & Answers

You do not need to speak Italian in order to apply for our camps. While knowledge of the language can be an advantage, our camps are full English immersion and we discourage tutors from speaking Italian with the children. Every camp has local Italian staff (including the director and helpers) who may assist with any language barriers.

Reviews

9.64 Rating
based on 33 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.3
  • Safety 9.5
Showing 1 - 8 of 33
Default avatar
Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer Dream!

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!

Default avatar
Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing First Time Traveling Experince!

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!
Default avatar
Harneet
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Incomparable Experience!

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!
Default avatar
Cat
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Summer Dream

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.
Default avatar
Rob
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent, rewarding experience

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.

Default avatar
Keith
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent program

I went in to Educo not knowing what to expect and have thoroughly loved my two summers spent with them. Educo provides a great week of training, fun teaching curriculums, and housing and food (mostly provided by wonderful host families). You meet so many great people whether it's other tutors, host families or campers. Camps last either 1 or 2 weeks which keeps things fresh and interesting.

Educo also provides great assistants along the way. They are quick to respond to any questions through email and provide multiple phone numbers you can contact while you're there. If you ever get lost or just need general guidance they are available. When you transfer camps you will usually travel with another tutor so you are rarely alone.

I recommend this program for anyone who is loves working with kids and wants to explore Italy.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to each day of camp. It will make you and the people around you enjoy their time more.
Default avatar
Daniella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A wonderful way to spend your summer!

I had heard about this program from a friend of mine who had completed it the following year. Everything she told me was wonderful but I truly had no idea how great it would be.

I spent 9 weeks in camp and every week created memories that I will never forget.

On top of having a wonderful time in and out of camps, the company works hard to make sure you are safe 24/7 and should an issue arise (which, in my 9 weeks did not), they are very fast with replying and solving it.

Also, these hard workers spend the year creating amazing curriculum that both you and the kids can enjoy. After a week of training and breaking everything down, you feel completely confident walking into your first day at camp.

I HIGHLY recommend this company and feel honoured being able to work for them.

Default avatar
James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AMAZING

I just completed my second summer with Educo and it was, in a word, amazing (see: title)! I can’t recommend this experience enough; you’re able to travel to and explore Italy, whilst being able to be a tutor at a camp- with is incredibly rewarding and a lot of fun too!
Every host family I’ve stayed with has been warm and welcoming and eager to show me the area. Every part of Italy is full of its own culture, food, and sights; it's an incredibly diverse country.
Tutoring at the camps is its own experience. Being part of a great team, all with the focus to make the camp as fun as possible, whilst being educational and teaching campers English, is unlike any other experience I've had. Play games! Teach songs! Direct a play! Film a Zombie Apocalypse video (a personal favourite memory)! Every camp and place you leave you take with you; you really do make memories for life. If you’re in any way interested in travelling and education this is absolutely the role to apply for!