EDUCO: Teach English in Italy at Summer Camps

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best helpers ever
best helpers ever
crazy hair days...
crazy hair days...
FINAL SHOWS
FINAL SHOWS
Scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunt
water slides
water slides
I have so many memories from this camp and made lifelong connections.
I have so many memories from this camp and made lifelong connections.
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!

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
  • 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.

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96%
based on 26 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.2
  • Safety 9.4
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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!

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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Educo summer camps 2019

I had the pleasure of spending a month in Italy with Educo. I spent one week in training, and three weeks in camps. I spent two days in Bologna prior to meeting the team I was very nervous and I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but once I met the team I was instantly at ease. Three of the tutors met me in Bologna train station and drove me to the place we were staying. On that night I met with the entire team and everyone else and everyone was so friendly at welcoming.

Initially when the training started initially it was a bit awkward but we were given an amazing amount of support and training that after two/three days, it was fine! Once training was complete, I was feeling pretty emotional! If you decide to do this, you will bond with people and you will make some great friends, even though some of them you may only be with for a week. The next day I went to meet my first host family and Educo organised all of this (including transport). It was the same with all three of the host families I stayed with.

Within the camps, you may be with some tutors from your training, but you may be with return tutors, or both. For your first camp, you will probably nervous but after an hour or two, you'll start to feel at ease. After a couple of days, you will start to feel comfortable with what you're doing. Educo give you everything you could possibly need and they even give you a big manual which has planned lesson examples for every different level you could possibly teach. You will be teaching a class (usually of 8-12 kids but it can be bigger or smaller), but you will most likely have a helper with you (who is Italian) so you get stuck or need help, they are there. The only thing you have to be aware of is that not all kids behave nicely all of the time.

If you're thinking of doing it, DO IT! It's not something I ever thought I would do but it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Overall Educo will help you feel at ease, everybody is super supportive, and Educo will give you everything you need any more. Also if it helps anyone with dietary requirements, I'm vegetarian and Educo catered for this and let the host families know as well.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was at the end of the first week of training where you have to perform a morning circle song to everyone. A morning circle song is basically a song that you will teach to the kids and perform with them (probably a bad description but still). I was so nervous for this but afterwards I got a great amount of feedback and everyone (trainers and other tutors) will help you!
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Adrian
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An excellent mix or learning, teaching and broadening your human experience

It was extremely rewarding Traveling around to some amazing places around Italy, while living with host families during your teaching weeks. It creates an authentic experience for you and families you get to stay with. The food is amazing and the group of people you get to work with is exceptional and so unique.

It’s also great that you create wonderful relationships with your other co workers. You eat together, laugh together , sing together and act utterly and wonderfully silly together. It leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction and togetherness that you share at the moment with people you work with. All that mixed with amazing food and wine and beautiful scenery creates bliss.

So I would highly recommend this for young adults and even older ones looking for a change in scenery and pace.

What would you improve about this program?
I would try to increase the rate the tutors get paid, giving returners more of incentive to come back
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Hanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enriching experience

Having only started my Educo journey this summer, I already can’t wait to come back next year! Educo is the perfect answer to anyone looking to work travel and have a fun and rewarding experience over their summer. You get to meet such interesting and fun people, brush up on your Italian language AND experience delicious home made Italian cuisine every evening! What could be better?! My favourite aspect is that you get to embrace Italy in such a unique and authentic way. You can feel more like a local than a tourist, and your host families honestly treat you like one of their own! You have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful locations that you’ve probably never even heard of and really feel like part of a wider family. The Educo team are always fast to respond to literally any request or concern and are reliable and supportive in every way. Educo is honestly the best way to make not just professional connections but friends for life and the best stories to tell. You can earn AND save money whilst simultaneously gaining incredibly rewarding experiences with kids, getting a qualification as a TEFL teacher and discovering the delights of Italian culture! Can’t recommend enough!

What was your funniest moment?
I have countless funny moments from kids, families and tutors but one of my favourite moments was on the last day of my camp in castelfranco Emilia after the final show when all the parents and staff were celebrating the end of an amazing week. We had food and music and the speakers were turned right up when one of the kids favourite songs “old town road” came on. Everyone started to gather and create one huge circle egging their friends and family to go in the middle. Naturally people were a bit reserved and no one really went in the circle but just danced round the edges. Then all of a sudden, just before the beat dropped, one of the youngest boys at the camp- only 6 years old- came bursting through the audience with his cap on backwards and just burst into an incredible breakdance routine! What made it better was that he had been one of the shyest campers all week and we NEVER would have expected him to do something like that but he just totally came out of his shell and totally owned the moment and just went for it - flips and freezes and all! All the kids were cheering, the tutors was stunned and the parents all filming! He became the little superstar mascot of the camp and everyone wanted pictures with him afterwards! It was such a fun and special thing to witness, knowing that we had all helped to create that moment for him to grab hold of!
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Jamie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

They Can't Keep Me Away!

Working with EDUCO has been one of the best experiences of my life. To be able to spend months travelling around beautiful Italy, enjoying the culture, the cuisine and the climate has been an incredible opportunity.

For me, there are so many positives about the Programme I could write for hours, but I'll keep my review to the most important 3: the families, the friends and most importantly the kids. (I'll save the best until last)

1. The families are incredible, it is easy to think that they are just people who give you a room in a house, but they are so much more than that. Every family I have stayed with have been incredible, they invite you into their lives and into their family. They treat you to all of the best food and drink Italy can offer, in fact, my last host family who lives 10 miles north of Vicenza asked what my favourite foods were and made an effort to cook it for me. (The Italian version of a Roast beef dinner is very special) .

2. Over the course of summer, you work with a number of other tutors from around the world, and for me, making theses new friends was one of the best parts of working with EDUCO. I have since travelled to the USA, to Ireland and to France explicitly to see some of my old colleagues. The friendships you make with EDUCO are friendships for life!!!

3. Lastly and most importantly are the kids / the campers / the Italians / the crazy and energetic bundles of joy that keep me coming back year after year. The students are absolutely brilliant, they are so full of joy and energy and wonder that it makes me wonder why I say working in the UK for the rest of the year. Of course, working with children there are challenges and tough moments, but the smiles and laughter on the children's faces makes it all worth.

I love EDUCO any everything they do [I am already planning on returning next year]

Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Educo summer 2018 - Dream Job

Working with Educo is wonderful. You have one week of training with a beautiful team who are there to support you as much as they can! You then get to travel around Italy and get paid for it! The teaching can be daunting but once you realise the kids are there to have fun and learn English you end up having just as much fun as they do! Staying with host families that look after you and are so welcoming and accommodating, I’m vegan and Educo informed all my host families before hand of my dietary requirements and the families definitely made sure I had enough to eat! You will hardly ever travel alone and you get to form some really strong relationships! Wonderful company to work for! I would definitely recommend this programme if your looking to explore Italy, meet some great people, teach some beautiful kids and eat some awesome food!!

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Nicholas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime

I heard about Educo through a friend who lives in Italy, and I’m so grateful to have had this experience!
I was at a loss here in the states as to how I should spend the summer months, so I did some research and discovered this opportunity to teach Italian students English through drama while traveling and experiencing authentic Italian life! Needless to say, I didn’t hesitate to apply!
For orientation, Educo set us up in a really nice hotel on the Adriatic Sea! I met other English speaking tutors from all over world and I made a ton of new friends and connections. During orientation, they fully prepared us with all of the information that we needed before we were off on our own. After orientation, I was ready to meet my first host family, travel Italy and teach! During my summer with Educo, I had the opportunity to work in camps from Parma in the North to Napoli and Senise in the South of Italy and I ended my summer camp experience at a camp on the beautiful Lake Garda, near Verona. It was really great to see different regions and experience different customs and traditions across the country. During my teaching experience, I also was able to take a week off and travel Sicily! I can’t think of a better way for a teacher to explore this beautiful country while doing what you love!
The schools in which the summer camps are held were all very different but the camp activities were universal! Educo kept every camp fully stocked with supplies for teaching and with materials for the final show. Italian kids are really affectionate and warm, they make you feel welcome and they’re so excited to have a native English speaker as their teacher! There is a final show that your class performs at the end of every camp which is a great way for campers to get creative! Their families are so excited to see them speaking English and having fun while they do it! It’s always sad to part with your camp at the end. I still have artwork and letters that my students made for me! Also, don’t worry about speaking Italian! The camp directors prefer that you only speak in English and there is always enough support in your camp, you’ll never be left in the dark.
The host families that you stay with will always have a kid attending the summer camp that you are working, so they usually will drop you off in the morning with their kids at the camp. Every host family that I stayed with were so incredibly hospitable and welcoming! They will take you out to eat and sometimes coordinate with the other host families for events, trips or parties! Also, be prepared to stuff yourself on authentic Italian cuisine during your stay! Italian families love to feed you and take care of you. Its equally hard to leave your host families when the camp ends. On Facebook, I’m friends with every host family that I stayed with while traveling!

This company was a pleasure to work with! Educo staff are personable and always available for questions or concerns while you are at the camps. I met the Educo staff during orientation, and I kept communication with them via Facebook or email for the entire summer.
I cannot recommend this program enough! It was an experience that will stay with me for forever!

What would you improve about this program?
Teaching in Italy with Educo was great! They prepare their tutors well at orientation, and they are always available for support. It was a pleasure to work with Educo!
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Nicholas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime!

I heard about Educo through a friend who lives in Italy, and it was such an incredible experience! I plan on going again next summer! I was at a bit of a loss here in the states as to how I should spend my summer. My friend, knowing my background in both Theater and Education, informed me of this opportunity to teach Italian kids English through drama while traveling the country and experiencing authentic Italian life! Needless to say, I didn’t hesitate to apply and once I did, I knew I was in for a lifechanging experience! For orientation, they set us up in a really nice hotel, on the Adriatic Sea! I met other English speaking tutors from all over world and I made a ton of new friends and connections. During orientation, they fully stocked us with all of the information that we needed before we were off on our own. After orientation, I was ready to meet my first host family, travel Italy and teach! During my summer with Educo, I had the opportunity to work in camps from Parma in the North to Napoli and across the South of Italy. I ended my summer at a camp on Lake Garda, near Verona. During my teaching experience, I took a week off to travel Sicily as well! The camps were incredible and well stocked with supplies. Italian kids are really affectionate and warm, they make you feel welcome and they’re so excited to have a native English speaker as their teacher! The play, in English, that your students perform at the end of every camp, was the best way to end a week or a two week stay! Your students families are so excited to see them speaking English and having fun while they do it! It’s always sad to part with your camp at the end. I still have artwork and letters that my students created for me while I was their tutor! On facebook, I’m friends with every host family that I stayed with while traveling. Also, don’t worry about speaking Italian! You are given a helper with each group of students and they are fluent Italian speakers! The camp directors prefer that you only speak in English anyway! The host families that you stay with will always have a child attending the summer camp that you are working, so they usually will drop you off in the morning with their kids at the camp. Every host family that I had were so incredibly hospitable and welcoming! I stayed on a luxurious vineyard by the biggest lake in Italy! Also, be prepared to stuff yourself on authentic Italian cuisine during your stay! Italian families love to feed you and take care of you. As if this isn’t incredible enough, you are paid weekly by Educo with room and board and travel costs accommodated for! Educo staff are personable and always available for questions or concerns. I met everyone in the Educo staff during orientation, and I kept communication with them via Facebook or email for the entire summer.
I cannot recommend this program enough! It was an experience that will stay with me for forever!

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Carol
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer of 2018 - The best one yet

The day after my convocation, I took a flight from St. John’s to Bologna to take on the greatest summer of my life. I was trained to become an English tutor in Rimini, which gave me the push that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and meet so many amazing people, with lots of admirable skills. During the orientation week, I had the opportunity to learn so many amazing songs and interactive ways to teach English in a fun but also professional way. Even though the orientation week involved a lot of training, time flew by because everyone was so engaged and eager to participate. Once we were done training, we had the opportunity to have time to explore Rimini, which was amazing because the beach was only a few walks away from the hotel. The orientation week was definitely one of the many things I loved about EDUCO, because I got to meet so many wonderful people that to this day I keep in touch with and consider them very close friends.

Once we had to leave Rimini and go to our designed locations, travelling by train and bus was such a thrill because I had the sensation of “travelling like a local” with the help of EDUCO already organizing everything before hand. The best part about this transfer is that for the most time, you had a buddy that was going to the same camp from orientation so the experience could be shared and also for those being scared of getting lost, this was a huge ice breaker to get out of your comfort zone. Aside from travelling, like a local, there was a warm and friendly Italian family ready to welcome you to their home and make sure you have one of the best meals and experiences of your life.

For those that are not professional teachers like myself and have graduated with a degree, in business, it is such a great experience because my first day of school was definitely one for the books and made me realize how much I enjoyed planning my lessons, singing songs, playing games and being able to inspire young Italian children to learn more about the global language, which is English. The camp directors and helpers were all so friendly at every different school that I had the opportunity to go to. I went to Bergamo and Varallo - Sesia, the north side of Italy, and to this day I keep in contact with my Italian host families because they have become a family to me for now and always. I honestly felt so blessed to have been able to taste local dishes prepared by my host family, get to learn a little bit of Italian and explore the local places that, as a tourist, I would of never had the chance to see.

I would definitely recommend being involved in the EDUCO family because it gives you a sense of joy, experience, adventure and friendships that will last a lifetime. Being a tutor for the summer was definitely one of the highlights and something I wish I could of done while I was in my bachelors so I could spend every summer getting to know more people and visiting new local places that Italy has to offer. Now, I only encourage everyone to apply and take advantage of the benefits that the EDUCO team provides many that are passionate on exploring Italy but at the same time contributing to society and doing something that you will be proud for days to come.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe it would be better to put people that have developed a close friendship during orientation to experience the first week of camp in a better way and then everyone can go their own way and meet other people. I definitely think that the first week of camp is the one that sets the whole atmosphere for a person's experience about the summer. I was lucky enough to develop a close friendship with my first buddy, Vivian, the first week of camp, even though we didn't know each other throughout orientation, but some people are not as lucky and it can definitely affect whether they want to put an effort on the outlook for future camps!
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Alita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer of my Life

I just completed 9 weeks of summer camps all over Italy and I can confidently say this was this was the best summer of my life.
1. The Location - Italy is absolutely beautiful. The country is so diverse north to south, east to west. It's like visiting 4 countries at once. Every city has new sights to see and castles to wander through and "THE BEST" restaurants, gelaterias, pasticcerias to eat at. So when you're not working there are so many choices of where to go and what to see it's hard to know where to start.

2. The Staff- The summer starts with a week of training with the most hilarious, energetic, supportive group of mentors where you and 40 tutors get to sing and dance and play camp games all week together. Basically, you make 40 new friends within the first two days of arriving. Educo camp tutors are from all over the world. Everyone you work with is simultaneously embracing a new, exciting, abroad experience so you get to meet people from across the globe with similar adventurous, open mindsets. And the office staff are so open and warm and constantly in contact making sure you have what you need all summer long. Also, all of the material for classes is given to you in a great manual with all of the lessons and games to use throughout the summer and you're at the liberty of picking and choosing what methods are best for you and your class.

3. The Families - For every camp, you are matched with an Italian host family who has children attending the camp in that city. You get fully immersed in the culture and the language and get fed 3 homemade Italian meals EVERYDAY. You'll be introduced to all the aunts and uncles and step-cousins-through-marriage and quickly feel like part of the family and make really strong connections during the week or two weeks spent with them. Families are always offering whatever you need and open to giving you rest after the days at work or ready to take you on a new adventure.

You get paid to travel around Italy for 3 months, to sing and dance and make adorable Italian children laugh and learn in a new language for the summer while meeting world travelers and being hosted by some of the most hospitable people in the world. I would recommend this summer job a thousand times over.

What would you improve about this program?
More forewarning of where the next camp location is for tutors and camp details would be beneficial.
A clear communication with the payment department to make sure paycheques are being given on set dates.
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Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Educo experience: Summer 2018

During the summer of 2018 I trained to become an English tutor with Educo in Rimini and then I taught at a two week camp near Bologna in the province of Modena. The experience was truly unforgettable and has left me with so many great memories to take with me. The training week was very intense, however provided me with all the tools I needed to be a successful tutor at the camp. Tutoring at the camp was the most fulfilling experience I have ever done, the kids (all 100 of them), took to us tutors so well and the bond created between the tutors has given me many friends that I will keep in touch with. The teaching side has its difficulties but is so enjoyable, and seeing the kids all improve because of your teaching is the most rewarding outcome I have ever experienced and I can't wait to come back and do it again next year!

What would you improve about this program?
A little more freedom on the weekends
Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What an incredible experience

I worked for Educo in August 2018 teaching in a camp in Spilamberto (Near to Bologna). The two weeks I spent teaching therewere incredible, such a rewarding experience, meeting new people in the tutors and helpers which I will remain friends with. Teaching young Italians who are so charismatic and fun to be around. Living with a host family that treated me like royalty and a family I will see again on my future adventures to Italy.
It is truly an unforgettable experience and I can not wait to come back next summer and do it again, hopefully teaching in many more camps across the entire country!

What would you improve about this program?
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Francesca
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summers of My Life

I have now worked three summers with Educo English Summer Camps, every year has been an unbelivably rewarding experience.
The children that you meet and work with along the way are the highlight of the experience; Italian kids are definitely very unique, full of energy and hilarious.
The staff are really supportive, the materials are professional and the camps are amazing!
There is so much oppotunity to have fun in Italy during the summer. I couldn't reccomend this programme more.

What would you improve about this program?
Some updates to some of the materials and maybe re-training of return Camp Directors.
Noah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Chance of a lifetime

Makes sense folks! I had the time of my life, made friends for life, worked my tail off and really felt like I made a difference to some kids across the country! And I made enough through the camps to then go explore Europe! Two for one! My advice would be to keep an open mind, and remember to listen and support your colleagues.

The staff is amazing and really look after you like family!! I love them

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps a reference to FAQs in some format like in the lovely manuals we are given. Or perhaps an email with some of those on there. Questions like: missed transport? Host family questions? Payment queries?
Noah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Noah’s review

The way I see it, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. The experience with the kids is amazing! For better and for worse you get to spend time and possibly even inspire some children who don’t even speak your language. I learned so much about who I am and how to live in another culture. The idea of being with host families the entire time I was there intimidated me at first, but once I got in there man I loved it!! Made beautiful friends and memories with host moms and dads and brothers and sisters and a really cool nonno too 😎😎. And having anyone cook for you is a beautiful gesture (not even mentioning home made italian food). You also get to meet English speakers from EVERYWHERE! I got on a train once, and two other English tutors I didn’t know were also on the train! And we had so much fun getting to know one another and share our camp experiences and now we are all meeting up in Israel at someone’s house at the end of the summer!! You make memories, you make bonds for life.

p.s.
I am an American with family and friends scattered across Europe. With the Educo summer camps, I got to see a lot of them! Before and after camps began.

p.s.s.
The staff are AMAZING. Took day and night to get your experience as smooth as possible

p.s.s.s.
This isn’t like a camp you’ve done before. And none of our camps will be exactly like the one you did just before. Keep an open mind and work TOGETHER with EVERYONE.

What would you improve about this program?
We got a great working manual. Maybe create an administrative booklet to refer to with FAQs on payment and missed transport and such.

Location

Location:
Italy
Currency:
Euro
Weather:
Jan-Mar
59 F / 37 F
Apr-Jun
82 F / 46 F
Jul-Sep
88 F / 61 F
Oct-Dec
72 F / 41 F
Airports:
Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino
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Milan Malpensa
( MXP )
Venice Marco Polo
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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...