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
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.
My first ever group. They gave me life!
My first ever group. They gave me life!

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.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

96%
based on 30 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.3
  • Safety 9.5
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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?
Longer
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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.
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Loree
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

The summer camps was a once in a lifetime experience. My absolute favorite was meeting the host families and learning more about Italian culture firsthand. The camps were great for the experience of learning classroom management and how to teach English to the students. This experience taught me more than my TESOL internship did, so I am grateful I had the opportunity. The staff members are absolutely amazing. They would respond within a few hours if not immediately. They were always helpful and willing to do anything to help us have a better experience. The training was tiring, but necessary and worth it. I learned a lot through the training and how to be a better teacher. Overall, it was a great experience.

I definitely recommend this experience to everyone because you get to see Italy through the local's eyes and experience the true beauty that Italy has to offer.

What would you improve about this program?
There were a few negatives, but things which could have been avoided:
1. Communication between the director and the tutors is absolutely important. Miscommunication caused quite a few problems in my camps and it cannot be stressed enough that as the tutor you need to be clear and simple when speaking to the directors.
2. It was important to keep an open mind and really listen to the directors because they have been spending the year preparing for the camp. You usually have a lot of flexibility, but it's important to listen to what your director wants.
India
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SO addictive I can't leave...

I first entered the wonderful world of Educo camps in 2015 after a recommendation from a friend who had already enjoyed 2 absolutely amazing summers. I have now completed 2 years of working for the City Camps and also in a teaching position for Educo and I cannot recommend them enough. I was lucky enough to spend time all over Italy from Milan to Sicily and I have really gained tons of experience in all aspects of teaching, travelling and of course the Italian cuisine. Of course expect to be exhausted, you have a jam packed schedule but it is with enthusiastic and curious children/ teens who want to know everything about you and what is not to love about that. This experience is a must for those who want to see the real Italy, with real families all whilst having a blast with the children and not fall into the tourist trap.
My best advise would be to be open to everything the host families, tutors, camp directors helpers etc offer you to do, no matter how tired you may feel. I have many great memories of visiting different cities, riding on the back of mopeds, visiting bee farms and eating and drinking far too much.

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Colin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic, authentic Italian travel experience.

I discovered Educo camps through one of my Italian professors, who recommended I apply to gain some experience practicing the language in a native environment. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone interested in learning Italian, gaining teaching experience, and who wants to see the real Italy - not just stand in a crowd of tourists in Rome or Venice.

Staying with real Italian families is an amazing experience - they treat you like part of the family and I still keep in touch with many of them 6+ years later. I got to stay in places you would normally spends hundreds of euros on, for free, and work with some amazing staff and kids from all corners of the globe. Over the weekends and while on hold from work we were able to explore Siena, Venice, Florence, Rome and the Naples area, as well as seeing some beautiful, lesser known corners of Italy.

What would you improve about this program?
I felt fortunate that I was able to speak pretty good Italian when I arrived. The job does require a good amount of autonomy and independent travel, and I understand that can be frustrating for some people who might be used to a more "all-inclusive" experience. That being said, if you have a fair amount of travel experience and keep an open mind, the language barrier and travel can be pretty exhilarating.
Charlie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You'll Never Want to Leave!

I first joined EDUCO in summer 2014 and had planned to stay for the few weeks of camp and then return to England ... 3 years later, I am still in Italy! This role really opened up a lot of new opportunities for me and I've seen so many beautiful places that I would never have been able to without this programme. There's something quite magical about it from the beginning. At the orientation process you'll meet a great bunch of people from all walks of life who've all been drawn here for the same reasons, which makes it so vibrant and fun!
After my first summer I became part of the CLIL tour and travelled around Italy facilitating workshops, then became a part of the training staff. I can promise that this job is never dull and perfect if you don't want to be shackled to a desk. I'm able to use all facets of my experience while learning new skills all the time.
The host families are a total dream, and as locals they are able to show you 'real' Italy and treat you to the famous hospitality of Italian families. I still keep in touch with people I made a real connection with.
The staff were very supportive and when I arrived at the camps I found all the materials I needed, you just have to bring your energy and enthusiasm! I cannot recommend applying for these positions more highly, you could say it changed by life (cringe, sorry for that) and I wouldn't change it for anything.

What would you improve about this program?
The application process has been constantly evolving and that for me id the most important thing, to make sure the calibre of candidates remains high to ensure the success and smooth running of all projects.
Manu
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A jam-packed Summer of fun!

It’s going to sound cliche but working for Educo over the Summer of 2014 really changed my life. I not only had an amazing experience learning to become a teacher, teaching incredible Italian children & teens but I also met my husband whilst being there. Thank you Educo! :)

I was fortunate to make the transition from working for Theatrino - touring Italy for 6 months doing educational theatre in schools using didactic teaching methods through play, performance & workshops, before working at the Summer English camps.

First of all - the orientation program is a blast. You get to meet like-minded people who want to have an awesome Summer and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Then you get sent off on a train to your first host family and first city and first awesome experience of working at an English camp. That’s when the fun really begins...the fully-immersive experience of staying with an Italian family, becoming a local for 1-2 weeks and creating bonds with your team of tutors, camp directors & staff and of course the students which is a recipe for a true cultural exchange.

As you move throughout Italy seeing beautiful sights, tasting authentic Italian food and being an ambassador for a great program and your country; you learn not only more about yourself but the benefits of inter-cultural exchange.

The friends you make are such a bonus from doing this program. I was able to do several camps with one friend in particular and it lead to us travelling together on our time off with others as well. Of course once you’re in Europe travel becomes so easy & accessible. So I’d highly recommend taking advantage of this program that gets you to an already beautiful country but also allows you to include travel to other great destinations before, after or during your time off.

My advice would be to have an open-mind, be ready and happy to adapt to the different situations and challenges thrown your way. It’s all about your attitude - and when it gets a little tough and you haven’t had enough sleep (because let’s be real - travelling and working and dealing with a different culture can present it’s own challenges) you have to just smile, get enough rest and be flexible!

Have an awesome Summer in my favorite country! Be a great inspiration to those kids and a great ambassador of your country and culture to your host family and above all have a blast! It’ll be a Summer you won’t soon forget.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps more training for Summer camps as opposed to City camps - I remember facing different challenges at Summer (overnight camps) than the city camp issues.
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Brett
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best job I ever had

All in the title, this is the best job I've ever had. I heard about EDUCO through a friend I met while traveling in Southeast Asia and she couldn't stop telling stories of her experience. It sounded bogus with all these amazing benefits. I was genuinely interested to see if I could work for this company. Sure enough, 2 summers later and I'm still just as stoked to be apart of this program. When I was hired on I had the best tutors in the company training me and giving me expert advice on what I would encounter during camp. It proved so useful to me in facilitating effective lessons and crazy fun afternoon activities. Finding endless resources for songs, games, lesson plans and activities in the 'Bible' they gave each tutor. Meeting and working with international tutors to make a solid foundation for camp. Helping each other better themselves and seeing your team flourish is so rewarding. Going out after work for dinner and drinks or maybe a long swim on the Amalfi coast. Being hosted by the sweetest families in Italy. Host families have taken me around their amazing cities, cooked me dinner, made me laugh till I've cried, letting me stay on their private hotel beach. This is how you travel in Italy. I have never had such an experience in any of the countries I've traveled, like this. One of the best parts of this job are the kids. I mean, tiny little Italian kids are so interested in what you have to say and they're so adorable! They take information in like no other child I've taught. Seeing them excited to learn English will further your passion to teach better that will in turn build your resume. On the other hand, eating some of the best fruit and vegetables the world has to offer, fresh everything, eating local dishes in each part of Italy, and don't even get me started on the gelato...

This is the best opportunity you can create for yourself. I'm so thankful for the experience EDUCO has given me. I can't recommend this program more. I'll never forget this as long as I live. See you next year!

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10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You'll never want to leave

I've been working in Educo's English-immersion summer camps for 5 consecutive summers now. My friends find it funny to ask me if I'll ever spend a summer elsewhere, now that I know what it's like to experience summer in Italy Educo-style. The simple answer is no. Just can't seem to get enough. Once you experience the ever-growing love for the kids you teach, the comeraderie of the international teams you work with, the kind hospitality of the host families that welcome you in as one of their own, and spending your days under that Tuscan sun you've heard so much about, you won't be able to get enough either. Take it from someone who looks forward to summer all year around, in order to repeat this experience again and again.

Contemplate this for a moment if you will: endless pasta, pizza, and gelato straight from the source. Need I say more?

Don't let us have all the fun though (because we will)! Come join us. Come see for yourself. Come build your resumè. Come make meaningful new friendships with people from all over the world. Come create priceless memories you'll never forget.

Come see if the rumors are true. I guarantee you will not leave disappointed; you'll be asking when registration starts for the next year!

Maria Elena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable experience

This program provides you with life skills and builds your character. It also gives you the opportunity to try new things, learn Italian and explore beautiful places. If you want to make fantastic friends and memories that will last a lifetime you‘ve come to the right place. It only takes energy and passion. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of students and make learning English fun.

Exploring the Great Wall of China
Bethany
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A summer packed full of fun

I was first introduced to EDUCO's Summer Camps during rehearsals with their theatre programme, Teatrino, some of their recruitment staff came to introduce the programme to us. I knew that really wanted to stay in Italy once my tour had ended and they made it sound like so much fun so I thought why not?

I completed my orientation a few days after I finished my Teatrino tour in the first week of June, this in itself was a great experience. We were provided accommodation in a beautiful hotel in Sanremo which also included all our meals with endless amounts of coffee available. We participated in tonnes of activities and games that we would later be facilitating in camps. I got to know so many lovely people from all over the world, unfortunately you don't always get to see everyone again during camp but I did bump into a few people I made friends with at orientation.

I would say that my favourite part of Summer Camps was the host families. They make you feel so welcome, providing authentic Italian cooking and being so excited to show you around their hometown. You leave feeling you've become part of their family - I can't tell you how many times I cried when leaving my host families as it was so difficult saying goodbye.

Life at camp is a whirlwind experience, you arrive on the Saturday and meet your camp director to discuss the week's activities and before you know it you're saying your thank yous at the end of your classes final show. The italian children are so full of life and can't wait to learn English. Their enthusiasm is crazy and you fall in love with their little faces. You are given a wealth of information during your orientation and are also provided with access to endless amounts to lesson plans/games/activities etc so you are never stuff with what to do whilst at camp. If you ever have any problems from missing your train connection to feeling home sick, EDUCO are only a phone call away and do everything they can to resolve your problem.

It's a great way to travel around Italy, I had already see a lot of Italy due to my Teatrino tour however I got to see so many other places by doing camp. I also got to eat endless amounts of pasta/pizza/gelato, I could never get bored of Italian cuisine.

I would definitely recommend this programme, without it I wouldn't have fallen in love with so many of the beautiful cities I experienced and I wouldn't have been able to meet so many incredible people. I am so thankful for EDUCO for giving me this experience. I'll never forget it.

If you would like to see what camp life is like, I filmed my entire experience and uploaded the videos to my Youtube channel. My youtube name is thatsutherskid where you will be able to find a playlist dedicated to my time at EDUCO camps. Enjoy guys!

https://www.youtube.com/thatsutherskid

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Kuba
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I keep coming back, the best way to spend a summer

I originally started with Educo 6 years ago, as a way to spend the summer in Italy, 6 years on and I can't get enough. What an experience it has been. More than a job, working with Educo has been an experience for me. By far my best experiences have been focused around the host families I've met here. One took me on a 3 day boat trip around Capri and the Amalfi Coast on their sail boat, others have fed me to the point of exploding, others have taken me on holiday to the most stunning corners of Italy, all have opened their homes to a stranger and made me feel super welcome. If you want to experience the real Italy, there is no better way to get fully immersed than through Educo camps.
The camps are summer camps organized for kids of all ages in all parts of Italy. Running around in parks, putting on shows in the town piazza, random flash mobs, all these have been a part of my "job". 6 years later and I'm still excited every single time for a new camp.
Educo as a company has treated me super well, they've been quick to respond to any issues that have ever come up, made sure that I had everything needed for camps and have been well organized. The staff there are simply brilliant. I came to Italy without any training in education and the staff were great at getting me set up and ready.
So I'll be back next summer, and I highly recommend that you do as well.

Kate
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A fun-filled summer travelling and working in Italy.

I first heard about EDUCO's Summer Camps whilst on tour with their theatre programme, Teatrino. I knew that I wanted to stay in Italy once my tour with Teatrino had finished and this opportunity was the perfect way to do so.

I started my orientation in June and completed a full summer with a two week break in between where I explored some other cities throughout the country. I'd already explored so much of Italy during my tour so I was a little worried that I'd spend my time at camps in areas already visited, but the great thing was that I was lucky enough to work in completely new cities/towns in every single camp, so it was a great way to explore even more new places.

Overall, I had a fantastic experience, and I learnt more Italian and more about the Italian way of life from living with host families than I did during my first 6 months touring with Teatrino. You are completely immersed within your family environment who are always so enthusiastic to show you around their home town and get to know you. You really do become a part of their family during your time with them, and it's always pretty hard to say goodbye at the end.

Camps are great fun. You get to try your hand at teaching english as a foreign language through theatre and play and you gain so much experience, whilst having so much creative fun. Italian children have a lot of energy and such huge personalities, so you'll be constantly smiling.

There's a huge resource of games, songs, and activities to keep your camp jam packed so you are never left feeling like you're not sure what you need to do - and a one-week orientation prior to starting camps really helps you prepare for your role. And, if you have any questions or concerns, you have so many people around to support you, whether that's fellow tutors, your camp director or the EDUCO staff who are just an email or phone call away.

This experience is a fantastic way to travel some of Italy and get paid to do so. I would suggest trying to complete a whole summer because you see so much more and you get more of a variety of camps hence more experience. Also, go explore as much as you can in your free time. Your family will understand the days that you want to do so, and will also be happy to give you the grand tour. Hang out with your tutors, helpers, camp directors too - organise aperitivo, dinner, and enjoy the process of meeting new people and learning new things.

A great experience in one of the most beautiful countries in the world... What are you waiting for?