Teach English in Italy

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Rich in history, culture and tradition, it is no coincidence that Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. From the magnificent art and architecture of Florence and Rome, to the lush landscapes and panoramas of the countryside, one could easily spend a lifetime in Italy.

While many people visit and vacation in Italy every year, teaching English gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in this tantalizing region the way that most tourists can only dream about. Despite a sluggish European economy, teachers remain in demand in Italy, and living and working in this fascinating destination can easily become a reality.

Private Language Institutes

Most teaching job in Italy are in private language institutes. Language schools typically start in September or October and finish up in June, with the average teaching contract lasting 9-10 months. From February to March on is usually a good time to start looking for work, as schools will have a better idea of who is returning for the following year, but plenty of jobs open up closer to the start of the school year, and there are always emergency openings throughout the year as well. Public schools typically look to hire EU citizens and fluent Italian speakers, so private institutes are generally the best bet.

Summer Camps

Summer camps provide ample opportunity to pick up work over the summer. These are typically short term opportunities in Private institutes in July and August, teaching older students who are looking to diversify their skill-set in the Italian job market.

Private Lessons/Tutoring

Many teachers choose to supplement their income by teaching private lessons as well. Private lessons can earn a teacher anywhere from 15-30 Euros an hour (many choose to offer discount to groups of university students if they refer their friends.) Because the job market in Italy can be pretty tight, and the cost of living fairly high (especially in cities), teaching private lessons on the side can be a great way to cover the gap in your monthly expenses.

Qualifications

Having a TESOL/TEFL certificate is a must in order to Teach English in Italy. A bachelor’s degree helps as well, though it is not absolutely necessary. While schools in Italy will typically recognize online or in person certificates, an on site TESOL course in Italy such as LanguageCorps might give you the best chance of establishing yourself in locally, and finding desirable work in a timely manner.

Work Visas

It is difficult for non-EU citizens to obtain a work visa in Italy. Many people wind up just over staying a tourist visa and working on a cash-in-hand basis, while others obtain a student visa that allows one to stay in Italy legally for six months. It is a complicated situation, but most people are able to navigate around the visa issue and still live and work in Italy successfully. The teacher is usually responsible for navigating the visa process themselves, and while some schools may be hesitant to hire non-EU citizens, many are willing to negotiate and make arrangements to accommodate foreigners.

Culture & Living

While Teaching English in Italy probably won’t make your rich, living in Italy for an extended period of time is reward enough for most travelers. From five course meals in some of the best restaurants in the world, to a quick between-class espresso, Italians know how to enjoy life like no other culture in the world. Business English students that make up the majority of ESL classes in Italy are eager to learn and take their lessons seriously, as a poor Italian job market is making English an increasingly valuable skill for locals. Western standard business casual attire is a safe bet for the classroom, and Italian language is knowledge is typically not a requirement for the teacher in private language schools.

Most ESL teachers in Italy live in shared apartments with fellow teachers, local residents, and/or students from other schools. A bedroom in Italy typically costs 300-600 Euros per month, with big cities being much more expensive than rural areas.

Contributed by Steve Patton

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The English Camp Company
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Angloville
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Cultural Homestay International
Volunteer to teach English in Italy with Cultural Homestay International! Join CHI's World Explorers program and live with an...

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

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Associazione Culturale "Why Not?"
Join our young, enthusiastic team of people aged 16-30 and come teach English at our summer camp! Spend 2 weeks (August 21st...

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GeoVisions
GeoVisions invites native English speakers to come teach abroad in the March region of Italy! Tutors on this program stay wit...

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LanguageCorps
LanguageCorps gives its participants the opportunity to teach English abroad either in Florence or Sardinia. Your TESOL certi...

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Angloville
Stay at beautiful countryside resorts with all expenses paid while helping someone improve their English? Hi, welcome to Angl...

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GeoVisions
If you love food, wine, and the seaside (who doesn't?!) then GeoVisions has a program designed especially for you. The GeoVis...

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Saxoncourt
Saxoncourt Group offers English teaching jobs in Italy. Most teaching positions are available in middle and high schools in I...

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Lingue Senza Frontiere
We are looking for tutors to teach English all over Italy in our day camps for Italian children aged 7-14. For the period run...

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GeoVisions
GeoVisions' Tutor English to a host family provides volunteers a chance to live with an Italian family and teach them convers...

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GeoVisions' tutor program provides native English speakers a chance to live with an Italian and tutor them in conversational...

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Spend 2 weeks, 4 weeks, even 8 weeks living in a rented apartment near the beach on the coast of Italy. Relaxed already? Now...

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The Yellow House Nursery School - Italy
The Yellow House is a school that specializes in Bilingual education (English and Italian) for young learners -- especially i...