Hybrid Au Pair. A little child care mixed with a little tutoring.
You will earn €40 per week spending money on this program.
When you are thinking about child care jobs in Italy, this unique program mixing au pair (child care) duties with tutoring the family in conversational English is a real find. Rather than the 30-40 hours each week on an au pair program and 15 hours a week on the traditional tutoring program, this program is around 20-hours per week. The emphasis is on tutoring but there are also a few au pair duties as well. Participants are rewarded with a weekly stipend to help make your time in Italy even more memorable. This is why we call the program “Walk” (babysit with the kids) and “Talk” (tutor conversational English.)
Child care jobs in Italy can sometimes be demanding. This one incorporates a lot of fun and gives you a way to travel and make some spending money at the same time.
There is no better way to experience life in Italy, not to mention the sandy beaches and fresh pasta and pizza. Be ready to get to know and love the everyday life in Italy, enjoy a second home and meet many new friends, become more independent and confident, learn or improve your Italian, discover new interests, put your organizational and creative skills to the test, get to know yourself better, and add an international work experience reference to your resume.
Do you love food, wine, art, seaside, mountains, hills, or maybe soccer? Italy is the destination! Much of the world’s most important art is there. Cheese, pasta, wine, and bread are the most popular foods and drink in Italy. Mangi!
Au Pair? Some of the time. Tutor? Some of the time. You can even combine the time you tutor with the time you help with the children! For 20 hours each week, you help the children in your host family with conversational English and provide extra babysitting (even walking the children to and from school) in exchange for free room and board and a weekly monetary allowance to provide some spending money while you’re in Italy!
Aside from earning a little spending money while you travel, this program will allow you to have the opportunity to learn more about children and influence their lives. The Walk and Talk program will help you develop more self-confidence and become more independent. Living with a family in their own country gives you an amazing insight into that county’s culture, values and people. You get to participate in the best of both worlds … some tutoring of English and a little babysitting, keeping your time in Italy fresh.
- 1, 2 or 3 months.
If accepted into the program, you will earn €40 per week ($45) for spending money.
Over the years we have met au pairs who have had horrible experiences when they thought they are going into a fantastic overseas au pair job only to find out the family where they were living was not screened, families dismissed au pairs routinely without paying them, and there was no one to turn to for help and support. No one to look out for them.
At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the families and the position and in some cases, we have placed au pairs with that family before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest stipend possible. We provide a person in-country to help you and to be there for you. You will meet other au pairs just like you and we provide social activities with other au pairs. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we will move you to another family (based on circumstances).
- Travel for less because you’re receiving a weekly spending allowance.
- Do you want to learn Italian or brush up on your language skills? If available near your placement, GeoVisions will provide assistance in identifying suitable language lessons. Language classes are optional and at your additional expense.
- Exclusive teaching materials written by GeoVisions that you can print out and take with you. Plus your free subscription to the ESL Lounge provides many items to help you with your conversations such as worksheets, flash cards and games.
- Personalized help with lesson plans through our Help Me Teach desk. Having lesson plans is important and the most frequently requested assistance we receive. Some tutors just don’t know where to start and need help identifying what to teach according to the ages of the family members. We are here to provide that assistance FREE.
- You “meet” your family in advance through email, phone calls or Skype. Each family is interviewed by in-country staff.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Sharing your language with your host family. You should work out your schedule with your host family in advance or immediately upon arrival. Your primary reason for being there is to provide conversation in your language and to provide some extra childcare for the children. The family knows that and they are expecting you to set the teaching schedule in advance and bring materials with you that will help the children learn conversational English. This is your responsibility. They are expecting to take the lead from you.
- Help take care of the school aged children which may include walking the children to school or being home when the children arrive home from school; preparing a meal for the children or a snack; and helping them with their homework.
- Tutoring and caring for children is for a total of 20 hours each week. You will be asked to watch the children in the evenings, no more than twice a month. The schedule can be arranged in advance or upon arrival. Receive €40 per week spending money.
- Help with general household tidiness (helping set and clear the table, keeping your room neat, etc). You will not help in any domestic work, but will help out more as another family member such as helping with menus, setting and clearing the table at meals or tidying your own room.
- Using GeoVisions’ teaching materials, your free subscription to the online ESL Lounge along with your creativity, provide creative, fun and informative language sessions.
- Assist the Italian family with conversational English.
- Help develop activities, games, lessons for the children.
- You must have a lot of your own initiative to make the activities interesting and fun.
- Respect the host family’s rules and habits.
- Manage your own personal expenses (telephone bills, clothing, entertainment and spending money). Sleeping late everyday, spending your days in your room and not being accessible to the family is not respectful. Nor is it respectful to be on the Internet, your iPad or cell phone most of the time.
What You Get For Your Program Fee
- Personalized Volunteer Placement through our Partner in Italy.
- A comfortable, safe place to live in Italy, including three meals per day when you are with your host family.
- An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Italy.
- In-country basic language assistance.
- Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay. In some instances due to location, it may be necessary to receive orientation by telephone or may require you to travel a short distance to the office to receive orientation there if you want it.
- Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance included.
- Pre-departure materials.
- A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S. Call collect from Italy.
- Our own manual, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English To Families and Children, which you download and take with you to Italy.
- Premium online membership at the ESL-Lounge for access to game, flash-cards, worksheets.
- Unlimited access to GeoVisions’ exclusive Help Me Teach desk, to assist you with ideas that relate to your situation.
All through the year, although there are more placements available in June through August.
20 hours/week (exact schedule to be determined by the family)
A formal orientation is not given in Italy. You will have contact with the local office and local representatives who can visit you and you can contact them at anytime.
Basic knowledge of Italian is helpful but not required.
If available near your placement, assistance can be provided in identifying suitable language lessons. The cost of the language classes is not included in your program fee.
18-32 years of age.
Throughout Italy. Flexibility is key.
A visa will not be necessary.
Your health and safety during your GeoVisions program is of critical importance to the success of the program. Access to appropriate, immediate and excellent health care keeps you safe, healthy and participating on the program.
Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance is included for US citizens as long as you are on the program.
Under the current insurance laws in the United States, we are unable to insure participants outside the US on our policy, which we have obtained from Travel Guard. However, if you live outside the US we hope you will still participate with us. You will need to scan your proof of insurance and send it to us.
Yeah. We know. These laws make no sense to us either.
Host families will typically meet you at the local airport or train station.
You will stay with a host family and have a private bedroom.
All meals are included when you are at the host family's house. When you are traveling on your own or outside the home, meals are not provided.