Teach English In Italy

Teach English In Italy

Teach English in Italy. It could be the start of something exciting!

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From art to food, from stunning and varied countryside to flamboyant fashion, Italy has it all. Did you know: With 44 sites, Italy has more Unesco World Heritage sites than any other country on earth? Come see for yourself and volunteer to teach English in Italy for 1, 2 or 3 months!

Teach English in Italy and live like a local for 4-10 weeks. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before!  The local students you’re teaching English to are more interested in learning conversational English than they are grammar.

You will have so much fun living in Italy by simply speaking English the way you normally do at home and sharing that with an interested group each week along with your host family. In addition, you also have a unique opportunity to improve your Italian! It won’t take long for the locals to start recognizing you and for you to consider your host community your new home.  It’s real and authentic. Get to know the locals.  Wake up each day and feel a connection. Most of all, make a difference in your host community.

When you teach English in Italy, you will actually be in the classroom teaching Italian students English.  Live with a host family and receive a private bedroom and 2-meals each day.  On weekends, when you’re not traveling, you will have 3 meals per day with the family.  You don’t even need classroom experience.

Who Am I Teaching?

You will be teaching young children in a regular local Italian public school.  Sometimes you will have your own class, and other times you will be assisting another full time teacher in the school. You will also be living with a local host family, and you will set aside time to help them with conversational English when you’re not teaching at the school.

Where Will I Be Teaching?

Our volunteer teachers in Italy are placed in the Marche region of Italy. Located about a four hour drive Northeast of Rome on the Adriatic coast, there are small Italian towns that hug the coast line on the east and have stunning hills and mountains on the west. You are a train ride away from Rome, Florence and even Venice can be reach by train on a long weekend. Many of our volunteer teachers have taken the overnight ferry to Split, Croatia for a long weekend.

Requirements To Teach English In Italy
  • At a minimum, be 22 years of age. We also place a lot of mature travelers looking for a different way to travel and connect with new people and explore different cultures.
  • Be a native English speaker.
  • Hold a passport from the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or Australia.
  • Speak conversational English up to 15-20 hours each week the way you normally would.
  • If you are living with a host family, schedule a few times each week for a few classes, mostly during meal times.
What you receive
  • Personalized placement with a screened host family. In other words, a place to call home in Italy.  Our unique matching system ensures a great fit.
  • A comfortable private bedroom for the duration of the program and 2 home-cooked meals each day except when you’re traveling.
  • Your Italian improves because of the immersion. You are now a local.
  • Local office support in Italy.
  • Our own mobile app containing all of your pre-departure materials, our own manual, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English To Families and Children, and comprehensive ESL worksheets and games.

  • This program is available during the school year for 4-10 weeks. See dates of positions available on the Fine Print page.
  • $1,389 flat fee for 4-10 weeks.
  • If you prefer a private apartment in Italy and not a host family, add approximately $800 US to the program fee. Because this is a volunteer teach program, we have included a private bedroom with a host family and 2-meals daily with your host family.

The fee you pay to be a volunteer teacher in Italy goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation.  The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe host family and neighborhood. The fee helps us in providing your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our tutor materials and tutoring aids constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. You’re not a customer.  You join our family. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.

What are the benefits of this experience?
  • A second home with new friends.
  • You are more independent and confident.
  • Your Italian improves because of the immersion. You are now a local.
  • New interests discovered and experienced.
  • Your organizational and creative skills are put to the test.
  • Get to know yourself better.
  • You are helping your host family realize their goals of speaking English. You will make a lasting and sustainable impression.
  • Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in Italy.
  • The opportunity to live with a local host family or a local hostel for more independence.
What’s Included?
  • Personalized placement with a screened host family. In other words, a place to call home in Italy.  Our unique matching system ensures a great fit.
  • A comfortable private bedroom for the duration of the program.
  • 2 home-cooked meals each day with your host family, except when you’re traveling.
  • Local office support in Italy.
  • Pre-departure materials.
  • Comprehensive medical insurance if you’re from the US.
  • Our own manual, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English To Families and Children, which you download and take with you to Italy if you want.
  • Our mobile app for access to games, flash-cards, and worksheets.
  • Private Language Tutor experience to enhance your resume.
  • Full immersion Italian language through your host family.
What’s Not Included:
  • Your flight to Italy.
  • Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
  • Spending money for personal expenses, when you travel or optional activities.
Does GeoVisions provide materials to help me be successful? How am I supported?

Not only do we provide our own book, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English to Families and Children (this is included in our mobile app), you receive FREE teaching materials through our mobile app.  We employ a full time ESL Teacher, right here on staff. Betsy is here for you before you depart and while you’re abroad. Email Help Me Teach (or chat with Betsy with our mobile app). She will answer your questions and provide detailed and personalized ideas to help you be successful.

Can I choose my location?

The location for this program is set, because of the English classes that are already set up in Porto Sant’Elpidio.

What if I don’t like my placement when I arrive or I have host family issues? Can I move?

Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home.  GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.

After you arrive if you begin having issues with your host family, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.

Can I be placed with someone? I’d like to travel with a friend.

We typically do not have host families on this program who will take more than one teacher at a time.  But you can certain ask us to place you and your friend near each other.  The towns are small and close together.

  • 2018:
    October 6 (4-10 weeks)
    October 27 (4-7 weeks)
    November 10 (4-5 weeks)

    January 12 (4-12 weeks)
    February 2 (4-12 weeks)
    March 2 (4-10 weeks)
    April 6 (4-5 weeks)

  • Monday through Friday at the school. Normally during school hours, but volunteer teachers may be asked to tutor after school or for other initiatives. The 5 hours/week schedule tutoring the host family can be set up with the family upon arrival.

  • INCLUDED. Each school (and the teachers to whom you are assigned) will orient the volunteer teachers.

  • English speakers only. Some knowledge of Italian is very helpful.

  • If available near your placement, assistance is provided in identifying suitable language lessons. The cost of language classes is not included in your program fee.  Or, you might have the time to trade English lessons for Italian language (or cooking) lessons!

  • The minimum age is 22 and maximum age is 60.  If you are over 60 and would like to do this program, contact us.  We have been successful in the past with retired teachers.

  • The placements will mostly be in the Marche region of Italy, on the Adriatic Coast.

  • Not included.

  • Not included, but generally no visa is required.  You will enter Italy on a tourist visa, which is good for up to 90-days.

  • Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.

    With the new healthcare and insurance laws in the United States, GeoVisions cannot legally provide travel, health and accident insurance on our group plan for any participant who resides outside the US. If that is you, we hope you will still participate with us. We struggle to understand these insurance laws in our country every day.

    For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through STA Travel.  You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure.  Please read the information about the plan carefully.

    If you reside outside the US, please find out if your current health insurance plan covers you when you travel. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately. Then, simply send us a scan or photo of your insurance card. It’s that simple. And for the record, we don’t understand or agree with these laws either. We will provide you a list of organizations in your country to obtain low-cost travel and accident insurance.

    GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. We have specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.

  • Not included. Sometimes if you work it out in advance, your host family may be able to greet you at the airport or at a nearby train station.

  • Not included.

  • You will stay with a host family and have a private bedroom.

  • Two meals daily are included when you are with your host family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.

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