Volunteer To Teach English In Italy

Volunteer to teach English to students in Italy.

Live like a local as a volunteer English teacher to students wanting to learn or improve their English.

Volunteer teaching posts are in the Marche region of Italy, along the east coast.

No risk and no obligation. See where we can take you!

Find Out More

Overview

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.

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.

Fee

$1,359.

Duration

4-10 weeks.

Visa

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

Start Dates

2018 dates:

January 13 (4-10 weeks)
February 3 (4-10 weeks)
March 3 (4-10 weeks)
April 7 (5 week max)
October 6 (4-10 weeks)
October 27 (4-7 weeks)
November 10 (4-5 weeks)

2019 Dates:

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

Requirements

  • 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.

Program Location

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.

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.

Video

 There are two videos below. One is by two volunteer teachers in Italy and the other is a longer video commissioned by GeoVisions to explain more details about the program.

 

Costs

$1,359 flat fee for 4-10 weeks.

GeoVisions-4cprocessThe fee you pay to volunteer to teach English in Italy goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation.  The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe host family or hostel and neighborhood. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our teaching materials and teacher 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.

Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.

Volunteer Program

This is a volunteer program, and as such, you will need to factor in not only the program fee above, but your airfare and if you live outside the US, your insurance.

It is hard to calculate your spending money requirements, so think about any additional meals and travel during your time in Italy.

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 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.

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.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

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.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook Page, Instagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Italian since you're now living as a local and helping your host family and host school realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a local school in Italy and you're ahead of the game.

Whitfield St.jpg

GLOBAL  HEADQUARTERS

Guilford, Connecticut USA