Teach English in Italy

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Kirsten Colquhoun
March 1, 2024

Table Of Content

Other benefits available
Where teachers earn the most
Italy cost of living
Saving as a TEFL teacher
How to start teaching

History, art, architecture, nature, amazing food! Italy has so much to offer teachers! Not only can you make a good living in Italy but you can also enjoy outstanding food, fascinating culture and exquisite art. Let’s look at how much you earn teaching English in Italy.

The average salary of a TEFL teacher in Italy ranges between €1,800 – €2,300 ($2,000 – $2,600) a month.

Placement programmes usually offer €1,000 – €1,800 ($1,200 – €2,000).

Private language schools pay €16 – €32 ($18 – $36) an hour.

In public schools, teachers can earn €1,200 – €2,400 ($1,400 – $1,800).

For private lessons, TEFL teachers usually charge €22 – €35 ($24 – $48) an hour.

Summer camp positions pay approximately between €150-€200 per week.

In addition to salary, what other benefits can be available?

Only those teachers with work visas and contracts can expect benefits. These include accommodation, a housing stipend, paid holidays, and healthcare. For lucky teachers, this can also include reimbursement for flights and Italian lessons, though this is less common.

Freelance teachers won’t be eligible for any benefits but will naturally have more flexibility.

Teaching in Italy is more of a lifestyle choice than a career choice for TEFL teachers. You don’t come to Italy to earn a fortune. You come to Italy to live in a beautiful place with a gentle work-life balance and plentiful travel opportunities.

Summer camp positions can be residential, meaning you are provided food and board for the duration of your contract – plus you get to live in a spectacular destination.

Where in Italy do teachers earn the most?

The popular cities for TEFL jobs in Italy are Rome, Milan, Florence and Naples. 

Rome is the capital city but is always busy – especially in the crowded tourist season. Milan is considered the fashion capital of Italy and has fewer tourists than Rome. Milan is a good destination for Business English teachers. Florence and Naples are smaller cities so while there are TEFL jobs to be found there, they won’t be as many as in the bigger cities.

How much is the cost of living in Italy?

Luckily for us, Italy is one of the more affordable Western European countries.

Interestingly, the capital Rome is not the most expensive city in Italy; Milan is. According to Numbeo, the cost of rent in Milan is almost 40% more than in Rome. 

Generally speaking, the cost of living in Italy is €850 ($915), excluding rent. Rent costs vary around the city – and this makes the biggest difference in your living costs.

Is it possible to save in Italy as a teacher?

If you’re willing to work hard and live frugally, saving isn’t a problem.

Even though Italy seems like an extravagant destination, it’s possible to get by on a budget if you live in a smaller city or town. However what you earn as a teacher is not going to be enough to save millions of euros, even if you work 24 hours a day!

Our top tips for saving money in Italy:

  • Save on accommodation by sharing a house or flat.
  • If you live in a big city, find accommodation outside the city centre.
  • Cook more; eat out less. If you must eat out, go for the smaller, more independent cafes and restaurants rather than tourist traps.

How to start teaching English in Italy

To teach English in Italy a degree may sometimes be required, but what is essential is a TEFL qualification. Sign up for a TEFL course from a reputable and internationally recognised course provider. 

Find out if you qualify for a working visa or a Working Holiday Visa. Non-EU citizens may find it tricky to secure a visa but some countries have agreements with Italy with regards to working arrangements. You may be able to apply for a Student Visa, study Italian and work in your free time.

Check out our Jobs Board to see the latest job opportunities in Italy. Polish up your CV and send it out. If you have an EU passport you can consider jumping on a plane and finding a job by pounding the pavements. 

Brush up on your Italian! Though it’s not necessary to be able to speak Italian to teach English in Italy, it’s easier to get around the cities if you have some grasp of the language.

Once you’ve ticked these boxes, you’re ready to go! Give us a call and we’ll get you started on your TEFL journey in Italy.

Table Of Content

History, art, architecture, nature, amazing food! Italy has so much to offer teachers! Not only can you make a good living in Italy but you can also enjoy outstanding food, fascinating culture and exquisite art. Let’s look at how much you earn teaching English in Italy.

The average salary of a TEFL teacher in Italy ranges between €1,800 – €2,300 ($2,000 – $2,600) a month.

Placement programmes usually offer €1,000 – €1,800 ($1,200 – €2,000).

Private language schools pay €16 – €32 ($18 – $36) an hour.

In public schools, teachers can earn €1,200 – €2,400 ($1,400 – $1,800).

For private lessons, TEFL teachers usually charge €22 – €35 ($24 – $48) an hour.

Summer camp positions pay approximately between €150-€200 per week.

In addition to salary, what other benefits can be available?

Only those teachers with work visas and contracts can expect benefits. These include accommodation, a housing stipend, paid holidays, and healthcare. For lucky teachers, this can also include reimbursement for flights and Italian lessons, though this is less common.

Freelance teachers won’t be eligible for any benefits but will naturally have more flexibility.

Teaching in Italy is more of a lifestyle choice than a career choice for TEFL teachers. You don’t come to Italy to earn a fortune. You come to Italy to live in a beautiful place with a gentle work-life balance and plentiful travel opportunities.

Summer camp positions can be residential, meaning you are provided food and board for the duration of your contract – plus you get to live in a spectacular destination.

Where in Italy do teachers earn the most?

The popular cities for TEFL jobs in Italy are Rome, Milan, Florence and Naples. 

Rome is the capital city but is always busy – especially in the crowded tourist season. Milan is considered the fashion capital of Italy and has fewer tourists than Rome. Milan is a good destination for Business English teachers. Florence and Naples are smaller cities so while there are TEFL jobs to be found there, they won’t be as many as in the bigger cities.

How much is the cost of living in Italy?

Luckily for us, Italy is one of the more affordable Western European countries.

Interestingly, the capital Rome is not the most expensive city in Italy; Milan is. According to Numbeo, the cost of rent in Milan is almost 40% more than in Rome. 

Generally speaking, the cost of living in Italy is €850 ($915), excluding rent. Rent costs vary around the city – and this makes the biggest difference in your living costs.

Is it possible to save in Italy as a teacher?

If you’re willing to work hard and live frugally, saving isn’t a problem.

Even though Italy seems like an extravagant destination, it’s possible to get by on a budget if you live in a smaller city or town. However what you earn as a teacher is not going to be enough to save millions of euros, even if you work 24 hours a day!

Our top tips for saving money in Italy:

  • Save on accommodation by sharing a house or flat.
  • If you live in a big city, find accommodation outside the city centre.
  • Cook more; eat out less. If you must eat out, go for the smaller, more independent cafes and restaurants rather than tourist traps.

How to start teaching English in Italy

To teach English in Italy a degree may sometimes be required, but what is essential is a TEFL qualification. Sign up for a TEFL course from a reputable and internationally recognised course provider. 

Find out if you qualify for a working visa or a Working Holiday Visa. Non-EU citizens may find it tricky to secure a visa but some countries have agreements with Italy with regards to working arrangements. You may be able to apply for a Student Visa, study Italian and work in your free time.

Check out our Jobs Board to see the latest job opportunities in Italy. Polish up your CV and send it out. If you have an EU passport you can consider jumping on a plane and finding a job by pounding the pavements. 

Brush up on your Italian! Though it’s not necessary to be able to speak Italian to teach English in Italy, it’s easier to get around the cities if you have some grasp of the language.

Once you’ve ticked these boxes, you’re ready to go! Give us a call and we’ll get you started on your TEFL journey in Italy.

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