Teaching English in Italy

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Teaching English in Italy

Art is Life and Life is Art

It is a hugely popular destination for those wishing to find a job in TEFL.

The Italian motto seems to be that art is life and life is art. Italy is soaked in an amazing historical and artistic legacy.  Italy is the country of such legends as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vivaldi, Dante, Botticelli and Galileo, to name just a few. This pursuit of beauty is seen in Rome, in the splendour of the Sistine Chapel; in Venice, in the exquisite pastel facades and the surrounding islands and in Milan, the world-renowned capital of fashion.

This is also the country of fine wines, opera and a love of fine cuisine. Soaking up a morning cappuccino or enjoying a gelato, authentic pizza or pasta dishes are part and parcel of the Italian experience. Tuscany also brings into this Italian feast the astounding nature of the Italian countryside. The Alps and the Dolomites stand strongly proud, while in the South the volcanoes of Stromboli, Etna and Vesuvius remind the traveller of the power and force of nature. This means that apart from the cultural activities available to you in Italy, there are also plenty of opportunities for those who love the great outdoors. The people are also alive, passionate, friendly and curious with an amazing eye for detail. This makes Italians interesting to befriend and also to teach.

Teaching Opportunities

With so much going for Italy, it is a hugely popular destination for those wishing to find a job in TEFL. This also means that the competition is fierce. It is essential, therefore, to have a degree and a 120-hour TEFL certificate. Although there are job adverts online, the best way to find a good job is by being in the country. There are some online forums advertising jobs, as well as recruitment fairs that come to the UK. A good place to look, once inside Italy, is the Pagine Gialle (Yellow pages). 

Italy has large automotive, fashion and tourism industries. As a result of this, Business English is in high demand. The peak season in which to look for jobs is in September and January (at the start of the academic year) and also July and August when English summer camps take place. Contracts are generally for 25 hours per week. In some cases, these 25 hours are split across the day, and generally evenings. Apart from the summer camps, where you will receive accommodation, there are generally no benefit packages available for those working in EFL. The cost of living and your salary are comparable. You will be able to live comfortably, but save little, unless you give private classes. This means that you will need at least 6-8 weeks of savings to see you through your first couple of months in Italy.

Teaching Requirements

Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
BA/BS required9 - 12 months September and January EU citizenship or work visa Business professionals, children 800-1,500 EUR (670 -1,255 GBP) 800-1,500 EUR (670 - 1,255 GBP)
BA/BS required
September and January
EU citizenship or work visa
Business professionals, children

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