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Italy is soaked in an amazing historical and artistic legacy.

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.

It’s no secret that Italian cuisine is hugely regarded around the world. Pasta being a large part of Italian culture but did you know historians have identified that pasta has been around since the 4th Century. With multiple types and ways of producing pasta. Pasta will sure be a staple of meals around the world for centuries to come. The other huge worldwide food export from Italy is Pizza. Originating from Naples the first ever pizza (also known as a pizza pie) was recorded to have been made in 1860. Seen as healthy snacks at the time, due to its simplicity. Pizzas have regularly been reinvented or transformed throughout the 21st Century. With different dietary requirements, recipes, alternative bases, baking options and of courses different types of toppings, the pizza will continue to develop in households and restaurants around the world.

Arguably the most historic parts of Italy you will find in Rome. The capital city is an ancient city known to have dated back almost 3000 years and just walking around this great city, you will see why. Rome is one of the few cities in the world to have so many remnants of an ancient civilisation before. Some of the most well known tourist monuments to visit include the Roman Coliseum, the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain and of course the Dome of St Peter’s. That said many tourists visit Rome to head to another country, Vatican City. Home to the pope and within the heart of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.

 

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
    BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length
    9 -12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    September and January
  • Visa Info
    EU citizenship or work visa
  • Typical Students
    Business Professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    800-1,500 EUR
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    800-1,500 EUR

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