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The vast majority of opportunities to teach English in Italy will be gained by searching and interviewing for positions in-person locally on the ground in Italy. We highly recommend that you plan on being on the ground in Italy in September. Here are some great tips for finding opportunities to teach English in Italy.
Arrive in Italy with enough financial resources to support yourself for 4-6 weeks (not including airfare). Costs will vary depending on where you plan on living, but if you will be paying for your accommodations, we recommend that you arrive with access to cash and/or credit of at least $2,500 - $3,000.
If you do not have accommodationslined up such as family or friends, plan on spending your first month in a hostel or some other budget-friendly accommodations. Use resources such as Lonely Planet guides to find such venues.
The most effective way to get interviews and get hired with language schools in Italy is to go to schools directly in-person to inquire about teaching opportunities.
If you have friends or relatives in the city where you intend to get hired, have them scout out local schools before your arrival. Also, have them inquire with friends and colleagues to see if they might be interested in private lessons – this will enable you to start making money and getting experience as soon as you arrive.
As soon as you arrive, get a local phone with a local number and make sure to include the on your resume and in all correspondence.
Have your resume/c.v. and cover letter translated into Italian. Also make business cards for yourself is possible that list you as TEFL-certified (and a native speaker if that applies).
Dress well! Italians believe in looking professional and your chances of being taken seriously as an English teacher will diminish if you in any way appear sloppy or unorganized.
Bring your TEFL certification and sample lesson plans to interviews, and be prepared to possibly teach a mock lesson as a demonstration.
When you interview and go through the hiring process, expect to begin teaching immediately.
Locate local language schools using resources like www.eslbase.com/schools/Italy and the Italian Yellow Pages (www.paginegialle.it), which lists more than 2,000 language schools and institutes throughout the country.
Do not hesitate to take one or more part-time jobs to start.
While it’s not especially common for schools in Italy to recruit new teachers using ESL job boards, it’s still worth checking out sites like www.daveseslcafe, http://www.eslbase.com/jobs/ and www.eslemployment.com to find job listings and contact information for schools in Italy.
Try to meet other local English teachers and learn as much as you can from them about the local job market.
Try finding schools slightly off the beaten path away from the most chic and popular neighborhoods.
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