Teaching English in Italy
Teaching English in Italy
English teachers in Italy typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January, with most contracts ending in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available, and positions typically start in late June and early July. English teachers in Italy will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Italy, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers.
A solid hourly wage affords English teachers in Italy a comfortable lifestyle that enables them to enjoy all that Italy has to offer. Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore. English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Italy, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well. Major cities for English teaching jobs in Italy include Florence, Rome, Naples, Milan, and Turin.
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Rome, Italy Q&A with Erin Lucas
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Milan, Italy English Teaching Q and A with Kevin Nye
Requirements & Guidelines for Teaching English in Italy
- Education: BA/BS; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at our Florence Italy TEFL Course, Sardinia Italy TEFL Course, or any of our other Worldwide TEFL TESOL locations or by taking the Online TEFL TESOL Class.
- Peak Hiring Months: September, Early October & January
- Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools, Summer English Language Camps
- Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Italy
- Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
- Types of Students: Business professionals, Children Summer Camps
- Cost of Living per Month: $1,500 - 1,800 USD
(1,120 - 1,350 Euro)
- Average Monthly Pay: $1,500 - 1,800 USD
(1,120 - 1,350 Euro)
- Start-up Cost: $2,250 - 2,700 USD (1,680 - 2,020 Euro)
- Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
- Accommodation/Housing benefits Paid: No
- Flight Reimbursement: No
Interesting Facts About Life Teaching English in Italy
- In 2008 Italy had the 7th largest economy in the world, and 4th largest in Europe.
- Being open and confident and presenting oneself well by dressing elegantly when meeting new people is considered essential for what is called la bella figura, or making a good impression.
- Italy has over 100,000 historic monuments nationwide. (Museums, art galleries, churches, etc.)
- Italy is often viewed as the epicenter of the art world, with such masters as da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.
- Florentine poet Dante Alighieri authored the Divine Comedy, one of the foremost literary statements ever produced in Europe.
Your life in Italy as an English teacher...
Whether it is art, fashion, architecture, religion, or any of the other qualities that brings you to Italy, it must be said that one can spend an entire lifetime in Italy and still not experience everything the country has to offer. Some of the greatest artists, philosophers, theologians, architects, fashion designers, and chefs have called Italy home, and their creations and influence resonate throughout the streets in every city and village. The pace of your daily life can vary greatly; whether it be a ride on a Vespa in Rome, or a ride in a gondola down a waterway in Venice, Italy has something to offer to everyone.
By the way, if you like to eat great food, there was a very good reason the "Eat" part of "Eat, Pray, Love" book was set in Italy!
Want to learn more? How to get TEFL certified and teaching English in Italy and around the world?
Contact International TEFL Academy today to speak with an advisor to find out about our onlineTEFL course, multiple on-site TEFL classes or request a brochure to learn about TEFL training courses and a comparison of the most popular countries to teach English.