Teach English in Italy and live like a local for 2 weeks to 3 months when you tutor English to a family in Italy. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before! Your new host family is more interested in learning conversational English than they are grammar. You will have so much fun living in Italy by simply speaking English the way you normally do at home. You might change the name of the program from Teach English in Italy to Speak English in Italy! In addition, you also have a unique opportunity to learn or improve your Italian! In a matter of hours you are walking around your new community like a true Italian. It won’t take long for the locals to start recognizing you and for you to consider your host community your new home. It’s real and authentic. Get to know the locals. Wake up each day and feel a connection. Most of all, make a difference in your host community and host family.
With the GeoVisions mobile app, you’ll be able to grab worksheets, games and ideas for your lessons. You can also chat with other GeoVisions participants and during your free time meet up, if that’s something you’d like to do.
The minimum duration to tutor English in Italy is 1 Month. You can stay as long as 3 months.
You will enter Italy on a tourist visa. There will be no charge for any visa.
Flexible. Actual arrival date is coordinated between you and your host family. Positions available year round. We do not have set departure dates for this program.
The three videos that follow include two videos from tutors in Italy that they filmed while they were there and a longer video GeoVisions commissioned to have done about the tutor in Italy program. Enjoy!
The fee you pay to tutor in Italy goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe host family and neighborhood. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our tutor materials and tutoring aids constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community.
Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
This is a volunteer program, and as such, you will need to factor in not only the program fee above, but your airfare and if you live outside the US, your insurance.
It is hard to calculate your spending money requirements, so think about any additional meals and travel during your time in Italy.
Host families contact us because they want to provide room and board to a native English speaker who will help them with their conversational English. When there are children in the family, mostly they need help with their English homework, but many times the adults want to join in as well.
Families are screened. They have to show a need and a desire to host an English tutor. And they have to pass a background check, an interview by staff in Italy and agree to a home inspection and provide photos of the home (inside and out). Tutors are promised their own private room but there are times a bathroom might be shared. Families provide meals except when the tutor is traveling.
Not only do we provide our own book, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English to Families and Children (this is included in our mobile app), you receive FREE teaching materials through our mobile app. We employ a full time ESL Teacher, right here on staff. Betsy is here for you before you depart and while you’re abroad. Email Help Me Teach (or chat with Betsy with our mobile app). She will answer your questions and provide detailed and personalized ideas to help you be successful.
For the most authentic experience living each day in Italy, you cannot choose your exact location. What you can do is tell us the area where you’d like to be and whether or not you’d like a large city, a small town or rural placement. And we’ll try our best. Remember … the host families choose us when they need a live-in tutor and so timing is everything. There are many locations that you may not have considered prior to applying that are fantastic places in Italy. (We can tell you about many tutors that have loved their locations!)
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
After you arrive if you begin having issues with your host family, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
Unfortunately, host families needing a tutor generally have the room for one extra person in the home. So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except the tutor. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. If you’re set on traveling with someone, take a look at our other program types, because we do have those kinds of placements. Give us a call and ask.