The beginning of living like a local in Italy starts with your month in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Take the required 130-hour TEFL course and learn how to teach English. Learn how to write up lesson plans and do your practice teaching to hone your skills.
A perfect start to your time in Italy, Florence is romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible. Fill up on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. Florence is made for walking because extraordinary art and architecture masterpieces appear at every turn. You are living in a gourmet paradise where eating and drinking exceedingly well is mandatory.
$1,029. Please press the Costs tab (above) to find out what the fee covers.
One month (to take the TEFL course) to 12 months.
Not included. You will need to apply for and receive your student visa before you depart for Italy and you can only apply for the visa within 90-days before departure. Costs can vary and are generally between $50 and $75. GeoVisions will supply the necessary documents that you will need for the Italian Consulate, and you will also need to provide documentation and letters on your own. GeoVisions has a checklist for you before you go for your visa interview.
You will want to arrive in Florence at least a week before the TEFL classes begin to secure housing for the month. You will take the course during the dates below. After the graduation date, you can start your paying job legally and remain in Italy for the next 11 months.
Jan 21, 2019 TEFL begins - Feb 15 graduation.
July 01, 2019 TEFL begins - July 26 graduation.
Oct 21, 2019 TEFL begins - Nov 15 graduation.
Nov 18, 2019 TEFL begins - Dec 13 graduation.
The fee you pay goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees (and even moving costs) can be deducted as a charitable donation.
Earn a minimum of €900 ($1,050 US) when you start teaching. On your visa, you are allowed to teach English in Italy for 20 hours a week after your TEFL graduation. You’re not going to get rich, but the experiences you are going to have will far outweigh the lack of salary. If you want to be a private tutor on your time off, you can earn even more.
Examples of teaching jobs in Italy include independent language schools, chain school providers, private K-12 schools, and multi-lingual learning centers to name only a few. Talk to the Job Guidance and Placement team about the benefits of each type of job. The team will work hard to secure your top choices and note this for your arrival in Florence.
No, flights are not included in the fee, and you are responsible for arranging your own flights/transportation to Italy.
One question we often get is whether it is possible to teach in Italy with a friend, family member or significant other. The answer is absolutely!
Keep in mind that GeoVisions services and support cover only participants. So if you bring a spouse or friend who will not also be teaching, they will not be eligible for our support or services.
As a teacher earning money in Italy, you will pay your rent each month as you would in your home country. Program staff can assist you in finding accommodation near your job, and staff at your new position can also be helpful. You can save money by sharing an apartment.
Ideally, you can find housing within walking distance of the job. If not, you will be able to take public transport to work.
This totally depends on the job you decide to take, if you traveled to Italy with friends and where you decide to live.
First of all it is illegal to work in Italy without a valid visa. This can be a student visa or work visa. To qualify for your visa, you need to take the TEFL course. Even if you already have a TEFL or TESOL certificate. Your fee includes all of the pre-departure work it takes to consider your application, get it to Florence, and interview you for available jobs.
We make sure you’re being paid the highest amount possible. We provide a formal orientation. You will meet other teachers just like you on the day you arrive. We guide you with your visa, your official documents, and job placement.
Most schools do not impose age restrictions, but there may be a subtle age bias towards younger teachers. However, if you are active, vibrant, energetic and a creative educator who loves being around young people, you will be able to secure a job. A few countries do impose age restrictions set by the government for issuing work visas, but most do not.
This course is now endorsed and accredited by the Learning Resources Network (LRN) in the UK. LRN has reviewed both the content and delivery of the course and has judged it to meet their stringent standards.
LRN is recognized as an awarding body by OFQUAL, The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, which regulates qualifications, examinations, and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.
Many of the teach abroad programs GeoVisions operates pay more than enough to take care of your student loans. Some pay enough to live comfortably, but depending on your monthly loan payment, it could be close.
GeoVisions will work with you to provide official documents from your school and GeoVisions. However, ultimately, it's going to come down to the loan provider to make the final determination.
Many participants end up putting their loans on forbearance if their salary doesn't leave them enough funds to cover their loans.
Having already studied abroad in Perugia, a small University town in central Italy, I was ready for my next adventure abroad to further immerse myself in Italy's unique culture, and to continue practicing the beautiful language. As a first time teacher, being in the classroom was intimidating at first, but I was surprised to see how quickly the middle school and nursery school students opened up their minds and hearts to a twenty-year old form the outskirts of New York City. Though some were shy at first, their precautions escaped as I was able to connect to these students, creating a comfort zone when I joked with them in Italian, and pushing them to break out of that comfort zone as I challenged them to translate song lyrics, introduce themselves, and exercise their knowledge of English. Though it was a short amount of time, it was easy to see the growth of each and every student's confidence each and every day, and by still keeping in touch with them via email, I can confidently say that their English continues to thrive. These students and their families not only welcomed me in the classrooms, but in the community, and in 2 short weeks Lido di Fermo because a place I was visiting, to a place I can call home, and thanks to GeoVisions I'm already planning my trip back.
Michelle Laberbara, 2017
My school placement was great. I was teaching at two middle schools for 17 hours per week. Most of the teachers that I was teaching with were really good at realizing when I needed help translating for the students or controlling unfocused energy in the classroom. GeoVisions provided some great materials that spring-boarded my teaching ideas while other materials were incomplete and useless. I did have many more resources than tutors that I met that had used other American agencies to travel. Living with my host family was the most rewarding part of the experience. The youngest girl in the family improved so much in English while I was there. She was my little buddy. I also had time to travel on weekends. This program was great.
Leanne Averill, April 15, 2016
My program was a dream come true. The families, lifestyle, food and places were all fantastic. I felt very lucky to get placed with such wonderful people. They were extremely generous and brought me all around Italy so I could experience the country with them.I was nervous at first to be staying with complete strangers but very quickly I became apart of the family and now I always will be. Teaching at the school was my main focus for being in Italy and it was incredible. It was a bit challenging but it was also really interesting to see the structure of how Italian schools are run. My only advice for Geovisions would be is to prep people a little more before they go abroad to teach. I had worked in a public school in America for 3 years and have obtained my masters before I went to Italy to teach and I still struggled.I was unaware that the students overseas learn British English whereas Americas speak American English. This made it very difficult for me because I had little knowledge of British English. I know it sounds silly but as a tutor in Italy the classroom teachers really wanted someone knowledgable of the language. My duties were to correct them on vocabulary, sentence structure and pronunciation. Those 3 things were very difficult to grade on because the students have been taught British. Needless to say I spent many hours lesson planning on American English. Another request a teacher wanted me to tell Geovisions was that they would really like teachers who are familiar with their country. They expressed to me in the past that they have had people sent over who could not answer questions students had about the United States. I again made lesson plans, but I did that because I already have the awareness of teaching with my experience.I think it is very important to have people who are passionate about teaching and discussing their country. Those 2 things were my only concerns but I figured I would include them in this review because the teachers expressed their concern to me. Other than that the trip was incredible and I thank everyone at Geovisions for helping me through my journey and I would absolutely sign up for another program again.
Barbara D., July 30, 2018
My students and learning that I have the ability to stand up in front of a class made this a truly memorable experience. I chose this program because I needed to do an Internship, and this was perfect for what I needed. GeoVisions reputation on the program was a deciding factor.
L. Rivera, July 30, 2014
I Loved Everything About This Program. It has been a wonderful experience.I used this program as an internship for school. I submitted a powerpoint to my school and I'd like to submit it to you too. I am a humanities major and it will be shown to all humanities majors in my university. We are required to do an internship and it is very likely that many students from BYUI will be contacting you about this program for their internship.I hope I am able to spread the word of this great program!
Lesley, July 30, 2018
This is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. After 30 years as an elementary school librarian I decided that what I wanted to do in retirement was travel.... but not as a tourist. I wanted to live in countries and really experience them. I discovered the Geovisions programs and knew that if they were half as good as they sounded online, that they were the organization I wanted to use. I've used Geovisions to go to Italy to teach English in a middle school the past three years, staying with the same wonderful family they found for me the first year. I have not been disappointed in any way with Geovisions. They make all the connections and arrangements and they are the safety net for you in your host country. Dont' get me wrong, this is not for the faint of heart. You have to be outgoing, independent, flexible and ready to jump into unfamiliar situations when you leave the familiarity of home and customs and travel to another country on your own. But Geovisions makes it happen, and does it for the most reasonable program fee I have seen anywhere.
Dee in Italy, July 26, 2017