Many of us look for an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Still others look for an alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. Teach English in Italy with GeoVisions, and weave those opportunities into the fabric of your daily life. GeoVisions offers paid teaching positions for university graduates or current classroom teachers looking to share their language and culture while immersing themselves in new communities around the world.
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 month to 12 months.
Not included. You will need to apply for your visa before you depart for Italy and you can only apply for the visa no longer than 90-days before departure. Costs can vary and are normally between $50 and $75. GeoVisions will supply the necessary documents for the Italian Consulate, and you will also need to supply documentation and letters on your own. GeoVisions has a checklist for you before you go for your visa interview.
While each program has a few "exact" eligibility requirement, the most important qualifications for all of our teach abroad adventures are that you must be a native English speaker. You must have a desire to change lives and have an unending curiosity for cultural exchange. For most of our experiences, you don’t need prior teaching experience, a degree in education, or even plans to become a teacher.
To teach English in Italy with GeoVisions, you must:
You will want to arrive Florence at least a week before the TEFL classes begin to secure housing for the month and get set up to begin. You will take the course during the dates below. After the graduation date, you can begin your paying job legally and remain in Italy for the next 11 months.
Oct 08, 2018 classes begin - Nov 02, 2018 graduation.
Nov 12, 2018 classes begin - Dec 07, 2018 graduation.
Jan 21, 2019 TEFL begins - Feb 15 graduation.
Mar 11, 2019 TEFL begins - Apr 5 graduation.
May 06, 2019 TEFL begins - May 31 graduation.
June 03, 2019 TEFL begins - June 28 graduation.
July 01, 2019 TEFL begins - July 26 graduation.
Aug 05, 2019 TEFL begins - Aug 30 graduation.
Sep 16, 2019 TEFL begins - Oct 11 graduation.
Oct 21, 2019 TEFL begins - Nov 15 graduation.
Nov 18, 2019 TEFL begins - Dec 13 graduation.
The fee you pay to teach 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 local screening of potential host schools in Italy; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect for a guaranteed job and the correct visa; and assistance in Italy during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens. This provides you a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in Italy. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.
We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. 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 (and even moving costs) can be deducted as a charitable donation.
Orientation is included during your 130-hour TEFL course, and is ongoing for the month of the TEFL course.
You are allowed to teach English in Italy around 20 hours a week on your visa. You’re not going to get rich, but the experiences you are going to have far outweigh the lack of salary. Still, you can expect to earn €900 per month. And if you want to be a private tutor on your time off, you can earn even more.
That’s a minimum of $1,050 US per month for 20 hours a week of teaching. Pick up some outside tutoring and the salary can go up. That means your out of pocket expenses to get to Italy, the GeoVisions fee and your living expenses during your TEFL course are paid for soon. At the very least, at the end of your time in Italy, you will have traveled there and back again and lived the entire time for free. It’s possible to come home with money, based on your lifestyle.
You are in touch with our job guidance and placement team even before you depart for Italy. They go over all of the current openings in Italy. During the TEFL course, Skype and local interviews are scheduled. That way, upon completion of the TEFL certificate, the on site employment begins from 1 to 4 weeks following the course.
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.
Naturally, assignments in the proximity of Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, and Lazio are quick, while more distant destinations require an extra week or two. A Job Mentor is assigned to you during your month in Florence. They personally oversee your job placement and progress during the TEFL course.
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.
We will help you arrange your transportation and travel plans by bus, plane or train to your placement. Participants pay for the actual transportation.
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. Your fee includes the month of course work for your TEFL certificate, and all of the pre-departure work it takes to take in your application, get it to Florence, and interview you for available jobs.
At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the position and in a few cases, we have placed people in those jobs before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest amount possible. We provide a formal orientation. You will meet other teachers just like you the day you arrive. We help you with your visa, your formal documents and we make sure your new job is ready to receive you.
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 from GeoVisions. But 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.