Teach English in or near: Rome, Milan, Florence, Turin, Venice, Naples

Italy is famous for its cuisine, fashion, architecture, monuments and art. The cities are magnificent, from the majesty of the capital Rome – seat of the Vatican and site of ancient Roman ruins dating back 2000 years to the magnificent artworks of the Tuscan city of Florence, to the romance of the ‘floating city’ of Venice with its iconic gondolas. All Italian cities and old towns are filled to the brim with classical architecture, history, churches, cathedrals and basilicas that will take your breath away. In the south, Naples is the site of the eerie ruins of Pompeii.

But there’s more to Italy than history. The Amalfi Coast in southern Italy is the summer playground of the rich and famous and the beautiful Cinque Terre and Tuscany regions draw thousands of visitors every year.

Italy is for Aesthetics and Romantics and TEFL teachers who love history, pasta, pizza and gelato.

Finding Work as an English Teacher in Italy

Foreign English teachers can find work in public schools, language and International schools and in English language summer camps in Italy. The job market for English teachers in Italy is very competitive, so some teaching experience could be advantageous in addition your TEFL certificate and a BA degree. The latter, although not always essential, is often required in Italy, and always for the issue of a work visa. No visas or work permits are required for native-English EU passport holders. Schools in Italy do not commonly include benefits in their teaching packages. You would normally need to pay for your own flights and accommodation.  Pay is fair but considering the cost of living, you will have to be diligent to save anything significant for travelling, or supplement your income with well-paid private tutoring in the more expensive North. Nevertheless, teaching English in Italy is a great way to ‘live’ the unique Italian culture and learn to speak Italian. The cost of living is much reduced in Southern Italy, but salaries may also less.

Teaching English at Private Language Schools

An abundance of language schools can be found across Italy.  The majority of these private language schools will prefer to conduct face-to-face interviews in Italy, or hire readily available English teachers locally, however due to a high turnover of foreign English teachers, there is always a high demand for new staff. Wages are usually good, and work hours range from 20 – 25hrs per week, allowing you lots of free time and flexibility, but they are often ‘after-hours’ and on weekends. Start dates are typically between in September and October each year, but also schools are also known to recruit in January.

Teaching English at International Schools

There are many International schools in Italy, some British and some American. Teaching jobs are readily available for native-English teachers with a BA degree at least two years’ experience and an EU passport. If you do not have an EU passport, it is best to apply to these schools from outside of Italy so that they can help you arrange a work visa. Start dates are usually around June / July at the start of each school year.

Teaching English at EL Summer Camps

English Language Summer Camps are very popular all over Italy, so there are plenty of opportunities for foreign English teachers to find work in these camps for short contracts over the summer months. Positions range from 4 to 8 weeks, and it offers a unique opportunity to teach English through fun, outdoor activities and spend your weekends exploring this wonderful country.

Private English Tutoring for Children, Adults and Business Executives

You can earn 15-30 EUROS p/h as a private English tutor in Italy, with opportunities centred around the big cities. The cost of living in Italy is fairly high, so private tutoring is a great way to boost your income and save some Euros.

Monthly Salary800 – 2000 Euros
AirfareRarely included
Working Hours18 – 30 hours per week
AccommodationAssistance provided by the school
Hiring SeasonSeptember/ October and January
Length of Contract6 – 12 months
RequirementsTEFL certificate and EU citizen

Italy was the birthplace of the Renaissance, which was a period of great cultural achievements in poetry, painting and architecture. Famous artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Leonardo Da Vinci were part of the Renaissance

The world’s oldest university in continuous operation is the University of Bologna, in Italy, founded in 1088

Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world

Rome was the home to the Ancient Romans, a civilization that grew into a huge empire. Western civilization as we know today is based on many Ancient Roman principles

In Italy, there is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ of 2.5 metres tall

About 3,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi fountain, in Italy, each day