Language Tutor Program

International Experience - Scambi Culturali Language Tutor Program


Teach English in Italy in exchange for room and board.
A unique opportunity to “live” the Italian culture!

The “Language Tutor Program”, promoted by International Experience is a cultural and language exchange that allows English mother tongue people to discover Italy and the real Italian culture by teaching English in Italy for a period of 1-3 months, in exchange for room and board. The programs offered by International Experience offer the satisfaction of helping people learn English. It also offers a way to broaden your world-view, strengthen your resume and experience the Italian life from “the inside”, and not like a tourist.

International Experience promotes three different programs: Family Experience, School Experience, Camp Experience

All the following positions are unpaid

Duration and start date

FAMILY EXPERIENCE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE CAMP EXPERIENCE
4 to 12 weeks
  • Positions are available throughout the year. Start dates and lenghts of stay are always subject to the availability of the Host Family
  • Arrivals and departures on Saturdays
4 to 12 weeks2014: October 5th (max 10 week placement) – November 2nd (max 6 week placement)
2015: January 11th – February 1st –March 1st (max 8 week placement)– March 29th (max 4 week placement)
  • Start dates are always subject to the availability of the Host Family/School selected
  • Arrivals and departures on Saturdays

 

Only 4 or 8 weeks positions available
First Session:
Arrival: Friday June 6th
Departure: Saturday July 5thSecond Session:
Arrival: Saturday July 5th
Departure: Saturday August 2ndORIENTATION COURSE AVAILABLE

Duties

FAMILY EXPERIENCE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE CAMP EXPERIENCE
Tutor the Host Family in conversational English in exchange for room and board
  1. Up to 15 hours per week
  2. 5 days a week

Schedule to be determined according to the Host Family’s needs.

Tutors can be asked to:

  • Prepare fun activities to teach English to the kids
  • Help children with their homework
  • Play games and outside activities
  • Help adults with conversational English
  • Prepare grammar lessons
  • Help adults prepare English exams

Host family may provide additional teaching materials or make specific requests

Teach English at a local school/town hall in exchange for room and board
  1. up to 20 hours per week (15 hours toward the schools + 5 hours toward the host family).
  2. 5 days a week

Tutors can be asked to:

  • Teach during school hours or after-school
  • Assist Italian teachers during their classes
  • Teach conversational English to groups of students
  • Help student with their English homework
  • Tutor English during other initiatives organized by the town hall/community/school
  • Help the members of his/her host family to learn English
Teach English to kids aged 6 to 14 in Italian Summer Camps in exchange for room and half board
  1. up to 20 hours per week
  2. 5 days a week

Tutors can be asked to:

  • Teach English through games, sports and songs in different camp locations
  • Teach English grammar
  • Be prepared on the pre-departure material provided and create new activitis for the kids

Requirements

FAMILY EXPERIENCE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE CAMP EXPERIENCE
  • Native English Speaker
  • Be between the ages of 20 and 35
  • Have a college degree or be at least a college student
  • Preferably have some previous teaching or tutoring experience
  • High level of seriousness and professionalism
  • Good lesson planning and organization skills
  • Be a non-smoker, or willing not to smoke in the host family’s home
  • Open to foreign cultures and living abroad
  • Criminal background check and medical report verifying physical and mental health are required

Tutors are not required to speak Italian, but some knowledge is helpful.

  • Native English Speaker
  • Be between the ages of 22 and 35 (in several cases older tutors are accepted)
  • Have a college degree or be at least a college student
  • Have some previous teaching or tutoring experience
  • High level of seriousness and professionalism
  • Good lesson planning and organization skills
  • Be a non-smoker, or willing not to smoke in the host family’s home
  • Open to foreign cultures and living abroad
  • Criminal background check and medical report verifying physical and mental health are required

Tutors are not required to speak Italian, but some knowledge is helpful.

  • Native English Speaker
  • Be between the ages of 20 and 35 years old
  • Have a college degree or being at least a college student
  • Have one of the following requirements:
    • Teaching Experience
    • Camp counselor experience
    • Teaching English as a second/foreign language certificate
  • Being in very good health (be able to reach the camp locations by bike or by foot when required)
  • High level of seriousness and professionalism
  • Good lesson planning and organization skills
  • Open to foreign cultures and living abroad
  • Skills in sports/music/singing are extremely helpful

Tutors are not required to speak Italian, but some knowledge is helpful.

Accomodation / Locations

FAMILY EXPERIENCE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE CAMP EXPERIENCE
  • Tutors are mainly located in Marche region. Placements are also available in other regions. Final location depends on where the host family available is located. Any special requests can not be guaranteed by International Experience
  • With a Host Family
  • Tutors are mainly located in Marche region. Final location depends on where the host family/school available is located. Any special requests can not be guaranteed by International Experience
  • With a Host Family
    In some cases and only for 4 weeks placements, International Experience will accommodate tutors in shared apartments
    This may require higher cost according to the period and the location
  • Fermo, Porto Sant’Elpidio, Porto San Giorgio, Civitanova Marche and Macerata (all located in Marche Region). Final location will be communicated to the tutor before his/her arrival
  • Shared apartments or school dorms

IN ORDER TO HAVE FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING PARTICIPATION FEES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PLEASE CONTACT
info@internationalexperience.eu

FAMILY EXPERIENCE

SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

CAMP EXPERIENCE

TESTIMONIALS

“Coming to Marche opened my eyes to a region of Italy I wouldn’t normally visit. This is truly the hidden jewel of Italy. Full of the warmest and welcoming people, delicious cuisine, and the beautiful Adriatic Coast. But most importantly, living in Italy to help improve an individual’s English proficiency has undeniably impacted my life. I learned more about myself in two months than in four years of university.”

Monica Vaccari, USA, Family Experience

“Working through International Experience was one of the most rewarding and blessed experiences I have ever had. I had wonderful support with everyone I was in contact with as I prepared for my trip, as well as continued contact with coordinators throughout my stay to ensure I was well and had no trouble. There are many organizations out there that could get you overseas, but I believe International Experience gave me the best experience I could possibly have. I fell in love with my family and feel like we truly built a long-lasting relationship. I am already recommending International Experience to friends who want to travel and live overseas.”

Jodi Buswell, USA, Family Experience

Taking part in this program has been an amazing experience for me; Italy is an amazing place filled with loving and caring individuals, amazing scenery and the best food ever – I can truly say that I found a home away from home.  My host family has received me with open arms and has been more than willing to help me out during my time here.  I’ve learnt a great deal about Italy, its culture, its language, its traditions, its school system and most importantly about me.  I can truly say that in these three months I’ve grown as an individual and that I will never be the same.  Amazed at how only one program can give you all that.

Daniel A. Meza Rincon

I had a very positive experience working with International Experience. They were very helpful in answering any questions I had before and during my stay in Italy. I wanted to participate in a program in which I could have the experience of staying with an Italian host family and also the possibility to become an English tutor in a school. International Experience was able to create a program in which I worked 17 hours a week in an elementary and middle school and tutored in the home for about 3 hours a week. During the week I would work on my lessons and practice my Italian and then, on the weekends, I would travel to other regions and explore. Thanks to International Experience I had a wonderful time in Italy and memories that will last a lifetime.

Silverio Scarogni, USA, School Experience

“The fun and warmth of the Italian people; the energy and beauty of their children; the dedication, passion and receptivity of their teachers; the Italian culture, traditions, and oh the food; the landscape and history of the cities and countryside; along with the depth of the Italian peoples’ value of family, religion and country wove an incredible experience for me that has become a highlight of my life. Thank you.”

Jan Corban, USA, School Experience

“My Porto San Giorgio tutoring experience was extraordinary! My contact person was so supportive, available and helpful in every way. It surpassed my expectations and fulfilled my dream of living in Italy for a month. Interacting with the local residents, teaching in the schools, exploring this beautiful area and practicing my Italian were some highlights of this adventure! I would highly recommend this professional organization if you are considering this type of adventure.”

Debra De Mella, USA, School Experience

“Being a English tutor in Italy was an amazing experience. The Italian people and children were so loving and welcoming to me. I taught English in three Italian primary schools . Although I thought I was the one doing the teaching , I found out I was the one who came away with a profound learning experience. Teaching children gave me a priceless reward . Italy offers culture, wonderful food and incredible experiences that you will never forget for the rest of your life. I am forever changed by my teaching experience in Italy and my association with International Experience Agency.”

Peggy Anderson, Canada, School Experience

My husband and I have just returned from a month of working in the International Experience’s Program in the Marche Region of Italy. The experience was rich for cultural immersion. We found ourselves living in the stunning countryside at a magical villa. We were treated to Italian hospitality including homemade pasta, wine and olives. Our host grandmother shared the language of good food and great accommodations.

Working in four different schools within the town of Montecosaro allowed us to share English with 15 classes of students from 8-year-olds to 14-year-olds. There was much enthusiasm and excitement involved in our classroom visits. We shared lessons on American holidays, currency, climate, family life, and geography. Although we were labeled “tutors”, we often found ourselves in the role of classroom teacher. Sometimes we were supported with translation by the Italian teacher, sometimes not. Initially this created considerable apprehension because we knew no Italian and the students had a low level of English. As the days progressed we encouraged our role to be one of support rather than lead in the classroom.

Non-teaching days included weekends and one weekday. With the help of our Italian hosts and a rental car, we were able to investigate many sites in the Marche Region. Intentionally, we were not interested in going to big, familiar cities. Part of the reason for spending time working in the schools was for the opportunity to see Italy as Italians do. The warm reception we received from the Italian people was remarkable in our shopping, eating out and site-seeing adventures. Walking through the cobblestone streets of a town, strolling the piazzas, stopping to observe an olive harvest, enjoying a cappuccino, verdicchio wine or olives all’ascolana were treats of this trip, and unique to traveling as conversation corp volunteers rather than as tourists.This opportunity was rich! The connections we made with the local people were heart-warming and placed this experience as a top-notch way to travel. It compares more favorably than tourist travel. It is much more memorable and immersive. We have built relationships with our hosts and will enjoy future exchanges with them for a long time to come.

Drawings made by the students before Jim and Susan left

Susan and Jim Davis, USA, School Experience

“‘You Can Camp’ is an incredible and unique opportunity for both the tutors and the kids involved. While having fun, playing games, and building friendships, both teacher and student are changed. By giving kids a passion for English at an early age, they are given tools that will greatly improve their chances of success later in life. As for the tutors, they are given the opportunity to change lives and have the experience of a lifetime in beautiful Italy. More than anything, it is a fun and exciting way for anyone to spend their summer.”

Claire Impecoven, USA, Camp Experience

“I recently participated in this program as a volunteer in Eastern Italy. I had an amazing experience that changed my life! Working with the children was challenging at times, but so rewarding. The parents were very appreciative and thrilled their children were learning English from native speakers. All the camp directors were very organized and attentive to details and the curriculum was well planned. I am a junior high teacher in the US and took away some great ideas I will use in my own classroom.

Outside of teaching, the boarding and meal accommodations were wonderful. I had more than enough time to explore the city and travel out of town on the weekends. I truly felt I was submerged in the Italian culture. I would definitely participate in this program again.”

Jennica Paterniti, USA, Camp Experience

YOU CAN CAMP – SUMMER CAMP 2011

YOU CAN CAMP – SUMMER CAMP 2012

Tutors on the local newspaper during the 2012 summer edition