Language Homestay Italy
Language Homestay Italy

Experience Italian culture and contribute a valuable skill.

As a volunteer language tutor you’ll live with a welcoming host family, teach your host children English 15 hours per week, and experience Italy as a local. Your host family will provide you with a comfortable place to stay and all of your meals. This is a great way to experience Italy with a sense of purpose and immediate local connections.

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Key Info

Locations

Locations

Le Marche (with occasional placements in other regions)

Program Dates

Program Dates

Start year-round

Application Deadline

Application Deadline

Apply at least 3 months in advance of planned travel

Duration

Duration

1-3 months

Requirements

  • 18-35 years old at program start date
  • Native English speaker or equivalent

Program Highlights

Opportunity to Learn

Opportunity to Learn

Learn about Italy and work on your language skills through a hands-on volunteer placement

Opportunity to Contribute

Opportunity to Contribute

Help youth build confidence in English conversation through tutoring

Global & Local Communities

Global & Local Communities

Connect with a host family and fellow volunteers

Le Marche Region

Le Marche Region

Most of our families reside in Le Marche, along the Adriatic Coast

Welcoming Hosts and Great Meals

Welcoming Hosts and Great Meals

Private bedroom and all meals included

Program Highlights

Process

Sign Up

Sign Up

Complete an application with International Experience in Italy

Connect

Connect

Meet your host family through video chat

Travel

Travel

Book your flight and head to Italy!

What to Expect


The Homestay

Safe Placements
  • Host families are screened for safety.
  • Families submit applications and references, have an interview, and pay a program fee. They are not paid for hosting you.
A Typical Family
  • Families vary in personality and size but they’re all excited about cultural exchange and value English exposure for their kids (and often the parents too).
  • Usually, at least one parent is conversational in English. If you’d like to work on your Italian, let them know—they’re happy to help!
  • Most families reside in the Le Marche region, are middle class, and have children in either elementary or middle school.
Matching Process
  • International Experience will search for a family that’s open to hosting for your desired dates.
  • Once they have a match, their team will send you the family’s profile.
  • You’ll set up a video chat to ensure it’s a good fit with our guidance to help you make the most of your call.
Living with a Family

Living with a host family is about connecting with the family members and integrating into their life. Families want tutors who:

  • are eager to learn about Italy and Italian culture.
  • behave like an ambassador from the U.S. and a role model for the children.
  • engage with them over meals and share their culture.

The Tutoring Role


Conversational English
  • Generally informal and focused on helping with speaking and listening skills.
  • Be creative! Use games, listen to music with English lyrics, or even watch English television and movies.
  • You’ll receive sample tutoring activities and you’ll have a chance to connect with a family before you depart to find out what they’re looking for in a tutor.
Hours
  • 15 hours per week (usually just three hours/day during the week)
  • It’s rare for a host family to ask you to tutor on the weekends.
  • When you connect with a potential family, you can discuss the tutoring schedule so you know what to expect.
Free Time
  • There’s lots of free time to venture out locally and travel on the weekends.
  • Le Marche is filled with beautiful hilltop and beach towns and there are plenty of weekend trips to other regions, such as Bologna and Perugia.
  • Some participants link up with each other to explore. We’ll connect you with anyone in your region.

*Disclosure: InterExchange may receive a commission for referrals

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation