Being a school teaching assistant in Italy with InterExchange is a great way to explore the teaching profession and gain insight into Italian culture. You'll live with a welcoming host family in Le Marche, one of Italy's most picturesque regions, and volunteer at a local school between 15 and 20 hours per week. In exchange for a private room and delicious family meals, you'll tutor your host family between three and five hours each week. No Italian language skills required!
Fall 2017 Program dates
Arrivals and departures on Saturdays.
|Start Date||Apply By|
|October 7||Friday, July 28|
|November 4||Friday, September 1|
Spring 2018 Program
|Start Date||Apply By|
|January 13||Friday, November 17|
|February 3||Friday, December 8|
|March 3||Friday, January 5|
|April 7||Friday, February 2|
Program duration depends on arrival date and participant availability.
With no obligation to move forward, you can get the ball rolling by signing up today. We’ll reach out to help you plan your adventure when you're ready!
Placements range from pre-schools to high schools and you may assist one or more local English teachers across multiple grade levels. As an assistant, you’ll organize activities on your own and take the lead at times, focusing on conversational English. Specific teaching experience is not required, but participants must be mature, professional, punctual, and organized. InterExchange will provide sample lesson plans and teaching tips to help you feel confident in the classroom.
School placements are typically confirmed at least one month prior to the program start date. Once confirmed, we will provide all of the next steps on when to book your flight, where to purchase travel health insurance, and how to prepare to be a teaching assistant and live abroad.
Host Family Placement
You’ll stay with a pre-screened host family in the Le Marche region. Families are enthusiastic about cultural exchange and live in close proximity to the school, but in some cases you may need to take public transportation back and forth.
In exchange for a private bedroom and all your meals, families generally expect participants to provide limited English tutoring for the duration of your stay (about three to five hours per week). This can be informal, but it’s nice to prepare a few lessons in advance.
Host family placements may not be issued at the same time as school placements, but will be confirmed before the program begins. We will notify you as soon as a placement has been found so you can connect with the family over email and/or video chat to make sure that you are both happy with the match.
Participants generally arrive the Saturday or Sunday before their program start-date. Your host family will pick you up from the airport or train station. They'll bring you to their home and will help to get you oriented to your new environment. You'll also work with your family to set up a tutoring schedule and will discuss how to get around the neighborhood, where to go, and what to see!
InterExchange provides pre-departure support and guidance and will connect you with other participants in Italy via our Facebook group.
You’ll also have in-country support from our international partner in Italy. They screen all the host families and schools and provide 24-7 emergency assistance, should you need it.
There are several great places within three to four hours of Le Marche, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Bologna, and Milan. While this is a serious volunteer commitment and your school expects you to show up when scheduled, you’re welcome to explore on your weekends and on days when your school is closed for holidays. Italy has an extensive network of trains and bus lines that make exploring convenient.
Costs to Consider
Please be prepared to cover airfare to and from the U.S.
You must have insurance that covers repatriation and emergency medical evacuation.
- Personal Spending Money
For independent travel/trips, any optional extra classes, social time with friends, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a visa?
U.S. citizens do not need visas to enter the Schengen area and are permitted to stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You will simply enter the Schengen area (which includes Italy) with your valid U.S. passport. For more information on the Schengen area, please visit the U.S. Department of State's website.
Do I need to know Italian?
No. You will not need to know Italian, nor will you be required to take Italian classes abroad (although you are welcome to if you want, of course!) Usually, at least one member of your host family speaks conversational English.
Do I need a TEFL Certificate?
No, a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate is not required for this program, but getting certified is helpful, especially if you don't have any classroom teaching experience. International TEFL Academy offers an internationally recognized online TEFL course. Mention InterExchange to get $50 off tuition!
Can I be placed with a friend or partner?
We can sometimes place friends relatively close to one another, but not with the same host family.
Can I earn money while on the program?
This is a voluntary position and it's not possible to work on the side.
If I'm not accepted into the program will I receive a refund?
Yes, if you are not accepted or in the unlikely event that we are unable to place you, we will refund your $250 deposit. We will keep you posted throughout the placement process.
Why do I have to pay for a volunteer teaching program?
The fee covers the cost of placing you in the program, as well as pre-departure and in-country support. As a non-profit, mission-driven organization, InterExchange reinvests fees into programs and our Foundation to promote cross-cultural awareness.
What our participants are saying
My experience living with my host family, two parents with a six-year-old son, has been incredible. Never having traveled abroad on my own before, I had no idea what to expect coming to an entirely new home. Luckily for me, my host family made me extremely comfortable right away. They have included me in their daily activities, showed me around the city, introduced me to friends and family and even taken me to a local volleyball game. Christine
I could not believe I was so lucky to be living here. This feeling only grew when I met the children I would be teaching in Italy. Preschoolers learning English is not only adorable but inspiring. Choosing to do this program, I was already open to the ideas of a different language and culture, but actually experiencing it has made me want to further my knowledge and experiences. Kate