Can I do this with a friend or partner?
Absolutely! We can usually place friends or couples in the same apartment or at least at the same camps and you'll each receive a $50 discount off the program fee!
Do I need teaching or camp counseling experience?
Nope. Though some experience working with students/youth is preferred, a dynamic personality and a sincere interest in helping campers are most important! Maturity is key, too; campers are counting on you to show up engaged and enthusiastic.
What are accommodations like?
Participants in sessions one and three are placed in shared apartments. They are basic and usually don't have air conditioning (it's uncommon for Italian apartments to have AC), but most have Internet. They'll be furnished with necessities (i.e., beds, linen, bath towels, cooking ware, utensils). Bedrooms are shared.
Session two participants stay with two screened host families (two-week stays) who are enthusiastic about cultural exchange. Families provide all meals and a single or twin bedroom (in some cases, two participants may be placed with the same family).
How will I get to the camp?
Most camps are in walking distance from the accommodations. If not, a van will pick you up.
Do I need a visa?
U.S. citizens don't need visas to enter the Schengen area, which includes Italy, and are permitted to stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You'll simply enter Italy with your valid U.S. passport.
What if I don't speak Italian?
That's okay! Italian language skills are not required to participate. Of course, learning some survival phrases will certainly help.
What kind of support will I receive?
You'll receive sample activities and other resources pre-departure to help you prepare for your Italian summer.
When you arrive in Italy, you'll receive an airport pick-up and orientation, including a comprehensive activity book.
You'll also have in-country assistance from our international partner in Italy. They're available for support and emergencies throughout the program and an Italian camp coordinator will be present at each camp location.
Do I need to bring materials?
You don't need to bring any materials, though if you'd like to bring stickers, the younger campers will love them!
Can I earn money while on the program?
No, this is a volunteer program and you are entering Italy as a tourist. You are not legally allowed to work in the country.
If I'm not accepted into the program will I receive a refund?
Yes, if you're not accepted or in the unlikely event that we are unable to place you, we'll refund your program fee. We'll keep you posted throughout the placement process.
Why do I have to pay for a volunteer teaching program?
InterExchange is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, which aims to keep program costs low for participants. That being said, program fees make it possible for us to promote our programs, pay staff to review applications and provide support, cover costs of international partner agencies, and reinvest in the InterExchange Foundation so we can support even more aspiring global citizens. If you have any questions about the fee for your program please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.