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.
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).
Do I need a visa?
U.S. citizens do not 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. For more information on the Schengen area, please visit the U.S. Department of State's website.
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?
InterExchange provides pre-departure support and guidance. For over 50 years, we’ve helped thousands of participants just like you have amazing adventures abroad. We know it’s not that easy to pick up and go and we’re here to guide you through the entire process!
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 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 nonprofit, mission-driven organization, InterExchange reinvests fees into programs and our Foundation to promote cross-cultural awareness.