What are the dates of the program?
You can start the Home Tutor program year-round, just apply at least three months before you’d like to arrive. You’re welcome to apply earlier than this, too! Please contact us for later submissions, sometimes we can place you on shorter notice.
What kind of experience do I need to apply?
We like to see that you’ve had some experience working with youth. This can include babysitting, tutoring, coaching, student/assistant teaching, classroom teaching, being a camp counselor or volunteering with kids.
A Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate is not required, but if you’ve never worked with students learning English then we recommend it.
International TEFL Academy offers an internationally recognized online TEFL course. Mention InterExchange and get $50 off tuition!
Do my references need to be sent directly to your organization?
You’re welcome to collect your own references and upload them directly to your online InterExchange account. However, if your referrer would prefer to email them directly to us, please have them scan and send the form to our general email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When should I submit my application?
Aim to submit your application at least three months before you’d like to start. You’re welcome to apply early if you’d like, which will give us more time to find the most suitable placement for you.
Do I need to know how to speak Italian?
Nope! Learning some basics will be helpful, though. Usually, at least one member of your host family will speak conversational English.
What are host families like?
Our international partner screens all of our host families for safety and ensures they understand the program. Just as our applicants here in the U.S. must, all families submit applications and references, and have an interview.
The make-up of our Italian host families varies, but they’re well known for being welcoming and excited about cultural exchange. Most of our families are middle class and have children in either elementary or middle school.
What will I do as a Home Tutor?
You’ll help your host family with their conversational English for 15 hours per week. This is usually just for the kids and informal, however, you should be prepared to come up with activities. You can ask your host family what specific topics they’d like help with and the tutoring schedule they envision so you can prepare.
Besides meal time and tutoring sessions, we hope you engage with your host family to learn more about their culture and share yours! You’re also welcome to explore in your free time.
Where will I be living?
Most placements are in Le Marche, a beautiful, safe region about four hours northeast of Rome. Sometimes we have placements in other locations, such as Bologna, Milan, Rome, Sicily, and Tuscany.
Can I be placed with or close to a friend?
If you’ve made any special requests to be placed close to a friend, would like to be in a particular region, or have any host family/children preferences, we’ll take them into consideration but can’t guarantee we’ll be able to honor all requests. We don’t allow multiple placements in one host family home.
When can I participate and for how long?
You can participate in the Home Tutor Program any time of year and for as short as four weeks and as long as 12 weeks. Let us know your desired length, and we’ll look for a host family open to that time!
Can I add additional weeks to my program once I’m abroad?
You must confirm your total duration prior to your program start date.
Will I be able to connect with other English Tutors in Italy?
Absolutely! We’ll connect you with other participants throughout the country at the time of your program and invite you to a Facebook group specifically for our InterExchange participants in Italy. Our in-country partner will also help you connect.
If I decide not to work with a presented family, am I eligible for a refund?
Please see the stipulations of our refund policy.
Will I have Internet access?
The majority of our families have Internet access in their homes. The basics like electricity, water, and heat go without saying. In a rural area, it may be more difficult to access public transportation to get into town, but you’ll always have the option to discuss with your host family how they get around and stay social in a non-urban environment.
Do I need a visa?
Nope! 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.
Can I earn money while on the program?
This is a voluntary and unpaid position. Your host family provides a private bedroom and all meals, so your major living expenses will be covered.
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 email@example.com.