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.
School Teaching Assistant
Start dates are in the fall and spring only. If you can only travel in the summer, select the Home Tutor option or check out our Summer English Camp Italy program.
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.
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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 [email protected]
When should I submit my application?
Aim to submit your application at least three months before you’d like to start and please refer to any specific deadlines posted. We can often accept late applications so feel free to check in! You’re welcome to submit your application 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 and if assisting at a school, the main teacher will speak 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.
What will I do as a School Teaching Assistant?
You’ll help the main teacher by contributing lesson ideas and taking the lead at times. You may be the only native English speaker students have contact with, so your focus will be helping them develop their speaking and listening skills.
Placements are from kindergarten through high school and you could be assisting multiple grades. We’ll provide sample lesson plans and you’ll have the support and guidance of the licensed teacher.
You host family will also appreciate 3-5 hours of English tutoring each week. This is generally informal and usually just for the kids. You’ll have a chance to connect with your host family before you arrive to find out what they’re seeking in a tutor.
During your free time, you’re welcome to explore!
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!
Schools in Italy are closed during the summer, so start dates are in the fall and spring only and last between four and 12 weeks, depending on the specific start date.
Will I be able to connect with other English Teachers 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 school or 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 position and it's not possible to work on the side. 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.