Famed for its rich culture, breathtaking architecture and landscapes, delightful cuisine, classical art, stunning fashion and Mediterranean climate, Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Securing an EFL position in Italy allows one to explore and get intimately involved with this lovely country.
Being a western European country also makes adapting and living here less of a challenge than many other EFL destinations. Although the economy in Italy is weak, there is still demand for EFL teachers year round.
Due to the popularity of Italy as a destination, securing a position in Italy can be challenging. But with the right attitude and a good TEFL certificate all is possible! The average TEFL salary in Italy is $1500 – $2000US per month. The cost of living in Italy is quite high, so don’t expect much in savings. Bear in mind that Italy is part of the EU, and it is difficult to obtain a work visa unless you are a British or Irish passport holder.
There are a few positions advertised online which can be applied for well in advance of going to Italy. It is recommended to start submitting resumes around February in order to make a September start, especially if you are seeking a position in the public sector. Always follow up with a phone call or there is a high chance your resume will be overlooked! Don’t just limit yourself to advertized positions; seek out directories of schools and make applications to those as well.
If you are not an EU or British/Irish citizen, it is best to apply for positions at private education companies, in which case hiring is even year round. This is typically done in person from within the country. Another popular option in Italy are “Summer Camps” in which English courses are short and intensive. This creates plenty of demand in the summertime for EFL teachers and is a great way to get your foot in the door and a start in Italy. Finally, be flexible about which city or area you may land up in to maximize your chances of smoothly obtaining a satisfying EFL position in Italy.
If you want to start a life of teaching English in Italy, you’ll need to take the first step and get TEFL certified. This online qualification can be completed in 120 hours and gives you the training and know-how required by top schools in Italy and around the world.