• Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    Want to Teach English in Italy?

    Rich in history, Italy is one of the world's most popular and sophisticated destinations. Magnificent art and architecture are seen throughout the country, along with breathtaking landscapes and panoramas. LanguageCorps offer two locations in Italy: Florence, the capital of Tuscany, and Sardinia, an island about 120 miles west of the Italian peninsula.

    In Florence, the region is characterized by beautiful landscapes and exquisite cuisine. The city itself maintains one of the highest concentrations of art masterpieces in the world, from Michaelangelo's David to the Duomo. The training center is located in Piazza della Repubblica, just a short walk from the world-famous Duomo. Set in the historical center of the city, it is a 5-minute walk to Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, the Baptisry and Santa Maria Novella Church. Piazza della Repubblica is famous for its outdoor cafés and bustling street life, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, bookstores and famous designer boutiques. The training center facilities include several multi-purpose classrooms, offices, student lounge, library, and a terrace overlooking the historical city center. Satellite TV, computers and an ESL Library are on the premises.

    On Sardinia, the training center is located in Sassari. The city of Sassari is located in the northwestern part of the island, a mere 15 minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. A university town with a population of 150,000 people, it has all of the amenities of the large city while preserving the feel of a small town. A smattering of influences can be seen in its Catalan-Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque architecture. During the months of July through September, Sassari has a lively nightlife complete with outdoor concerts, exhibitions and a wide variety of leisure-time activities.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Italy:

    • TESOL Certification - Florence, Italy
    • TESOL Certification - Sardinia, Italy

    Florence

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Florence, Italy is US$1,395

    Accommodations are available in shared apartments near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately $550 (accommodations are paid in Euros and start at approximately €500 for a shared room).

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €800, which has a fluctuating exchange rate.

    Sardinia

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Sardinia, Italy is US$1,695

    Accommodations are available in shared apartments near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately $450 (€400).

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €1,050, which has a fluctuating exchange rate.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    Are you ready to teach English in Italy? Email, call, or write us for more information - or apply now. Learn. Teach. Explore. Travel. Give Back. Get paid to teach English in Italy.

  • Italy Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    Country Overview

    Do you define "success" as enthusiasm for art, food and friendships? Do you consider \"living the good life\" to mean enjoying every moment? Do you believe that fine art and culture go hand-in-hand with everyday life? Are you ready to move to Italy?

    From the verdant wine valleys of the far north to the stunning island destinations of Sardinia and Sicily, this splendid, storied peninsula contains a landscape to please everyone. Although each of Italy's 20 regions offers a different mix of cuisine, dialect, and terrain, a common pride in what it is to be Italian has permeated the country for nearly 200 years. The peninsula's history, of course, stretches back far beyond that of the country: through the glories of the Renaissance, to the birth of Roman Catholicism, to the glory that was Rome, and further.

    Florence is the capital of Tuscany, a region characterized by beautiful landscapes and exquisite cuisine. The city itself maintains one of the highest concentrations of art masterpieces in the world, from Michaelangelo's David to the Duomo. While Florence carefully maintains its Renaissance architecture and elegant feel, it also pulses with modern life as students scurry through the university quarter and businessmen whiz by on scooters.

    The Training Center in Florence is located in Piazza della Repubblica, just a short walk from the world-famous Duomo. Set in the historical center of the city it is a 5-minute walk to Piazza della Signoria, The Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, The Baptisry and Santa Maria Novella Church. Piazza della Repubblica is famous for its outdoor cafés and bustling street life, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, bookstores and famous designer boutiques. Under the famous archway of the Piazza you will find a portico leading to the main Post Office, banks and facilities.

    On Sardinia, the training center is located in Alghero, a picturesque seaside town located on the northwestern tip of the island. Alghero airport (AHO) is extremely well-connected with England, Ireland and other European mainland capitals. Though it has undergone numerous cultural influences, Alghero is mainly known for its "Catalan" feel, which is evidenced in its Catalan street names and in the dialect still spoken today by a handful of its inhabitants. As well as working hard for your TEFL/TESOL certification,you will have the opportunity to participate in a wealth of leisure-time activities: sunbathing on beautiful white beaches, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, mountain-biking along trails through Mediterranean scrub brush, scuba-diving, hiking, sailing to places accessible only by wind-driven vessels, wine- and food-tasting in delicious restaurants, strolling along the wide promenade on the \"lido mare\", having an aperitif in an outdoor café overlooking the port.

    Italy's climate varies from north to south and from lowland to mountaintop. Temperatures at sea-level tend to be similar around the country, with altitudes creating steep changes between summer and winter. Winters are long and severe in the Alps, with snow falling as early as mid-September. Storms develop in spring and tend to last to autumn, making summer the wettest season. The northern regions experience chilly winters, hot summers and regular even rain distribution, while conditions become milder as you head south. Beware the sirocco, the hot and humid African wind that affects regions south of Rome.

    In Florence, too, summer can be hot, and many Florentines head for the beach in July and August. While it does snow in winter in the northern Tuscan hills and mountains (there is a famous ski resort called Abetone in the Dolomites), it is very rare that a snowflake falls in the city of Florence itself. Spring and fall are truly beautiful seasons here. Spring brings a wealth of greenery and flowers, while autumn is a welcome temperature change from the hot August sun.

    On Sardinia, by Easter, the whole island is in bloom. The countryside is aglow in the yellows of wild gorse and mimosa. Fragrant blue lavender blends with white cistos bushes and wild violets and orchids line the walkways. Around the time spring's colors fade, red corn poppies begin to bloom in the yellow wheat fields, and the landscape shows its summer colors. Along the sandy beaches of Southern Sardinia one can start swimming very early in the year. In fact, the swimming season lasts from May through November. The winters in Sardinia tend to be fairly short, lasting from late December to February. The island sometimes sees snow, but it's rare. Most of the island's rainfall comes during January and February, falling in heavy and dramatic showers. This brings a lush green vibrancy to the plant life.

  • Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    Job Prospects & Pay

    Most of our Teachers have had good luck in securing employment in Italy. Teachers have found work in Rome, Milan, Florence, Torino, Bologna, Palermo, Siracusa, Napoli, Foggia, Genova, Padova, Modena, and a dozen smaller cities in between.

    The Training Center staff will provide you with a list of schools in Florence/Sardinia and elsewhere in Italy and help you with resume and interview preparation. You will have sessions on CV planning and interview techniques, and there is a large database of employment resources and connections in Italy which is made available to trainees.

    The average salary in Italy is about 1,000-1,500 Euros per month. This varies depending on location, the school, and the number of hours worked per month.

  • Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    If you do not love Italian food, what on earth are you doing in Italy?

    Even if you do, however, figuring out where and what to eat in Italy can pose delicious quandaries for the traveler. Our advice: determine whether you desire a meal or snack, consider your time limitations, and ponder the following choices:

    Bar: The place to have espresso and all its caffeinated variations, rolls or small sandwiches, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Pay first and give the receipt to bartender with your order. Stand at the bar, or pay a service charge to sit at a table. Bars in Italy are open from early morning to late night.

    Panineria: A sandwich bar, where a quick meal can be had.

    Trattoria: Less formal than a ristorante, but a step up from most bars. Often where local specialties are served.

    Ristorante: The most formal type of place to eat when one is not in a hurry. The order of courses is antipasto, pasta or soup, main course, salad, and dessert - all accompanied by good wine.

    Water in Italy is safe to drink. You will find public fountains (usually button- or tap-operated) in squares and city streets everywhere, though look out for \"acqua non-potable\" signs, indicating that the water is unsafe.

    Tipping: in restaurants and cafes, 15% is usually added to your bill to cover most charges. An additional tip isn't expected, but it's nice to leave a euro if you've been pleased with the service. Participants are responsible for their own meals.

    Dress in Italy is typical for a Western country. When teaching, be sure to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. Business Casual is a safe bet.

    Housing & Communication

    Accommodations available during training consist either of a shared or private bedroom in an apartment near the training center.

    Apartments are shared with fellow trainees, local residents, and/or students from other schools. You will have either a shared or private bedroom, a shared bathroom and kitchen, and access to laundry facilities. The apartments are comfortable and simply furnished. Kitchens are equipped with basic cooking utensils, stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, blankets, and sheets.

    Italians own more mobile phones per person than any other nationality in Europe. There are four main companies from which you can get a temporary or prepaid account if you already own a GSM, dual- or tri-band cellular phone. You will usually need your passport to open an account. Always check with your mobile service provider in your home country to ascertain whether your handset allows use of another SIM card (usually they do not). If yours does, it can cost as little as 10.00 to activate a local prepaid SIM card (sometimes with 10.00 worth of calls on the card).

    Internet cafes are abundant in Florence and charge between 1-3 euros per hour. Shop around for the best price.

  • Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    Excursions

    From the Piazza del Duomo to the Campanile to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the center of Florence alone could occupy an aesthete for years. Add the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the Palace of Lorenzo il Magnifico, the Palazzo della Signoria, the church of Orsanmichele, the Piazza della Signoria with the Arnolfo tower... and you will have used up your lifetime and have no years left for the most famous art museum in the world: the Uffizi Gallery.

    Tired of art history? From leather to shoes to renaissance style ceramics, the shopping in Florence is world-renowned. Once you are used to discovering the artisans in their shops actually working on the pieces sold, take at least a week to get lost in the small streets where you might happen upon a shoemaker, potter, or jewelry maker working at the price range and offering the personality you seek.

    Beyond Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, the pre-Roman city of Volterra, all beckon - as does wine-tasting in Chianti, of course.

    On Sardinia, see the breath-taking sea caves \"Grotte di Nettuno,\" which are accessible by authorized vessels departing daily from the main port or from \"Capo Caccia,\" or by a cliff-hanging walk down the breath-taking stairs (only 654 steps!) \"Esacala del Cabirol.\" There are also numerous points of historical and cultural interest, such as the intriguing ruins left behind by the mysterious Neolithic \"Nuraghic\" civilization, which you can explore at the \"Palmavera\" or \"Anghelu Ruju\" complexes. Equally interesting are the \"bastioni,\" the high fortified walls dotted with lookout towers that encircle the city's western waterfront and southern flank.

  • Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    Travel Resources

    We're still working on getting these up, but check back soon or email us at info@languagecorps.com and we will send you some.

  • Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Life as a Teacher

    What about work visas?

    Visa requirements vary widely by location. In many countries, participants enter on a tourist visa and the hiring school will help sponsor a work visa after being hired. In Ecuador, a Cultural Exchange visa is typically obtained, which is unique to that country. The training center or your hiring school will assist with that process. In Asian countries, work visas are commonly obtained. In Costa Rica, most schools do not want to go through the bureaucratic, lengthy process to obtain a work visa, so the common practice is for teachers to do a "border run", or leave the country for 72 hours every 90 days in order to stay there legally. Most people there look forward to their border runs as a travel opportunity!

    Many schools in the Czech Republic and Russia will sponsor their teachers for a work visa. However, it is difficult for non EU citizens to obtain work visas elsewhere in Europe. Most schools do not want to go to the trouble to obtain them, as it is a lengthy process, and in fact, if a school sponsors you for a work visa, you would typically need to fly back to the U.S. and go to a consulate here to get the visa, and then return to Europe. Most people do not want to go through the hassle and expense of doing that. The common practice is for schools to hire non EU citizens for "cash-in-hand" positions, and most people just overstay their 90 day tourist visas. Many non EU citizens are in Europe teaching, and being a native English speaker along with a TESOL certificate (after you complete the four week course), makes you quite marketable.

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$[TESOL Certification min]-[TESOL Certification max]. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$[TESOL Plus min]-[TESOL Plus max] depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$[Volunteer min]-[Volunteer max] for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    TESOL Certification Program, Italy

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Italy is US$1,395

    Accommodations are available in shared apartments near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately $550 (accommodations are paid in Euros and start at approximately €500 for a shared room).

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €800, which has a fluctuating exchange rate.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

  • Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!

    Mari

    Italy (Florence)

    TESOL Certification Program, Italy

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Italy is US$1,695

    Accommodations are available in shared apartments near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately $450 (€400).

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €1,050, which has a fluctuating exchange rate.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.