Travel Italy and become TEFL-TP certified with A.C.L.E.

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About

This is an exciting opportunity to train as an English-language teacher in Italy with one of the country’s most well-respected educational organisations. A.C.L.E. has over 35 years experience educating Italian students and teachers, as well as mother-tongue tutors, in its unique approach to language-teaching.
Each summer we welcome around 400 tutors from across the world, to teach on around 300 camps. We believe that the cultural exchange that is experienced during this program is undoubtedly one of the highlights.

Highlights
  • Strengthen your résumé by becoming TEFL.TP certified
  • Receive expert training during an orientation week
  • Travel & teach all over Italy at our numerous summer camps
  • Live with host families and fully immerse yourself in local culture and traditions, as well as learn or practice some Italian
  • Build lasting friendships and lifelong memories with people from all over the world, your host families, and the children you’ll teach at camp

Questions & Answers

Yes, technically we look to recruit native English speakers. However if you are a near native English speaker and you have a high proficiency in English your application will be considered.
Once you receive your job offer, we normally ask you to confirm your flight details within 3 weeks time in order to secure your place at Orientations. Then we'll ask you to send us a copy of your flight receipt. After that time, if you have not been able to purchase your flight for any reason you should contact us.
It depends on the family you stay with and the town or city in which you are placed. Be open to differences in each place you are tutoring and try not to worry if at first it seems like you aren't happy with your situation because 1) there is most likely a miscommunication or misunderstanding; take time in a different conversation to bring up your concerns, expectations for outings etc. Ask for...
If you haven't found out already: it's definitely worth emailing the English Office, they always want new tutors and can be flexible on some deadlines if need be. And if you don't get to apply this year, I would definitely recommend you try again next year, it was an AMAZING opportunity, loved it so much last year :)

Reviews

85%
based on 42 reviews
  • Benefits 7.7
  • Support 7.6
  • Fun 7.9
  • Facilities 8.7
  • Safety 8.9
  • Instruction 9.3
  • Support 8.3
  • Value 9.3
  • Academic Rigor 4.7
  • Job Assistance 7.3
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Kirsteen
10/10

So great I keep coming back!

I have had two great summers with ACLE and home to be back for a third this year! Acle work in a fantastic, fun and creative way to teach English. It’s a hugely rewarding job that doesn’t even really feel like work. The look on the kids faces at the end of camp when they receive their certificates and workbooks is so worth it. The moment they realise what they have achieved throughout the week or fortnight is a moment to treasure.
I will never forget the friends I made either, with tutors from all over the world, each with a different background but all with a love to teach English in a creative way. I can’t wait to get back to Italy for another summer and more ACLE fun. Join ACLE if you love meeting new people, love working with children and love to travel, but most of all have a fantastic and rewarding experience.
You won’t regret it!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing, it’s great.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kieran John
10/10

The Best Summers I ever had!

I loved my time with ACLE so much I went back every summer, for three years.
You meet so many amazing people from around the world, stay with incredible host families, teach some adorable (and some patience-testing) kids, and you get to travel one of the most stunning countries on earth... while earning money!

My summers with ACLE were honestly the most incredible times of my life! I made friends for life, and have learned so many valuable skills, which I hope will help me in my future career as an educator.

How can this program be improved?
Keep the summer going forever...
Yes, I recommend this program
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Magdalene
8/10

Eye-opening

I spent my first summer with the ACLE program teaching English in Italy in 2016. I stayed from early June until the end of the season in mid-September. I had a phenomenal experience, and taught at six different camps starting in Rome, travelling to various small towns all over the country. The connections with host families are part of what makes the experience so special and personal. The families go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, and this helps significantly. I had no experience of teaching but the training made me feel very prepared for the classroom. The friendly colleagues I worked with supported me through each camp, and even though I worked with different people at each camp, team spirit was very evident. The children were well behaved all across Italy and it was an honour to interact with such happy, excitable children. Travel, accommodation and food was all covered which put my worries about finances at ease. I enjoyed travelling between camps on Saturdays, and I never travelled alone other than the week I came back from my holidays.

How can this program be improved?
Better communication with camp directors at times
Yes, I recommend this program
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Beth
9/10

The best summers of my life

2016 was my second summer teaching with ACLE, because one was just not enough.
My ACLE journey started with a random email from someone at my university targeted at anyone studying Italian, English or teaching. I am actually a physics student but took an Italian course in my spare time and because of my love of Italy and lack of summer plans I went along to the meeting that this guy had organised to see whether the opportunity that he'd talked about could be interesting to me. I came out of the meeting totally inspired by how much fun it looked, and how worthwhile a cause it seemed.
I decided to apply, but having no formal teaching experience at all and very little experience working with children I didn't hold out much hope of getting the position, so when I did I was both very excited and very nervous that I wouldn't be any good at the job.
When I got to orientation, all of the teaching materials we needed for the summer were provided, and we were given a crash course in "the ACLE way". By the end of my first week teaching I felt I'd learned so much, I'd realised that I could do more than I ever thought and I had grown so much more confident.
The most important qualities for an ACLE tutor are enthusiasm and flexibility, everything else ACLE will either give/teach you at orientation or you will learn on the job.
I would recommend ACLE to anyone who wanted to meet people, work with kids, travel or just gain very valuable life experience!

How can this program be improved?
Some camps don't have both morning and afternoon meetings with all the staff. I think these meetings can be really important to improve the day-to-day running of the camp, to ensure that everyone knows what's happening and when and what resources are needed.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kate-lynn
9/10

Phenomenal Summer Abroad

Responsive and respectful children? Camp directors organizing and facilitating a smooth camp experience for tutors and children? Housed and fed by local, willing families? Interaction with English speakers from across the globe? Opportunities to travel with new friends and experience Italy as a tourist and a local?
Yes yes yes.

I lived with three totally different families in various regions in Italy- from living in a castle (you heard right) in Tuscany to a build-by-hand house by a family that grows their own fruit and veg, I have the most fantastic experiences. The families fed me local cuisine and assisted me I trip planning, the children were curious and willing to learn English and tried extremely hard to understand cultural differences and the tutors you are partnered with at camp will be life-long friends. You will have new respect for those learning multiple languages, realize that hand gestures and body language are vital for survival, be exhausted but well rewarded and walk away with songs and games to get a crowd off their feet (I am still singing the camp songs weeks later).

I would love to be back again for another life changing summer abroad- thank you for the time and effort poured into the running of such a program!

How can this program be improved?
Ensure all camps have adequate space for whole camp activities.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amanda
9/10

Scared you wont be prepared? Orientation has got you covered

I have had an amazing experience with ACLE, and am thankful for the opportunity. ACLE is a wonderful program which promises what it offers. One thing I believe ACLE does very well is prepare you in the one week orientation for what you can expect as an English tutor in your future camps. We all felt nervous at orientation on Monday morning and had no idea what to expect, but by Friday afternoon I felt ready to take on camp. It's amazing what just one week can do! The orientation leaders are great and are very committed to helping you too. They were in your shoes, so they have tips to make you feel more comfortable. Another great thing is the way they organize and structure your week. They do it as if you were a kid at camp. The leaders teach you the songs by modelling them to you as if you were an Italian student (slow, repetitive and with hand movements). This was helpful because this is eventually how you will be teaching the kids. They did this for other aspects of camp, including how to run tribal games in the same fashion, as well as putting on a final show. During orientation you also meet so many people from around the world. It was one of my most memorable weeks. ACLE is a wonderful program that allows you to travel and get a taste of teaching, especially if you are considering teaching abroad in the future. Keep an open mind and be willing to try something new, that is the secret for a trip to remember. I definitely recommend it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anthony
10/10

A Truly One-Of-A-Kind Experience

Like numerous other programs, ACLE provides the opportunity for native speakers of a language to travel overseas and apply teaching mechanisms of the same language in a place where it is not the dominant one. However, what makes ACLE such a better experience is not only it's revolutionary approaches to delivering teaching mechanisms in an non-stressful, action-packed environment, but also because it brings speakers of language from all over the world. Even from someone like me who grew up in a country very multicultural (Canada), I was so intrigued by how many different kids of people I met, and we all got to work together overseas in a beautiful country. Overall, ACLE has definitely been one my greatest life experiences so far, and I would be thrilled at the prospect of possibly returning next year.

Yes, I recommend this program
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K
8/10

Unforegetable experience

The ACLE program was an unforgettable experience and very rewarding. If you love working with children, are family oriented and enjoy working in a team setting then this program is a perfect fit for you. This is more of a work trip then a leisure vacation as the training portion was loaded with useful training activities and demanded high energy at all times. Teaching in various schools across Italy was amazing as you got to see how different communities live across the country and had a short amount of time to also explore the various cities. I personally loved the program as teaching is my passion and I enjoyed getting to know the families I lived with. I would NOT recommend this program if you are looking to party and not take the responsibility of teaching english seriously. If you are also NOT interested in staying with families then I would also NOT recommend this to you as staying with a family is the most rewarding part and the families truly have a desire to spend time with you and get to know you therefore if you are not interested in this it would not be suitable for you. The longer you stay the more rewarding your experience is. I loved this experience and look forward to returning next summer!

How can this program be improved?
It could be improved by providing a wish list of places to go so you had some say in where you go, although it is true that every place in Italy is beautiful. I would also recommend a skype interview process when hiring as not all tutors were suitable for this experience which hindered work environments.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Karishma
10/10

Inexpensive way to immerse into a beautiful culture while working with children!

I feel so fortunate to have been able to be a tutor with ACLE. Originally, I didn't think being a tutor would be too intense but after orientation, I knew the job would be tough. I enjoy working with children and although the job was more intense than I thought it would be, I wouldn't have it any other way! The children you work with adore you and the parents and other adults see how hard your work and respect you. You have the opportunity to work with tutors from many English-speaking countries so you learn about their cultures as well as Italian culture. This is a wonderful opportunity for people who enjoy being enthusiastic, energetic, and outgoing! I wish I would have discovered this program sooner so I could have done it every summer! Another huge benefit of this program is that you can do it without spending an absurd amount of money. Because of the study grant that ACLE provides, I spent about $800 for one month in Italy (including my flights to and from America, food, housing, souvenirs, and the orientation fee). My host families were all kind and hospitable. I became so close to one of my host families that they have insisted that I come back next summer to stay with them for a week or two when I'm done with camp! They bought me presents the night before I left and were so touched when I gave them a small gift I brought from America. I feel like I found a second family!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dani
10/10

An opportunity and experience of a lifetime

I definitely recommend this programme to anybody who is interested in having an unbelievable summer. It's amazing to meet so many wonderful, enthusiastic and energetic tutors from all over the world. I stayed with two generous and welcoming host families that couldn't do enough for me. Hearing the children using English words with more confidence, at the end of a camp is the most rewarding feeling. And most of all, it is so much fun! Thank you ACLE for giving me this opportunity.

How can this program be improved?
I think that overall the programme is very organised and efficient, allowing it to work well. However, with the increase of tutors doing the ACLE programme, the payment system that was used, couldn't cater for the amount of payments to be made this summer.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Vicky
9/10

Authentic Italy

I've been a drama teacher for 13 years, and this program still had plenty to teach me! The orientation course was very good value for money; the days were packed with exercises and teaching strategies, the program was well organised, and we got three excellent meals a day.

Staying with host families was by far the highlight for me, where else would you get such an authentic view of Italian life and culture.

I taught in high schools, and the work was challenging, behaviour was sometimes an issue in the schools, as well as the heat. I had a hugely varied experience in only 3 weeks of camps, and this was mainly due to the different camp directors - you never know what to expect, and its really important to be flexible.

How can this program be improved?
There needs to be more focus on two week camps in the guidebook, we had run out of activities half way through week 2 of one of our camps. Please could there be more structure for week 2.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Qita
10/10

Fun and exciting Italian adventures!

I spent a month in Italy last summer with A.C.L.E. and I have to say I had the BEST time! I met the most amazing fellow tutors that will be friends for life on orientation (which was really thorough, so I felt really well prepared to go to camps after) then had a great time singing silly songs and playing great games with the Italian kids. Thankfully I've also had a chance to work with A.C.L.E. since in London, taking Italian teachers on a tour of the sights and sharing fun teaching methods. I'm even going back this summer to help with this year's orientations! I couldn't recommend it enough, go and make epic memories exploring Italy! What have you got to lose!

How can this program be improved?
I do have London rent to pay so I wish the study grant was a bit higher, but everything is paid for while you're out there so it's not like you lose money out there ^_^
Yes, I recommend this program
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Meghan
10/10

Two Summers in the Italian Sun

You want me to share just one story? I honestly think it's impossible to only share one story about Acle because I have so many positive things to share.

In general I'd have to say that my experiences with Acle have been some of the most important that I have ever had in my life. My first time teaching with Acle I was only 19 years old, had never been to Europe, never been away from home for longer than 2 weeks, and I travelled alone. Needless to say the whole plane ride there I was thinking "IS this real?"..."IS this all a scam?".."THIS seems way too good to be true". In all honesty though as soon as I landed and met the Acle staff at the train station in San Remo, my fears and apprehensions were taken away pretty quickly.

First of all, Acle is super organized. From their staff in the main office, to the staff at the orientation week, to the camp directors/ host families. Everything is organized for you. You don't need to be thinking of how you'll get somewhere or where/when you'll have your next meal. All of that is taken care of and that takes a lot of the stress off of you. The only thing you'll need to focus on is being the best that you can be for your students.

Speaking of the students. I would have to say that my first experience with Acle in 2010 was the main reason I decided to focus on teaching as my career path here in Canada. It was the most real and raw teaching experience I had had to date. I had my own students, I had my own learning space, and I had to plan my own lessons. I also had to assess my students progress at the end of our time together. All of this combined had me realize that THIS, THIS was for me. Every challenge, every moment of uncertainty made me realize that it was the first of many rewarding teaching experiences.

If I was to focus on on camp/location to highlight it would be the City Camp I was a tutor at in Bari-the heel of the boot-in southern Italy during the summer of 2014. I mean, I could talk all day about the beaches and sun in this region, but this camp tops my list of ultimate teaching experiences. This City Camp was different from most of Acle's traditional camps. At this camp the students spend half the day with the English tutors enjoying the regular Acle program (songs, games, arts/ crafts and activities in the Acle work books) and the other half of the day is spent playing sports taught in English by Olympic calibre athlete coaches. Oh and did I mention that the camp location was at an Olympic stadium? Well...it was!

How can this program be improved?
The first and only thing that comes to my mind would be the lack of materials for "creating" at the camps. Acle is really a chalk board free program, which truly enhances the learning, but at a few of the camps I have taught at- craft materials such as markers, tape, glue, and paper were hard to come by.
Response from ACLE

Thanks for your lovely words Meghan.

We are so pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your summers with ACLE. Bari is one of our favorite places here in the office.

Thank you also for your notes on camp materials. We will be sure to pack extra craft materials this year.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Andrea
10/10

I've never heard of a bad experience!

I first heard about ACLE through school mates who have done the program. Over the years I've met about four people who have done the program and I only have heard AMAZING stories about their experience. I decided to go to the most beautiful place in Europe (according to me) and do what I love most - teach children and travel. I can't express how much fun I had in my 1 week of orientation, 3 weeks teaching and a couple days afterwards to travel. I learned so much about myself and will never forget the experience I had from the program. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to do it. I can stress enough how smooth, fun, life changing this journey was for me. If you have the chance to do this, do it!

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, this program is so organized, and I feel that there is no major improvements that need to me made. If I could express my feelings on one thing it would be how I was worried travelling alone to Italy (to do the program and travel afterwards). It would've been helpful if the ACLE facebook group would have been available to people planning when to go teach, travel etc. After being accepted to the program, it would've been nice to be given a chance to connect with other people that had the same feelings as me, and decide to travel with them if possible. However it was very helpful that a facebook group was available to us after we had confirmed our airplane tickets and dates.
Response from ACLE

Ciao Andrea,

Thank you for your lovely words.

You will be pleased to hear that ACLE trainee tutors are now able to join the Facebook group from the time they are accepted onto the programme (before flights are purcahsed) and we have the new ACLE.org Facebook page which is accessible all year round.

We hope to see you back with us this summer.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alex
10/10

I'd do it every summer if I could.

I taught for ACLE in the summer of 2011, and then again this past summer of 2015. Before heading to Italy this June, I thought perhaps the ridiculously high opinion I held of ACLE was due in part to nostalgia - surely I had forgotten certain hardships of the program, or had just gotten exceedingly lucky with the people I had worked with before. Then I arrived in my first camp of the summer and realized, nope, it wasn't just nostalgia. Working for ACLE was just as wonderful and rewarding as it was four years ago - the people were just as lovely, the kids just as fun, Italy just as stunningly beautiful.

ACLE is the perfect program for you if you're looking for a summer job that will be an amazing experience and also give you a bit of pocket change with which to travel if you're planning to explore other parts of Europe after your time with ACLE is finished. It's also the right place to be if you're looking to make some stellar friends to to do that exploring with you! Both times I've done ACLE, I've ended up traveling onward and having some fairly grand adventures with another counselor I met through camp.

Basically - ten out of ten, would do again. (And again, and again.)

Yes, I recommend this program

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ACLE (Associazione Culturale Linguistica Educational) is a non-profit organisation accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and the World TEFL Accrediting Committee. ACLE promotes student-centred learning, and is the first association in Italy...