Teach English in a Homestay in Italy for 1, 2 or 3 Months with Greenheart Travel

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Greenheart Travel's Teach in a Homestay program in Italy offers you the opportunity to tutor your Italian host family in conversational English for 15 hours a week. The rest of the time is yours to explore the country and get an authentic experience of the Italian culture. Homestay placements are located throughout Italy and it is important to be flexible.

This is a volunteer teaching placement designed for deep cultural immersion and language exchange. Tutoring English in a homestay is ideal for adults hoping to get their feet wet in teaching, teachers planning to travel during their summer break, or travelers seeking to experience full cultural immersion while teaching English abroad on a longterm contract.

Program Fee in USD:
1 month: $1,570
2 months: $1,740
3 months: $1,900

Start dates occur every month, and applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to desired start date.

Highlights
  • 15 hours per week teaching experience (the rest of the time is yours to explore!)
  • Single room accommodation with carefully screened host family accommodations and meals included in the program
  • Personal program manager will assist you before, during and after your program
  • Year round start dates to fit your schedule
  • 24-hour emergency support during your program

Questions & Answers

If you decide to teach to a host family, It is not necessary to have prior English experience. Most of the families want someone who can practice listening and speaking. That could be done spontaneously while performing daily tasks and doesn't require to follow a plan. However, If you are planning to teach in a school, I will recommend having some teaching experience or at least some knowledge...
Hi Neroli! This program is open to citizens of the EU, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa or Canada who are native English speakers.

Reviews

94%
based on 7 reviews
  • Impact 9.4
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.4
  • Value 7.3
  • Safety 9.3
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Laura
10/10

A Great Opportunity... (I wish I had known about this program years ago)

I was able to spend 1 month in the Piedmont region of northern Italy doing the Italy Homestay Program. I had wanted to travel to Italy for a long time, and as a teacher, I have more time to travel than most do. Having traveled a decent amount in the past, one thing I knew that was important to me was to spend enough time in a place to really feel like you understand the culture and get to see the real country- not just the touristy places. I found this program and it seemed like it was exactly what I wanted. I would be part of a family, I would get to experience real Italian culture, and I would be able to stay within my budget.

The program was a great experience for me. It was exactly what I was looking for, and I would definitely do it again. I had a lot of flexibility to go see places in the city. I would either ride into the city with my host family when they went to work or I would take the bus in. It was nice to have this freedom to explore at my own pace during most days. Because I was staying with a family, I got to do many things that tourists would never get to do. I did some traveling in Italy after I finished up with my homestay, and as nice as it was to stay in nice hotels and eat meals out at restaurants and see famous places, I really feel that the homestay experience was the most meaningful and memorable part of the trip.

The program is very orderly and well run, and the staff is very helpful and kind.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that I can think of that could be improved would be the cost. The cost for the 1 month program is a little on the high side (the 2 and 3 month programs are not much more so they are much better value for your money).
Yes, I recommend this program
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Viviana
10/10

Teach English in a homestay - Italy

Teaching English in an Italian household was an amazing experience! I learned so much, not only about another language, culture, and country, but about my own. I accomplished so much, learned so much, and above all, taught. I found a lot more of myself on this journey and I hope to find more on many other journeys. Everyone from Greenheart Travel were so supportive and right there when I needed them! Allison Yates helped me tremedously before I left. Without her, I'd be a lot more lost than I initially was when I first arrived. It was such a relief to be able to speak with her and get help along the way! My in-country director, Mariangela DeLuca, was also such a big help and always there when I needed her. I am so thankful for them and this opportunity! I will be back and I highly recommend to anyone else wanting to travel and learn!

How can this program be improved?
N/A
Yes, I recommend this program
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Peggy
10/10

My month as a teacher in an Italian home

I can't say enough positive things about my experience in the Greenheart Travel Teach in a Homestay program. I had been to Italy (to Siena) twice before as the assistant director of a study abroad program. I loved Italy, but really wanted to learn Italian, which I hadn't done staying by myself in an apartment. Looking for an inexpensive way to travel to Italy and be immersed in Italian, I stumbled upon this program, applied and was placed with a family in Cesena, Italy for one month.

My family welcomed me with open arms and quickly made me a part of their family, including me in outings with their friends and taking me to school functions of their three children. An unexpected but wonderful experience was the opportunity to be a guest teacher in the Italian elementary school where my host mom was a teacher. She got permission for me to collaborate with the English teachers at the school to get into every single English classroom in the school. The children were very excited to get to ask questions of an American, and I learned many things about the Italian school system that I didn't know before.
My teaching experiences involved helping the family's two pre-teen boys with their English homework and conversation, and preparing the oldest boy for his upcoming year abroad in an American school. I also taught the parents some English while simultaneously learning a lot of Italian! I also helped the next door neighbor with both her English and her Spanish (I am a Spanish professor).
I learned so much Italian that I was able to return to the US, test and be certified at an advanced low level of oral proficiency. There is NO WAY I could have done this studying Italian in the US, or even studying in Italy but not living with a family. The complete immersion was the key to my success. It wasn't easy by any means, and we had some good laughs at my blunders, but I can now speak Italian, and have made some good friends in the process. I miss my Italian family a great deal!

Allison Yates, the coordinator at Greenheart Travel, made everything very easy and stress-free. The communication was frequent and I knew if I had any problems while abroad I could get them quickly resolved. I am seriously considering applying to teach in a homestay again next summer, and have told many of my students and fellow teachers about this wonderful program!

How can this program be improved?
I would like to see the age limit removed from some of the countries. For example, I would like to do this in Spain but participants must be under 40 years old. As a 57 year old professional teacher, I believe I, and others with similar backgrounds, are excellent candidates for this program. We are mature and motivated, easygoing, flexible, able to make independent decisions and to adapt well to other environments and people, perhaps better than a younger, less experienced person would. I hope Greenheart will consider changing this policy, if possible.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Susan
9/10

My Italian Adventure

I had a very unique experience for several reasons. The first is the location. Moncalieri is located on top of a hill and my host family had a backyard that looked out over Torino. The vista was just beautiful, and the family was a very sweet young family. Because the location was so remote, it was sometime difficult to go out on my own, but the family was very nice about driving me "down the hill" whenever I asked.

The children in my family were quite young, 2 and 5 years old, and this presented unique challenges for me in terms of teaching english. Their attention spans were shorter, so lessons and conversations had to happen in shorter spurts. I had very few low points, but when I did I wondered if perhaps the children were too young. It was difficult at times, especially if the children were tired, hungry or misbehaving. But in the end I think both boys learned quite a bit of english. Basic greetings, numbers, colors and lots of food and animals.

I am still processing this experience, but I feel it has changed me in many ways. I am more patient and I think my own teaching will improve as a result. I know some Italian which is fantastic. I got many wonderful photos and saw a part of the world I always wanted to see, but on a deeper level, more as a member of society as opposed to a tourist.

My favorite memory is probably Karaoke. I made friends with the nanny, Francesca, right away. She spoke no English, and I spoke little Italian, but we communicated through Google translate and lots of gesturing and laughter. She took me to do Italian Karaoke one Saturday, and I had so much fun singing in Italian with her and all her friends. I even did a solo to Whitley Houston which they played in English just for me! Many of the people I met that night are still sending me notes on facebook!

I do wish I had known more Italian before I left. Especially with young children it would be very useful.

The WEP representative and everybody from Green Heart travel was very supportive, and checked in with me frequently!

I will always treasure the experience I had, and it was the best semester off I have ever had!

How can this program be improved?
Everything was wonderful but in my placement in Italy, I feel more Italian language would have helped! Otherwise everything was wonderful!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ingrid
9/10

ingrid A Memorable Experience

I had a great time volunteering in a homestay in Italy. Being able to share the local culture, traditions, cuisine and believes was incredible. I was very lucky to match with three families who were happy to introduce me to their culture. I learned significant teaching skills and I gained valuable friends.
The program was very supportive by providing helpful information about my adjusting process with the families, for this reason, I truly recommend this program and I encourage many of you to take the leap.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Joyce
8/10

Roman Holiday

If you take into consideration that, barely a month after returning home after my three-month homestay in Rome, I've already let the program managers know that I'm reapplying to tutor in another family next January, it's pretty obvious that my review is going to be positive!

The Greenheart Team matched me with a warm and welcoming family on the outskirts of Rome. The WEP rep called regularly and met me for coffee a couple of times throughout the stay. In order to integrate more fully into local life, I asked for and was given the opportunity to collaborate with other ESL teachers in two very different high schools. Being centrally located in Rome allowed me to hop a train on the week-end to explore surrounding provinces, such as Campania, Abruzzo and Umbria.

Rome took a little getting used to, but after the third week, I was hooked, and by the end of the stay, I couldn't bear to leave.

I only have one regret: our neighborhood. It was too far from the city center to be able to take advantage of Rome in the evening and a bit too dodgy for coming home by bus after dark. Rome offers many cultural events in the evening that I was unable to take advantage of.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jessica
10/10

Florence/Milan Experience

In Florence, my host family was very sweet and accommodating however they felt more of like a boarding house for multiple students. The language school was fun and that's where I met most of my friends.

In Milan, my host family was AMAZING, could not have asked for anything better.

How can this program be improved?
My host family in Milan said they did not receive any money from the program. They fed me and took care of me so I started to wonder where my money went. I feel as though I paid a lot of money only to receive two certificates, I wish I could have gotten college credit or have paid less.
Response from Greenheart Travel

Hi Jessica! Thank you for taking the time to review our Language Exchange Homestay program in Italy. We're so happy to hear that you had a great time! We also want to address your concerns about the program fee.
Greenheart Travel is a non-profit organization but we do have to charge a program fee in order to cover the costs of running the program. The program fee covers the host family screening and placement process (finding a family, doing criminal record checks, reference checks, home visits, etc.), medical insurance and support staff both in the US and Italy.

Please don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected] if you would like to discuss any further questions or concerns you had about your program.

Yes, I recommend this program

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