Overview

La Bella Italia!

The Teach in a Homestay program offers the opportunity for participants to become an English tutor in a local family while sharing their everyday life.

Participants spend approximately 15 hours per week tutoring the host family to improve their fluency in English. Usually participants will tutor the children in the home but occasionally and adult will request lessons as well. The rest of the time is yours to immerse yourself in Italian language, culture and lifestyle. Italy is home to much of the world’s greatest art, incredible food and locals who are eager to share their culture.

Is this Program for You?

This the perfect program for adults of all ages looking for a true cultural immersion experience. Are you a…

  • Teacher planning to travel during your summer break of holidays?
  • College student taking a semester off or planning to travel over the summer?
  • High school graduate wanting to gain world experience before starting college?
  • Traveler who wants to experience full cultural immersion while teaching English abroad?

Picture yourself abroad and read our participants’ blog posts on life as an English tutor in Italy!

alyssa-teaching-english-in-italyTrue, I will no longer be living in Catania with my wonderful family, but I do not see my leaving as the end of our bond. They have become a part of me, who I am as a person. Living with them and adapting to their lifestyle has taught me much about myself and re-shaped my small perspective of the world. This experience has opened my mind in ways I did not expect.

I did not simply take a vacation traveling through the vineyards of Italy, sipping wine, eating cheese, and riding on the back of Vespas with cute Italian men. Alright, well I did do those things, but these past three months became so much more than that. I learned how to be a teacher, felt that rush of pure joy and sense of accomplishment when Ida would understand what she was reading, and the happiness I felt for her accomplishment in that moment.

I gained new meaning to “independent study,” or studying without any assignment or teacher or school tuition providing incentive, but studying purely for my own desire to learn; I figured out how to adapt to a striking change in environment and comfort zone; and I discovered a confidence in simply being who I am, embracing my characteristics, both good and bad, and finding value in them.Alyssa Giesler

Have questions about teaching in a homestay in Italy? We’re happy to help!

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Program Dates

Start dates are flexible and available year round. You may choose your start date as long as you submit your application at least 8 weeks prior to your departure.

 

Eligibility

  • At least 18 years old – retirees welcome!
  • Be a native English speaker (other languages depend on specific demand)
  • Must be a high school graduate – college students and graduates preferred
  • Must have the ability to prepare a private tutoring lesson plan
  • Be a citizen of the EU, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa or Canada

 

Costs

1 month: $1,510
2 months: $1,680
3 months: $1,860

What’s Included:

  • Host family search, screening, and placement process
  • Single room accommodation with carefully screened host family
  • Three meals a day for duration of program*
  • Local office support
  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • English as a Second Language Teaching Resources
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Culture & Etiquette Guidebook
  • Resume-enhancing experience as a Private Language Tutor
  • Learn a new language through immersion in a different culture and county

*Meals outside of the host family home are not included.

Where does my money go?

• Comprehensive medical insurance
• Service and support provided by the Greenheart Travel office
• Service and support provided by our international partner office
• Local Coordinator for 24/7 in country support
• Host family placement/screening (background checks, reference checks, home visits, interviews, etc.)
• Marketing costs
• Credit card processing fees and other administration costs

*Host families are volunteer families and are NOT paid for hosting. They host solely in exchange for English lessons and the cultural exchange experience.

 

Accommodation

Homestay participants live with local host families located throughout Italy. Host families are carefully screened through background checks, reference checks, interviews and home visits. Host families are not compensated for hosting and host only in exchange for the English lessons. Participants will have their own private room but may share a bathroom and living areas with the host family. Host families also provide three meals per day except on when going out to restaurants.

ashley-with-her-host-family-in-ItalyMost host family placements are in medium to small cities with larger cities easily accessible via public transportation, so it’s important to be flexible in your placement location. As an English teacher in a homestay, you will be warmly welcomed into a host family’s home, while having the opportunity to explore the area on your own.

From two weeks of being in Italy on my teach in a homestay program, I have concluded that the best way to travel abroad truly is to live with a family or a group of natives. You learn 10x more knowledge from observation, being forced to speak the language and going outside of your typical American tourist bubble. It has been days where I have merely had dinner with Stefania’s friends or went to some type of local event that I have felt so incredibly fulfilled. – Ashley Bornancin

 

 

Scroll over Italy to see where other Teach in a Homestay participants have been placed!

 

FAQs

Application Process and Requirements

How does the application process work?
To apply you must fill out the online Teach in a Homestay application. You then should gather all of the materials that are necessary for completing the application process. Once all of your materials are in, all of your documents will be sent to our partner in your host country for final review. Once you are accepted, our partners will find you a host family in the country where you chose to do your homestay.

When should I apply?
You should apply at least 8 weeks before your preferred departure date so that we have plenty of time to find the best host family match for you.

What are the qualification requirements?

  • At least 18 years old – retirees welcome!
  • Speak fluent English (other languages depend on specific demand)
  • Must be a high school graduate – college students and graduates preferred
  • Must have the ability to prepare a private tutoring lesson plan
  • Be a citizen of the EU, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa or Canada

What is the visa application process?
A visa is not required for a tourist stay of up to 90 days (3 months) for most participants. Please check with the embassy of your host country to find out if a visa is needed.

Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?
It is okay to apply with friends and family however we are not able to place more than one person with a host family. We will do our best to place you with host families in towns near each other so that you can visit each other on the weekends.

Host Families and Placement Locations

How is the host family selected?
Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process, and participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In order to qualify as a host family, the prospective hosts must:

  • pass an interview and home inspection by a local coordinator
  • undergo a criminal background check
  • genuinely want to learn English as well as share their own language and culture with others

Can I choose where I will be placed?
You can choose which country you would like to be placed in however, you must be flexible about where you are placed within that country.

Where are participants usually placed?
Placements are nationwide and are typically in medium to small towns outside of usual tourist areas. This provides participants with opportunity to really experience full cultural immersion in their host country.

What should I bring as a gift for my host family?
It’s a great idea to bring a small gift with you for your host family. It would be nice to bring something that represents where you are from. Common gifts are chocolates, wine, coffee mugs, t- shirts, etc.

How the Teach English in a Homestay Works

Do I have to prepare a curriculum or lesson plan?
English lessons are very informal and there is no provided curriculum, however participants should be prepared to put together a lesson plan for each tutoring session. Greenheart Travel will provide a list of resources to help you come up with fun ideas for teaching your host family. Typically families will just request that you speak English with them over dinner or for a certain amount of time during the day.

What will I do when I’m not teaching the family?
When you are not teaching your host family English, you will have time to explore your new home and surrounding towns and cities. Host families usually work during the day but will show you around on the weekends.

What level of English do the host families have?
The level of English will vary depending on the host family but most will be at the beginner level and will only have basic knowledge of English.

Do I need to speak the language of my host country?
It is not a requirement that participants speak the language of their host country but it is recommended that participants try to learn some basic words and phrases before arriving.

Will I have to speak English all the time?
You only are required to speak English during the 15 hours of English lessons each week. The rest of the time, please feel free to practice speaking the language of your host country.

 

 

Application Process

 

You should apply at least 8 weeks before your preferred departure date so that we have plenty of time to find the best host family match for you. A visa is not required for a tourist stay of up to 90 days (3 months) for most participants. Please check with the embassy of your host country to find out if a visa is needed.

Complete the Online Application

There are 4 short steps in the application process which are outlined below. The whole application should not take longer than 20 minutes to fill out, but please answer the questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. This is the most important step in getting to know you and assessing your suitability to the project.

  • Step 1: Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. Once complete, you will receive a link in your email for the second part of the application (5 minutes)
  • Step 2: Provide more detailed information about yourself and why you would like to do a homestay abroad. This is also where you will complete your background check if you are a US citizen. If you are not a US citizen and over the age of 18, you are required to submit your own background check (usually available at local police offices).  Once complete, you will receive a link in your email for the final part of your application (10 minutes)
  • Step 3: There are two documents you must submit before we can consider your application – signed Terms and Conditions form and a copy of the photo page of your passport (3 minutes)
  • Step 4: Submit your $250 deposit. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee.  Once the deposit is submitted we can begin preparing you for your adventure abroad (2 minutes)

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your acceptance. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. 95% of applicants are accepted on the program they apply for.

You’ve Been Accepted – Now What?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an orientation packet via email, as well as a request to schedule your pre-departure orientation.

Finding the best host family for you is very important to us. Before we begin the host family screening and placement process, an additional $500 payment toward your program fee is due. This payment is required a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your departure.

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