Teach in Italy OISE University of Toronto TEFL review, submitted by Ron.
Teach in Italy.
I grew up with the knowledge that I had distant cousins living somewhere in Italy. A few summers ago, the family agreed to meet up as a sort of larger family reunion. Turns out some of my family live down south and a few of them live in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Specifically, in Modena. Up until the moment I visited, all I knew of the area was that they produce Ferrari cars and the equally famous parmesan cheese.
We ended up staying with my Modena relatives for a week, until it was unfortunately time to fly back home. I totally fell in love with the city. It’s not as well-known as some of the other cities in the same region and has more of a university town feel to it. Actually, it also reminded me a little of Holland, what with all the bicycles and all.
When I returned back home I contacted Teach Away to inquire whether they had any job placements in Modena. They didn’t BUT they did have a contact for a school in the close-by town of Parma. I then spent a month with the to a fro with the school there until I got a lucky break and received the news from my uncle that a job opening had become available for a native English speaker in one of the private schools located in Modena.
My first class begins in the first week in October and this month I’m just soaking up the Modena atmosphere. It is wonderful here and I’m so lucky for my TEFL school choice, and of course for the contacts I have here on the ground.
I do just need to add a caveat to my experience. I have (almost) free accommodation here because my relatives were nice enough to make a room available for me. Without the free accommodation, I think I would struggle on the teacher salary because they don’t seem to pay ESL teachers as much in Italy as in some of the surrounding European countries. Therefore, if you are considering Italy as a teaching location, I would advise to head much further south, where the rents will be significantly more affordable and where I’ve heard they pay about the same as here per hour.
Dolce Vita! 🙂
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