Cinque Terre in Italy
Cinque Terre in Italy. Photo ©

Babelphotography, licensed under CC0 1.0 and adapted from the original.

Applications for the English Language Assistants programme will re-open in the autumn of 2018.

Why choose Italy?

The diversity of Italian cultural heritage, its scenic beauty, fantastic food and modern cities make Italy a fascinating place to live in. From the historical sights of Rome to the picturesque lakes, you’ll never be short of somewhere to spend your free time.

  • There are around 50 posts a year available in schools across the country.
  • The majority of these posts are at secondary level, although there are a small number of posts available in primary schools too.
  • You will be in post from 1 October to 31 May and work around 12 hours per week.

Am I eligible?

  • To be a language assistant in Italy, you must fulfil the general eligibility criteria, be aged 30 or under and you must hold an UK or Irish passport (other EU passports are not eligible).
  • We prioritise applications from undergraduates who are studying Italian at a UK university and for whom it is compulsory to spend a year abroad.
  • However, we will also accept applications from finalists and graduates. Competition for posts in Italy is high. It is therefore unlikely that we will be able to confirm any posts for finalists and graduates before July.
  • You are likely to be asked to provide a medical certificate upon starting your asisstantship in Italy. This is a requirement of our partner organisation. Once your post is confirmed, we will provide a template for your medical certificate. All you will need to do is go to your GP in the UK before starting your assistantship and ask them to certify your general health. Some GPs may charge for a full examination if they deem this necessary.

Where can I go?

Assistantships are available in the following regions of Italy:

  • GROUP A: Bolzano, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise, Sardinia, Sicilia, Umbria
  • GROUP B: Abruzzo, Campania, Friuli, Marche, Piemonte, Puglia
  • GROUP C: Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Toscana, Veneto

If you wish to express an area preference, you have to choose one from Group A, one from Group B, and one from any of the three groups. We recommend you research possible destinations thoroughly before applying.

The number and location of posts available varies each year, and we cannot guarantee that there will be posts in each of the regions above. Please therefore be as flexible as possible regarding your preferences.

Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Lombardia and Toscana are the most popular first-choice regions, so competition for these locations is particularly tough.

Posts in the Bolzano region can be located in either Alto Adige or Trentino. Placements in Alto Adige are most suited to applicants studying both Italian and German. They will be given priority over other candidates for these posts. Please indicate in the section 'Reasons for your preference' whether you are applying for a post in Trentino or Alto Adige.

There is usually only a limited number of primary posts available each year. Students with teaching experience or interest in working with young children will be given priority for these posts.

How much will I be paid?

You will earn around €850 net per month. Some schools offer free meals and accommodation.

Will I be interviewed?

Some candidates, including those who have been educated outside the UK, may be assessed by telephone interview. These are likely to take place from February to April.

Candidates who pass the first stage of selection for posts will be invited to take part in a further assessment stage before being offered a post. This further assessment will take place on a rolling basis before April 2017.

When will I hear back?

  • January: You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.
  • March: All shortlisted candidates will be requested to attend an assessment day.
  • April: You will find out whether your application has been put forward for a post.
  • May to June: We will contact you to let you know whether you have been successful and in which region your school will be located.
  • July: You will receive further details about the exact location of your school from the Ministry of Education in Italy.

Will there be an induction course?

Our partners in Italy hold inductions in three locations in Italy in November. Dates and venues will be confirmed in October, when assistants are already in post.

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