Want to Teach in Italy? Here are Two Amazing Options

Want to Teach in Italy? Here are Two Amazing Options

Are you considering teaching English in Italy but are confused about which program to choose? Greenheart Travel offers 2 teaching opportunities in a classroom or in homestay setting. The differences in these programs are subtle, so let’s clarify your options!

Teach in a School program in Italy

Here’s what you need to know about this 3-month teaching option to get started:

  • Two annual start dates, one in the spring and one in the fall, corresponding with the Italian school schedule
  • Participants teach Italian students in a classroom setting for approximately 15-20 hours per week
  • Placements are only in the region of Piedmont in Northern Italy
  • Teachers live with host families nearby to the schools

This program is also group oriented and you will travel and go through orientation with other teachers. This program is great for people who are interested in teaching in a school and learning about the education system in a foreign country.

The volunteer teach in Italy program also offers a little bit more structure, but with a little bit less flexibility.

Teach in a Homestay in Italy

In contrast to the classroom setting, the Teach English in a Homestay program is largely independent and offers 1-3 month travel commitments year round. In comparison to to the Volunteer Teach program, teachers:

  • Tutor their homestay family in the home for about 15 hours a week
  • Work directly with the family to create a curriculum and schedule based on the needs of the family members
  • Must be highly adaptable as teachers are placed throughout the country based on host family availability and interests
  • Enjoy a less structured, more flexible program while connecting them with a local family

Here’s the Breakdown of Options for Both Italy Experiences:


Teach in Italy Teach in a Homestay in Italy
Native language requirement English, German, French English
Placement locations Piedmont region only Throughout Italy
Where are you teaching In a school In your homestay
Teaching hours per week 15 – 18 15
Program dates Sept – Dec OR Jan – April Flexible, year-round. 1-3 months
Age requirement 19 – 35 18 + (retirees welcome!)
Cost $950 $1,510 – $1,820, depending on duration


  • Volunteer
  • Host family accommodation and meals included
  • High school diploma required
  • No Italian language skills required
  • Eligible citizenships: EU, US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand
  • No teaching experience required

Regardless of which program you find is best for you, teaching in Italy will give you an excellent cultural immersion experience that will boost your resume while you travel for a change!


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28 thoughts on "Want to Teach in Italy? Here are Two Amazing Options"

  1. Gloria G Bernero says:

    I would love to teach. Homestead. I am a Senior citizen. My first language is Spanish. It have been teaching English to adults for more than ten years.

  2. John Abner says:

    I would like to have more information about the program.

    1. Sara Thacker says:

      Hey John, please check out our website here or email us at travelabroad@greenheart.org if you have questions!

  3. Marley says:

    Love to get more info on teaching in Italy in a classroom setting.

    1. Savannah says:

      Hey Marley, I’d love to talk with you about the classroom program! email me at smcdermott@greenheart.org or call me at 312-264-1650.

  4. Danielle Sadler says:

    Hello! My husband and I are both math teachers and are interested in this unique opportunity. Is there a way we could both be hired and live together with this type or program?

    1. Allison Yates says:

      Hey Danielle! YES!!!!! You absolutely can 🙂
      Email me at ayates@greenheart.org so we can chat more about it!

  5. phoebe denny says:

    Hi i’m interested in the home stay program. this year i’m about to finish year 12 and get a certificate in education that means i meet the academic standard in Australia and more than capable to teach English in a home setting.

    1. Allison Yates says:

      Hey Phoebe! That’s awesome! It would be great to have you go to Italy. Do you have any other questions? Feel free to email me at ayates@greenheart.org, or just apply directly: https://greenhearttravel.org/application

  6. Valentina Voicu says:

    Hello I’m interested in the homestay program. I am an English teacher. I love to travel and learn from other places. Do you have programmes for families?
    I wonder if it is possible to include my husband and my 13 years daughter in the programme.They speak English very well.We would like be in the homestay programe and to teach in Italy during summer 2019.

    1. Allison Yates says:

      Hey Valentina! Thank you so much for your interest! That’s amazing you’d like to do this as a family. Unfortunately at this point we can take individuals and couples, but not children.
      Get in touch if anything changes.

  7. Gabriel Armenta says:

    Hello I’m interested in the homestay program. I am a special education teacher. I love to travel and learn from other places. I teach in Spain before. I would like to teach in Italy during summer 2019

    1. Allison Yates says:

      Hey Gabriel! Thank you so much for the comment! That is amazing you’d like to do this program. You should apply now for summer 2019! You do that here: https://greenhearttravel.org/application

  8. Suzie Shiaman says:

    I am a third grade public school teacher. My hope is to go to Italy for one month during the summer. I want to stay with a family and have the flexibility to travel throughout Italy. Would this be a good program for me?
    How soon in advance do I need to begin the application process?
    Thanks for your time!
    Suzie Shiaman

    1. Chase Chisholm says:

      Hi, Suzie! Thanks so much for your interest in this program. We’ll have our Teach in a Homestay program manager, Allison, reach out to you via email to answer you questions and allow you to ask more!

  9. Shah Vidhi says:

    Hi, can a non-native English speaker apply for the job? Ofcourse with adequate screening, interviewing and examining the documents. I’m currently pursuing a CELTA certificate.

    1. Chase Chisholm says:

      Great question! You’d need to pass an English proficiency test.

  10. Heidi says:

    What about a family of three? Two adults one baby under one.

    1. Megan Arzbaecher says:

      Hi Heidi. Thanks for the comment! Unfortunately we are not able to accept dependents on this program and can only place one person with a host family. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  11. Ramya (rum&reasons) says:

    Hi team, Would there be any requirement of Non-native asian teachers (with good fluency, accurate grammar and teaching certificates) that you foresee in EU regions ? Thanks in advance.

  12. Nelda Dantzler says:

    I am interested in being a home stay teacher of English. Please send the me the cost for three months to one year.
    Thanking you in advance

    Nelda Dantzler
    5105 Bent Tree Drive
    Rogers, Ar72758

    1. Megan Arzbaecher says:

      Hi Nelda. Thank you for your comment. The maximum length of stay that we offer in Italy is 3 months. We publish all the costs for our programs on our website, and you can see them here: https://greenhearttravel.org/program/adult/teach-homestay/italy-language-homestay#costs

  13. agustinna says:

    what if im not a native but a fluent english speaker with certificates?

  14. Courtney says:

    Hi for the teaching in a school placement do you get paid any amount of money? If not how much money do you recommend we bring for the 3 month stay? Thank you

  15. Anna Gadler Pratt says:

    Buon giorno ~ How would I go about applying for the second option. I am retired and very interested in learning more. Grazie mille ~ Anna

    1. Lauren Bauer says:

      Hi Anna! Sorry we didn’t see this sooner! Request more info here (http://greenhearttravel.org/programs/adult/teach/apply?pid=8878) or contact Megan at marzbaecher@greenhearttravel.org – she’ll be able to answer your questions and get you started!

    2. Linda Moran says:

      Why is there an age limit of 35 for teaching in a school?
      A retired English teacher would be a benefit to any school.

      1. Savannah says:

        Hey Linda! That’s a requirement put in place by the partner we work with in Italy. We are happy to accept retirees on our Teach in a Homestay program!

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