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There are many TEFL jobs in Italy. Some cities have more job openings than there are teachers to fill them, while all other parts of the country also provide excellent prospects for English teachers.
In virtually every city in Italy, a teacher with a TEFL certificate should be able to find a position teaching English quite quickly. Lots of teachers love the lifestyle that Italy offers. This tends to offset the fact that pay rates are low relative to the cost of living.
Because Italy is an EU country, British and Irish passport holders have an easier time finding work here, but a great many non-EU citizens have been able to find work teaching English in Italy.
The chances of finding a TEFL job for someone who has suitable TEFL qualifications are very good. Potential jobs teaching English are abundant in the larger cities of Bologna, Florence, Milan, Turin and Rome as well as towns and cities in the southern parts of Italy.
Italian language institutes and schools start classes after the summer holiday in September. Classes continue to be filled up to October. A teaching contract is generally for nine or ten months, with the school year ending in May or June.
Though English teaching jobs in Italy are available all year, the best time to look for work starts in February. By this time, schools have a pretty good idea of how many students they will have for the upcoming academic year. Another good time to look for work is at the very beginning of the school year in September and October, when schools may very well have need for new teachers every day.
You can find many postings for English teaching jobs on the internet on the various TEFL related web sites. You can also get contact information for schools by searching for previous job postings as well as language school directories, online business publications and yellow pages. Send along your up to date resume and cover letter, and follow up with a phone call to make contact in person. Ask to speak with the director or human resources manager.
Before accepting a position, make sure that you ask questions regarding salary or hourly pay rate, whether you’ll have to travel to your lessons and if you get compensated for this time and reimbursed for expenses, what kind of material resources the school has for lesson planning and teaching materials, what kind of administrative and collegial support you will have, whether a visa will be needed and if the school assists with that, etc.
This will help to avoid any nasty surprises after you’ve already agreed to take the job. Also make sure that the contract you sign has all these details clearly spelled out.
Though Italy is a very popular destination for teaching English, if you persist in your search and are properly qualified, you should be able to secure one of the many positions offered here. Good luck in your search.
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