TEACHING ENGLISH IN ITALY: THE REALITY



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1989Blinky
Bingewatching your videos :) this reality is also true in my country Portugal, the majority of people's paychecks are for paying rent, so sad :( ... mi manca tantissimo Roma però!! Un bacio \u003c3
Ale Ro
Hi Sofie! I'm glad you like Italy. It's true, the economic situation in Italy is not as good as it was in the past. But we still have many beautiful things here, as you know :)\nIn my experience, schools here are too focused on grammar and too little on speaking and listening. So I'm learning English on my own. I'm watching lots of videos (like yours) and films in English, to improve my listening skills. \nI follow your channel, you speak so clear, I can understand everything you say. I wish I had a teacher like you :).\nWould you be so kind as to correct my mistakes, if I did (probably I did)? :D\n\nE' un piacere seguirti, un abbraccio :)
Allison Levari
I'm also American and have been living in Italy since 2012. One of the most lucrative ways to make money teaching English is finding a company (or two) who needs lessons for their employees. You get a few lessons in one trip. The private language schools charge exorbitant amounts of money so they're happy to pay an individual directly and cut out the middle man. It's still not a lot of money, but much more than you will make from a school.
Andrea Carpenter
Hai mai pensato di spostarti da Roma? Per esempio Milano?
Antonio Dell'Elce
Have you thought about coding? Rome is not good as Milan but still not bad..
Celeste Martinez
Aww thanks for another great video! Sounds like I'm going to have to permanently change careers to teaching when I move there in Sept.\nDo you know if there is a specific time when schools hire? Do you have to apply at the start of the school season in September or do schools hire anytime? Thanks Sofie!
Cheryl Travaglia
Thank you for the excellent video!
Chr Da
Great information... \nGrazie Bella..
CitizenOfTheEU
Thanks for yor honesty! Hope your freelance activity will be better:)))
Clare Galati
Ciao Sofie! I'm really wanting to come to Italy to teach English for a year or so and I was wondering if you could help me with a few questions. I'm from Australia but have my EU citizenship so visa isn't an issue - I'm finishing up my masters in teaching (teaching Italian as a second language) do you know if I would have to get a TEFL cert if I already have a teaching degree?? Grazie in antipico!!
Concerned Geek
Pay up front! Great idea thanks for the tip!
Cory May
Thanks for the insight on teaching English in Italy! I'm really considering making the move to Italy next year, knowing that I'll probably have to teach English in some capacity (private tutoring, online, etc). I have 3 years public elementary school teaching experience in South Korea, plus a TEFL certificate, and half a year of private academy teaching, so I think I'll have a good start upon arrival. My end-game goal, though, is to get back to making art. My degree is in Fine Arts, and I studied the crap out of Italian history and art, and when I went for 12 days in 2016, I fell in love with the entire country! My only issue right now is financial. I don't mind jumping through the bureaucratic loops to maintain legal living status in Italy. Your videos are helping me fine tune my game plan, thanks!
Danica Christin
I taught a bit of German as a private tutor in Australia but once I'd paid for petrol I was barely making any money. Thanks for your honest video!
Daniel
Sorry but the numbers dont match. Working 3 hours a day 6 days a week is 18 hours week 72 month 800-900 euros after taxes is more like 12 euros an hour how can you pay only 2 euros in taxes?. Also you have to count the 25 holidays a year plus the 10+ days for the public holidays. You could do lessons private in the morning
Digital Nomad Girl
Thanks for your honesty!! Very helpful!
Eleonora Crepaldi
The situation in the same in London!
Emiliano Lorenzi
Most universities are not recognised in Italy. Not sure if the American college is...
Emily Majeski
I taught English and Art at a summer camp in Florence for a couple of years and the camp was run by a year round school that is basically a Pre-K with English as the primary language. I would come for 6 weeks and myself and the girls who worked there year-round would teach kids age 5-15 all day at an agriturismo. Now, the girls I worked with were mostly from Canada and the US (I’m from the US), but they all lived full time in Florence and a few had contracts, but others were paid under the table. All summer camp counselors were paid cash. Now, the girls who were full time didn’t make much money either. Several of them had side jobs as yoga teachers, massage therapists, did private lessons, or were fitness personal trainers or bartenders. One finally got her teaching certificate and was hired at an international school. For reference, my coworkers there said there is no guarantee when summer starts that you will have a job at the same public school come autumn. There is technically no guarantee you will have a job, but you will...it’s just that you may not have the same job or be in the same school if you work in the public sector. They also felt a bit used at the English pre-school and had many duties they didn’t get paid to do beyond normal expectations, but no matter how unhappy they may have been at times, the choice to leave a secure job would have major consequences for their living situation in Italy. At least, that’s how it was described to me about Florence, if anyone can add to that I’d love to hear another side to it. Also, in America as a full time public school art teacher I make $1900 every 2 weeks. As much as I would love to teach full time in Italy, paying my student loans would be difficult if I cut this salary in half or into a third. I think you have to have a strong enough passion to move there no matter what obstacles come, a very resourceful and entrepreneurial spirit to find other ways to bring in income, and you must have patience because of all the hoops you have to jump through. I’m still friends with all the girls I worked with and am happy to have gotten real talk from them early on so I could have realistic views on what it would take for me to make the leap if I chose to. If I was still in my 20s I might have tried, but as a teacher in my 10th year of teaching I have built up security and seniority that is hard for me to abandon permanently. Thanks for putting this info out there Sofie! I always wondered if Rome was different!
Francesco Bonfiglio
In Italy we do have a lot of english teachers natives. You have a lot of competition. Also people here in Italy are afraid of Brexit and Trump policy. Sorry, Sophie, but in Italy we do have poor wages and many teachers work for little money or \
Francesco Greggio
Hi ! As a fellow ESL teacher, I have found your video to be very interesting. I work in a small language school near Milan, and I can tell you that the situation is not very different here from what you have described, at least about the money and the availability of work. You will very rarely run the risk of not having a job, but even if you do have one, you will never earn much from just teaching in schools alone. Taxes are just too high for schools to pay teachers more than 20-ish euro per hour ; unless you also have some form of administrative or supervisory role (as a DoS ,for example) that's pretty much the best you can hope for as a simple teacher. If you have high-level certifications, you can earn money on the side from the occasional freelance job. Translation is always in demand, although the pay is not very high. Now, as you may have noticed from my nick, I'm not a native English speaker. You wouldn't believe the grief I get for this. Even with my qualifications (certified C2+CELTA and a few years of experience) , I still get passed over by native speakers who are hired only because of that, since parents want their kids to absorb the \
Francesco Lazzaro
US or NZ-AU
Freddy Writer
My boyfriend wants us to move to Turin after I graduate university. I don't know Italian, so I'm hesitant to make the move. I'm thinking of applying for graduate school at the university in Turin, and it would be nice to make extra money by hosting private English lessons. Thanks for the tips! Do you think being from the US and having a standard American accent appeals to Italians who want to learn English?
Gemma Alberico
Did you get your certificate to teach through TEFL? also how do you find a job in italy? Can I apply while still living in the usa?
Gregorio
What did you get a degree in when you were in the states? I been thinking of making the move recently. I have a business degree and studying to get the CILS certification. Would be open to hearing your perspective!
Jacen Starheart
Terrific job Sofie enjoyed 👍👍
Jason Smith
HI Sofie \n\nI worked in Rome as a teacher 5 years ago, I can say the situation is the same here in the north of Italy where I have been working for the last 5 years. Lost a lot of time at meetings, filling out report cards (unpaid) and once the school required me to participate in a 17 hour health and safety training course which was pretty much teaching us how to move a chair safely. This was to cover their backs for legal reason which I understand. The problem though is that that I wasn't paid for those 17 hours and they cancelled my lessons at the school in order to free me up to attend the course resulting in a loss of earnings. \nhere there was really little or no regard towards the teacher's earning for the month. \nThey told me it was an obligation, but I told them I understand that but my first obligation is to pay my mortgage and put food on the table for the family. \nThat was pretty much the last straw.
Jeanette Walayat
YES \u003c3
Jess Maria
This is really helpful, I graduate as a children's nurse May 2019 and I am moving to Florence after I graduate. It is terrifying because I do not know Italian yet, although my boyfriend is Italian. I am so nervous to move and completely change my life. Any tips or advice would be massively appreciated xx
Kyler G. Canastra
I appreciate you sharing this video! I've taught English in Spain for the past few years and I almost gave into the \
Lisa Eicholtz
are you still teaching?
Lorenzo
Sad reality, cara mia. Go to Barcelona, Paris or London, you'll be inundated with job offers. You are wasting you time in Rome.....
Love and London
I haven’t finished watching this yet but wanted to say that I wish this video was around when I first moved to Florence with the hope of teaching English. The TEFL cert company I went through told me I’d have “no problem” getting a job without a visa in Italy which was a straight lie (I do partially blame my naivety too.) This video is honest and I would have known better before I invested in the TEFL course and made the move if I had seen it. So I’m glad you took the time to create it for other people looking to do the same!
Luke L
Thanks for the info, this was hella real. I’ve considered teaching as a means of surviving there. I have been teaching myself Italian for over three years now but in total I’ve spent only 17 days in the country. Need to immerse myself and perfect the language. 👌🏻
Mario Rossi
Cmom to Eataly and make lot of money.... \nYou got to be joking.... :)
Michael Sylvester
Hi Sofie thank you for sharing your personal experiences with us.
Michele
To be 100% accurate, we should also say that the option of working for public (state founded) schools is not viable in most cases: you both have to be an Italian/ UE citizen (the are some marginal cases where that doesn't apply, such as for relatives to UE citizens with a visa or those who were granted asylum rights) and you have to go through a hyper bureaucratic recruitment process that's usually very offputting for Italians themselves, let alone foreigners.
Mimi Aiello
Wow thank you so much for this video!! I am half Italian and am planning on getting a degree in education. Teaching in Italy has always been a dream of mine and just teaching in general so this helped me so much with planning ahead 🤗
MsBaby1959
Hi Sofie, it's like we were on the same wavelength today, please come by my channel and watch my first video, the video is called It's an expat's life, and everything you said is so true, I decided to do tutoring years ago after having gone through different experiences in schools, since I was raising my sons I just couldn't cope w/what was asked of me, without retribution, anyways hope you can watch my 1st video, I will surely be making more....😘🇨🇦🇮🇹
Muhammad Yasir
Hallo. Guten Morgen. Wie geht es dir? Du bist sehr sehr wünderschön frau ❤ ich liebe dich ❤
Nadia Raviola
Hi Sofie, how did you get contacts at the beginning for private lessons? Thank you!
NonStopParis
The realness
Notorious J
Nice to hear your about your personal experiences and honesty.
On the move
She gets to the point @2:15. You're welcome.
Paola Cocchetto
Ciao Sofie! New Italian subscriber here :D\nI just wanted to say that I would have loved to have you as a teacher when I was in school. You're so nice and your accent is lovely.\nI wish you the best of luck!
Paulina
Where did you find the curriculum you are teaching ? How did you choose it? And how do you promote yourself? Thanks Sofie
Pegui A
Thank you so much for sharing ! So helpful 🙏🙏
Philip Sadler
You seemed anxious.
Photographe Demode
Nope, the English Teaching experience in Europe (France and Italy) is the same thing: exploitation, rotten precarity contracts. That wasn't the case before but now has become the norm.\nThe best thing to do is to become fluent in the native language of whatever country you live in and find work outside of English Teaching. \nA big piss off in France for instance is that they give 1 1/2 year work contracts for Americans to come and work legally and these poor people on these 1 1/2 year contracts are often extremely exploited and ruin job conditions and bring down salaries for experienced resident Teachers with years of experience = I don't Teach English anymore.
Regina Polo
Thank you sweetie, you are a brave girl. I am retired from the military and would love to go and teach English. I am working on my second bachelor in English online and would like to know if you know someone around my age (56) that is teaching English in Italy. Best of lucks
Renato Mak
I'll tell you the truth about jobs in Italy and your situation. You just went for the easy job teaching English. That was easy for you. You could have studied to be a nurse and got hired right away because there is a need for such people in the Hospitals and other medical facilities or you could have applied to work in a supermarket, industries, agriculture, hotels, restaurants and much more. but that was not what you wanted to do. There are plenty of jobs in Italy but the problem is that many people are lazy and only want jobs that pay a lot of money while doing very little work. All depends also on the knowledge of the Italian language. Italy is the forth richest industrialized country. What happened is that young people only want to do certain jobs and don't like hard work so they say that they cannot find work. For instance I saw a program in Italy were a female Police Officer was talking to a young Romanian prostitute in the Police Station. I don't remember why this young Romanian girl was there but at one point the woman Police Officer offered the young girl a job working in the Hospital and the young (prostitute) declined it saying in fluent Italian that she preferred doing what she was doing as she made more money. Easy money and no work. By the way, off topic, in Italy and it may be in all of the EU for every 10 young Romanian girls 8 are prostitutes!!!\nIf you speak somewhat the language and are willing to do any honest work there is work and now with the new government in Italy where they're going to deport thousands of illegal third world aliens there will be more availability of job opportunities.
Robert B
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Sarah im Augenblick
“If you’re from Great Britain, as of now... you’re okay” 😅🇪🇺😭
She Wolf
How hard is it to work as a hair stylist in Italy?
Simon Imperator
Sofie do you prefer if people like you mostly because of your attractive look or mostly for your smartness and positive mood? Thanks for your reply. ( I saw your video immediately after being uploaded).
Tatjana Barat
Teaching is underpaid everywhere. For example, in Croatia (country next to Italy) is around 900 euros, if you're lucky to working full time, which is like a lottery.
The Law 31
I am Italian and I can say that it's not only teaching, the whole \
Time Abyss
You seem a lovable and nice girl. You want an advice from a born and raised italian? Leave as soon as you can. This place is a grind.
Tony Richards
Would love to know why you choose to live in Italy with its flimsy economy instead of the states
Vanessa Marie Mars
I’m from Norway, so English is obviously not my first language. Do I still have a shot at teaching abroad online and in a real classroom?
Venius S.
The situation is the exact same in Greece. The bad fact is that y'all home tutors charge your job way tooo much, taking advantage of the no invoice system too.
bbmcgee33
I hear ya, Sofie! EXACTLY the same in Bologna... and the cost of living is bloody high too. I also quit recently so fingers crossed for the next (Italian) working adventure...! In bocca al lupo, babe :)
isaisa b
Sofie, I made subtitles for this video ;)
italyamo
Hey sofie! First of all,great video! I appreciated your honesty about this topic. Secondly, I'm just curious: do you speak English more slowly on purpose in order to be understood? You know what? Seems to me you don't sound American but you look like an Italian girl speaking a perfect English! Yet, I still can hear something related to Italian when you speak English 😂
klinton Jack
i am coming soon
mechell le roux
Great video! I'm an English teacher in the very south of Italy (Puglia). I moved here 3 years ago and I started teaching English from day 3. The demand for English teachers is huge. My experiences have been good and very bad. My first private school I worked at worked me hard and paid me less as they had to 'pay expenses for my work permit' which didn't even exist! (I got all my money back when I left after a big battle). I was earning 1000 euros a month but working 30 hours a week... that's a lot of teaching and I was constantly exhausted, that's a ridiculous 8.30euro an hour. \nNow I'm working part-time (17hrs a week) for a private English school for young children and the curriculum is already set so I don't do too much preparation. I teach privately for 20/25 euros an hour (that's the average in this area)... Tip: teach groups of private students, not 1-1 as the groups pay better. I also teach projects in the public schools these projects (called PONS) pay from 30 - 80 euros an hour but they only pay you after the project is done. So I start in February and I finish in May but I receive my payment in July. So it's a great supplementary salary which pays for my flights back home to South Africa over Christmas. Unfortunately there isn't much work during the summer except for kids summer camps and it's not a constant reliable job either so I'm starting to apply for online teaching jobs now in hopes to use this as at least one stable income throughout the year. Summer camps are fairly well paid in the North of Italy so I usually travel North for summer camp work over the summer. I also moved to Italy for love, after working around the working and traveling the world with my partner for 4 years. We got married a couple weeks ago! I hope my response will help anyone wanting to teach in Italy! Oh yes, and I worked my first 3 years on a work permit but this was achieved through the help of individuals we knew. In Italy having connections takes you far but now I'm married so I'll get a spouse visa and then citizenship :) \nSofie, well done on learning the language so quickly. I hardly ever speak Italian here just with locals and friends on the weekend. Our Italian family is spread out around Italy and only this week I started my first Italian lesson but I'm apparently much better than I thought (B1/B2 level). Quindi, venite qui a Salento se volete vedere le spiagge bellissime! Let's hope I said that all right :) Keep up your videos! It's great to follow the English teacher life in Rome!
mika haile
Ahhhh thank you so much for making this!!💞
mira mirrage
I am a student of english and i really like teaching it is always lovely to hear about other's teachers expériences in différent countries thanks for sharing 💋
pile333
I appreciate your honesty. I think teaching is quite underpaid pretty much everywhere, not only in Italy and I guess also in USA (I always have The Simpson's irony about this topic in my mind ^_^). Somewhere in Europe it can seem nominally higher but, as you have said, in real terms it couldn't be that higher, considering the cost of living.\nAnyway I consider teaching to children a second language one of the noblest jobs in the world; you make them global citizens. I know it can be an excruciating job, especially for the extremely lively italian children, but that's what it is.
princess heavenly
Nice vlog
stephy romero
You rock girly!! How many times a week would you meet per student? \nxx,
vithoria b
do you think it'd be hard to find a job if I don't have a bachelor's degree? I am an italian citizen and I do have a certificate to teach but never went to college
yosra Allani
hello sofie i have the same expérience here in Paris France. i have many degrees even a French masters degree and yet i couldn't find other than English teaching jobs.\nI think it's the same thing in all Europe :)
à la Parisienne
Love this girl so real ❤️🙌🏼 good for you for letting go of the job that wasn’t serving you Xo