Naples has a high student drop-out rate, with many young people choosing to leave school early in favour of finding work on the streets. Volunteers can make a big difference to make education appealing and valuable to students who may otherwise leave school.
Volunteer English teachers either assist local teachers during the day at a public school, or work on an after school program, organising activities and workshops to help students aged between 6-18 improve their English language. Here, you’ll either assist a local teacher or host classes in pairs with another volunteer.
In both cases, you should expect most students to be new to learning English. Your lessons will generally be teaching the basics of the language, and you’ll have a local curriculum to help guide your lesson planning in this regard. You may also want to take advantage of the Italian language lessons offered by our local team to help you communicate with students.
This project is well suited to volunteers who are passionate about working with young learners to help improve their English language skills, while also developing their interests and life ambitions.
As you will be volunteering alongside our local team and placement staff, you don’t need to have teaching experience to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
Please note that if you apply for the Teaching English project during the summer holidays (June-September), you will be switched to a special summer camp project. During this time, you’ll provide support in creating opportunities for children, some of whom are recent migrants to Naples, to learn English.
You can expect to assist with activities including sports and the arts, playing games, accompanying the children on visits to cultural sites and helping them with their English. Most activities take place outdoors, rather than a classroom.Apply now