Within Italy there are several communities that, due to poor education and economic resources, do not have access to or a correct approach to the study of English. This often leads to a lack of opportunities for those born into poorer neighbourhoods. The Teaching English project provides access to language lessons for a variety of different people, including children, youth, adults and the elderly.
As a Teaching English volunteer, you can expect to work within a local NGO providing access to education for these groups. You will help with structuring the education programming according to the needs of the individuals who attend as well as the objectives of the NGO you are going to support. You should plan to lead lessons and educational activities for students who range in ability. English is by far the most common language being taught but if you are fluent in another language, and there is interest from locals to learn it, you may also be able to teach that.
Depending on the students you are assigned, the focus of your lessons will change:
- With children and youth, you can alternate theoretical lessons with recreational and/or sports activities in English
- With adults, you will focus on vocabulary to assist in a certain sector such as tourism, administration, health, and more, depending on their professional or personal needs
- With the elderly, you can have fun teaching them basic vocabulary and creating handcraft activities or other projects that make them feel active, loved, and useful in their community
This project is well suited to aspiring teachers who would like to extend their teaching skills abroad as well as any volunteers interested in a cultural exchange that involves teaching language to those in need. As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate on this project. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training such as a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
This project has a minimum duration requirement of two weeks.Apply now