Published: 25 October, 2014  |  Last updated: 25 October, 2014

Teaching English in Taranto, Italy


Taranto, Italy

Report submitted on 24 October, 2014 by Virginia.

Teaching English in Taranto, Italy:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Taranto, Italy?
I am not sure, I found this job through a contact that my husband has at work. Word of mouth.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.).

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
I think that they are mainly looking for native speakers, though having a certification is also helpful.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
ESL certification or teaching experience.

What are the levels of payment?
16 euros an hour (approx. US$20)

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
I am not sure, I don’t work many hours since I have a young child.  National Italian holidays are respected, and I would assume that August would be time off as well.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Taranto, Italy to teach English?
Don’t expect to make a lot of money, though if you have the time, they will have you work a lot of hours. Most classes are in the evening, it is difficult to find classes to teach in the morning.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Taranto, Italy?
People really want to learn.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Taranto, Italy?
No complaints.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
No complaints.


Living in Taranto, Italy:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Italy?
If you are not a citizen of the EU, you will need a visa to live in Italy and permesso di soggiorno once you arrive. If you work less than 20 hours a week, you can come on a student visa, otherwise you need a work visa.

What is the cost of living like in Italy?
In this part of Italy, which is very rural, the cost of living is low.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
I am not sure, I am here with my family since my husband’s job sent him here on assignment.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Taranto, Italy?
It is beautiful and the food is amazing.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Taranto, Italy?
It is very remote.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Taranto, Italy to live?
Learn a little Italian before you come and be flexible.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
Books in English.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Taranto, Italy?
The food.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Virginia

Nationality: USA

Students I’ve taught in Italy: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), adults.

Where I teach: Accentò in Martina Franca. Working here for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: Word of mouth.

My school facilities: Very good classrooms and resources.

Teacher support at my school: training / workshops.



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