|Language schools in Italy start in September or October and finish up in May or June, and so contracts are characteristically nine to 10 months. There are also summer camps in June and July, but August is when the entire nation, sensing some inner call like baby sea turtles, makes a mad dash for the sea. |
A good time to start looking for job is from February or March because schools have a better idea of who is returning to teach. In addition there are lots of jobs that open up extremely close to the beginning of the school year, sometimes mere days previous to the first day. Furthermore there are emergency openings all through the year.
While looking for the teaching jobs you may search on the Web, and make a research with the help of numerous good links to job lists and other resources. A lot of sites will list your CV for free and it is worthwhile to put yourself out there.
Really anybody with experience can find some kind of TEFL work even with no a recognized certificate, but these jobs almost certainly will not be with schools with convincing reputations. CELTA certificates are characteristically asked for though do not let that discourage you if you have TEFL.
If you are thinking about teaching English in Italy and you do not have the TEFL certificate, British Institutes may be your chance to get one. They sometimes propose a program that consists of two months of distance learning and then two weeks of intensive training in Italy. Upon successful conclusion of the course, you are guaranteed a teaching job in one of their Italian schools for at least nine months starting in October.
Where you want to live can also have an effect on your search. Do not rule out southern Italy. The South is dissimilar in many respects, but it also has some advantages as living costs are much lower while teaching salaries are not reduced proportionately. When you find a school that wants to hire you, you are still just halfway there. Do not be rude, but be softly persistent in getting the essential documentation.
If a school seems interested but the work permit is doubtful, ask them if they are willing to set you up for one year in a sort of student capacity. Read your contract carefully as it can help you avoid misunderstandings later on.
If you do find something and the pay is not precisely too much, you can still find ways to get by. Private lessons can get anything from 15 to 30 euros per hour. Propose cheaper rates to university students if they come in pairs or groups. Italy has a reputation for being expensive, but for the person struggling to survive there are ways to take the edge off.