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International Experience

English Teaching Assistant in Public Schools

Porto San Giorgio, Italy show on map

Teach English to the students of the elementary and middle schools in Porto San Giorgio and live with an Italian host family

The project

The program aims to face the huge Italian problem of the low level of the English language, the incapacity of communicating with different cultures and the low interest of the everage population about this topic. We strongly believe that this program can modify the motivation of young students and the effort they put into study a new Language, since through the help of a real volunteer in the classroom, they can start understand that English is not just a subject in school, but a way to communicate with people coming from other parts of the World.

Volunteer Work

The volunteer will work with other Italian teacher as a teaching assistant at a local school for up to 15 hours/week and tutor your host family for 5 hours/week while living with them. International Experience collaborates with many schools from kindergarten to high schools who have extreme need to be helped by a fluent English speaker, whose role could vary from leading the classroom in English activities to assist English teachers during their lessons.This program also gives candidates the chance to enhance their career and resume with a real international classroom experience.

What we expect from you

There is no need to bring special material but any teaching supply is welcome (can be discussed directly with the Teachers).

We expect that the volunteer does her/his best and gets ready to speak in front of the Italian students about topics that will be defined from the Italian Teachers.The volunteer will have support from the local coordinator teacher and also from the International Experience's staff (by email/phone) during every step of the Exchange. We will also provide the volunteer with an online orientation course, very helpful to have a general idea of the experience they will live.


  • Teach in Italian schools for up to 15 hours/week, Monday to Friday
  • Tutor the host family in conversational English for 5 hours/week, , Monday to Friday
  • Respect the host family's rules and habits


Porto San Giorgio, on the Adriatic coast, in the centre of Italy.   The school has several buildings and the volunteer will be living with a nice host family (selected by the school) who lives in the school area. We can not provide the detailed information of the host family at this stage because we have to select, along with the school, the proper host family according to the volunteer profile. In certain cases, when the period is longer than 7 weeks, the hospitality can be split in 2 different families. Italian families usually like to involve the volunteer into their family life, expecially sharing with him/ her the meals, and speaking around the table about the day at school/work. 

Who can participate:

We are looking for candidates with an outgoing personality, interested in the education sector and able to face the challenge of teaching in a different school system.

It is very important for the project that the volunteers are English native speakers or with a very similar level (which often happens after living several years in an English speaking country). Previous teaching/tutoring experience or a TEFL certificate are very helpful but not mandatory

Typical day

The volunteer will wake up with the host family and have breakfast with them, then will head to school where he/she will help the Italian Teachers teach English to the students for roughly 3 hours/day, Monday to Friday. The volunteer hours may not be consecutive, but the teachers always try to do their best to schedule them as close as possible. The precise schedule will be given to the volunteer before the arrival.

During the activities, the volunteers' role could vary from reading out loud in English to showing power point presentations about certain topics (agreed with the Italian teacher). The volunteer can also invent easy crosswords or word search, as well as competitions such "jeopardy" , and so on..

Lunch time is sometimes at the school restaurant and sometimes with the host family, depending on the host family's work commitments. The rest of the day can be spent with the host family (when the family members are home) or exploring the surrounding area. 

In Porto San Giorgio the volunteers will find a relaxing atmosphere of a typical town by the sea, they  can go for a walk along the beachside, cycling along the cycle line, meet new friends,discovering the traditions of the local fishermen.

Details on Arrival

 The closest airport is Ancona Falconara ( 40 minutes) or Rome Fiumicino ( you can reach Porto San Giorgio by a confortable bus service from the Airport - It takes 3 hours) 

Arrivals and departures on Saturdays:

November 4th (max 6 weeks placements)/ 2018: January 13th, February 3rd, March 3rd (max 10 week placements), April 7th (max 5 week placements)

The program is not available in June, July and August because schools are closed  for the summer holidays, in December schools are closed for Christmas holidays. 

Free-time activities

Please note that the free time activities are not included nor organized by International Experience. Porto San Giorgio  is located close to the sea and  to Fermo and Civitanova  where there are lots of organizations which take care of organizing free time activities. The host family are always willing to help the volunteers to get further information about activitiesthey are interested in. 

Porto San Giorgio is a town in the Province of Fermo, in the Marche region of Italy. It has approximately 16,500 inhabitants and it is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It has long and sandy beaches, luxuriant vegetation lining its avenues and  covering the surrounding hillsides, with a totally relaxing atmosphere . In town you can find several shops, and elegant coffe bar by the sea, with live music. A lot of restaurants give you the possibility to eat the typical italian food, expecially fresh fish of the Adriatic area. 

Porto San Giorgio is  7 km from the beautiful medieval city of Fermo, one of the most noble urban centres of the Marche, famous for its historic centre with the City Hall, Civic Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca Civica), with its Nativity by Rubens (1608), the Palazzo degli Studi, the Duomo, the Teatro dell’Aquila theatre and the Roman Pools (Piscine Romane).

  •  4 km from the spectacular medieval town of Torre di Palme, the "balcony on the Adriatic".
  •  60 km from the magnificent and ancient city of Ascoli Piceno, with Piazza Arringo, the Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca), the Cathedral of Saint Emidio, the Octagonal Baptistry, Piazza del Popolo and Palazzo dei Capitani.
  •  50 km from Macerata (Lauro Rossi Theatre, the Sferisterio, Palazzo Ricci, the Carriage Museum (Museo della Carrozza))
  • 25 km from the fantastic Loreto and the Home of the Black Madonna
  •  30 km from Recanati and the famous poetry of Giacomo Leopardi and the Colle dell'Infinito belvedere.
Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Education but other majors are accepted as well at college/university students or college/university graduated level
Required Documents
Application form, pictures and short presentation video
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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On-site services

Services by International Experience
  • Teaching position prior to departure.
  • Private room with a carefully selected Host Family.
  • Meals.
  • Welcome and pick up at the closer bus/train station.
  • Professional Italian staff to provide supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Direct contact with the coordinator teacher assigned to every candidate before departure.
  • Pre-departure material and useful online orientation
  • Access to the section of our website with lots of teaching resources.
  • International reference or certificate of participation who can significantly boost your resume for future jobs.

You will have a private room with a carefully selected Host Family. You will be put in contact with your host family before your arrival in Italy

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast with the host family, Lunch (either in school or with the host family), Dinner with the host family.  Special dietary requirements can not be accommodated although the candidate is flexible to partially cook do specific grocery shopping for him/herself.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI) in Ancona. We assist you to find cheap flights to Italy.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Italy provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Italy you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Italy.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Porto San Giorgio/Italy between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. International Experience will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with International Experience during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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