Budget Breakdown

Time to fill these empty wallets!

Time to fill these empty wallets!

Before I left the U.S. I feared ACLE didn’t really exist. We move to Italy, live in a different city every week, stay with Italian families who feed us all our meals AND we get paid a salary in Euros?? In return for teaching English??

Fortunately the ACLE benefits are all legit or I’d be pan handling for airfare home in the Rome terminals right now. I have no savings and my parents have made it clear that they will not be bailing me out of any financial crises.

The other Jet Setters have tight purse strings as well. Courtney still shares an apartment with her boyfriend back in New York so every Euro she makes will go towards her rent, bills and college loans. Lynne doesnt where know where she will be working after her summer with ACLE so she is putting away money as she plans her next life move. Perrin has been saving for the past year to travel round-the-world, but she is still being careful so she can extend her journey for as long as possible.

It turns out that no matter how many college degrees we obtain, being born with an American tongue will always be our most internationally marketable skill. English pays. We could literally get by here spending zero dollars. Here is a breakdown of our budget:

Plane ticket: Out of your own pocket.

Orientation fee: £150. That covers a TOEFL certification (usually two to three times this cost!) and hotel and meals for the one week orientation.

Wages: Perrin and Sarah (newbie tutors): £225 per week. Lynn and Courtney (returning tutors): £255 per week. We get a £50 stipend every Friday but ACLE holds on to the remaing salary until the last day of tutoring. This is fine by me since I tend to spend any money in my possession.

Visa: As major changes have been made regarding European and Italian immigration laws, most Italian associations, including ACLE, are still unable to issue or assist applicants in obtaining long-term working visas. Instead we participate as “volunteers” and become members of ACLE, and they contribute money to us for our help. Works for me.

Transporation and Meals: ACLE covers both areas completely. They even give us extra Euros when we travel from place to place so we can buy our own food.


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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