ACLE: Teaching in Italy

Since we didn't speak the same language as the children we had to come up with fun games, such as pie throwing, to engage the children and get them excited about English. Here, the kids had a blast pieing the tutor's faces...

ACLE is an organization that hires tutors to teach English in different cities around Italy at “summer camps”. You first go through a one week training to learn to teach children who don’t speak the same language as you. ACLE believes in inspiring kids to love English by doing engaging activities, such as playing games and singing songs, with them.

After you are properly trained you move every week, with a group of other tutors, to one- or two-week long summer camps around the country. You never know what city you’re going to be placed in, but that’s part of the fun. In each city you lived with a host family that will shower you with pizza, pasta and good ‘ol Italian love. Then ACLE pays for you to move to the next city!

An ACLE budget breakdown
Plane ticket: Out of your own pocket.

Orientation fee: £150. That covers a partial TOEFL certification, hotel and meals for the one week orientation.

Wages: We (newbie tutors) made £225 per week. Returning tutors receive £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 us so we got a larger chunk of change in the end.

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.

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  3. liz says:

    hi! i’m going to be an acle tutor this summer (2012). i’m confused as to the requirements for obtaining a work visa, and i’m not sure if it’s even necessary. what was your experience?

    • Hi! You don’t need to do a thing! You will technically be a volinteer so you dont need a visa. Just show up at orientation. Its an amazing program, have fun!!

      • Hannah says:

        I’m also heading to ACLE for June and am confused about the work permit situation. When you enter Italy, what do you say the purpose of your travels are? Did you say you’re volunteering, or just on holiday? Thanks!

      • Because we were volunteering rather than working for money (we received only a nominal stipend to help with living expenses) — we didn’t need a work permit. So long as you don’t overstay the time limit for regular international travel (usually 3-6 months) you’ll be fine. ACLE assists with the arrangements. Good luck, have fun!

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  5. Jillian says:

    Hello, I am currently looking into potentially applying for ACLE for next summer. It makes me nervous that you are technically a volunteer while working. Are there instances where ACLE decides not to pay someone (besides the obvious situation of the tutor being completely incompetent)? It seems to easy for them to just decide not to give somebody their money.

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  8. Kristin Massa says:

    Is this website up and running still? I have questions about working for ACLE next summer. It sounds like an amazing opportunity! Please let me know!

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  10. Settit says:

    I would love to hear about your time at ACLE, I’m thinking of working there this summer, but I can’t decide between a US summer camp and Italy. Did you find it to be very organised and was the work steady?

    • Hi Settit, We absolutely LOVED ACLE! The application process is thorough, but you wind up amongst a crew of fascinating, inspired, motivated teachers and counselors, and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Italy from the inside. There is a small percentage of counselors who have weeks off, but when that’s the case, room and board/food are provided anyway. And the level of organization is phenomenal! ACLE provides a family away from home, a boot camp in teaching and leadership, some Italian lessons (through spending so much time with native speakers) — and a travel agent (of sorts). The main question I would ask yourself when making the decision, is whether you love children and teaching – since you’ll spend a lot of time doing that. 🙂 Good luck!

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