Your wages as an ESL teacher in Italy will entirely depend on if you are working legally and the region that you are in. While the northern regions of the country boast expensive cities and a lot of pretty wealthy people, the south of Italy is the polar opposite. A teacher might make 20 Euros per hour in Milan while earning far less than 10 for the same work in Naples. Business professionals can offer 30 Euros per private lesson, while university students may only be able to pay 7. However, your rent and other expenditures will also change accordingly, so be flexible and choose your destination wisely. Live like a true local and go where the Italians go. Read: TESOL Jobs and Job Hunting In Italy
Traveling in Italy
No matter where in the country you end up- whether it be in an ancient city, a town, or the Riviera- you will certainly find travel to be fairly easy. Although Italy is often scoffed at by fellow European countries for its unorganized bus system, a combination of public transport can get you to almost anywhere- and when it can’t, stick out your thumb and catch a lift from some of the friendliest folk in the world. With the innumerable sites and scenic regions in Italy, it’s futile of me to even begin to make suggestions on how to get the most out of your experience living there. After the obligatory tourist visit to the sites of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Pisa, try to find ways to connect more deeply with the culture around you. One could focus solely on visiting vineyards and still be left with a seemingly never-ending list after a year- they are the world’s largest producers of wine, so if you feel up to the challenge, make it count! History and ancient art can be found in nearly every city and town across the country, and Italian cuisine goes way beyond our preconceptions about pizza and pasta. Have a spritzer in a mountain village pub, get off the bus in a random town, or stick your finger blindly on a map and take off. Make Italian friends, ask for suggestions from co-workers, and venture off the beaten path for a while.
Related Articles on Teaching Abroad in Italy: