OZITALY helps native English speakers from Australia find a suitable host family in Italy where they can live like a local. In exchange for some English tuition, you will receive full board and accommodation. If you fancy a holiday at no cost to fully enjoy the food, the art, the nature, the history, and the culture of this wonderful country, this programme suits you perfectly!
It’s a cultural exchange programme available to Australians only. It’s a personalized live-in experience which takes into account your needs and your preferences. You will feel part of the Italian daily local life, add further value to the discovery of Italy and establish new and rich connections and human relationships within the Italian reality. Your host family will help you discover the hidden gems of Italy and you will have the chance to practice or improve your Italian language skills.
When you are a homestay tutor, YOU ONLY TEACH ENGLISH FOR 8 HOURS A WEEK based on a flexible schedule that will be discussed with the host family when you arrive in Italy. The rest of the time is yours to explore your new home, travel and make friends.
Your host family will provide you with authentic home cooked meals, a comfortable bedroom, and will also be your personal local tour guide! Host families will love to teach their homestay tutors about their country, show them around and introduce them to their family and friends. You will become a part of the family and community, which is way more exciting than being a tourist.
YOU CAN CHOOSE TO GO ANY TIME OF THE YEAR THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU. Placements last 1, 2, or 3 months. It’s recommended that you get in touch with OzItaly at least 3 months prior to when you want to leave Australia.
OZITALY MAINLY OPERATES IN THE VENETO REGION, however some of the host families live in other parts of Italy.
The mere mention of the Veneto Region conjures images of Venice, the “floating city of canals”, but there is so much more to discover in this region. Whether you like cities or nature, history of art or the beach, the Veneto region can offer a wide range of touristic sites and attractions. From tasting delicious healthy local food to visiting art cities or simply sipping a glass of Prosecco wine while enjoying the breathtaking views that the Veneto region can offer, the choice is yours. If you are up to something more adventurous, the rugged peaks of the Dolomites rising majestically to form the northwestern border might be the perfect destination for some hiking or skiing. Alternatively, the gently curving Venetian coast to the south is where some of the most quivering seaside resorts of the Adriatic see are situated.
OZITALY SUGGESTS A LIST OF SUITABLE HOST FAMILIES BUT IT’S YOU WHO CHOOSES THE ONE THAT YOU PREFER. You have plenty of time and opportunities to get to know your host family before making any decision. It is essential that the homestay accommodation is of high quality and provides a safe, comfortable and caring environment, therefore HOST FAMILIES HAVE TO PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK, AN INTERVIEW, AND AGREE TO A HOME INSPECTION.
YOU CAN COME TO ITALY AS A TOURIST OR ON A WORKING HOLIDAY VISA. A Working Holiday Visa allows Australian citizens to live and work in Italy for a maximum of 1 year and travel to and in all the other European countries. Depending on your experience and qualifications, you may also be able to find a job as an English teacher in local schools and organizations (always in high demand in this area). Note: to be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa you MUST be aged 18 to 30.
- be an Australian citizen and a native English speaker;
- be in good health;
- have some experience with children;
- have some teaching or tutoring experience (teaching degree or a CELTA/TESOL/TEFL qualification preferable but not essential).