If you're an English teacher and are looking for a teaching job in Italy, whether it be here in Saronno, in nearby Milan, in Rome, Torino or elsewhere in Italy, we suggest you take a little time with your search and don't just jump at the first opportunity you see.
We are a small group of freelance English teachers working together and we don't offer teaching jobs. If you are a mother-tongue teacher living in the Saronno area we will be glad to speak to you if you're looking for additional private work, but there are no jobs to apply for.
The simple truth in Italy is that the majority of language schools pay peanuts. There are very few teaching jobs which come with guaranteed salaries, guaranteed working hours and almost none which come with contracts that entitle you to holiday or sick pay. Even less ethical, many schools require you to take out an IVA registration in order to work for them, something we are advised is illegal if you are working for a single employer. Aside from the legality, registering for IVA is something you will regret very quickly. If you're looking for a reputable website specialising in jobs for ESL Teachers, try www.eslcareers.com
Teaching privately in Italy makes sense if you can speak enough Italian to organise lessons with your students. As 'employed' positions in Italy offer no more job security or stability than working freelance, yet pay worse, working freelance and looking for private work definitely makes sense once you have settled here. You need a home to call your base, a telephone and reliable email, and then a source of work. The good news is that if you live in Milan, Rome or Torino, there are websites dedicated to helping you find private students.
If you want to set yourself up as a private English teacher in Milan or the surrounding areas, pay a visit to MilanoInglese. The website www.milanoinglese.it is the top website in Milan for people looking for a private English teacher. Have a look at it, see the kind of things existing teachers have included in their profiles and then head to the teacher registration site at www.milanoinglese.com and have a read of the teacher requirements section. If it suits you, register! Registration isn't free, but it's a long way from expensive. The site currently supports around 30-32 private teachers and can easily support more.
Rome is a bigger city than Milan, but teaching doesn't pay quite as well as in Milan. Freelance teachers typically earn about €5 an hour less than their counterparts in Milan. That said, there are still plenty of opportunities for private teachers, and plenty of work. To find out more, visit the website www.romainglese.it and see how it's done. Take a look at what teachers registered in the area have included in their profiles and then head to the teacher registration site at www.romainglese.com to read the teacher requirements section. If it suits you and you qualify, register! The site currently supports around 24-25 private teachers and, like Milanoinglese, can easily support more.
To be clear; joining MilanoInglese or RomaInglese is not free. You'll have to pay an annual registration fee which is equal to what the average teacher earns for about 3-4 hours of private work. If you're a born tightwad and want people to help you for free, try the local freead websites. They don't work and you'll find yourself competing with wannabe 'teachers' offering lessons for €5 an hour, but at least you won't have to pay for it.
A little smaller than Milan, Torino is a slightly harder place to find private work, but it's there. Like Milanoinglese and Romainglese, the website www.torinoinglese.it aims to help locally-resident mother-tongue English teachers. The site is relatively new and not as successful as its counterparts in Rome and Milan, but it will still help you. Unlike MilanoInglese and RomaInglese, TorinoInglese is currently free to join, being new.
If you've been looking for a job as an ESL teacher, you'll probably already know that there are tons of fake job adverts floating around on the internet. Many are superficial attempts to get you to send scans of passports and other documents, while others try to scam applicants by asking them to pay money to 'register' or to 'process' job applications. Avoid them. Anybody who asks you to pay to apply for a job is a criminal, full stop. Such fakes are not limited to China (though the majority relate to China and Russia) and we are well aware of similar scams in Italy. The most recent was a "language school" which posted jobs on job boards, using details stolen from legitimate schools but asking people to apply via a gmail email address. They asked for documents first, then offered jobs that didn't exist and asked applicants to book their flight tickets to Italy via yet another gmail address (where they were assured they'd get bargain prices). Seriously, if you're dumb enough to believe that Alitalia or any other airline uses the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" you should accept the fact that you're not smart enough to be a teacher and stay at home, a safe distance from the internet!