Jamie Smith, Senior EDUCO Tutor (UK)
Working with EDUCO has been one of the best experiences of my life. To be able to spend months travelling around beautiful Italy, enjoying the culture, the cuisine and the climate has been an incredible opportunity.
For me, there are so many positives about the programme I could write for hours, but I’ll keep my review to the most important 3: the families, the friends and most importantly the kids. (I’ll save the best until last)
1. The families are incredible, it is easy to think that they are just people who give you a room in a house, but they are so much more than that. Every family I have stayed with have been incredible. They invite you into their lives and into their family. They treat you to all of the best food and drink Italy can offer, in fact, my last host family who lives 10 miles north of Vicenza asked what my favourite foods were and made an effort to cook it for me (the Italian version of a Roast beef dinner is very special) .
2. Over the course of summer, you work with a number of other tutors from around the world, and for me, making theses new friends was one of the best parts of working with EDUCO. I have since travelled to the USA, to Ireland and to France explicitly to see some of my old colleagues. The friendships you make with EDUCO are friendships for life!!!
3. Lastly and most importantly are the kids / the campers / the Italians / the crazy and energetic bundles of joy that keep me coming back year after year. The students are absolutely brilliant, they are so full of joy and energy and wonder that it makes me wonder why I say working in the UK for the rest of the year. Of course, working with children there are challenges and tough moments, but the smiles and laughter on the children’s faces makes it all worth it.
Hanna Barnes, EDUCO Tutor 2019 (UK)
Having only started my Educo journey this summer, I already can’t wait to come back next year! Educo is the perfect answer to anyone looking to work travel and have a fun and rewarding experience over their summer. You get to meet such interesting and fun people, brush up on your Italian language AND experience delicious home made Italian cuisine every evening! What could be better?! My favourite aspect is that you get to embrace Italy in such a unique and authentic way. You can feel more like a local than a tourist, and your host families honestly treat you like one of their own! You have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful locations that you’ve probably never even heard of and really feel like part of a wider family. The Educo team are always fast to respond to literally any request or concern and are reliable and supportive in every way. Educo is honestly the best way to make not just professional connections but friends for life and the best stories to tell. You can earn AND save money whilst simultaneously gaining incredibly rewarding experiences with kids, getting a qualification as a TEFL teacher and discovering the delights of Italian culture! Can’t recommend enough!
Noah Harrington, EDUCO Tutor 2018 (USA)
The way I see it, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. The experience with the kids is amazing! For better and for worse you get to spend time and possibly even inspire some children who don’t even speak your language. I learned so much about who I am and how to live in another culture. The idea of being with host families the entire time I was there intimidated me at first, but once I got in there man I loved it!! Made beautiful friends and memories with host moms and dads and brothers and sisters and a really cool Nonno too. And having anyone cook for you is a beautiful gesture (not even mentioning home made Italian food). You also get to meet English speakers from EVERYWHERE! I got on a train once, and two other English tutors I didn’t know were also on the train! And we had so much fun getting to know one another and share our camp experiences and now we are all meeting up in Israel at someone’s house at the end of the summer!! You make memories, you make bonds for life.