English has become the language of commerce, technology and opportunity worldwide. Especially in times of economic distress, Italian students crave the opportunity to learn American English (the language of the internet) from native speakers to enhance their educational and employment opportunities. Because this area of Italy is seldom visited by American tourists, your volunteer assistance is a valuable resource to middle school and high school teachers. On a typical day, you create your own lesson plans from standard curriculum texts and our Conversational English Teaching Guide, engaging small groups of students in games and diverse interactive activities. In practice conversations, you may discuss North American culture, history, daily lifestyle, sports, and school systems. You might team teach, work one-on-one, or conduct classes on your own – depending on your style and comfort level.
“My personal opinion is that Global Volunteers represents the people of the United State in the most positive way. When I first met my American volunteers, I was surprised that they did not represent my previous ideas of Americans as self-absorbed and superficial. They….are laying the basic bricks of the greatest building in the world: Peace and brotherhood.
“Global Volunteers has formed this idea of creating peace and justice with other countries of the world, and this idea is not only plausible, but doable. Peace starts with a relationship, and Global Volunteers does just that – build relationships. With small steps, peace with other countries seems closer than we might think.”
“Walking up and down the 2,000-year-old steps put a different perspective on our daily teaching assignments. These steps have provided entry into a beautiful campus in an inspiring community for mankind throughout the ages. We walked in their shadows.”
“It’s difficult to explain the wonderful feeling we have in Italy – making new friends, working as a team, interacting with students and staff, learning about the Italian culture, and enjoying the taste, smell, and sights of southern Italy.”