Be the Change. Be a Global Volunteer in Sicily.
Help establish a formative relationship.
We’ve taught conversational English in Italian classrooms and small groups as L’amico preferitos” (“favorite friends”) since 1995. Now our partnership takes us to Castelvetrano, Sicily near the southwestern coast of the island, in the province of Trapani. No previous teaching experience is required. See Covid-19 requirements.
Teach Conversational English to Children and Youth
English has become the language of commerce, technology, and opportunity worldwide. Especially in times of economic distress, Sicilian students crave the opportunity to learn American English (the language of the internet) from native speakers to enhance their educational and employment opportunities. On a typical day, you create your own lesson plans from standard curriculum texts and our Conversational English Teaching Guide, engaging groups of kindergarten, elementary, middle, or high school school 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. Volunteers with mechanical & electromechanical background, or those who have experience with hairstyling & cosmetology may be engaged at TED Vocational School to teach basic English terms related to those fields in respective workshops.
Dates & Fees
Upcoming Volunteer Dates in Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy
Arrival and Departure
Leave the details to us!
Your service program officially begins with the evening meal on the first Saturday. You’ll meet your team at the Falcone Borsellino Airport in Palermo (PMO) and be transported to Castelvetrano along with your teammates.
You must confirm your flight itinerary with us at least two weeks before the service program arrival date to confirm your team airport transfer to the hotel. Plan your arrival at the airport in Palermo for before 5:00 PM on the service program start date and your departure from Palermo for after 10:00 AM on the final Saturday of your service program.
Food and Lodging
Rest and comfort for a productive program.
Your health and safety are our highest priorities as a volunteer in Sicily. Lodging is at two guesthouses in the city center. Palazzo al Carmine is an exquisite Sicilian manor house. This is a delightful eight-room family-run B&B on one of the main city roads just steps from several outdoor cafés. Xenia Home, another charming, family-owned guesthouse is close by and also within walking distance of cafes and restaurants. Each single and double room has air conditioning, private bathrooms, hot and cold water, and Wi-Fi.
- Single room available for an extra fee
- Wi-Fi and good phone reception
- Air conditioning
- Area cafes and restaurants
Italian cuisine is world-renown and healthy, featuring a variety of pastas with sauces, seasonal fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes, all kinds of meat, fish, and pecorino cheese. Sicilian meals feature freshly caught fish, locally produced olive oil, dried fruit, sweet-and-sour sauces, with desserts the crown jewels such as cannoli, cassata, marzipan fruit and granita. Bottled water is provided. Vegetarian diets can generally be accommodated.
Health and Safety
Your safety is our priority.
Your lodging, food and transportation are provided always with a mind to protect your health and security. Your team leader is trained in CPR and first aid to handle most emergencies. Global Volunteers includes emergency medical evacuation insurance in your service program fee. Read more about health and safety here.
We strongly recommend you consult your own physician, public health clinic and/or travel clinic for detailed travel health information. For general recommendations, consult the following sources:
We also recommend health insurance that covers you while you are outside your home country, and trip cancellation insurance in the event you must cancel your participation on the service program. Your travel agent can refer you to travel insurance providers. Click here to read risks associated with international travel.
Your Sicilian team leader is looking forward to meeting you!
Giovanni Parrino manages Global Volunteers’ service programs in Sicily and leads all volunteer teams. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Sciences and a Master’s Degree in European Project Management. Before joining Global Volunteers, Giovanni managed international projects for Caritas in Djibouti, Somalia, Jordan, Ecuador and Peru. He also worked as a counselor for social policies for the Municipality of Castelvetrano.
Oh what sites there are to see!
Ample time is available on evenings and weekends to enjoy the numerous natural and cultural attractions of Sicily. You can either stay in Castelvetrano or travel on your own to other parts of Sicily. Popular weekend destinations include Erice, Trapani, Palermo, Castellammare, San Vito Lo Capo, and Marsala where you can hop on a short boat ride to one of the islands for hiking and water sports. If you prefer to spend time closer to Castelvetrano, you can visit nearby Selinunte and enjoy delicious food, drinks, and the beach, as well as the famous archeological park. Cafés and spectacular restaurants, museum visits, and historical sites are popular evening and weekend attractions.
Italy Volunteer Margo McDonough describes her family’s experience:
“Volunteering in Italy gave us the chance to live like ‘locals.’ We headed out each morning not to sight-see, but to work.
The best part was what brought me to Italy in the first place – the chance to spend one-on-one time with my adolescent son while he was still willing to hang out with Mom.
I watched my son stretch himself as he pulled together lesson plans each night – ‘Do my teachers really have to do all this stuff?’ – and faced expectant youngsters each morning. By the end of the week, Austin was exhausted from teaching. As Austin’s mom and fellow teacher, I got to bask in his reflected glow. When it was time to say ciao, the kids asked for my autograph while they waited for the one they really wanted – Austin’s.”
Parents and guardians are expected to supervise their child volunteers, and collaborate with our team leader and local partners to maximize the service experience for everyone. Youth are invited to offer their own perspectives in team meetings and fully participate in free-time activities. In this way, your child gains a personal understanding of the Italian culture as well as the role and responsibilities of a team member. They likely also will create life-long friendships with local youth who share their interests and experiences.
To ensure a positive experience for everyone, you must comply with Global Volunteers’ minor supervision policy.
Your group is welcome to learn and serve together – experiencing Italian culture from the “inside.” Team teach in Sicilian classrooms, work together in small groups, and share free time at museums, markets and musical events!
Nothing replaces volunteering together and experiencing the “real Italy” as you live it daily. Group members meet one-on-one with students, community leaders and other opinion leaders who explain Sicilian traditions and customs as topics of conversation. You help the English language become relevant when you practice it in classrooms and with small groups of students. Sicilian students appreciate conversations about family, film, food, wine, art and, of course, sports, especially football (soccer)!
“Every day brought something new. I believe we cooperatively made a difference in spreading goodwill from the USA. Small steps are invaluable to peace.”
John WheelerItaly Volunteer
“Peace starts with a relationship and Global Volunteers seek to do just that: build relationships. And with the small steps we are taking to do this worldwide, the idea of peace with other countries seems closer than we think.”
Emily LambItaly Volunteer