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Living/volunteering in Italy on a budget?
Posted January 6th, 2013 - 12:11 am by from Split, Croatia (Permalink)
Hello everyone, I have a question regarding living in Italy as a tourist.

I'm an English teacher (CELTA certified) from Croazia. :) As you probably know, Croatia is still not in EU so I can't work in Italy. I was looking for a job in language schools but they mostly ask for EU citizens. :(

Now, I have some knowledge of Italian that I'd love to improve. Instead of going to a language school I thought I could perhaps come to Italy as a tourist or volunteer, live there for a while and tutor Italians privately so I can pay for food and rent. Do you think something like that is possible?

Or do you know of some volunteering organisations where I could teach English? Basically, I want to spend some time in Italy to improve my Italian without spending lots of money.

Grazie mille!

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 5:16 pm by from Marsala, Italy (Permalink)
Hi Tamara!! I know that in Palermo (Sicily)some couchsurfers did European volunteering and they teach English.What do you think to arrive in Sicily?

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 11:01 pm by from Split, Croatia (Permalink)
Hi Diego,

well, it would be pretty hard for me to come to Sicily. No flights and no boats...

The easiest cities are Rome and Ancona.

Posted January 8th, 2013 - 1:04 am from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 10:34 am by from Marsala, Italy (Permalink)
In Croatia there isn't Raynair flights but from Rome or Ancona you can arrive in Palermo or Trapani.

Posted January 8th, 2013 - 12:43 pm from Florence, Italy
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 10:41 pm by from Split, Croatia (Permalink)
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 10:41 pm by from Split, Croatia (Permalink)
Hi Laura,


thank you for your comment. Actually, I have found a way. There is a
system of hosts and helpers, where a host needs help around the house/on
their farm/in their hostel and in exchange they give you accommodation
and food, no money involved. So that's what I'm going to do: go there as a tourist and stay
at their place and help them out. :)


The websites for that are called HelpX and Workaway