I usually check out my stats for my blog on a daily or almost daily basis. Every time there are people checking about teaching English in Italy, whether it is about the pay or life as an English teacher. Yes I wrote a post about this back in March 2006. My question is though, WHY do people want to come to Italy to teach English?
I moved here to be with my Italian husband, not to teach English. Yes I have been teaching English since February 2003 due to not able to find work doing anything else at a somewhat reasonable wage. I have 12 years customer service/call center experience, but this type of work here in Italy does not pay near as much as I make working 20 hours a week teaching English. But is it easy work, teaching English? Yes and no. Yes in the sense I work at home and do not have to deal with traffic etc. But I have to work my butt off in order to gain students and keep them coming back. During the summer, especially in August when Italy is on vacation, lessons practically cease. So I end up not working, and of course not getting paid.