Deadline: Tue 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
Applicants with the appropriate legal status for employment in the European Union preferred
  • Deadline: Tue 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
  • Italy: Trentino, Emilia-Romagna.
  • Speak
  • Experience: 2 YEARS
  • Positions: 10
  • Short Term/Summer job, Residential

Job Summary

Speak Teens International Summer Camp brings together English language learners and native English-speaking teens (our "Anglos") from all over the world for a diverse and innovative English language immersion programme in the heart of Italy. We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic and friendly Camp Leaders to join one of our two residential camps for a varied and exciting role this summer.

Details of Position

Details of Position:

Speak Teens offers dynamic English immersion programmes, where English is spoken every hour of every day. We have two Camps offering this unforgettable experience:

Our English Adventure Summer Camp at our venue Sores, set in the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Trentino region. This Camp is for English Learners aged 10-14, and we will have 20 Anglo Guides, our native-English speaking teens, aged 15-17.

Our English Discovery Summer Camp at our venue Valbonella, set in the stunning natural environment and forested valleys of Emilia-Romagna. This Camp is for English Learners aged 13-17, and we will have a similar number of native English-speaking teens aged 13-17.


English Adventure Summer Camp - Sores (Trentino)
Wednesday 19th June 2019 - Monday 8th July 2019 inclusive (this includes paid pre-Camp training days).

English Discovery Summer Camp - Valbonella (Emilia-Romagna)
Wednesday 17th July 2019 - Friday 23rd August 2019 inclusive (this includes paid pre-Camp training days).

Immersive Learning:

Speak Teens offers English language learners a unique experience in Italy: to improve their English with the support of teenage mother-tongue English speakers. For the Learners, the camp may be the first opportunity they have had to put their English into practice with native English speakers, our Anglos. The Anglos (mother tongue English-speaking teenagers from around the world) are essential for bringing English to life through meaningful interactions and supporting the Learners by being patient and willing listeners.

For Learners, the opportunities to practice and improve their English spans the whole day. Morning sessions, however, play a key role in attending to the Learners English language needs. During this session, we offer Learners both teacher-led lessons and the opportunity for one-to-one conversations with the Anglos.

Morning sessions take place in outdoor classrooms with a curriculum that focuses on speaking and listening skills and reflects the natural environment in which our camps takes place. During this period the Camp Leaders role varies: For experienced teachers, you may be responsible for leading a group of Learners whilst for Camp Leaders without a teaching background, your role will be to support Learners and Anglos in their one-to-one conversations. Materials have been selected and designed with our unique learning context in mind: Storytelling, drama and music play an important role in engaging the Teens and creating memorable learning experiences.

The combination of our fantastic camp locations and exceptional camp facilities means we offer a varied, stimulating and unique daily timetable including: English sessions devoted to learning through group and one-to-one communication; Summer Camp activities such as sports, swimming, arts, excursions; Unique camp experiences such as outdoor cinema, orienteering and astronomy.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Camp Leaders will be involved in and take responsibility for all aspects of the Camp life. The main elements of the role are:

o Pastoral care and welfare of students;
o Facilitating one-to-one sessions between Anglos and Learners or teaching a class of Learners;
o Planning, preparation and running activities - sports, group games & activities, forest walks etc. as well as whole school events;
o Transfers - assisting with arrivals and departure of all students on arrival and departure days;
o Excursions - taking students off-site for a full day excursion.

Our Camp Leaders must have a real interest in working with children and, in particular, a strong empathy for working with international children.

Although not all Camp Leaders are required to teach English language lessons, we do expect all staff to be able to communicate effectively with our students, using an appropriate level of language to suit the group.

The safety and welfare of our students is of paramount importance at all times and this should therefore be the priority of Camp Leaders, with particular thought and attention paid to managing the children when off-site, often in busy public places.

Native level English speaker preferred


Camp Leaders should have a fun, outgoing personality, be good at dealing with pressure, and be able to work well in a team. We are particularly interested in applications from Camp Leaders with an expertise in music, drama, dance, sports or arts & crafts.


o Ability to lead, supervise, engage and have fun with teens;
o Previous experience of working in an international summer school, activity camp or similar context;
o Native/near native competence in spoken and written English;
o Must possess an Italian fiscal code ("Codice Fiscale") and have the right to work in the EU for the entire duration of the Summer Camp (note: an Italian Codice Fiscale can be obtained through the Italian embassy in your country of residence).


o CELTA / PGCE Qualified (or industry equivalents);
o Educated to degree level or currently studying for a degree/higher education qualification;
o Sports and coaching qualifications, or equivalent in drama, music and performing arts;
o Experience in leading CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, Scouts, Guides or similar;
o Experience in leading arts and craft activities;
o First Aid Certificate;
o Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ);
o A good understanding of health & safety and safeguarding.

Salary and Benefits

o Highly competitive salary
o Full board and accommodation provided

Should you be successful:

o We will require the contact details of two recent and relevant referees who we will contact.
o Any gaps in your application will be enquired about and must be explained satisfactorily.
o You will be required to provide evidence of relevant police background checks confirming suitability for working with children.
o Official identification including passport and certificates (either originals or certified copies) will be required for our records.

Due to interest levels in these positions, only applicants successful for interview can be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

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