Deadline: Tue 28 Feb 2023 00:00:00 UTC
  • Deadline: Tue 28 Feb 2023 00:00:00 UTC
  • Italy: Emilia-Romagna.
  • Speak
  • Experience: 1 YEAR
  • Number of positions: 6
  • Short Term/Summer job, Residential
  • Applicant must have permission to work in the EU or hold a valid work permit for employment in the EU.

Job Summary

Details of Position

Our Speak Teens Summer Camp is located at Valbonella, set in the stunning natural environment and forested valleys of Emilia-Romagna. This camp is for English Learners aged 12-17, joined by Teen Anglos, our native English-speaking teens, aged 12-17.


Tuesday 20th June 2023 - Monday 10th July 2023 inclusive (this includes pre-camp training days)


Speak Teens offers Italian teens a unique experience in Italy: to improve their English with the support of English teachers as well as teenage mother-tongue English speakers, our "Teen Anglos". For the Learners, the camp may be the first opportunity they have had to put their English into practice with native English speakers. Our Teen Anglos are essential for bringing English to life through meaningful interactions and supporting the Learners by being patient, willing listeners and having a lot of fun together throughout the Camp.

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

Morning sessions take place in outdoor classroom spaces with a curriculum that focuses on speaking and listening skills and reflects the natural environment in which our camp takes place. During this period the Camp Leader role varies: for experienced teachers, you may be responsible for teaching 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 in order to engage the teens and create memorable learning experiences.

The combination of our fantastic camp location 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.


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

o Pastoral care and welfare of teens;
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 and activities, forest walks etc. as well as whole-camp events;
o Transfers - assisting with arrivals and departures of teens on transfer 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 teens.

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, including in busy public places.


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 with teens ideally in a residential camp setting or similar context;
o Native English speaker level of competence;
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;

Salary and Benefits

o Highly competitive salary of 525 Euros per week gross (plus 190 Euros gross for 3 days pre-camp training)
o Full board and accommodation provided

Should you be successful:

We will require the contact details of two recent and relevant professional 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 will be required for our records.

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

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Speak Teens International Summer Camps bring together English language Learners and native English-speaking teens from all over the world for a unique and innovative English language immersion programme in Italy. We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic and friendly Camp Leaders to join our residential camp for a varied and exciting role this summer.

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