ITALY: POST-SECONDARY

Post-Secondary & Gap Year Program

Italy is available in:

CLASSIC   |   POST-SECONDARY

Finished high school, taking a gap year, participating in post-secondary education or other pursuits and want an opportunity to learn a language or test your skills, immerse yourself in a new culture and see the world? Opportunities abound, whether you wish to become an honourary member of an Italian family, gain experience as a Teacher’s Assistant, try your hand as a camp counselor or volunteer and work abroad – the post-secondary options have something for everyone.

Accommodation Based Experience

Family Stay

Spend your stay in Italy with a host family that will welcome you in as a family member.

Language Buddy

Become conversation buddy to a local family while sharing their everyday lives.

Work Based Experience

Camp Counselor

Experience the culture and language while gaining valuable work experience.

Language Teacher Assistant

Experience another education system, as well as language and culture.

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Family Stay

The family stay program offers an authentic insight into the local lifestyle! Spend your stay in Italy with a host family that will welcome you in as a family member. You will experience what it means to truly live in Italy, becoming a member of the family, spending your days in the local community, and participating in the day-to-day activities of your hosts.

Cultural Excursions

Choose to participate in or include 1½ days of cultural excursions each week.

If you wish to have some structured or planned activities during your stay you may add the cultural activities program to your stay for 1 week or as many as you would like.

Program Dates & Duration

The program is available year- round. Participants may design their own program duration, a minimum of 1 week is required.

Accommodation & Meals

Live like a local and stay with your matched host family. A single room is provided with full board for the duration of your stay.

Requirements

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Basic knowledge of Italian is required.

Inclusions

  • Host Family Recruitment, Screening and Placement
  • Food and Lodging with Host Family
  • Activities (if cultural excursions option selected)
  • Provision of Program Documentation: Orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchange
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Canada
  • 24 hour Emergency Support Overseas
  • Local coordinator and assistance
  • Full and Comprehensive Medical Insurance provided by Guard.me
Not included:
  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home – can be arranged for additional fee
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Local transportation
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

Pricing for Family Stay Experience

Please Inquire

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Language Buddy

The language buddy program offers the opportunity for participants to become conversation buddy to a local family while sharing their everyday lives. Participants help one or several of the host family members to improve their English or French language skills through conversation, helping host children with homework if necessary, like a tutor. While you help them to learn English you will also learn Italian through day-to-day immersion – it’s a two-way exchange of languages and cultures where the participant is actively involved.

The program requires 15/hours per week of dedicated conversations in English or French to teach the host family, informally!

Accommodation & Meals

Participants stay with a volunteer host family who will provide full board and a single room in exchange for conversations with a family member.

Program Dates & Duration

The program is available year- round. Participants may design their own program duration; a minimum of 1 week is required.

Requirements

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Be 21 years or older

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Have a good knowledge of Italian for communication.

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Hold a citizenship that permits a “visa waiver” to allow a stay for up to 3 months.

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Have English or French as first language

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Be a graduate or currently enrolled in Higher Education/University, in an education related field.

Inclusions

  • Host family recruitment, screening and placement
  • Food and lodging with host family
  • Full and comprehensive medical insurance provided by guard.me
  • Pre-departure orientation in Canada
  • 24 hour emergency support overseas
  • Local coordinator and assistance
  • Provision of program documentation: orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchange
Not included:
  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home – can be arranged for additional fee
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Local transportation
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

Pricing for Language Buddy Experience

Please Inquire

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Camp Counselor

 

Become a camp counselor in Italy and experience the culture and language while gaining valuable work experience in a summer camp in the historical city of Torino or in the wonderful mountains of Piedmont.

As a camp counselor participants are responsible for arranging fun language activities for children/ teenagers while also teaching the basics of the English language through conversation, games and spending time together. Sports leaders arrange for various games and sporting activities. It is not a requirement for camp counselors to have specific sport training, as many will take on a supervisory role or assist with pre-planned activities.

The camp counselor program is only open to native English speakers.

Accommodation & Meals

Participants will stay in a residential camp in the mountains or a hotel. Both the residential camp and the day camp will provide full board and double room accommodation – roommates will be same gender.

Program Dates & Duration

The programs are available in June/ July.

The program is available for 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 4 weeks.

Requirements

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Be 20 years or older

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Be a native English speaker

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Be a graduate or currently enrolled in Higher Education/University, preferably in an education-related field but not compulsory

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Have relevant experience

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Be active, love working with children and love outdoor activities

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Hold a citizenship that permits a “visa waiver” to allow a stay for up to 3 months

Inclusions

  • Host family recruitment, screening and placement
  • Food and lodging with host family
  • Full and comprehensive medical insurance provided by guard.me
  • Provision of program documentation: orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchange
  • Pre-departure orientation in Canada
  • 24 hour emergency support overseas
  • Local coordinator and assistance
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home
Not included:
  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home – can be arranged for additional fee
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Local transportation
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

Pricing for Camp Counselor Experience

Please Inquire

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Language Teacher Assistant

The language teacher assistant program provides participants an opportunity to experience another education system, as well as language and culture. The aim of the program is to introduce language assistants to Italian elementary, middle or high school students and encourage the meeting of different cultures.

The program is organized in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Education. The language assistant will shadow Italian teachers during classes for 15-18 hours per week (spread over 5-6 days depending on the school) that will provide the participant the chance to learn about Italian Education and assist Italian students with their studies.

The program is designed for those participants seeking international job experience and those wishing to develop their communication and teaching skills, while also learning about the Italian culture and the basics of the language.

Accommodation & Meals

Participants are matched with a volunteer host family. Full board is included.

Program Dates & Duration

The program is 3 months in duration.

The program is available:
First trimester: Late September – December
Second trimester: End of January – April

Requirements

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Be 20 years or older

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Be a native English speaker

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Be a graduate or currently enrolled in Higher Education/University, preferably in an education-related field but not compulsory

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Have relevant experience

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Be active, love working with children and love outdoor activities

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Hold a citizenship that permits a “visa waiver” to allow a stay for up to 3 months

Inclusions

  • Host family recruitment, screening and placement
  • Food and lodging with host family
  • School Selection and Placement
  • 2-day orientation in Torino upon arrival
  • Full and comprehensive medical insurance provided by guard.me
  • Provision of program documentation: orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchange
  • Pre-departure orientation in Canada
  • 24 hour emergency support overseas
  • Local coordinator and assistance
  • School Counselor support assistance
  • Airport transfer from Milano Malpensa airport to Turin
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home
Not included:
  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home – can be arranged for additional fee
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Local transportation
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

Pricing for Language Teacher Assistant Experience

Please Inquire

Italy at a Glance

Population Population

59,433,744

Capital City Capital City

Rome

Known For Known For

Colosseum, Pizza & Pasta, Fashion, Leaning Tower

Currency Currency

Euro

Language Language

Italian

Say Hello Say Hello

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Payment Schedule

  1. $500.00 application fee due with the submission of the full application. The application fee is only refunded in instances where the student is not accepted.
  2. Host Country Program Deposit due upon conditional acceptance. (Please note fees are specific to each exchange country).
  3. 35% of the remaining program fees are due upon receipt of the full acceptance letter.
  4. 40% of the remaining program fees are due 95 days prior to departure.
  5. 25% of the remaining program fees are due 35 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • The $500.00 application fee is non-refundable, and due upon submission of the application to YES Canada. (Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the $500 application fee.)
  • In the event of cancellation after conditional acceptance either all or a portion of the host country deposit is non-refundable (approximately $500-$1000). Please inquire for specific country details regarding non-refundable deposits (Dependent upon destination: France, Belgium, Australia and Spain have higher cancellation fees at this stage).
  • In the event of cancellation after full acceptance but prior to confirmation of the host family placement, 35% of the program fee is non-refundable.

  • In the event of cancellation after confirmation of the host family placement, 55% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after visa forms have been issued 65% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after program commences 100% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event the program is cancelled by YES Canada a refund will be given.

*Some countries vary from the standard policy. Please inquire.
*Extenuating circumstances will be considered. All cancellations must be received in writing.

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