As a couple, we were able to save $40,000 by living abroad and working at a hagwon in Seoul and only living off of one paycheck.
About Teaching in Italy
The Italian lifestyle attracts English teachers from all over the world, making it a popular teaching destination. Teaching jobs in Italy are widespread but can be competitive, so you need to make sure you are prepared before you head off on your Italian adventure. If you’re interested in taking a leap into the wonders this diverse country can offer, you need to start by finding out a thing or two about how to go about it.
One of the first things you should look into are the requirements, both teaching and legal. As Italy is part of the European Union, finding a job legally as a non-EU citizen requires a visa. Finding a job without a TEFL qualification can also be a challenge. While teaching English in Italy won’t make you rich, you will find that in most cases you can live pretty comfortably on your salary, especially if you are willing to put the hours in and be flexible with when you can work.
Cost of living, salaries, and job opportunities are location dependent, so it is worth having a good think about which part of Italy you would like to work in. Most teachers find a job in person in Italy, and although it may seem scary heading off to a new country without a job offer in hand, it is typically the most effective method to securing a job. Just make sure you save up some funds to live off until you get your first paycheck.
The fantastic food, culture, and climate is a massive pull to this beautiful European country and every year loads of English teachers find themselves heading to Italy to enjoy both teaching and adventure.