Why do you want to teach English in Italy?

on Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earlier today was a nice sunny day so my husband, a friend of mine and I went for a picnic near a small village in Piedmont called Pombia. The photo is of an old chapel where we had our picnic.

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.

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Happy Easter!

on Friday, March 28, 2008

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! Sunday we went to my husband's parent's place for lunch then in the evening had a friend over from Torino (Turin). The two photos here of a box of chocolate eggs one of my husband's clients gave us, from a famous pastry and confetti shop in Milan on via Montenapoleone. The street via Montenapoleone in Milan is the equivalent of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, where you can find all of the big designer stores with just as big price tags. This pastry shop (Pasticceria e confetteria) is named Cova and has been around since 1817 and being on via Montenapoleone, you can just imagine the price tag on this delicious box of chocolate Easter eggs.

Confetti here in Italy are not what you may think, the small pieces of colorful paper but in actuality are candy covered almonds and usually go into the bomboniere and the color depends on the occasion. I am not a particular fan of confetti because I do not like almonds.

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O Canada

on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I have mentioned in previous posts of my husband's and my dream/desire/need to move from Italy to an English speaking country, preferably Canada. I started looking for work on behalf of my husband in February 2007, with some nibbles here and there but in the end nothing. In November I stopped completely stopped looking, taking a break. I have recently within the last week recommenced looking for a computer technician/systems analyst position for my husband in Canada. Why isn't my husband himself looking for work? His schedule unfortunately does not permit such a "luxury". A normal work week for him his 50-60 hours and comes home absolutely destroyed. Usually ends up being close to 60 hours, for roughly 1,500 euros a month, if that.

I am bringing this topic of wanting to move to Canada up again after finding out a fellow expat in Italy is moving back to the States after finding a position there. Yes I am part jealous but also happy she has such an opportunity to do something she enjoys. I wish her all the best and good luck! I find it encouraging in some ways and hope we are able to find work in Canada.

What does my husband do for a living? He is by trade a computer technician/systems analyst with 13 years experience, working with both Windows OS and also Macintosh. He does have the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. I at the moment have been teaching English as a Second Language for five years and in the States I was a Customer Service Representative with over 12 years experience. If you are located in Canada and know someone who needs an experienced Computer Technician and is willing to go through the Provincial Nominee Program, please let us know! I can then forward a copy of my husband's resume.

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More photos

on Saturday, March 15, 2008

I have posted more photos from my road trip to the United States here, click on the link on the right hand side labeled photos underneath my profile photo. Feel free to have a look around, photos are organized by location. Also please check out the banner that is located in the Shout Box that says "Where have YOU been?".

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Route 66

on Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It has been my dream for awhile now to travel along Route 66. During my latest trip to the United States, I was able to realize, even for just a few short miles, this dream. Now I want to go back and do more miles along Route 66. These photos were taken in Hackberry, Arizona, between Kingman and Flagstaff. The gas station is still open, but no gas is available. There are restrooms available (clean by the way), gift shop and also if you are in need of something to drink or munch.

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Pier 21

*This is a post from my old blog that I was able to recover today.

Since my husband and I are looking at possibly/hopefully moving to Canada from Italy, have been looking online for information. Have found an interesting site about Pier 21, in Halifax, Canada. Pier 21 was to Canada like Ellis Island to the United States. Between 1928 and 1971 over one million immigrants entered Canada through Pier 21, plus 500,000 Canadian troops bound for Europe passed through Pier 21. In the 1920’s, Canada was desperate for farmers to worked the land. Canada encouraged immigration by offering land deals and advertising for farmers and farm hands in both Britain and the United States. Pier 21 was to welcome its last ship on March 28, 1971.On the official Pier 21 website, there are stories from immigrants and their families. Very interesting to read about what people went through in order to have a “better” life for themselves and their families. After the Second World War, Canada accepted more than one hundred thousand displaced people and refugees between the 1940’s and 1950’s. The majority of these people came to Canada with practically next to nothing. If you have a chance, check out Pier 21’s website and read some of the stories of the immigrants. As a North American, who’s ancestors immigrated from Europe to the United States to have a better life and more opportunities for their families, more opportunities than what may have been available at the time in Europe. It makes me appreciate more what my family went through, so I could have what I have today.If you have an immigrant story that you would like to share, whether yourself or someone in your family, moving to one country to another, please feel free to share your story in the comments.

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on Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Well peeps I am back from my "adventures" in the States, a few days early. I got into Milan Malpensa late Sunday night physically and mentally drained from a little over ten days bumping around the southwestern part of the United States, plus from all of the dramas that went on while I was there. Did I enjoy the places I visited while there? I honestly wish I could say I did, but unfortunately not. I did not actually get to relax a bit until I was in Gallup, alone and not having to deal with complete idiots. In a later posting I will follow up on the dramas that occurred. This posting I am just concentrating on some photos from my trip. The attached photos are from Death Valley, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Elephant Feet on the Navajo Nation, a couple of photos from Hackberry along Route 66, Flagstaff Arizona and Gallup New Mexico.

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