Young Learners teacher in Reggio Calabria

Start Date
Mid-September 2022
Duration or End Date
Permanent Italian contract initially runs until June 2023, but is extendable for the following year(s)
Gross salary range of 1260-1500 Euros per month + bonuses + lunch allowance. Increments for relevant experience within an IH school.


Essential requirements

  • You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification.
  • Applicants must have experience of interacting with children under the age of 10, and the ability to motivate, and succesfully interact with, children of all ages.

Job description


Founded in 1964, the British School of Reggio Calabria has been part of the prestigious IH World network of schools since 2015. As a member of AiSLi (a highly-regarded association of English Language Schools in Italy) and a Cambridge English Platinum centre, the school is committed to providing quality language courses and exam preparation. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement and teacher development, in recent years we also became a CELTA centre and run a number of courses in different subjects in local state schools.

The school is a learning organisation which places great importance on the professional development of all its members of staff. We hold regular teacher-training events, often inviting external trainers (e.g. Adrian Underhill, Jim Scrivener) to deliver workshops just for our teachers. We aim to provide an inclusive, international environment, for both staff and students, which celebrates diversity and cultural exchange. The students range in age from pre-schoolers to adults and the Young Learner and subject teaching (including IGCSE preparation) departments in particular have seen a steady increase over the past few years.

In addition to classes held on the school premises, courses are organised in local primary and secondary schools, as well as kindergartens. The school also runs regular teacher training workshops and seminars for teachers in state schools.

As part of IH, both our teachers and students collaborate with IH schools around the world not only in an effort to promote intercultural awareness and understanding, but also as a way of building lasting friendships and connections.

Working with us provides the opportunity to:

Further your practical experience of teaching in a quality, caring school which offers a wide variety of class types (from VYLs to Adults; beginner to proficiency; subject and exam preparation classes). Previous teachers have commented how working with us has prepared them well for a move into mainstream education.
Further your knowledge of language testing and assessment in one of the largest authorized Cambridge ESOL Centres in Southern Italy (proud holders of the prestigious "Platinum" status for the past few years).
Become a Cambridge ESOL Speaking Examiner (dependent upon experience and relevant only to those with EFL experience and qualifications. Hours worked as a speaking examiner are paid extra).
Learn from a team of friendly, supportive peers (there is a full-time teaching staff of 22 teachers, including an academic management team) whose experience is wide and varied.
Give and receive constructive feedback from regular observations and appraisals.
Benefit from our excellent professional development programme which includes INSETTs, regular observations, appraisals, peer observation, team-teaching, drop-in lesson planning support, reading groups, conferences etc.)
Settle into the school and the city by attending a fully-paid induction course and 25 hours of Italian lessons, for teachers below a B1 level.
Access a wealth of resources (e.g. Interactive Whiteboards / TVs, computer rooms, Wi-Fi throughout, up-to-date and well-stocked teaching resource library). For teachers working with offsite courses, a netbook or laptop and portable speaker is provided for the duration of the contract.
Enjoy your weekends (all teachers have 2 consecutive days off each week) by exploring the hidden beauty of Calabria with the school car or bikes (subject to booking and availability)


The role-holder will be required to work a maximum of 24 contact (in-class) hours per week, with an additional 3 hours on average per week dedicated to training, development and admin.

As a Young Learner teacher, you will plan and deliver effective and engaging English lessons mainly to pre-school or school-age learners. As some of the lessons will also be held in local state schools, this is an excellent opportunity for anyone who may want to gain experience in mainstream education too.

As some of the teaching involves external (off-site) courses, this role does require a certain amount of flexibility and cultural sensitivity, so the ability to deal with changes and diversity in a positive manner is essential for this role. For offsite courses which are not within reasonable walking distance (10-15 mins) of the school, transport is provided to and from the main school site. Travelling time is counted as working hours.


Reggio is a warm, friendly city, situated right next to the sea on the toe of Italy. Join the locals each evening for a kilometre-long passeggiata on its palm tree-lined promenade and enjoy the stunning views of Sicily and Mt. Etna. The centre of Reggio has shops, bars and places to eat but is also small enough for everything to be within easy walking distance. Reggio is one of the safer cities in Italy, with very little petty crime, and, depending on the season, there is plenty to do in Reggio and its surroundings: from walking along the beaches and sailing, to skiing in the nearby mountains and eating in a cosy agriturismo. Our teachers love exploring the undiscovered Calabrian countryside with the dramatic and impressive backdrop of the Aspromonte mountain range.

The city is also ideally situated for visiting other places in Italy with a small port (ferry to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands), a train station (including a fast train to Rome), and an airport (flights to Rome and Milan). If you're looking for direct international flights, Catania or Lamezia (roughly 1 hour away) have different direct connections.

Here, you can find out the top 10 things our teachers love about living in Reggio Calabria:

Hear what our teachers have to say about working with us in this video:

Other benefits

Accommodation: Assistance provided in finding accommodation at a reasonable price

Holiday: 24 days holiday per annum, pro-rata (this figure includes the "festivita' soppresse" outlined in the Italian contract). Paid sick leave upon presentation of a valid medical certificate

Visa: Support and assistance with the visa application and work permit is provided for non-EU nationals and the school will reimburse 50% of the total costs for the visa application.



About the school and city

IH British School Reggio Calabria opened its doors in 1964 as the first English language school in Reggio Calabria, and has been teaching generations of families ever since! 

The school is in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from the beach, with breathtaking views of Mount Etna across the Strait of Messina.

In terms of teacher training, we run the Cambridge CELTA course, the TKT modules for local state school teachers, and tailor-made teacher training programmes on request. We also run the International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers for our in-service teachers, in addition to a fully-developed in-service teacher training programme. 

With regard to English language courses, we offer a wide range of courses to learners aged from 3 through to adults, and ranging in level from Beginner to C2 (Proficiency). We also teach History, Biology and Maths in English in local state schools.

Marco and Patrizia, a husband and wife duo, took the school over from the founder, Patrizia’s mother Christa, some years ago. Like Christa, they have always invested a lot in the professional development of the entire staff, and it was this philosophy of being a learning organisation that contributed to their decision to join the IH network in 2015.