Deadline: Tue 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 UTC
  • Deadline: Tue 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 UTC
  • Italy: Trentino, Emilia-Romagna.
  • Speak
  • Experience: 2 YEARS
  • Positions: 2
  • Short Term/Summer job, Residential

Job Summary

Speak Teens International Summer Camp brings together English language learners and native level English-speaking teens (our "Anglos") from all over the world for a diverse and innovative English language immersion programme in the heart of Italy. We are looking for experienced, dynamic and responsible Student Managers to join one of two residential camps for a varied and exciting role this summer.

Details of Position


Speak Teens offers dynamic English immersion programmes, where English is spoken every hour of every day. We have two Camps offering this unforgettable experience:

Our English Adventure Summer Camp at our venue Sores, set in the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Trentino region. This Camp is for English Learners aged 10-14, and we will have 20 Anglo Guides, our native-English speaking teens, aged 15-17.

Our English Discovery Summer Camp at our venue Valbonella, set in the stunning natural environment and forested valleys of Emilia-Romagna. This Camp is for English Learners aged 13-17, and we will have a similar number of native English-speaking teens aged 13-17.


English Adventure Summer Camp - Sores (Trentino)
Tuesday 18th June 2019 - Monday 8th July 2019 inclusive (this includes paid pre-Camp training days).

English Discovery Summer Camp - Valbonella (Emilia-Romagna)
Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Friday 23rd August 2019 inclusive (this includes paid pre-Camp training days).

Details of position:

Speak Teens offers English language learners a unique experience in Italy: to improve their English with the support of teenage mother-tongue level English speakers. For the Learners, the camp may be the first opportunity they have had to put their English into practice with native level English speakers, our Anglos. The Anglos (mother tongue English-speaking level teenagers from around the world) are essential for bringing English to life through meaningful interactions and supporting the Learners by being patient and willing listeners.

The combination of our fantastic camp locations and exceptional camp facilities means we offer a varied, stimulating and unique daily timetable. For Learners, the opportunities to practice and improve their English spans the whole day. Morning sessions are generally language-based activities with a focus on interactive learning while the afternoon and evening sessions are based around dynamic Summer Camp activities such as sports, swimming, arts, excursions; Unique camp experiences such as outdoor cinema, orienteering and astronomy.

Student Managers will be central to the management of the Camp and dynamics between the teens. Working closely alongside the Camp Director, you will ensure the delivery of the daily programme and activity programme, ensuring teens are clear about what is happening, how and when, ensuring teens are in the right place at the right time and moving between sessions and activities, supervising meal times and house time. It is a highly active role on the front line and requires energy, flexibility and the ability to handle groups of teenagers.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The Student Manger, along with the Camp Director, will be actively involved in and take responsibility for all aspects of the Camp life. The main elements of the role are:

o Running the Camp programme and keeping things moving, dynamic, safe and fun;
o Pastoral care and welfare of students;
o Planning, preparation and running activities - sports, group games & activities, forest walks etc. as well as whole school events;
o Excursions - taking students off-site for a full day excursion.

Our Student Manager must have a real interest in working with children and, in particular, a strong empathy for working with international children.

Student Managers are not required to teach English language lessons. However, it is essential that candidates are able to communicate effectively with our teens, 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 a priority for the Student Manager Camp Leaders, with particular thought and attention paid to managing the children when off-site, often in busy public places.

Native level English speaker preferred.


Student Managers must have a fun, outgoing personality, be good at dealing with pressure, and be able to work well in a team. We are particularly interested in applications from Student Managers with experience of managing summer school and/or working with groups of teenagers.


o Ability to manage, lead, supervise, engage and have fun with teens;
o Previous experience of working in an international summer school, activity camp or similar context;
o Native/near native competence in spoken and written English;
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 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 activities;
o First Aid Certificate;
o Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ);
o A good understanding of health & safety and safeguarding.

Salary and Benefits

o Highly competitive salary;
o Full board and accommodation provided.

Should you be successful:

o We will require the contact details of two recent and relevant 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 (either originals or certified copies) will be required for our records.

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

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