Episode 29: Italy Q&A Part 2

Hosts Sara, Jessica and Michelle take your questions and give you answers about interviewing in Italy, finding the perfect house in Italy, the different Italian visas and more!

Your Questions: Our Answers

1. Emma: Do you have any advice for sending resumes and cover letters to companies, if you think it is better to call first or just email, and if how interviews are?

2. Ryan: Basically I want to move to Italy for no more than 3 months, I missed the chance to study abroad in school and I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy for more than a vacation experience. My questions are:

  • I need a temporary job to support myself while I’m there for 2-3 months. In terms of paperwork, what do I need if I’m only staying for that short of time. Just a simple work visa? Any other paperwork relating to just being there?
  • In terms of temporary housing, what do you recommend? The cheaper the better, I’m not too concerned with living lavishly or anything like that, I just need simple amenities. I will be trying to stay in a city environment, most likely Roma.

3. Lisa: My mother was born in Italy. Would you recommend that I apply for an Italian work visa or dual citizenship?

4. Lisa, take 2 : I am a teacher, and would love to teach English in Italy for the summer (two months). Would it be possible to teach for this short period of time?

5. Ana : I would like to buy a house to fix up in Italy.  It is the area I am confused about. I do not speak Italian, and neither do my children. Could my children go to school in Italy without speaking Italian?

6. April: As someone who has never lived in another country, what should I prepare myself for being the most difficult to adjust to. In other words, what did you find tough when you first moved that you were not expecting?

7. Rebecca: How do you get a visa to stay longer than 3 months if you are not going to a school in Italy?

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One comment

  1. Today was the first day that I listened to your podcast and it’s nice to be able to relate to some of what was talked about in your latest one (Jan 10th).

    My comment is from the girl who asked what to expect when one first comes to Italy be it for living or for a short term stay. I agree with Michelle that the language factor is huge and honestly without knowing the language, life in Italy becomes much more difficult and I dont know how some people here exist without knowing Italian. Napoli, where I live now, is a city where many people have a basic vocabulary of English but few can keep up with native English speakers.

    What is also a bit of a culture shock is the behavior of Italians which for a person who comes from a country where customer service is key as well as manners (or whatever your perception is of “la buona educazione”) then Italy can be a bit overwhelming. Italians don’t put up a front as much as Americans in my opinion and often when you approach someone who works with the public you will most likely find their behavior different as opposed to their US counterparts (or other Anglo countries). Less sweetened I think puts it best. To put it best, some even seem annoyed that you are asking them something, but I’ve gotten used to it. Many however seem annoyed but then turn out to be quite helpful. I usually don’t mind asking people here for any kind of information because God knows I get asked things everyday, probably because I am of napoletano orgin.

    Lastly, I would just say that Italy is a different world than the USA and many other places. The South, where I live is even noticeably different than the North. You have to come and experience it to understand.

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