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TOUR GUIDE OPPORTUNITIESSEMESTER INTERNSHIP
Tour guide at Palazzo Vecchio

Course Structure
12 hours/week practicum; 120 hours total
1 ½ hour/week seminar; 18 hours total
Credits: 3

Become a tour guide at magnificent Palazzo Vecchio. Accompany English-speaking tourists through the palatial and magnificently decorated rooms of Florence’s most prestigious palazzo built in the thirteenth century and home of the city government for nearly 700 years. This is a demanding yet rewarding volunteer experience, and all students must commit to a one-month-long training session and twelve hours per week of guided tours. Candidates should be motivated and passionate about Florentine history and art history, possess excellent verbal communication skills, and show a group-leader attitude. This prestigious position is highly selective and the Palazzo accepts only one student per semester. For those selected, an official certificate of participation is issued upon completion—a truly unique experience and a superb addition to any resume.


SPEAKING IN PUBLIC PRACTICUM
Tour guide for Ars et Fides Association

Course Structure
Practicum: 6 hours/week; 60 hours total
Seminar: 1 and a half hour/week; 18 hours total
Credits: 3

Be an English-speaking tour guide in one of the main churches in Florence (Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Trinita etc.). Volunteers become members of the Ars et Fides Association and receive an information packet on the church they choose. They are scheduled to follow a tour, led by an experienced guide, and once they feel comfortable with the material studied, they start giving their own tours. A commitment of 2 to 4 hours per week is required. Candidates should be passionate about art history and have a group-leader attitude. Please note that only two students per semester are accepted. An official certificate is issued upon completion of the volunteering period.


ASSISTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES PRACTICUM
I Ragazzi di Sipario co-operative

Course Structure
Practicum: 4 hours/week; 40 hours total
Seminar: 1 and a half hour/week; 18 hours total
Credits: 3

Thanks to this co-op, people with disabilities have the chance to work in a restaurant that serves the general public located in the heart of Florence, and to participate in many labs organized and led by professionals and volunteers. An English language course is part of these offerings and students have the opportunity to volunteer as English teachers, running their own class for groups of people with disabilities
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TEACHING ASSISTANT PRACTICUM
Local kindergarten & primary schools

Course Structure
Practicum: 4 hours/week teaching; 40 hours total
Seminar: 1 and a half hour/week; 18 hours total
Credits: 3

ISI Florence students are placed in local kindergartens and primary schools to assist English-language teachers, enhancing a creative learning environment. The teaching assistants are often asked to create lesson plans, propose activities, and lead class discussions. Also, students with a good level of Italian may give one-to-one tutoring (age 9-14) in the afternoon. This opportunity is designed for students who are interested in interacting with children and teenagers while simultaneously improving their teaching skills and Italian comprehension. An official certificate is issued upon completion.