- You don’t need to know Italian to participate…
Community engagement options such as English tutoring at a local high school do not require any previous knowledge of Italian or past teaching experience, just a positive attitude and willingness to go a bit out of your comfort zone. (Pro tip: knowing what teenagers think is cool may also come in handy – check Instagram if you’re unsure.)
Looking instead to tap into Perugia’s rich and lengthy history? CESP 352: Museum Studies: Seminar and Practicum will allow you to use your English as a cultural ambassador, promoting Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture through exhibitions, conferences, and guided tours.
- …But if you do, community engagement is a great way to practice!
If you’re interested in speaking Italian outside the classroom, check out CESP 354: Critical Disabilities Studies: Seminar and Practicum with VIVA Sports Association. Italian isn’t a requirement, but it may be helpful when cheering on your teammates through an obstacle course or the final rally of a ping pong tournament.
Progetto Pigotta at the local UNICEF chapter will allow you to pick up not only some useful Italian phrases, but sewing as well! Come hang out with some of the warmest, retired Italian teachers the city has to offer, show off your creative side, and fundraise for mothers and children in the developing world in the process.
- There are co-curricular and extra-curricular options.
If you’re looking for a course with a community engagement component, Umbra offers a myriad of options: check out ESFS 350: Water Essentials: Sustainable Use of a Limited Resource, ARPH 210: Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Perugia, BSIM 390: International Marketing, PYBS 460: Organizational Behavior: An Evidence-Based Approach, COIN 290: Intercultural Communication, ISLI 330: A Taste for Knowledge: Food in Italian Literature, SOIT 360: Contemporary Italy: Culture, Society, and Trends, STFS 330: Sustainability and Food Production in Italy, or ESUS 310: Placemaking: Creating Sustainable Urban Spaces and Communities.
Course schedule full? You can still participate in one of the many extra-curricular activities!
- You can meet locals and give back to your host community.
Each of these community engagement opportunities will allow you to meet Italians of all ages who are passionate advocates for their city, country, and culture. They are willing to both teach and learn, share and listen. If you feel the same, don’t hesitate to enroll! What you give to your host city will come back to you in unforgettable interactions and rewarding intercultural experiences.
- There is still time to sign up! Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org and Aimée at email@example.com.