Stage in Rome

 Italian language

and culture

The association OIKOS is working since 1979 in collaboration with international volunteers to organize work camps and mid-term volunteer opportunities in Italy. Since we have done a lot of experiences in the field of hosting and working with volunteers, we have understood that the main value is to collect persons with different experiences and from different social backgrounds, sharing the idea of spending their time by participating a collective project.

In this perspective, we encourage the acquisition of intercultural communication skills and cultural knowledge of all participants to the project. Promoting italian language and culture is for us a way to offer to young people the possibility to interact with people of our country and know something about their culture.



The association OIKOS organises language stages with accomodation.The stage is based on the first and second level of Italian language and lasts a period of a week (see the following timetable). The group size is from 2 up to 6 participants (if possible we intend to keep a gender balance).

The participation fee is 300,00 Euro and includes 18 hours of language lessons with the italian language teacher, accomodation and dinner.

 ~ Italian language &culture ~


one WEEK stage

in JUNE / july / august

Rome Stage: Italian language and culture

LOCALITY: The stage takes place in Oikos' headquarter situated in the IX Municipality of Rome, Spinaceto (Via Paolo Renzi 55). The lessons takes place in the same building of your accomodation, the Oikos Hostel. It's a well-served quartier, with a covered market where you can find italian products for good prices, and sourrounded by green areas. Using public transport you can reach the city center in about half an hour.

SCHEDULE: The stage will start with a first day class of 2h, then the participants will have lessons for 3h per day during the following 4 days, having half of the day free. In the last 2 days, classes will take 2h only, in order to leave the possibility to practice the language in life experience. At the end there will be a group meeting to have a feedback.

PROGRAMM: The Italian language and culture stage has two main targets: the acquisition of linguistic and communication skills and their practice in the local cultural dimension.

The language course's aim is both to give begineers a basic knowledge and to improve the linguistic knowledge of participants with precognition. Considering the various background of participants, we structure the lessons and activities depending on the particular needs and interests of participants, which will be communicated during the application. For this reason a detailed programm, with the kind of activities, tasks and grammar elements, will be communicated after the application.

It being to understood that our work is developped in the frame of an international volunteering association, respecting and enhancing her attention to the group dimension, so we will have a collaborative and dynamic approach. With this spirit we will not make any exam or certification, and we will just check the knowledge and needs of everyone in order to sutisfy the whole group. It will be create a multi-level group where everyone will have a "role" and tasks commesurate to his/her skills and knowledge.

Our aim is to allow participants to live one week in Italy practicing everday the communication skills they acquired. In order to do this the course is focused on the everyday situation in which every foreigner finds himself. We indicate below an indicative plan which will be follow in the programm:

Ciao, come ti chiami? Noi e l'Ostello Oikos Know each others and knoe the host structure
Buongiorno! Dov' il bagno? SALUTI Know how to approach people and ask informations
Dov'? Quanto costa? IL MERCATO Know how to ask and get informations
Un biglietto, per favore. AL COLOSSEO Know how to have tour in Rome
Vorrei una pizza margherita, per favore. AL RISTORANTE Know where to eat and how to order
Cosa andiamo a vedere? AL CINEMA Learn something about italian cinema
Dov' l'imbarco? ALL'AEROPORTO Know how to travel in Italy

For leisure time Oikos offers a list with information about the most interesting sites in Rome.

We give also the chance to organise cultural tours and excursions in Rome with the teacher, and other cultural activities such as cinema or collective reading.

ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: The partcipants will be hosted in shared rooms. The daily dinner consisting of typical Italian food is included.

CONDITIONS: The participants have to be aged between 18-30 years old and can come from every part of the world.

For participating, write an e- mail (in English or French) with a photo and indication of your name, gender, age, nationality and period of participation to                                                                                           

The contribute (300,00 Euro) can be payed by bank tranfer:

Name of the Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena Ag 15; via della Musica 2, 00128 Roma
Bank number (ABI): U-01030
Number of the branch office (CAP): 03215
Account number: 14042.46
Account holder: Associazione OIKOS
Code IBAN: IT 10 I 01030 03215 000001404246