yes, same for me - contacted the actual school MT Languages who said they have never posted any advertisements for teaching positions, and that they have had other similar enquiries. Everything in the advertisement, and consequent emails is fake.
As you wrote, yes it is a scam when they write "Visa assistance for Non-EU teachers".
Schools in Italy are famous for not paying much, just enough to pay the rent and eat a little. The salary mentioned in the email is not typical, for sure "Excellent salary: € 2,600 to € 2,700 depending on qualifications and experience"
Schools in Italy do NOT provide western style accommodation. It's always old and cold in winter and expensive. "Free accommodation: Western style"
Schools in Italy do not pay for flights because they hire teachers from the UK or nearby in Europe. "Flight allowance provided"
The scammers used the physical address provided to the domain registrar when the real school got their domain mtlanguages.it in 2004 http://whois.domaintools.com/mtlanguages.it: they tried very hard to confuse their victims. Thank you for exposing their scam, you will save money and heartbreaks to many candidates.
After reading a scam report posted here, I noticed some similarities between the message I read here and the message I received below. I found this post on ESL Employment, and applied. About 4 days later I received this email, and at the time I obviously believed it was a good deal, and proceeded to the Skype interview. At this time I wasn't thinking to clearly, and felt slightly uncertain about the position. Then I stumbled across a post made here, that sounded quite similar to the one I received below.
What attracted me before knowing the salary was the "Non-EU citizenship assistance". Also I have always wanted to work in Europe, and visit Italy some day. So this is a warning to anyone who comes across this post, as I now strongly feel it is a scam.
High Paying Young Learner & Adult Teaching Jobs in Milano, Italy.
Position: Full time English language teacher
Students: All ages (Teachers are allowed to teach their preferred age)
Locations: Milano, Italy.
Interview: Via Skype
Start date: May, June or July.
We are looking for motivated and inspiring Language teachers with a creative flair and a thirst for adventure.
Our high academic standards and fun learning environment have established our schools as the very best in Italy. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to work with a friendly teaching team where your creativity will be valued and your teaching will really make a difference to students’ lives.
The MT Languages was created in 2000 as a professional implementation of the passion for foreign languages of its owner.
In recent years, its presence in the field of language services has been constantly strengthened: reliability, precision and enthusiasm, his capable staff, we have determined the success and appreciation from its customers.
We provide exceptional teaching materials, the latest educational technology with interactive white boards and have friendly teaching teams, supportive management, and offer a generous compensation package.
We have positions teaching kindergarten kids, young learners aged 3 to 12, teenagers, university students or adult students. Whatever your preference for age group, we have suitable options for you to consider. We also have positions that teach all ages groups, which is a good way to build a greater variety of teaching experiences.
Our class sizes are kept small to an average of 8-12 students which allows for noticeable progress to be made and also makes classroom management that much easier.
Maximum of 25 hours teaching per week
Assist in the placement testing and interviewing of new students
Carry out teaching related responsibilities including, but not limited to demonstration classes
Attend centre social events
Excellent salary: € 2,600 to € 2,700 depending on qualifications and experience
Free accommodation: Western style, near the school
Flight allowance provided
Visa assistance for Non-EU teachers
12 days public holidays plus 10 days extra holidays
Health insurance provided
Free Italian lessons
Staff trips and events
On-going training and academic support
TEFL certificate preferred
Teaching experience preferred
Plenty of passion and energy
Ready to learn
How to Apply
Please send the following to us via e-mail
Recent, smart photo
Passport photo page (scan)
Degree & TEFL certificates (scan)
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Mr. Giorgio Sottsass
Indirizzo: Via Bernardino Verro, 89,
20141 Milano, Italy
End of Email
After this and the Skype interview, I asked them these questions and have yet to get a response.
"Before I can agree to this contract and its terms, I have some questions I would like answered. The offer sounds amazing, but I need these questions to be answered in order for me to move forward comfortably.
1) What ages would I be teaching?
2) Do you have your own teaching materials/curriculum?
3) I would like more details about the position. What a typical day would be like teaching in your school?
4) What is the process for the visa assistance? I did not receive any documents from you explaining this process"