Joinki the Culture Connector
Joinki the Culture Connector Programs
Become part of the Joinki Language Tutor Program in Italy. This opportunity offers you a whole new way of experiencing cultural exchange, since you will be given the chance...
Joinki the Culture Connector Reviews
Unique Italian Experience
Submitted by Luisa Gomes - University of Colorado - Boulder | June 18, 2018
When I first found Joinki online, I got really excited about the program. I really got a feeling that the staff of Joinki cared for their tutors and really took their time to make sure you were placed in a family that matched with your interests for the month long program. When I arrived, I felt very welcomed not only by the family but also by Sabrina and never did I feel like I was lacking anything. Beyond helping the family I was with with English, I was also volunteered at a high school, helping in the English classes. I also had mentioned I was interested in learning Italian and Joinki made sure I had plenty of resources to learn the language and I actually ended up leaving with a decent knowledge of Italian. Sometimes with the family it was a bit unclear what they wanted in terms of English help but we made it work and tried different tutoring methods until we found the best one for each family member. Through Joinki we also got to go on a few trips with some of the other tutors and it was really amazing to explore the region. Trentino was a wonderful location that I really didn't know much about and now am completely in love. I really recommend this program for anyone look for a true language exchange experience. Not only do you get to teach the family, but you also get to experience the Italian culture and learn some of their customs. The Joinki staff is extremely helpful and they take their time to tailor the experience to your interests and are always checking up on you to make sure everything is well. Thank you Joinki for giving me an unforgettable few weeks in Trentino!
Joinki the Culture Connector responded to this review June 22, 2018 at 6:07 AM
Thanks Karla for being part of Joinki. Waiting for you in Italy again!
Submitted by Rishi Bagga - Johns Hopkins University | May 13, 2018
I participated in this program as a Language Tutor for 6 weeks in April and May 2018. Engaging in this experience was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only was I given the extremely rewarding opportunity of teaching English and chess in a school in Northern Italy as well as improving my host's ability to speak English, I was able to learn in-depth about the culture and lifestyle of people in the Trentino region. The program provided me with an Italian tutor who also worked as a tour guide in the area and took me to different restaurants and museums and explained the history embedded in the region. This allowed me to learn the Italian language and also understand in detail everything that happened in the past in Italy and specifically in the Trentino region. The director of the program also took the language tutors on various excursions including trips to Lake Garda and hiking in the canyons near Val di Non.
At the school I taught at, all of the teachers were very nice and inviting and the students were also all very curious and social, making going to the school very enjoyable.
Trento is an excellent place to spend time as the University of Trento is there, which makes it easy to meet and become friends with the students of the University. Trento is also in an excellent location in Northern Italy, which allowed me to take trips to many cities including Milan, Venice, Verona, Innsbruck, and many others.
The host I was placed was very nice and hospitable. He cooked meals quite frequently or would take me to restaurants in Trento. However, we did many things outside of working on English and eating together. We went hiking multiple times in the mountains surrounding Trento, letting us see some of the most beautiful views in the world. We watched many football matches as he was a fan of AC Milan. We went to a world class circus that was sold-out in Trento. He even had a friend of his take me on a helicopter ride through the mountains. As he had resided in Trento for 20+ years, he was able to give me a lot of tips on what to do in the area and pass on a lot of knowledge about the city.
Overall, I would say that this was one of the most fun and educational experiences of my life and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to go abroad or learn about a new culture.
Elena in bella Italia
Submitted by Elena - TU Dortmund | March 28, 2018
I do not exaggerate when I say that I had a fantastic time in Trentino. I always felt very welcome as I had a great host family and the Joinki staff was always present. Therefore, I felt safe and very well cared for. I was a language tutor in a Primary School as well as in a Middle School and it was great seeing the students' but also the family's improvement in the German language. However, I could also improve my Italian. In my free time I could see a lot of beautiful places nearby.
I warmely recommend this program for everyone who likes to meet lovely people, a cultural exchange and who likes pizza ;)
Joinki the Culture Connector responded to this review March 30, 2018 at 3:34 AM
Thanks Elena, waiting for you again in Trentino.
Ari's stay in Italy
Submitted by Ari - Queensland University of Technology | February 28, 2018
Joinki is a fantastic program that allowed me to improve on myself as well as give me the opportunity to teach English in a variety of settings. Living with a family gave me a deeper insight into the culture and I felt like a local instead of a tourist. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to live in another culture, challenge themselves and likes working with people. My world has certainly gotten bigger because I worked with Joinki.
Joinki the Culture Connector responded to this review March 02, 2018 at 6:55 AM
Thanks Ari for being such a wonderful person and English tutor. Many thanks for considering us, the young and energetic Joinki .
Ciao dall' Italia che ti vuole bene.
Leben wie eine Italienerin
Submitted by Sandra - Hamburg Germany | December 06, 2017
Ich werde diese wundervolle Zeit in Italien nie mehr vergessen! In meiner Schule in Deutschland habe ich Italienisch und während Schüleraustauschen die italienische Kultur kennen gelernt. Mir hat dies sehr gefallen und ich wollte es gerne umdrehen. Dafür ist Joinki perfekt. Ich war für 2 Monate in Tuenno, einem kleinen Dorf mitten in den Bergen von Trentino, in einer super netten und liebenswerten Gastfamilie. Ich hatte die Möglichkeit meiner Gastfamilie die deutsche Sprache beizubringen und die deutsche Kultur in den Alltag mit einfließen zu lassen.
Während meiner Zeit in Italien war ich Vormittags immer in der Schule, um bei den Deutschstunden die Lehrer zu unterstützen und die restlichen Stunden durfte ich dem Unterricht folgen, um meine Sprachfähigkeiten zu erweitern und auszubauen. Durch den direkten Kontakt mit den Schülern und der Gastfamilie hat man viele neue Redewendungen, aber auch Gewohnheiten kennen gelernt.
Alle 2 Wochen haben wir (alle Tutoren zusammen) einen Ausflug gemacht, der von Joinki organisiert und begleitet wurde. Somit haben wir viele wunderschöne Orte besucht und eine tolle Zeit zusammen erlebt. Ebenso habe ich auch mit meiner Gastfamilie und auch manchmal mit den anderen Sprachtutorinnen selbstständig Ausflüge in die Natur unternommen. Es war einfach wunderschön andere Landschaften, als bei einem zu Hause, zu sehen. So haben wir zum Beispiel eine Wanderung zu einem Wasserfall oder auch auf einen 2600 Meter hohen Berg gemacht. Die Aussicht war einfach athemberaubend.
Wenn man sich auf eine andere Kultur einlässt, kann man unglaublich viele neue Erfahrungen sammeln. Ich würde es immer wieder tun!