I'm in my 30's and I have the travel bug stuck in me. I'd like to move to Europe for about 6-9 months, but I really don't know where to begin. In a previous posting, I noticed that you mentioned to have at least 3 months worth of money in hand, but how much is that...how exactly do you guage that? Does one need to plan their finances the same way they do for a trip, for example $50-100/day.
Can I look for a job once I'm there or should I do that from home? Also, I don't speak any Italian, is that going to be a problem in finding a job? Any web sites or advice on where to begin would be very helpful.
mmm generally here in Rome, there are many simple works in pub's, in rent car or other things to international touorists...
but i think that a little of italian needed to "survive" in Rome or in other place in italy.
To start, i think that it's better come in Rome to learn a little of language, live of every days and how it's expensive live.
Rome in this years became very expensive, but i think that some simple place, if some can search well to low cost there are too...
Europe is more expensive than USA and Italy is no exception to the contrary. As for jobs. As a non-EU citizen you need a work permit and they are not easy to get. Besides, I just read a research report that Italian employers are the most notorious in the entire Europe in discriminating agains foreigners among job seekers. This is not to discourage you, just to let you know what to expect. Besides, Italians, in general, do not really appreciate broken Italian, which is an additional problem. If you have some rare qualifications - or very good contacts - you may manage without much Italian. Otherwise be prepared for badly paid odd jobs, if any. Still, Italy is worth the hassle, so good luck.
I worked in Italy on a few assignments, but my employer was a US company, who sent me over to their Italian subsidiary, so I have no experience applying for a job in Italy or working for an Italian boss to share with you. And I am a citizen of EU, so I did not need any work permit. And I was paid an extra tax-free per diems of $2700 a month to cover the higher cost of living in Italy, not including the cost of accomodation and transportation ( a rented car, gas, etc) which were fully covered by my employer. Witrh those expenses covered I had no problem to manage on only my per-diems. Hope this helps.
Thank you for the most helpful advice. I will definitely take that into consideration. I'm also looking into TEFL programs as well...so we shall see what happens.