Because people always associate Italy with big cities such as Venice, Florence, Rome, you name it…
Undoubtedly, these cities are very important both to Italy and to the world with their historical, cultural heritage as well as in terms of food and language. But can you truly see and understand the Italian culture in such cities? Can you learn Italian in a big city? The truth is that those cities host millions of tourists every year and the locals adapt to them; therefore, the interactions between foreigners and locals has become more of a business rather than an authentic cultural exchange.

Italy is a big country with a rich culture, and we urge you to discover the true side of it, made up of villages unknown by most. Try to connect with the real culture, look for the little communities, enter the small shops and little coffee shops unknown to Tripadvisor or even Google.

However, we understand that it is not so easy to have such trips, especially from an organizational point of view.
That is why we are proud to be a unique program that allows you to get exposed to the true Italian culture. In fact, our mission is connecting cultures and languages.
Joinki has a big future ahead,  we think of you as part of it!

What is your favourite travel memory?


My favorite travel memory was living in Belgium at the age of 17 for one year as exchange student. The program I applied for gave me an opportunity to get in touch with a lot of different cultures and a lot of different life styles. I had a chance to study and live with Belgian people and most of all to be fluent in  French . I understood the importance of communication and acceptance and especially the importance of not judging straightaway what looks different but trying to understand it with an open mind.


Why should an applicant choose Joinki?


Joinki’s main motto is “Languages are the connector between cultures and people”. Language is not just a part of a country or culture, it is a way of thinking, the way of living. To understand this concept is nowadays extremely prominent. That’s what Joinki offers and that’s why I believe an applicant should choose our program. Joinki gives the opportunity to connect the Italian culture and language to other realities where both language tutors and host families gain advantages. 


What is the best story you’ve heard from a return student?


One of our tutors wrote: “I’m so happy that I was able to live with a real Italian family and travel through Italy not like a tourist, but like I were one of the citizens”. That’s what Joinki also wants to show: that there is a possibility to live a real experience with a real Italian family in a true Italian environment. 


If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?


The program Joinki offers is in my opinion a great opportunity to take. If I were an applicant I would definitely choose it! Joinki’s program is a true cocktail of culture, language, people, nature, wonderful experiences and great achievements. Joinki tutors have the possibility to put themselves on the line, to let Italian people discover their language and culture, and in return tutors are able to explore Italian natural and cultural heritage and to learn a different from their own life style.


What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?


What differentiates Joinki’s program from other cultural programs is its continuous search for the best quality and best experiences to offer to its participants. Every tutor is unique and Joinki offers him/her its customised and exclusive experience. I’m proud of Joinki’s team every time we receive positive feedback from our participants. They encourage us to go on and improve. It’s important to us to understand that we are on a right track. 


What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?


People are, of course, a biggest factor in being a successful company. Working in a team gives the company way more ideas and inspirations than one of the members just working alone. Moreover, it is not just who works for Joinki who makes it successful, but also the tutors and host families who are continuously giving the company a big urge and motivation. 

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Why did you choose this program?

Joinki’s purpose statement interested me right away. They are motivated to connect foreign people with the Italian culture through language. Isn’t it so simple, yet brilliant? Moreover, Joinki has a great team that is interested in providing the best experience for a participant. I realized this after an interview with their manager, who kindly led me through the process and the next steps to take. I was assured that this program and all the people involved really would take care of me and let me have that connection with the Italian culture Joinki is striving for.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Joinki organized a few excursions with the rest of the participants, so we were able to meet and get to know each other. Also, weekly Italian language lessons with the nicest teacher I have ever had. On the first day of my program, the manager met me and explained about region’s transportation, maps, must-visit places. Plus, she was always available if I had any questions regarding anything at all.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone going on your program?

I would advise everyone who chooses Joinki to be open-minded and ready to be mind-blown. The people and natural wonders of the region will give you the best experience of your life. Get up early every morning to watch sunrise (you are not going to regret it); you will also get done more this way. Also, try to step out of your comfort zone in that way you will actually be able to learn some new aspects of life in a different country. Additionally, try to bring your own materials (children books, dictionaries, textbooks) to teach a language that you will. It saves up so much time and makes the process easier since you will come prepared.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

You would spend 3-4 hours a day on teaching English to family members. If you choose to do it in the morning, you would have more time to go around and explore the region during the rest of the day. To be completely honest, your schedule in this program depends on your agreement with a family you are staying with. There will be a few meetings with Joinki participants that you will schedule beforehand and, of course, weekly Italian language lesson that you schedule with your own teacher. Weekends are free for you to wander further away from the region.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I didn’t really know what to expect because it was my first experience abroad all by myself. I was afraid that of a thought that I won’t like it and that I would feel too homesick that I would quit. I overcame my fears when I met a wonderful family I was staying with. They really made me feel safe and like home. Also, the Joinki team who constantly checked up on me and encouraged me to explore Italy with them. I forgot about all those fears within a first few days in the country. It was amazing how fast I felt good being in a foreign country.

What did you like most in the program?

Joinki became like a family to me. I still keep in touch with the manager and the family I taught English to. We joke around, we share news. Now that I think about it, I wouldn’t have spent my summer anywhere else. If I could, I would have stayed for longer even. This program made me feel welcome. I can truly say that I got that unique taste of culture and I lived like a true Italian, which was one of the best experiences of my life

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Why did you choose this program?

After a long and thorough research of possible summer opportunities, finding Joinki was a real success. I chose Joinki because it was a great chance to live a true Italian life in the beautiful region of Trentino and at the same time give something back to the community. All the help that the Joinki team provides to its applicants even before being chosen showed how reliable and great this program was.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

First things first: the Joinki has stated very clearly what is it going to assist me with and what am I supposed to organize. This was something that I appreciated a lot because being clear on such topics makes everyone’s lives easier.

Joinki has organized most of the things within the frames of the program and has left me with minor things to worry about. Another thing that I have appreciated a lot about Joinki was the pieces of advice that I could get from the team anytime about questions of all kinds.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone going on your program?

1 Learn life lessons from Italians – especially when it comes to enjoying life to its fullest.

2 Make sure you get the best out of your time in Italy as it is all in your hands.

3 Bear in mind that time is not infinite and you will not even realize how fast time is flying.

4 Eat as much gelato (aka ice cream) as you can – it is heavenly!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average day/week of a participant of Joinki program may vary from tutor to tutor due to the placing situation. In my case, I lived with a beautiful host family of four (mother, father, son and daughter), where I was supposed to tutor kids who were five and seven years old at the time. During the weekdays, my host family was gone for work, and I used this time to study Italian, travel around and hang out with other tutors who lived near me. In the evenings, I joined the host mother and we went for a walk with the kids and practiced speaking in English. Some other times we would arrange actual classes when I was teaching English.

The evenings were one of my favorite times of the day, as the whole family was getting together, we were having delicious Italian food (prepared by the super talented cook – host mother) and talking about different topics.

I was very lucky with my host family as they were very active and positive people. They were very open and always happy to share their beautiful culture and country with me. During the weekends, they arranged road trips around the region and showed me the breathtaking Italian sites. We have gone on hikes, visited beautiful lakes, went to the nearby cities and did all kinds of different activities.

In other words, my days/weeks were very diverse and active during all six weeks, which made my experience even more unforgettable.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?
My biggest fear at the beginning was that I would not be able to absorb the culture well enough as I did not know Italian. However, I was fortunate that Joinki program provided me with free Italian tutoring lessons, which helped me a lot throughout the experience and made me fall in love with that beautiful language.

Should the Reader apply for Joinki?
If you are a person who is interested in the Italian culture and wants to have the time of his/her life, you should apply for the Joinki program without any doubts. It is a beautiful opportunity for you to get out of your comfort zone, learn, explore and have a wonderful time.

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It has been 3 months since I left Italy and I can’t believe time has passed so fast. There is no day or night that I don’t think about the amazing experience I lived there, because it definitely changed my life, made me a better person, and gave me so many memories that will always be in my heart! There is no day that I don’t think about going back to Trentino, there is a famous quote that states “People always go back to those places where they loved life”. I loved my life during my time in Italy; every single day was full of happiness, new knowledge and laughs; and that is why I am sure I will go back there soon or later. I am always in touch with my Italian family, and you cannot imagine how much I miss them, I can’t wait to see them and hug them again! Being a JOINKI TUTOR, has been by far the most incredible experience I’ve had in my life! Thank you JOINKI, Thank you Italy, Thank you Sabrina, Paola, Andrea, and Mafalda!


(Catalina – Colombia)

Abbiamo ospitato Daria, attraverso il progetto Joinki per due mesi per la lingua inglese. Per noi è stata una bellissima esperienza. Daria ha saputo dosare la propria presenza al punto giusto. Tutta la famiglia è stata coinvolta, con percorsi diversificati per ciascuno di noi. È nata con Daria un’amicizia. Joinki ha saputo connetterci con la persona giusta.

(Michele e Monica)