A Cultural Experience in Italy

UM College of Arts & Sciences undergraduate student to teach English abroad through selective volunteer program
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University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences undergrad Josh Marzano, ’16, a double major in Spanish and Women’s and Gender Studies, was selected as one out of 50 students to participate in the volunteer program VoluntarItaly, a project sponsored by the Dante Alighieri Society-Michigan Chapter.


The program promotes linguistic and cultural experiences for U.S. volunteers living in Italy for three weeks during the summer to teach the English language to Italian children and teenagers.

“To me, VoluntarItaly is an opportunity for reciprocal learning,” said Marzano. “I’m excited to share with the people I meet my experience of being an American while at the same time learning from them and absorbing all I can about Italian culture. I’m looking forward to using this experience in Italy as an opportunity to try to reconnect with my Italian heritage, primarily through improving my Italian language skills, but also through trying, to the best of my ability, to trace my Italian ancestry.” 

Marzano, who worked in Madrid as an intern for the community of Madrid’s LGBT program, is currently creating a LGBTQ English curriculum project with the hopes to engage high school students in discussions of LGBT experiences as they relate to topics such as coming out and gender and sexual norms.


April 06, 2016