The Benedict Schools in Italy have run for some time. They did have excellent reputation, but one of their branches is terrible and should be avoided. I am referring to Benedict School in Pomigliano D'arco (near Naples). It is a small school which has falsely advertised for TEFL teachers, offering them support which does not even exist. It is one of the worst schools in Naples. The school has very limited resources and not enough books for teachers. There is no teacher resource room and no computers for teachers to use. There is just a Wi-Fi connection which is not even stable. Teachers have to use an empty classroom as a place to prepare lessons and often get moved around or told to leave unless they have a lesson. The receptionist, Valentina, is really sweet and nice. But she is forced to take care of many things, and without enough energy so she is rather pathetic. The poor girl is over-worked to do reception, admin, be a course manager and more. So she can get rather hard up and bitter. Benedict School has a low number of staff and they do not look after their teachers well.
This school is a family run school, but managed with lack of resources and lack of professionalism. This is because the ageing owner has brought in her clueless daughter into the business as an assistant director. I was treated aggressively and rudely by the Assistant Director. Her name is Elsa Carmen Leone and she is a rude and cold mannered person. She does not give enough resources to Teachers and forces them to share with each other. She occasionally gets very stressed up and uses offensive language and is difficult to approach for help and support. Elsa is the daughter of the ageing owner of this school. She is being groomed to take over the school, so she has been pushed into a Director position with barely a few years of experience. She is a spoilt girl who has little manners and respect for other people. Elsa claims to give you all the support you need... and occasionally she can be nice and helpful if she is in a good mood. But she is generally a moody woman and not so pleasant. The school has gone worse because Elsa has to be so fucking rude. She is a little wild and rough but sometimes she likes to suddenly flirt with a male teacher and expects you to buy her drinks. Elsa is desperately looking for a good guy to treat her right, but it is so hard for her because she is fat and not so charming as she thinks. She needs her make-up just to look a bit normal. Poor Elsa needs to realise that she is fat, rather ugly and needs to stop being rude!! She wants to be queen of English, and yet she needs to learn the language right. She is assistant director, but she needs to know about teaching. She flirts with men who are out of her league as she is fat and ugly. The only time she is nice and pleasant is when she wants something from you, and you are definitely in her social circles if you suck up to her. Elsa is a spiteful bitch who really exploits you so be careful. She treats teaching staff in a cheap manner and makes working at the school a real hassle. A nice thing about her is that occasionally there is a piss-up at a bar and Elsa will take you out for drinks... but you need to pay all the time and even pay for Elsa sometimes!! She is a selfish bimbo, but that's OK because she is the owner's little girl. Elsa give favours to teachers who satisfy her needs! She takes out her stress on other people for not being able to do her job properly.
A good thing is that you are given accommodation. It is advertised in the job advert as being cheap and modern, really great.... but actually it is not modern and quite basic. There is no central heating and you will share with other teachers, paying about 250 Euros for a room plus 85 Euros for utilities. There is a senior teacher at the school who lives at the flat. He is an Irish guy called Donal Kennedy and he can help you out if you are very nice with him. Donal is a homosexual in his 60s. He can be rather racist and insensitive at times, especially when he is drunk. Donal is a nightmare to live with. It's best to stay out of his way. The kitchen is rather small and Donal takes up most of it with his beers, spirits and food. He tells Elsa all kinds of lies about you if he does not like you. You better learn to suck Donal's cock really good if you want to get on with him. The accommodation is provided which is good, but there is no modern heating and just old radiators. Winters can get cold in the flat and the electricity can often do down. It can not handle all the modern appliances. The best thing about this school is that it is located near Naples.