Jet Set Zero Italy: The Adventure Begins!Dispatches from the Road, Italy, Websites and Blogs — By Sarah A on July 7, 2010 at 6:00 am
By Sarah Amandolare
LG Entertainment Editor
Who among us hasn’t considered dropping everything and jetting off to Italy? Four very lucky young women from the U.S. and Scotland have made that pipe dream a reality, ditching their lives back home in favor of La Dolce Vita. They are the new cast of Jet Set Zero, and they’ve begun teaching English to Italian children, squeezing in cliff-jumping, Nutella-laden breakfasts and open mic nights whenever possible. We’ll be following the girls’ Italian exploits each week, beginning with cast member Courtney Scott’s wrap-up below. Follow the links for photos, videos and the girls’ blog posts on the Jet Set Zero website.
Although we’ve only been here a little over one week, our lives have been completely turned upside down in the best sense possible. We all arrived with different goals and have left different things behind, but now we’ve come together to teach English as a team, and discover an Italy that most people have never experienced.
One might ask how to spend a week in the Riviera on a shoestring budget…the answer is easy: we got a job! All four of us teach English for a company called ACLE, with orientation week taking place in Sanremo. Since Lynne and Courtney have worked for the company before, they’ve been brought on as teacher-trainers. Sarah and Perrin, meanwhile, were on information overload as new ACLE inductees.
Unwinding, Italian Style
To combat the 10-hour days of orientation, we had several tactics: abundant sausages, gelato tastings, midday swims and an open mic night where Courtney pulled out Peggy Lee’s “Fever,” accompanied by cameraman Bogdan on the drums, and Lynne threw a little Scottish “Granny off a Bus.”
First Teaching Assignments
Our trial day of teaching had Sarah contemplating a tube tie, but after a second round of angelic Italian children, we were all ready to get our teach on.
Before leaving Sanremo, we were invited to a special evening in the magical mountaintop village of Baiardo. There, we hiked, BBQ’d with the village people, and woke up the next morning ready to face our first full camp. On Friday we learned out our fates, receiving our first teaching placement: Roccafranca, in the Brescia region of Northern Italy.
Keeping Up With the Cast
Stay close to The Lost Girls for weekly wrap-ups of our adventures, and get a daily dose of the Italy cast at Jet Set Zero. Join our Facebook group for a chance to win a magnum of Nutella (more details to come). And don’t forget out tweets: @courtscott is tweeting for the @jetsetzero Italy team.