Summer Blog

Meet Grace:

Grace Koepele spent the summer teaching English throughout Italy. Read her past blog posts about her teaching and travel adventures!






Grace’s Last Week of Camp

My last week of camp with ACLE took me to the beautiful beach town of Marotta, in the east-central region of Marche on the Adriatic Sea. With a completely new crew of coworkers, the sea a brief walk from our school, and activities planned each and every evening; it was an exciting way to end my time with ACLE.
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Boom! Shake It Up, Shake It Up

The second part of camp in Cimadolmo continued to keep us on our toes—we took an evening trip to the nearby city of Treviso, challenged our campers with various escape rooms, enjoyed a surprise visit from Carl the singing guitar man, took a field trip to Venice, and conducted a second scavenger hunt all in the first three days! Read more

Third Time’s The Charm

My third camp of the summer brought me to Cimadolmo, a small town nestled among the Prosecco hills of the northern Veneto region of Italy. Along with a South-African, a Canadian, and a fellow Michigander, we had an incredibly eventful first week. Read more

The author, a young woman, poses with a young boy while both wear climbing gear.

No Limits

The second half of camp in Mogliano-Veneto brought a new wave of post-camp activities, tested limits, and Independence Day traditions—both exciting and slightly terrifying. Read more

Hot, Hotter, Hottest

The first half of my second two-week camp with ACLE was one of superlatives. While my previous camp in Vicenza brought what I thought to be many coworkers, campers, and hot days, this week in Mogliano-Veneto boasted the most. Read more

When in Doubt, Sing it Out

The past two weeks in Vicenza were a whirlwind, but in the best possible way. With four host sisters, five coworkers, 30+ mosquito bites, and 60+ campers—there was never a dull moment. Read more

Starting in Sanremo

After landing in Milan exploring for a day, I took a train to the gorgeous city of Sanremo to begin my orientation training for ACLE. The orientation took place at the mountaintop Nyala Suite Hotel along with 45 other native English speakers . . . read more