Teaching English in southern Italy has never been more important, or more rewarding. Thanks to new funding sources, public schools have reanimated their curriculums, opening doors for learners and teachers alike.The P.O.N. (Programma Operativo Nazionale) 2007 – 2013 enlists European funds to enrich the cultural and educational experiences of students in “at-risk” rural Italian communities. Since its introduction to the regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily, the search for capable EFL teachers has been ongoing. The demand is so high that some of the more remote public schools postponed or canceled their projects last year because they were unable to find qualified candidates. Unfortunately, now that the government has organized funds for quality education, there is nobody to fulfill the task.Candidates need to have some previous experience and a recognized TEFL certification on their resumes, which must be in the European Format. Applicants are chosen based on the total number of points awarded to each qualification and relevant experience listed. If potential “esperti” teachers can prove their suitability , they will be compensated on many levels; a collaborator’s contract with a public school, an hourly wage of (up to) EUR70, a network of contacts, and the chance to change students’ lives.EFL teachers who are EU citizens and want to teach English in Italian schools should not miss this opportunity. Even those who are not EU citizens should consider the idea if they are willing to go through some red tape – something of which there will probably be less if recruiting problems continue.P.O.N. courses start in January or February and end in early June; enough time for teachers to fulfill their dreams of working and living in Italy while helping Italian students realize their own.