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Benedict School Naples
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 and rude. The poor girl is over-worked to do reception, admin, be a course manager and more. So she can get 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. 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 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. She 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. The only time she is nice and pleasant is when she wants something from you, and you are definately 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.
A good thing is that you are given accommodation at this school. 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 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. If Donal does not like you, then he makes sure that Elsa will not like you. You better learn to suck Donal's cock really good if you want to get on with him and Elsa.
So, to sum up, this is a small school with a serious lack of resources and rude staff. No computers for teachers, no direct access to printing, no dedicated room for teachers to prepare classes, not enough books and resources for teachers. The assistant director, Elsa, is a rude and selfish bitch. Also, the senior teacher, Donal, is a disgusting and racist person who makes living in the flat terrible. He works well with Elsa as a pair of rude and racist people who are selfish and unprofessional. If you are really lucky, then Elsa and Donal will both like you, and you might have some good times. Benedict School is a unfriendly school, where teaching staff have little chance for socialising. It is a very lonely and depressing place to work.