Teaching English in Brazil can be one of the most fun and rewarding ways to work and travel. Brazil is the largest South American country and by far one of the most vibrant places to visit. With street carnivals and samba dancing, cosmopolitan cities and breathtaking tropical forests, there is always something fun to do. If you are a native English speaker and want to travel to Brazil and earn some money whilst you are there, this guide will tell you everything you need to do to make that happen.
The following 4 questions and answers cover everything you need to know about teaching jobs in Brazil:
- Do I need a working Visa and is that complicated to get?
- Do I need to speak Portuguese?
- Do I need any qualifications?
- Where can I work and how much will I earn there?
Visa Requirements for Teachings Jobs In Brazil
Let’s start with the elephant in the room – do you need a working visa to teach English in Brazil and is that complicated to get? The answer is yes and yes, but as always, there is a way around it. In order to work in Brazil legally you need a working visa. This will be sponsored by an employer and can be costly and a rather bureaucratic process. The most common institutions that will help you with getting a working visa are international schools.
Please note that is very common for English teachers to teach English in Brazil on a tourist or student visa, but that is not always legal. Some employers are keen to avoid the lengthy process of working visas and are very likely to offer you employment on a tourist visa. Do ensure to check the legal implications of this with your employer and your embassy.
Language Requirements When Teaching English In Brazil
Do I need to speak Portuguese? When you teach English as a foreign language in Brazil, or anywhere else in the world, is rarely a requirement to speak the local language. Most institutions want you to carry out the classes in English only, so you can easily get away with not speaking a word of Portuguese. However, some basic language skills could help you to engage your students and even explain things they might not understand in English only. Having some knowledge of the local language is also great for living and travelling. If you don’t speak any Portuguese, you can always take a course when you arrive there. Some teaching internships might include free language courses, so check that in advance with your employer.
Qualifications Requirements For Teaching English As A Foreign Language
What qualifications do I need? If you want to teach English as a foreign language in Brazil, you need a certificate from one of the accredited TEFL courses. TEFL, which stands for teach English as a foreign language, is the formal qualification that gives you the necessary knowledge and skills to teach English abroad. If you want to earn a good salary and work for a respectable institution, the TEFL accreditation is a must. Premier TEFL has a great selection of high quality TEFL and English courses, which have been professionally written and externally accredited. To find out a TEFL course that best suits your needs, browse the Premier selection here.
Different Opportunities To Teach English As A Foreign Language In Brazil
What type of teaching jobs can I find in Brazil? Now that you understood the visa and language requirements and what qualifications you need, there is only one more thing to learn about teaching English in Brazil and that’s the type of TEFL jobs you can get. The great news is that there is a growing demand for native English teachers in Brazil, especially in the capital and other large cities. You can find teaching jobs in schools and universities or you can also give private lessons.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Schools
Since Brazil is a very large country, with a 200 million population and 15 large cities, there are opportunities to teach English across the country. However, Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro are the hot spots, both for tourists and English teachers. You can expect to earn between $800 and $1500 per month for a full time job. This will include about 25 hours of classroom per week plus preparation. The standard working hours are 8am to 6pm, so you can expect your timetable to fit around that. If you can’t find a job in a public school, one of the best alternatives is to work with a language school or academy. They usually recruit from spring to summer and offer you opportunities to teach students at different levels, from young learners to business professionals.
Teach English as a Private Tutor
The best way to earn well whilst teaching English in Brazil is to offer private lessons. These are better paid and very flexible, giving you enough time to travel around. However, you do need some contacts, so you might want to first work with a school or academy and then find your own students and become a freelancer. As a private tutor you can set your own rates and work one-on-one or with small groups. You can work with business professionals, university students or even young learners.
Extra Tips To Make Your Teaching Experience in Brazil Awesome
- Always get qualified to ensure a higher paid job or have the professional status to charge higher for private classes
- Avoid applying for jobs in January and February as the Brazilians will be on holiday (although this is a great time to travel there)
- The currency in Brazil is Brazilian Reals and you will be paid in that (it’s worth researching it to ensure you understand its value when you live in Brazil)
- The Rio de Janeiro Carnival always starts on a Friday, 40 days before Easter, and lasts for 40 days (if you visit Brazil, you want to be part of this amazing celebration)