Teaching English in Brazil

The largest country in South America, Brazil boasts exotic rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls, beautiful beaches, and alluring coastal cities in which two-thirds of the country’s population lives.

Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Brazil

Typical English Students
  • Adults
Best Time to Get Hired March – August
Typical Start Dates March – August
Average Contract Length 6- to 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Part-time schedules available
Average Salary $700 – $1100 USD per month
Average Cost of Living $700 – $2300 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
  • TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
  • Native speaker of English
Typical Benefits for Teachers
  • Visa assistance
  • Free Portuguese lessons
  • In-country orientation
  • Travel stipend for off-site classes
  • Reimbursement of Emergency Travel Insurance
  • Reimbursement of airport pick up

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Demand for English Teachers

In South America’s largest country, the need for native-speaking English teachers is booming. A robust international tourism industry and trade agreements with English-speaking countries have increased Brazil’s demand for quality English language instruction. Many business executives and other adults want to learn the language or perfect their speaking skills for both professional and personal advancement.

Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations

As an EFL teacher in Brazil, you will most likely find a position teaching small groups of adults in corporate offices in the country’s main cities. These business people are generally highly motivated to learn English, as the language will open new opportunities for them. English teachers in cities such as Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro will enjoy easy access to public transportation, cafes, restaurants, and shopping areas. And of course, you’ll also be able to experience what makes Brazil famous worldwide—its diverse culture, friendly locals, and vibrant atmosphere!

The largest country in South America, Brazil boasts exotic rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls, beautiful beaches, and alluring coastal cities in which two-thirds of the country's population lives.

Brazil Overview

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-biggest nation in the world. Bordering all but two countries on the continent (Chile and Ecuador), this geographic giant has all the diversity one would expect from a country of its size. With dazzling beaches, lavish forests, colorful residents, and tourist attractions to spare, Brazil exceeds all expectations.

The ecological highlights of this grand country include the Amazon rainforest, miles of beautiful beaches, and Iguazu Falls—one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. For all the attraction of Brazil’s natural beauty, it is the Brazilians themselves who are the most charming. Their unique culture has been shaped not only by the Portuguese, who supplied the nation’s principal religion and language, but also by the African, European, Arabic, and Asian influences that flavor the country. The result is an enchanting mixture of people, foods, and traditions to be found virtually nowhere else on Earth.

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Topics covered in the Brazil guide are:

    Country description
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Things to do and see
  • Teaching overview
  • Demand for teachers
  • Major TEFL cities
  • Typical students
  • Peak hiring season
  • Hiring process
  • Typical contract length
    Cost of living
  • Currency
  • Sample cost guide
  • Job tips
  • How to find jobs
  • Interview advice
  • Hiring process
  • Work visa process
  • Recommended TEFL certification to qualify for jobs

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