English teachers in Portugal typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most English teaching contracts for teaching English in Portugal end in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available throughout Portugal and the whole of Europe. Summer positions typically start in late June and early July.
English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Portugal, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing. Most teachers share a flat with their with their coworkers.
Schools are becoming less likely to hire teachers without work papers and are becoming less willing to help obtain them. If a non-EU citizen is able to find an employer who will sponsor them for a work visa, they can apply through the local labor office but expect the process to be quite long. It is also common in Portugal for teachers to be self-employed and work on a freelance basis, which is much less difficult if you are an EU citizen.
Wages are not high but teachers can sustain a comfortable lifestyle and to cover expenses. Many teachers take on private students on the side to make extra money. Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore. English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Portugal, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well. Major cities for English teaching jobs are Lisbon, Oporto, Coimbra, Braga.