About Teaching English in Brazil
The largest country in South America, Brazil has emerged as an international economic powerhouse, creating unprecedented demand for certified English language teachers. English teachers typically find work between March and August.
While a very limited number of English language schools interview teachers in advance over the phone, the best way to find a job is face-to-face upon arrival in Brazil. English teachers in Brazil are responsible for their own airfare and housing. Most teachers end up living in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many share accommodations with coworkers.
English teachers can afford a comfortable lifestyle in Brazil. Schools typically offer 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore. A Bachelor's degree is not required to secure a job in Brazil, it still can be strongly preferred by employers. If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search.
English teaching jobs in Brazil are concentrated in larger cities such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife, Salvador, and Brasilia.
To teach English in Brazil, you will need a TEFL certificate. A 4-year college degree is not required but is strongly preferred. Native English proficiency is also expected to find a TEFL job. The average salary for an English teacher in Brazil is about $800 - $1,300 USD per month.