TEACH ENGLISH IN BRAZIL

 
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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.

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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 are concentrated in the 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 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.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Brazil. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers typically interview in-person in Brazil, therefore, it is most common for students to take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

Read more: The basic requirements for teaching English in Brazil.

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You do not need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Brazil, however, you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is typically preferred but not always required.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

While 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.

TEFL Jobs in Brazil

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Brazil consist of:

  • Teaching adults in English language schools
  • Private tutoring
  • Teaching Business English to adults
  • Teaching English Online

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Brazil can expect to find jobs during the peak hiring months of March to August. While there are some opportunities to interview in advance over the phone and via e-mail, most English teachers interview on the ground,  in-person.

Teachers typically teach on a tourist visa in Brazil. In order to enter Brazil, most teachers must apply for a 90-day tourist visa through the Brazilian Consulate before arrival. Prices and documentation may vary depending on the consulate. Once you're in Brazil, you can apply for an additional 90-days on your tourist visa. 

HOURS

English language schools in Brazil offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be adults and business professionals. 

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,200 - $2,000 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Brazil until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Brazil. Teachers can expect to make $800 - $1,300 USD per month. It is common for teachers in Brazil to also teach English online to supplement their income.

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent. 

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The cost of living typically ranges between $800-$1,300 USD per month.

English teachers in Brazil can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you shouldn't expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

 

What does teaching in Brazil look like?

Watch ITA alumna Julie Collins show us a day in her life living and teaching English in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

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Teach English in Brazil FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Brazil?

To teach English in Brazil, make sure you understand what is and is not required:

Required:

  • A TEFL certification
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available
  • Savings for start-up costs

Not Required:

  • A four-year college degree is not required to secure a job in Brazil, however, it is still strongly preferred by employers. If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search.
  • You do not need to be a native English speaker, but you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is typically preferred but not always required.

Read more: Qualifications for teaching English in Brazil.

How much money can I make teaching English in Brazil?

Teachers can expect to make $800 - $1,300 USD per month in Brazil. It is common for teachers in Brazil to also teach English online to supplement their income.  You can expect to cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you shouldn't plan to save money at the end of the month.

If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

Start-up costs will range from $1,200 - $2,000 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Brazil until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Brazil?

Teachers typically work in Brazil on a tourist visa. You can apply for this 90-day tourist visa through a Brazilian consulate before arrival. Upon arrival, you can apply to stay an additional 90 days. 

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Chad Kent

Taught English in Brazil

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If you're planning to teach in Brazil, don't be afraid to go there without a guaranteed job. It never hurts to make contact with school before you go, but schools here are likely going to want to meet you face-to-face before they hire you. 

Rory O'Neil

Taught English in Brazil

Rory O'Neil

In Brazil it is basically a hustle, the harder you work and the better you do, the more you can work. You usually teach adults, and it is mainly one-on-one private classes either at their office or at their home. 

Amanda Moutinho

Taught English in Brazil

Amanda Moutinho

Brazil is amazing. It's a city that has something for everyone. The beaches are gorgeous and mountains surround the city.  There's a great party scene and lot of samba. There's always something to do on the weekends.

Visit the Brazil section of our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Brazil.