Teaching English in Brazil
Brazil is the largest country is South America and boasts an amazingly beautiful countryside and a colourful, perhaps exotic reputation. Given that, it’s no surprise that Brazil is often one of the first countries English teachers think of when compiling their list of possible destinations. Regardless of your reasons for going there, teaching English in Brazil offers English teachers an excellent opportunity to experience the fascinating culture and visit the surrounding countryside whilst working in modern, international schools.
Largely due to economic ties with the United States, the ability to speak English is considered to be an important workforce asset and so it is taught in all state schools. Although the state schools are involved in teaching English there is plenty of opportunity for ESL teachers. In addition to working for private language schools, elementary, middle, and secondary school teaching jobs in state schools are open to suitably qualified teachers who have at least 2 years of relevant experience. Aside from the fact that there is available work, teaching English in Brazil is a unique experience and rightly appeals to many teachers.
Teaching / TEFL Qualifications
TEFl certification and a degree are prerequisites if you plan to work within the state sector, but private language schools can be more flexible. In many cases, schools and companies will oblige you to attend their own in-house training programs regardless of your qualifications. Naturally, if you are able to speak Portuguese, your chances of finding a job will be much higher.
Getting a work visa to teach English in Brazil can be difficult. To obtain a working visa you need to be sponsored by an employer, and many schools and companies are unwilling to get involved in what can be an expensive and complicated process. However, some employers will help you, so be sure you check on this when you apply for a job. No sponsorship = no work visa.
Whilst it is illegal, many English teachers working for private schools in Brazil do so on tourist visas. Tourist visas last for 3 months and can be renewed for a further 3 months, but you can’t stay in Brazil on a tourist visa for more than 6 months in any year. Fairly obviously, we advise against working illegally in Brazil. Finding a school which helps new recruits to get their work visa may take a little time, but it will be worth the effort.
Life in Brazil
One of the main reasons for teaching English in Brazil is that your job will provide you with an unrivalled opportunity to learn about the Brazilian culture and to look around this amazing country. The climate in Brazil varies from tropical to temperate, the north being closer to the equator and therefore warmer than the south.
Food is another of Brazil’s many attractions, a mix of European, African, and Asian cuisine developed over centuries. Thanks to its samba music, beaches, discos, carnivals and football and unspoilt natural beauty, tourism is a huge industry in Brazil, which in turn creates a need for English teachers. Brazil is unique. You need to do a little research and be prepared for complications, but teaching English in Brazil could be the experience of a lifetime.