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Teaching English in Brazil

Teaching English in Brazil -Teaching Jobs in BrazilBrazil is large country located in the southern part of South America. In recent years, the country has become more developed and continues to be popular for teaching English in Brazil to school children.

There are teaching jobs in Brazil for qualified teachers and other educators in state and private schools.


To work legally and teach in Brazil, you will require a work visa & permit, social security number and residency permit, which starts with your Brazil sponsor offering you a job position.


Check with the Brazil embassy or consulate in your home country as different nationalities have varied requirements for obtaining a work permit. Your sponsor will require paying £100’s for all your legal paperwork, and takes time to process.

You can apply in your own country or fly out on a tourist visa that last for 3 months and a possible extension for a further 3 months (For all western countries and some others).

In the meantime, the 6 months tourist visa (3 months + 3 months extension) allows you to find a job in Brazil and complete the required process for your work permit and residency.

A fairly good education system for all levels at primary, nursery to high school education giving you an opportunity to advance their career in a different environment.



Teaching English in Brazil opportunities

Public School: State education provided to children of school age. Teaching and training standard vary depending on location from inner cities, towns and rural schools.

International Schools: Good number of fee-paying schools around the country to accommodate local the international community of children as well as local children.

Teachers should be qualified from their own country with relevant experience as per employer and work visa requirements. No two schools are the same, one could be teaching a USA curriculum another Australia and the next a French curriculum.


Jobs for teachers in Brazil

Best chance for western teachers in Brazil is at international schools as you can teach to local and expat students.

Teach English in Brazil as a native speaker you can also find work throughout the year in the national and international press and online popular websites.


Requirements for a teacher in Brazil

Typical teacher requirements in Brazil

  • Police clearance background certificate dated with the last six months from your home country for your education employer and immigration. Work visa application requirements and for any public and private schools as well as universities
  • Translated into Portuguese, all certified and attested qualifications.  For all posts in education.  This id for the employer to check your qualifications and for them to apply for a work permit
  • You should be a native English speaker for positions delivered in English. Helps with obtaining a work visa
  • A degree standard of education helps secure a job and work permit
  • Qualified as a school teacher with an age appropriate teachers qualification, certainly for nursery and primary school teachers
  • English as a second language certificate from a TEFL or TESOL
  • Immigration requirements are to pass a medical in Brazil
  • Contracts from 6 months to years that can be renewable depending on a work visa


Some schools around the country will employ you without a teaching certificate although to obtain a teaching permit and residence you basically require a number of years of experience teaching including what the government legally requires you to have for teaching in Brazil.




The salary you receive will depend on factors such as expertise, experience, location and type of organisation.


Country Facts

Population: 186 million approximately

Area size:   Area: 8,511,965 Sq km or 3,290,000 sq miles (Brazil Government)

Capital: Brasilia

Language: Portuguese

Electricity: 110 – 220 Volts

Currency: Real (R$)

Time Zone:  -3, -4 GMT

Emergencies: Civil Police 190

Climate: Mostly tropical weather and temperate in the south with milder and rain in the north during winter

International dialing code: +55, Rio de Janeiro (21)

Long distance Intercity Calls via Operator T101

Directory Inquiries T102



Getting Around

Depending on your location greatly affects your choice of transport. International driving licence holders can rent of purchase a car,  Public bus transport is accessible in many areas of Brazil.

Buses in towns and cities are most popular.



Health Care

Always obtain full medical insurance before leaving your own country as you will require paying for your own medical expenses if you become ill in Brazil. You and some employers provide basic medical cover, although this may not cover the entire costs of medical cover.




Many international schools provide accommodation as part of your employment package although employers from state schools, universities and other organisations in the majority do not provide accommodation.

Good idea to ask where the accommodation is and find out how to get to your work.  Some employers pay an accommodation allowance if you wish to rent yourself.


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