• Education: 
    Preferably a BA/BS though for teaching English in Brazil it’s not required
  • TEFL Certification: 
    Necessary TEFL/TESOL certification obtainable at any of our Worldwide TEFL/TESOL locations or the Online TEFL/TESOL Class.
  • Peak hiring months: 
    Middle of February to March and August
  • Types of Jobs: 
    Private tutors and teaching in English schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: 
    Local in-person interview with advance interviews over phone or email being limited
  • Average teaching hours per week: 
    20-30 hours in the classroom plus preparation hours
  • Types of Students: 
    Business professionals and private students
  • Cost of Living per month: 
    $800-$1300 USD (3,000-4,800 BRL)
  • Visas: 
    Tourist visa or a Student visa
  • Potential to save: 
    Break-even market
  • Average Monthly Pay: 
    $800-$1300 USD (3,000-4,800 BRL)
  • Start –up cost: 
    $1,200-$2,000 USD (4,400-7,400 BRL)
  • Potential to save or break-even: 
  • Accommodation Benefits: 
  • Fight Reimbursements: 
  • Vacation: 
    Depends on the employer


The largest among all South American nations, Brazil’s emergence as an economic powerhouse on the international stage is a relatively recent development. This has created an unprecedented demand for certified English teaching professionals. The period between March and August is when English teachers typically find new employment opportunities.

Advance interview over phone or via the email is an option taken up by a very limited number of the hiring English language schools, making in-person interviews the best choice for those looking to get hired in a Brazilian English school. Housing and airfare charges have to be borne by the English teachers. The choice is to live in apartments vacated recently by the previous teaching staff while some even opt for shared accommodation with their coworkers.

For English teachers in Brazil, a comfortable lifestyle is not something beyond expectations. Typical work weeks consist of 20 to 25 hours which leaves aside plenty of time for traveling and exploration. While it is not necessary to have a Bachelor’s degree for securing a teaching job in Brazil, many employers have been found to have a strong preference for it. Those without a degree can expect their job search process to be more competitive.

Obtaining a work visa is also uncommon for those coming to teach in Brazil. It is typical for English teachers to worn on a tourist visa under the table, though this all-too-common practice is technically not a legal approach. Those choosing to work under the table should stay informed of the potential consequences of taking up employment on a tourist visa.

A typical requirement is TEFL certification. Concentration of English teaching jobs can be seen in Brasilia, Salvador, Recife, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and some of the other larger cities.