TEFL jobs in Brazil
Work visas can be difficult to obtain with a lengthy and costly process, and so many (if not most) employers actually prefer for teachers to work on a tourist visa, and leave the country after 6 months to renew it. Of course, working on a tourist visa isn’t legal, but it’s a risk that many teachers seem happy to take. As these positions aren’t above board, pay can be very low, as can the job stability. With a high number of well-qualified Brazilian English teachers, many schools can’t justify the cost of hiring a native speaker, particularly if that teacher isn’t yet in the country. As such, many TEFL teachers choose to travel to Brazil without employment and find work once they’re on the ground, as schools are often much more willing to hire a teacher who is already in the country.
Where to find work in Brazil
If you’re looking for secure employment from abroad, you should be highly qualified and have a specialised area of experience in order to gain a senior position where candidates from abroad will be considered. Some schools require applicants to take a written English test when they apply for a TEFL job, and also to take part in group interviews where you’ll be performing tasks in small groups. Unpaid training courses are also common.
Employers in Brazil
AEC Idiomas offers lessons in a variety of languages.
Brasas has franchises in a variety of locations around Brazil, catering for kids, teens and adults.
CalEnglish caters for kids, teens and adults, with conversation classes and also VIP lessons. The prefer candidates from the USA or Canada, and you need a TEFL certificate, and preferably experience with kids. 6-month contracts, 20 hours a week (usually afternoons and evenings). They have rooms to rent near to the school.
English Camp looks for native speakers aged 18+ with experience as a camp counsellor. Minimum stay of 15 days up to 4 weeks. 6-8 hours a day, voluntary positions with full room and board provided.
English Voice Idiomas looks for applicants with a teaching certificate, although if you have 2 years of experience then the certificate is less important. 6-month contracts, 15-20 hours per week, 40 BRL per hour.
Part-time work with Linguae, 35 to 45 BRL per hour.
Maple Leaf English School looks for candidates from the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK. You need a degree and some TEFL experience is desirable.
New Start looks for TEFL qualified native speakers, employed for a minimum of five months, teaching business English. 34 BRL per hour.
Check out the The TEFL Org Jobs Board for listings of current teaching positions in Brazil.
Schütz & Kanomata looks for Canadian, British and American applicants who are students/recent graduates. TEFL experience is desirable. 10 or 12-month contracts, up to 24 hours per week. Your first 5 hours per month are reimbursed in the form of accommodation. After that, the pay is 22 to 27 BRL per hour, with a bonus after two semesters.
For more language schools, check out this online list of schools in Brazil.