Teach English in or near:  Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasilia


Brazil is the largest country in South America, boasting an almost endless variety of landscapes and cultural experiences for foreign English teachers to enjoy. You could live in Brazil for ten years and only scratch off half the things you’d like to see and do here by the end of it.

Teaching opportunities abound, mostly in large cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo but also smaller coastal cities and towns, or in the heart of the magnificent Amazon rainforest in Brasilia.

Brazilians are famous for their colourful natures and gregarious friendliness. You will be welcomed and quickly pulled in to living life to the full as only Brazilians can, all reticence and shyness cast aside – long before you join in the feather-clad festivities at the annual Rio Carnival.  Outdoors activities (inclusive of the Amazon rainforest region) and culinary exploration offer adventure, and the tropical beaches…well, there are no words.


TEFL graduate English teachers can find teaching positions in public schools, private language schools and International schools throughout Brazil, though most opportunities are centred in an near the major urban areas and cities. Private English tutoring is especially lucrative in Brazil and native English speakers are in heavy demand for private lessons.  It’s generally accepted that it is easiest to find jobs once you are in Brazil, as most employers prefer face-to-face interviews, although of course it’s better to apply from outside the country should you require a work permit.

Regarding Rio: Please note that getting a work permit and appropriate visa to teach in Brazil is easiest for higher level teaching, and should you decide to chance it as a brand new graduate without a University degree, and head off to Brazil and find work on a tourist visa in a city such as Rio, the pay might barely cover the cost of living; Rio is an expensive city, so be prepared!

Teaching English at Private Language Schools

Private Language Schools in Brazil are ideal for new TEFL graduates without teaching experience. As long as you are a native English-speaker in possession of the requisite certification, your application will be welcomed; English teachers are in high demand in Brazil’s language schools, particularly for adult classes and classes geared toward business executives. These private language schools also place teachers in off-campus classes – in coffee shops and even private homes, making for an eclectic and interesting teaching experience.

Teaching English at International Schools

Private International schools offer very competitive salaries but you will need two years’ teaching experience and at least a Bachelor’s degree in addition to your TEFL certification to be able to apply for a teaching position at an International school. This is best done from outside of Brazil in order to obtain the required visa and work permit.

Teaching English at Government Schools

Teaching positions for native English-speakers in Brazilian government schools would require participation in a volunteer or government programme, or a University degree and previous advanced teaching experience of the appropriate age children.

Private English Tutoring for Children, Adults and Business Executives

Private tutoring can be lucrative in Brazil with good hourly rates, but again, it depends on where you based and on your experience. Cities such as Rio are expensive but of course this is where you will find the most demand for private English tutors.

Monthly SalaryUS$800-1,500 a month.
Teaching Hours25 teaching hours per week
AccommodationAssistance provided
Length of Contract6 months initially
Hiring seasonAlthough it is possible to find work all year round, the peak hiring months are March and August, which is typical for most South American countries. Bear in mind that January and February are notoriously quiet months as this is during the Brazilian vacation period

Brazil is the world’s first country to ban tanning beds

Around 60% of the Amazon rainforest lies in Brazil

After the US, Brazil has the 2nd highest number of airports in the world

Brazil is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese

The Christ Redeemer located in Rio De Janeiro is one of the new seven wonders of the world