Peak ESL Hiring Season in Brazil
How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Brazil
Large Chain Schools in Brazil
Tips for ESL Teachers in Brazil
Teaching Requirements for ESL Teachers in Brazil
Embassy and Consulate Information for Brazil
The Brazilian school year begins in February and goes until December, with a semester break in July. While hiring takes place prior to the start of both the February and July semesters, ESL teachers can begin teaching at any time throughout the year. Teaching positions are available through public and private schools, language schools, universities and colleges, and through private tutoring.
Public and Private School System
Public and private schools in Brazil are somewhat similar to North America's conventional primary and secondary school system and run on a two-semester system. The school year begins in February and lasts until December, with a vacation in July to break up the two semesters. The summer vacation, generally lasting from mid-December to February, gives a welcome break during the hot summer season.
Education is compulsory for children between the ages of 7 and 14 and is free in the public school system. There are many Catholic-run private schools in Brazil.
Private Language Schools
Private language schools provide supplementary education for students who require additional tutoring. Classes are offered during after-school hours and at other convenient times. As private language schools do not follow the semester system of conventional schools, teachers are hired year round.
Teaching Business English is in demand in Brazil as in other parts of Latin America.
Universities and Colleges
In recent years the government has focused its attention on improving higher education in Brazil. As a result, public universities and colleges are fully funded by federal and state governments. Public institutions are reputed to offer higher quality education because of the funding; however, private institutions have been narrowing the gap with improved quality. Competition to get into public universities is very stiff. The academic year generally runs from early March to mid-July and then early August to mid-December.
Private tutoring is quite common in Brazil, as the ESL teacher can be flexible with teaching hours and can earn substantially above normally low teaching wages. ESL teachers can receive an average of approximately BRL$60 - 200/hour for private tutoring.
Many businesses hire in-house private English language instructors to teach their employees. Classes are normally scheduled before and after business hours and during the lunch break so as to keep from interfering with job-related duties. Networking through relationships in a business setting is a great way to grow one’s private tutoring clientele.
There are many resources available to ESL teachers searching for teaching positions abroad, including:
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Jobs Teaching English in the Summer in Brazil
ESL teachers seeking summer teaching positions in Brazil will find that the North American summer does not coincide with the summer months in Brazil, December through February. As such, seeking a teaching position during North American summer would be to arrive in the middle of the school year in Brazil. The most likely way to find teaching positions during these months would be to contact volunteer agencies for short-term positions. Private tutoring is also an option during the summer months.
Additional ESL Resources to Help Teach English in Brazil
There is an abundance of ESL resources for teachers to help teach English as a Second Language on the Internet. Examples are listed below.
The requirements and guidelines below are listed for ESL teacher applicants to Brazil who are citizens of: United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
Minimum Requirements to Apply for Teaching Positions in Brazil:
Types of Applicable Visas:
Important Visa Information:
Standard Process for Obtaining Documentation to Work Legally in Brazil:
Standard Required Documents for Visas:
(Important to check with embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur)
American Embassy in Brazil
Embassy of the United States, Brasilia
SES - Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03
70403-900 - Brasília, DF
Phone: +55 (61) 3312-7000
Fax: +55 (61) 3225-9136
Canadian Embassy in Brazil
Embassy of Canada, Brasilia
SES - Av. das Nações, Quadra 803, Lote 16
70410-900 Brasília DF
Phone: +55 (61) 3424-5400
Fax: +55 (61) 3424-5490
Hours of Operation: By Appointment Only, Monday – Thursday: 8:30-13:00, 14:00-17:30/ Friday: 8:30-14:00
Australian Embassy in Brazil
Embassy of Australia, Brasilia
SES Quadra 801
Conjunto K, Lote 7
70200-010 - Brasilia, DF - Brazil
Phone: +55 (61) 3226 3111
Fax: +55 (61) 3226 1112 (chancery)
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday: 08:30-17:00/ Friday: 08:30-16:30
British Embassy in Brazil
Embassy of UK, Brasilia
Quadra 801 - Conjunto K - Lote 08
Av. das Nações - Asa Sul
Brasilia - DF, Brazil
Phone: +55 (61) 3329-2300
Fax: +55 (61) 3329-2369
Irish Embassy in Brazil
Embassy of Ireland in Brazil
SHIS QL Conjunto 05 Casa 09 Lago Sul
CEP 71630-255 Brasilia - DF, Brazil
Phone: +55 (61) 3248-8800
Fax: +55 (61) 3248-8816
Hours of Operation: By Appointment Only, Monday – Friday: 10:00-13:00
New Zealand's Embassy in Brazil
Embassy of New Zealand in Brazil
SHIS QI 09 conj. 16 casa 01
CEP 71625-160, Brasília-DF Brazil
Phone: +55 (61) 3248-9900
Fax: +55 (61) 3248-9916
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 08:30-17:00
Embassy Offices Outside Brazil
Embassy of Brazil in the United States
Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC
3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington D.C 20008
Phone: +1 (202) 238-2700
Fax: +1 (202) 238-2827
Embassy of Brazil in Canada
Embassy of Brazil in Ottawa
450 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6M8
Phone: +1 (613) 237-1090/ 1 (613) 755-5160
Fax: +1 (613) 237-6144
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 09:15-12:00