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Teaching English in Brazil

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How Much Can I Earn?
Monthly Salary:
1,000 - 4,000 BRL ?
250 - 1,010 USD
Private Tutoring per Hour:
30 - 60 BRL
10 - 20 USD
Income Tax Rate:
0 - 8%
Ability to Save per year:
500 - 6,500 USD
What Are My Benefits?
Sometimes included or allowance may be given
Rarely included
Health Care:
Rarely included
Sometimes paid
What Will Teaching Be Like?
Teaching Hours:
20 - 35
Typical Contract Length:
One year or less
Typical Start Date:
February - March, July - August
Application Timeline:
1 - 3 months
What Do I Need?
Work Visa:
Assistance not typically included
Education Requirements:
High School Diploma; Bachelor's Degree preferred
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
Additional Notes:
Large but competitive ESL market; most positions are teaching business English; candidates are encouraged to apply in person
Living in Brazil

From the stunning southeastern coastline to the Amazon Basin and mountain ranges, Brazil's landscape is unparalleled. Its rainforests, exotic wildlife, and energetic cities, along with its diverse mix of ethnic groups, make this destination a popular choice for ESL teachers.

What to Know About Living in Brazil


Housing in Brazil is as varied as its diverse population; from mud and leaf huts to shanties to luxury villas and beach homes. As the economy of Brazil continues to strengthen, so does the availability of adequate housing. ESL teacher contracts rarely include housing. Some schools however, may provide you with some assistance in finding adequate accommodations.

Affordable housing for ESL Teachers in the larger city centers, especially in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, if not included in contracts, can be a challenge. Most long-term apartments are not furnished. Asking the school for assistance in securing accommodation would be the first place to start. Another approach would be to do a "walk-through" in neighborhoods near one's school. Properties available for rent would generally have a sign posted reading, "Alugo". A sign reading, "Alugo Temporada" would indicate a short-term rental property.

Utilities are generally not included in the rental cost of an accommodation; however a service charge for security, janitorial services, and property maintenance is often included when renting an apartment. Obtaining household insurance is required by law and is usually a one-time annual charge. Contracts in Brazil are usually based on long-term agreements (approximately 30 months) and require a one month's deposit; however, it is possible to negotiate a short-term lease agreement. A Brazilian guarantor, known as an avalista, is generally required.

A few helpful tips when considering accommodation:

- Check to make sure that both the hot and cold water taps are connected.
- Determine if air conditioning or central heating (only applicable in regions of temperate climate) are important features for you as not all apartments include these features.
- Negotiating the price of an apartment or house is commonplace and expected.
- Have an English-speaking lawyer check the lease agreement.
- Changing the locks on the doors upon moving would be prudent.


As in most countries in Latin America, airfare is rarely included in contracts for teaching ESL in Brazil. Due to the high number of expatriates that travel to Brazil to find work in person, and due to its less than thriving economy, most schools decline including this benefit in remuneration packages.

Health Benefits

Health care reforms in recent years have resulted in government-funded services for all Brazilians. Currently, a two-tiered system exists, whereby public health care is available for nationals and expatriates free of charge, and private health care is available for a fee. The quality of health care is adequate in the public system and at varying levels of high standard in the private system. Securing comprehensive insurance from one's home country is highly recommended. Some schools provide private health insurance in contracts.

Retirement Age

The statutory retirement age in Brazil, the age at which citizens are eligible for state pensions, is 65 for men and 60 for women. While the average age of teachers in Brazil is in the late 20s, older teachers do find opportunities.

Communication Technology

Brazil is considered to be one of the most "connected" countries in the world, with mobile phones and social networking among the most prolific.


Mobile phones in Brazil are everywhere. In the country's capital, Brasilia, there are more cell phones than there are people. Most people use pre-paid service plans which require the use of a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card. The SIM card can be reloaded by use of calling cards, which are widely available. Public phones are still commonly used in Brazil and sometimes preferred. Mobile rates continue to become more affordable; however, international calls from Brazil are quite expensive.


Internet access is available at internet cafes in main towns and cities, and sometimes available at post offices in smaller towns. Internet cafes generally charge between R$1.75 and R$5.30. Most schools would have Internet access available for teachers.

American Food

American restaurants/cafes are a common sight in Brazil, including:

- T.G.I. Friday's
- Tony Roma's
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Outback Steakhouse
- McDonald's
- Burger King
- Subway
- Pizza Hut
- Starbucks

Walmart's explosion into the Brazilian marketplace has been a welcome shopping option for foreigners in Brazil. Its retail stores include: Sam's Club, Supercenter, Todo Dia, HyperMarket and SuperMarket, among others. Carrefour, another leader in the Brazilian marketplace, has retail stores throughout Brazil including: Carrefour hypermarkets, Atacadao hypermarkets, Carrefour Bairo supermarkets, and Dia hard discount stores.

Transportation in Brazil

Public Transportation


Metered taxi service is available and reasonably priced for shorter distances in most cities in Brazil. Some drivers speak English; however, many only speak Portuguese. Passengers should insist that the meter is turned on during the ride. Meters start at approximately R$4 and cost about R$2/km during the day, with evenings and holidays being higher. While tipping is not required, a 10% gratuity is appropriate for excellent service. Most taxis are identified by red license plates.

Tips When Traveling By Taxi:

- Ask other foreign teachers which taxi companies are safe and reliable.
- When flagging a taxi, stand at a spot on the curb where the driver can pull over.
- Choose a taxi that is metered, and make sure the meter is working.
- Choose a taxi driver that appears to be well-groomed with a well-kept car.
- Make note of, and use, the driver's name.
- Follow your instincts. If you feel unsafe, remove yourself from the taxi and get another.
- Carry a map so that you can point to the location to which you are traveling.

Train and Subway

The train system in Brazil has become outdated and less popular than other types of transportation. While services are available between some cities, they are few in number and quite inefficient. Railroads are mainly used for cargo. Plans exist for a high speed rail network between some of the major cities in the future. Railway services between countries connected to Brazil are almost non-existent.

Light rail transit systems operate in several major cities in Brazil. Sao Paulo Metro, the first underground transit system in Brazil, works with the Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM) to transport over 3.5 million people daily. It is reputed to be one of the cleanest and safest underground systems in the world and has affordable fares.


Bus services in most Brazilian city centers are readily available, inexpensive and widely used. Rush hour can cause challenges with overcrowding and shortage of seats. Most intracity buses do not have air conditioning and are not well-maintained.
Using the bus is the most popular mode of transportation between city centers. They are generally excellent, with inexpensive fares and air conditioning for some of the longer lines. Services exist between major cities and even extend to more remote areas.

Other Modes of Transportation

Other modes of transportation that are available for ESL teachers include:


Brazilian airlines allow passengers to travel domestically with relative ease at a reasonable price. A departure tax is generally added to the price of the ticket. There are several domestic airlines, with little difference between them in terms of ticket prices.

Boat/River Travel

For the adventurous and those who wish to take in the picturesque sights of Brazil, travel on ferries or boats through the inland waterways can be spectacular. Fares are affordable.


Cycling is a common form of transportation in the smaller cities and towns of Brazil, but less common in the larger city centers. Right of way is not commonly given to cyclists and so extra caution should be taken when riding. Some cycling clubs exist for the avid rider.

Tips When Riding a Bicycle:

- Wear a helmet.
- Wear a mask over your mouth and nose in light of the pollution.
- Take an extra shirt to school as hot temperatures will make for a sweaty ride.
- Ensure that your bicycle is well-secured when parked or stored.
- Foreigners should write their name, phone number, and work address on their bicycle.

Motor Vehicles

Many car companies manufacture their product in Brazil, making the purchase of a vehicle more affordable for teachers who plan to stay for a lengthy period of time. An international driver's license or national driver's license is required. Roadways throughout Brazil vary from well-maintained, to pot-holed and treacherous. Major highways are marked with BR on signs.

Car rentals are readily available for those who wish to travel throughout the country when on holiday. Some tips to keep in mind:

- Should an oncoming car flash its headlights, it is an indication that caution should be taken.
- Doors should be kept locked when driving as robberies are quite common.
- As a precautionary measure, interior car lights should not be illuminated at night.
- Valuables should be kept out of sight if traveling with open windows.

Etiquette in Brazil

Brazilians are warm, welcoming, and free-spirited. They love to sing, dance, and celebrate with other people. Family and community are of foremost importance and relationships within these circles of highest priority. As such, while generally direct with communication, Brazilians place a high value on being respectful, dignified, and 'saving face'.

General Etiquette

The following are some helpful guidelines for etiquette.

- Men tend to greet each other with a firm, lingering handshake, and hugging and backslapping among closer friends.
- Women greeting men should extend their hand first. It is not uncommon for men and women to exchange kisses on the cheek upon first meeting.
- Women greeting other women usually kiss each other, beginning with the left cheek and switching to the right cheek.
Sometimes just one kiss is given; however, two to three kisses, alternating cheeks, is most common.
- Personal space in Brazil is quite close when compared to North America. Touching the arms, back, hands and shoulders when conversing is the norm and may appear to some as overly intimate. Pulling away from the close contact would be somewhat offensive.
- Time is event-based as opposed to being dictated by the clock. It is quite common, and acceptable, to arrive late to functions. Lateness, while perceived by North Americans as disrespectful, is viewed by Brazilians as taking the time to care for those in the moment, as opposed to rushing away to a scheduled event.
- If given a gift, open it immediately.

Dining Etiquette

As Brazilians tend to keep family life as private as possible, socializing often takes place in restaurants. The biggest meal of the day is generally taken at noon, with dinner meals served later in the day than most North American families would be used to.

Following are some helpful dining hints:

- Arrive approximately 30 minutes late for a dinner meal and up to one hour late for a large party.
- If dining at someone's home, take flowers or a small gift. Avoid giving anything purple or black as they are associated with mourning.
- Dress as elegantly as possible for a formal occasion.
- Before starting to eat, say, "Bom apetite".
- The fork and knife are used to eat virtually everything. Rarely would Brazilians use their bare hands to eat food.
- Unless left-handed, the fork is held with the left hand and the knife with the right.
- Do not put your elbows on the table when dining, particularly in a formal setting.
- Avoid talking with food in your mouth.
- Avoid talking about politics, poverty, religion, or anything related to Brazil's long-standing rival, Argentina. Sports, family and entertainment are appropriate dinner-time conversations.
- When dining in a restaurant, signal the waiter when ready to order, as they will not come to your table unless requested to do so.
- Unless already added to the bill, a 10% gratuity is appropriate.
- Do not eat and walk at the same time.

Language in Brazil

Portuguese is the national language of Brazil, spoken by nearly 100 percent of the population. Other languages do exist, primarily spoken in the Amazon basin; however, many are considered endangered and some spoken by fewer than 200 people.

Following is a list of common Portuguese phrases. Learning the language, even at a very basic level, is a compliment to the national people. There are many ways to learn conversational Portuguese, including: watching English movies with Portuguese sub-titles, studying a pocket phrase-book, or striking up conversations in the marketplace. Forcing oneself to speak the language to get around and to purchase goods is extremely helpful.



How are you?
Como vai?

What is your name?
Qual e o seu nome?

My name is
Meu nome e



Por favor

Thank you

Do you speak English?
Voce fala Ingles?

How much does this cost?
Quanto custa isso?

Where's the toilet?
Onde e o banheiro?

Investing in a pocket phrasebook would be an invaluable purchase. Even if pronouncing a particular word feels unrealistic, pointing to the word in a phrasebook may prove very helpful.

Eating in Brazil

Brazilian Cuisine

Brazil is replete with tropical fruit and fantastic traditional dishes. Eating out is one of the celebrated parts of the culture. Brazilians have a passion for food and spend long evenings lingering over their famous cuisine. Dining out in Brazil is very affordable, making the experience of sampling the many dishes available even more appealing.

Popular food choices include:

- Churrasco (Brazilian barbecued meat)
- Torresmo (similar to refried beans)
- Caruru (made with okra, dried shrimp, coconut milk, cashews, peanuts and red hot peppers)
- Cozido (stew with potatoes, carrots, and vegetables)
- Feijoada (Brazil's national dish; a meat stew served with rice and beans)
- Dourado (freshwater fish)
- Carangueijada (whole cooked crab)
- Barreado (spicy meat served with banana and farofa)

A good practice is to keep a notebook for food preferences after sampling various dishes at functions or good choices ordered at restaurants.

Climate in Brazil

Most of Brazil enjoys a tropical climate. Within its borders, however, there are five other climatic subtypes including equatorial, semiarid, highland tropical, temperate, and subtropical. As most of Brazil is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reverse of North American seasons: summer runs from December through February and winter from June through August. Generally speaking, April through November is cooler.

North - Northern Brazil experiences temperatures in the high 90s (high 30s Celsius) between December through February and in the mid-70s to mid-80s (mid-20s to low-30s Celsius) during the rest of the year. Average temperatures throughout year are about 77 F (25 C).

Coast - Temperatures along the coast tend to have temperatures averaging between 73-80 F (23-27 C). The trade winds keep the climate moderate, explaining the dense population in this area.

South - Temperatures in Southern Brazil can go as low as 59 F (15 C) from June through August and can reach as high as 95 F (35 C) in the summer. This part of Brazil experiences rainfall throughout the year. Winter frosts are not uncommon in the more southern regions with occasional snowfalls in the higher elevation areas.

Natural Disasters

Torrential rains causing floods and landslides and droughts are Brazil's most common natural disasters.

Northeastern Brazil's climate, generally speaking, is extremely dry and as such is vulnerable to droughts. The Grande Seca (Great Drought) of 1877-1878 was the worst recorded in Brazil's history and caused approximately 500,000 deaths.

Flooding and landslides, particularly on the coast and in the southern parts of Brazil, are not uncommon due to torrential rains.

Holidays in Brazil

Brazilians like to celebrate and no country does it better! Celebrations are often accompanied by singing, dancing and fantastically colored costuming.

Below is a list of the primary holidays celebrated in Brazil:

New Years Day - January 1

Carnaval - February or March
Four days of celebration before the beginning of the Lent season

Easter - March or April
Celebrated throughout Brazil, but especially in the historic towns of Minas Gerais and Novo Jerusalem

Tiradentes - April 21
Commemoration of the execution of Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier, a leading member of the Brazilian revolutionary movement seeking independence from Portugal

Labor Day - May 1
Celebration of the economic and social achievements of the working class

Corpus Christi - June
A Western Catholic feast celebrating the Eucharist

Independence Day - September 7
Celebration of independence from Portugal

Our Lady of Aparecida - October 12
Celebration of Brazil's patron saint, Nossa Senhora Aparecida

All Souls Day - November 2
Primarily a Catholic celebration, in commemoration of the faithful departed

Proclamation Day - November 15
The commemoration of the overthrow of Brazil's second Emperor, Dom Pedro II in 1889, and the declaration of the United States of Brazil by Field Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca

Christmas Day - December 25

Teaching ESL in Brazil

Teaching English in Brazil's exotic culture and beautiful landscape is a great way to gain valuable teaching and life experience.

Peak ESL Hiring Season in 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

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 R$25 - 50/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.

How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Brazil

There are many resources available to ESL teachers searching for teaching positions abroad, including
- Oxford Seminars' English Language Schools Directory
- Teach Away
- Dave's ESL Cafe
- TEFL.com
- ESL Employment
Graduates of Oxford Seminars receive our Job Placement Service with exclusive access to established schools and recruiters around the world.

Large Chain Schools in Brazil

- Berlitz Idioma
With more than 470 centers in over 70 countries, Berlitz is a well-established English language training company. Berlitz offers one-on-one tutoring as well as small and large group instruction.

Cultura Inglesa
This well-established English language school has centers all throughout Brazil.

Boasting over 200,000 students enrolled in their centers, CCAA offers English and Spanish classes throughout Brazil.

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.

- Oxford Seminars' ESL Teaching Resources
- Scholastic
- BBC Skillswise

- About.com - ESL Teaching Resources
- Classic Reader

- ESL Junction
- TeAchnology

- Discovery Education
- Songs For Teaching

- Genki English

Tips for ESL Teachers in Brazil

- Learn some basic Portuguese phrases before you go to Brazil and plan to continue learning the language once there.
- Ensure you always carry identification as this is enforced by law. A photocopy of the relevant pages of one's passport is usually sufficient.
- In light of the laid-back, time-flexible way of life in Brazil, one should be prepared for slow line ups in stores, supermarkets, etc. Having a pocket phrase-book handy to study the language while waiting may help to alleviate the anxiety caused by waiting.
- Adopt an adventurous attitude and experience the cuisine, culture, and sites of Brazil.
- Consider getting an international driver's license in your home country.
- While the "thumbs up" gesture is quite common to indicate an affirmative response, the gesture made by creating an 'o' shape with the thumb and index finger is considered obscene.
- Women should not go to local bars or clubs unaccompanied.
- Petty thieves can take advantage of foreigners coming into their laid-back culture. Teachers should take care to watch their wallets and cell phones, especially in light of the close proximity of interaction.
- Use only bottled water from reputable companies for consumption. Boil filtered water if unsure. Milk in rural areas is not usually pasteurized and should be boiled before consumption.
- Ensure meat is well-cooked. Vegetables should also be cooked well and fruit should be peeled.
- Shoes, while not always high in quality, are abundant in Brazil. Half, narrow and wide sizes however, can be difficult to find.
- Some brand-name toiletries and medicines can be found in Brazil, however, usually at higher prices than one would pay stateside. It may be helpful to take a year's supply of favorite cosmetics, or essential items with you to Brazil.
- Tipping is common in Brazil, and much appreciated due to low wages and high unemployment. Rounding up to the nearest Real for taxi drivers and giving $R1 for each normal-sized bag for baggage carriers is standard. Sit-down restaurants generally add an automatic 10% to the bill.
- The voltage in Brazil is not standardized. Some regions use 120V and other areas use 220 or 240V. The purchase of a transformer may be necessary for appliances that are not dual-voltage.
- While possession of drugs may only warrant a "slap on the wrist" and community service for local Brazilians, it may mean deportation or incarceration for foreigners. If caught going into or out of Brazil with drugs, it would be an automatic jail sentence

Teaching Requirements for ESL Teachers in Brazil

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:

- TESOL certificate
- Native English speaker

Types of Applicable Visas:

- Tourist Visa: designed for visits up to 90 days. This visa can be extended to a maximum of 180 days per year. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa; however, entering on a tourist visa in order to apply for teaching positions is permissible.
- Volunteer Visa (Temporary Type 1): designed for those who wish to volunteer in Brazil.
- Temporary Work Visa: designed for those working with a legitimate company in Brazil. Sponsorship by an employer is required for this type of visa.
- Spousal Visa: designed for those married to a Brazilian citizen and living in Brazil. A proper work visa is still required in order to teach English.

Important Visa Information:

- As work visas are difficult to obtain, many schools are willing to initially hire teachers who enter on a tourist visa, and then sponsor them for a work visa.
- Citizens from the UK, Ireland and New Zealand are exempt from requiring a visa to enter Brazil.
- In addition to obtaining a visa, entry/exit permits are required.
- Leaving the country without a re-entry permit essentially cancels one's visa.
- Visas must be used within six months of receiving it. (This should be confirmed with local embassy/consulate)
- One must apply for a visa at a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in one's own country of citizenship.
- One should apply for a visa in person.

Standard Process for Obtaining Documentation to Work Legally in Brazil:

- The applicant secures a contract with a legitimate school.
- The school applies for a work permit with the Ministry of Labor in Brazil on behalf of the applicant.
- The ESL teacher applies for the visa in one's home country once the permit is approved.

Standard Required Documents for Visas:

(Important to check with embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur)

- A valid passport with at least six months remaining at time of application. Passport should have at least two blank pages. (This should be confirmed with local embassy/consulate).
- Completed visa application.
- Passport photos (Specifications should be confirmed with local embassy/consulate).
- Work Visa: Employment contract with letter of invitation.
- Tourist Visa: Statement of earnings.
- Tourist Visa: Copy of round trip ticket or official itinerary.

Embassy and Consulate Information for Brazil

American Embassy and Consular Offices in Brazil

Embassy of the United States, Brasilia
SES - Av. das Nacoes, Quadra 801, Lote 03
70403-900 - Brasilia, DF
Phone: +55 (61) 3312-7000
Fax: +55 (61) 3225-9136
Website: brazil.usembassy.gov/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 08:00-17:00

United States Consulate General, Rio de Janeiro
Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 - Castelo
20030-020 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Phone: +55 (21) 3823-2000
Fax: +55 (21) 3823-2003
Website: riodejaneiro.usconsulate.gov/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 08:00-17:00

United States Consulate General, Sao Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant, 500,
Chacara Santo Antonio,
Sao Paulo- SP, 04709-110
Phone: +55 (11) 3250-5000 / After hours: (11) 3250-8730
Fax: +55 (11) 3250-5199
Website: saopaulo.usconsulate.gov/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 08:00-17:00

United States Consulate, Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163 - Boa Vista
50070-060 - Recife, PE
Phone: +55 (81) 3416-3050
Fax: +55 (81) 3231-1906
Website: recife.usconsulate.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 08:00-16:30 pm

Canadian Embassy and Consular Offices in Brazil

Embassy of Canada, Brasilia
SES - Av. das Nacoes, Quadra 803, Lote 16
70410-900 Brasilia DF
Phone: +55 (61) 3424-5400
Fax: +55 (61) 3424-5490
Email: brsla@international.gc.ca
Website: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/brazil-bresil/index.aspx?lang=eng
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 8:30-13:00, 14:00-17:30/ Friday: 8:30-14:00

Honorary Consul of Canada, Belo Horizonte
Edifico Limiere: Hospital de Olhos Dr. Ricardo Guimaraes
Rua da Paisagem 220, 3 andar, Vila de Serra, 30161-970,
Belo Horizonte - MG, Brazil
Phone: +55 (31) 3047-1225
Fax: +55 (61) 3289-2150
Email: consul.belo@gmail.com
Website: www.brazil.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 13:00 to 17:00

Honorary Consul of Canada in Porto Alegre
Av. Carlos Gomes 222, 8 andar, sala 808

Porto Alegre - RS
Phone: +55 (51) 3378-5210
Fax: +55 (51) 3378-1099
Email: canadahonconpoa@gmail.com
Website: www.brazil.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 to 13:00

Canadian Consulate, Rio de Janeiro
Av. Atlantica, 1130 - 13 andar
Atlantica Business Center
22021-000 Rio de Janeiro - RJ

Phone: +55 (21) 2543-3004
Fax: +55 (21) 3444-0309
Email: rio@international.gc.ca
Website: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/brazil-bresil/offices-bureaux/services_rio.aspx
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 8:00-12:30, 13:30-17:00/ Friday: 8:00-13:30

Canadian Consulate, Sao Paulo
Av. das Nacoes Unidas, 12901 - 16 andar, Torre Norte
04578-000 - Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Phone: +55 (11) 5509-4321
Fax: + 55 (11) 5509-4260
Email: spalo-cs@international.gc.ca
Website: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/brazil-bresil/offices-bureaux/services_sao.aspx?lang=eng#address
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 08:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00/ Friday: 08:00-13:30

Australian Embassy and Consular Offices in Brazil

Embassy of Australia, Brasilia
SES Quadra 801
Conjunto K, Lote 7, Brasilia
Phone: +55 (61) 3226 3111
Fax: +55 (61) 3226 1112 (chancery)
Email: embaustr@dfat.gov.au
Website: www.brazil.embassy.gov.au/bras/home.html
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 08:30-17:00/ Friday: 08:30-16:30

Australian Consulate, Sao Paulo
Alamenda Santos, 700
9th floor, Unit 92
Edificio Trianon Corporate - Cerqueira Cesar
01418-100 - Sao Paulo - SP Brazil
Phone: +55 (11) 3171-2851
Fax: +55 (11) 3171-2889
Email: consular.saopaulo@austrade.gov.au
Website: www.dfat.gov.au/missions/countries/brsa.html

Australian Consulate, Rio de Janeiro
Veirano e Advogados Associados

Av Presidente Wilson, 231, 23rd Floor
Rio de Janeiro RJ 20030-021Brazil
Phone: +55 (21) 3824 4624
Fax: +55 (21) 2262 4247
Website: www.dfat.gov.au/missions/countries/brri.html

British Embassy and Consular Offices in Brazil

Embassy of UK, Brasilia
Setor de Embaixadas Sul
Quadra 801, Lote 8
CEP 70408-900
Brasilia - DF, Brazil
Phone: +55 (61) 3329-2300
Fax: +55 (61) 3329-2369
Website: www.ukinbrazil.fco.gov.uk
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 08:30-12:30; 13:30-16:45/ Friday: 08:30-12:30; 13:30-16:30

British Consulate General Recife
Av. Agamenon Magalhaes n 4775 - Ilha do LeiteCEP 50070-160
Recife Pernambuco, Brazil
+55 (81) 2127-2000
Fax: +55 (11) 3094-1899
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 08:30-12:30; 13:30-16:45/ Friday: 08:30-12:30; 13:30-16:30

British Consulate, Sao Paulo
Rua Ferreira de Araujo,
741 - Pinheiras - SP - Brasil - CEP 05428-002
Phone: +55 (11) 3094 2700
Fax: +55 (11) 3094 2717
Email: saopaulo@gra-bretanha.org.br
Website: ukinbrazil.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/other-locations/consulate-general-sao-paulo/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 08:30-12:30; 13:30-17:30/ Friday: 08:30-12:30; 13:30-16:30

British Consulate, Rio de Janeiro
Praia do Flamengo, 284 / Flamengo

Rio de Janeiro - RJ - CEP 22210-030
Phone: +55 (21) 2555 9600
Fax: +55 (21) 2555 9671
Email: bcg.rj@fco.gov.uk
Website: ukinbrazil.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/other-locations/consulate-general-rio-de-janeiro/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 08:30-12:30; 13:30-16:45/ Friday: 08:30-12:30; 13:30-16:30

Irish Embassy and Consular Offices in Brazil

Embassy of Ireland in Brazil
SHIS QL 12 Conjunto, 05 Casa, 09 Lago Sul
Brasilia, Brazil 71630-255
Phone: +55 (61) 3248-8800
Fax: +55 (61) 3248-8816
Website: www.embassyofireland.org.br/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 10:00-13:00

Irish Consulate, Sao Paulo
Al. Joaquim Eugenio de Lima, 447
Sao Paulo - SP
CEP: 01403-001
Phone: +55 (11) 3147-7788
Fax: +55 (11) 3147 7770
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 14:00-17:00

New Zealand's Embassy and Consular Offices in Brazil

Embassy of New Zealand in Brazil
SHIS QI 09 conj. 16 casa 01
71625-160, Brasilia-DF Brazil
Phone: +55 (61) 3248-9900
Fax: +55 (61) 3248-9916
Email: emb.novazelandia@gmail.com
Website: www.nzembassy.com/brazil
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 08:30-17:00

New Zealand Consulate General, Sao Paulo
Avenida Paulista
Edificio Bela Paulista 12o Andar
Bela Vista
01311-300 Sao Paulo

Phone: +55 (11) 3898-7400
Email: consuladonz@nzte.govt.nz
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 09:00-17:00

Embassy Offices Outside Brazil

Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC
3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington D.C 20008
Phone: +1 (202) 461-3000
Fax: +1 (202) 461-3001
Email: cons.cgwashington@itamaraty.gov.br
Website: washington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 09:00-14:00, except holidays

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
Email: brasemb.ottawa@itamaraty.gov.br
Website: ottawa.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 09:15-12:00
Brazil: A Financial Snapshot

ESL teachers in Brazil typically earn between R$800 and R$3,000 per month and enjoy a low cost of living. The low cost of living, dining, and traveling expenses allow for a moderate lifestyle.

Expected Apartment Costs

Apartment costs are higher in Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brasilia, but more affordable in city centers like Santos, Salvador (Bahia), Recife (Pernambuco), or Fortaleza (Ceara). The same modest apartment in Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Brasilia costing R$1,500/month or higher may only cost R$800/month in Salvador. R$2,500/month in Sao Paulo would provide a high-end apartment. A fully furnished one-bedroom hotel flat with access to a swimming pool in Santos, for example, could be found for approximately R$1,500. Finding an adequate apartment in one of the less expensive city centers for R$500 - 700 is realistic. Sometimes student housing near universities is available and more affordable.


Brazil's once cash-only economy is moving to a more modern debit and credit card system. ATMs are readily accessible and many accept foreign cards, allowing you to withdraw the local currency from an account in one's home country.

Most banks in Brazil are open Monday through Friday, 10:00 - 16:00, and have at least one English speaking employee. There are many private and state-owned banks throughout Brazil, and a few international banks, including, HSBC and Citibank.
Even though online banking is available, many Brazilians choose to do their banking and pay their bills in person, making lengthy queues something to anticipate.

The following documentation is required in order to open a bank account in Brazil:

- A valid foreigner's identity card (Cedula de Identidade para Estrangeiro - CIE) which contains the Registro Nacional De Estrangeiro (RNE)

- Individual Taxpayer's number (Cadastro de Pessoa Fisica - CPF, also referred to as Cadastro Individual de Contribuintes - CIC)

- Proof of domicile (e.g. utility bill in the name of the person opening the account)

A couple of tips:

- ESL teachers should take start up money to cover initial set up costs, apartment costs and other living expenses prior to receiving first paycheck
- Credit card companies in one's home country should be made aware of one's relocation so that they don't freeze accounts when they see charges in another country (unusual pattern)
- Caution should be exercised when using ATM machines by covering the keypad when entering the PIN

Food Costs

The cost of living in Brazil is quite low; however, the purchase of imported goods is generally higher than prices state-side. The following table provides ESL teachers with examples of cost of foods in Brazil.

- 1L of Milk - R2.69
- 1 kg chicken breast - R10.85
- 1 kg Baking Potatoes - R3.31
- 1 kg Rice - R3.15
- 1 kg Apples - R5.00
- Loaf of White Bread - R4.46
- 1 Dozen Eggs - R4.38
- Head of Leaf Lettuce - R2.24
- 0.33L Can of Coke - R3.42
- Bottled Water (0.33L) - R2.28