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saudade



Joined: 11 Feb 2004
Posts: 48
Location: Campinas, Brazil

PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 2:58 pm    Post subject: Anyone out there? Reply with quote

Hi, I'm teaching in Campinas at the moment.

Anyone else here in Brazil? I notice the last message was posted in November....

Crying or Very sad
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Genkikiwi



Joined: 06 Jun 2003
Posts: 41
Location: Sapporo

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:36 pm    Post subject: hi from Tokyo Reply with quote

Gidday Saudade...(this is probably not kosher as far as posting goes... as i:m saying gidday from Tokyo... not in Brazil...) but i had just noticed too a lack of activity on the Brazil site... ( i was curious to see how life is there ) anyway i thought i:d say Hi in case no one else does...

hope you are having fun...
sayonara
GK
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Kitegirl



Joined: 02 Jan 2004
Posts: 101
Location: Lugdunum Batavorum

PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2004 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it's the opposite of all of us losers here in China who log on every day in the desperate hope of some form of human contact (Western human contact, that is).

As opposed to us laowei, everybody in Brazil must have a life.
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CyberStylz



Joined: 02 Jul 2003
Posts: 16
Location: Seattle, WA

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey there! I'm leaving for Fortaleza on May 13 for a 2 week vacation. Going to check out the ESL scene while I'm there.

Saudade - Are you working legally? If not, how is everything working out?

Thanks!
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AcidBurn



Joined: 31 Mar 2004
Posts: 28

PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iím thinking of getting and ESL job in Sao Paulo to be with my fiancťe and her family since bringing her to the US has become too difficult and time-consuming these days and itís next to impossible for foreign nationals to work professional jobs there. I hear you really canít set yourself up with something until youíre there.

Cyberstylz: Fortaleza is a beautiful city, but there probably wonít be much there in terms of ESL. Sao Paulo is really the best place to be for that.
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saudade



Joined: 11 Feb 2004
Posts: 48
Location: Campinas, Brazil

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey all,

I'd sort of given up, so I was pleased to see some life here in the Brazil forum, even if no one is in Brazil Very Happy

GK: I enjoy it here, and it's actually a great place to live, although there's no money. Still, the country and the people are beautiful and the culture is fascinating. But honestly, I'm equally curious about Hong Kong, which is on my list of places to go.

Kitegirl: What you say is pretty funny, since I often log onto the China forum to see how things are going, and exactly for the same reasons. I've actually been thinking of going to China at some point. But I'm very glad you stopped by.

Cyberstylz: I am actually legal, but the visa situation here is complex, which is why there aren't more people teaching here. That being said, it is possible to work, and native speakers are as desirable as elsewhere in the world. But visa sponsorship is less common and less easy than in other countries. It's possible to work illegally with a school (although it helps a lot if you know someone), and it's possible to just put up flyers (although it helps to have a little Portuguese). It's true there's a lot more work in Sao Paulo (though a lot more competition as well). What Acidburn says is true, though, it's hard for foreign nationals here.
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CyberStylz



Joined: 02 Jul 2003
Posts: 16
Location: Seattle, WA

PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies everyone!

My friend is in Palmas now and he said he met an American that is working for a school in the area(can't recall the name) and has several privates. I'll post more information when my friend gets back in town and I'm able to get the 4-1-1.

Saudade - How did you get your legal status to work? Did you get married? Sorry to pry....Just wondering....
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Bostonian23



Joined: 19 Apr 2004
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:03 pm    Post subject: Rio Reply with quote

Saudade (or anyone else),

Do you have any idea what the job market is like in Rio right now? I'm thinking about heading down there in September or October. I'm going to get a TEFL certificate this summer, and I also have an undergraduate degree in English and a master's degree in journalism (plus a few years teaching experience, including a year working with ESL students in a writing center at Boston University).

I've been told that the best way to go about things is to get certified and then wait until I get down there to look for jobs. I know the pay is very low, but is it possible to make enough money to live on? I'll obviously have some of my own money to rely upon, but I hope to avoid blowing through all my savings.

If anyone has advice, I'd love to hear it.

Thanks.
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