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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 7:51 pm    Post subject: Brazil in the fall? Reply with quote

I am considering going to Brazil this fall. I donít have a TEFL certificate or a degree in TEFL. I have a BA and MA and have worked in university administration. Will I be able to find work without a TEFL certificate and do schools hire in the fall, after September? (Iím interested in working in Salvador or Rio, second choice.)

Last question, how much money would I need to make to live comfortably, by comfortably, I mean be able to rent an apartment, buy food, have money for necessities: laundry, transportation, utilities, etc. and still have some money for fun?

Thanks in advance! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you speak English you get a teaching job in Brazil. Schools hire all the time.

It sounds as though you are planning to arrive on a tourist visa and find work when you get there. This will not be a problem.

Salvador is cheaper than Rio, but the wages and demand for teachers are lower also.

How much money will you need to live comfortably. About 1000 Reals.

How much will you need for laundry? How much is a sink full of water and a bar of soap?

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brazil is a wonderful country and while there may be some opportunities there, I donít think teaching ESL is one of them. Youíre not going to make much money doing this, certainly not enough to live the lifestyle you described unless you work insane hours (Iím talking early morning and late evening) and have a reliable clientele of private students Ė the latter is never a guarantee.

Of the two cities you mentioned, Rio definitely has more opportunities with higher pay. But that comes with a higher cost of living, as the poster above alluded to before.

The best place for opportunities in Brazil, however, is Sao Paulo. But Sao Paulo is not an easy city to live in and the cost of living is a lot higher.

And I would agree with what the previous poster saying that you need to basically show up at an English school and theyíd hire you. Bear in mind that if you are working with a tourist visa, youíd be working illegally. This is quite common and accepted as itís a pain to get a work visa in Brazil. Also, certifications and degrees donít mean much in the realm of ESL in Brazil.

Youíre an educated guy. Iím sure you can find a better type of job in Brazil than teaching English. I know a lot of people in Brazil (Iím engaged to a Brazilian), including expats. If any of them did teach English, itís because they were bored and wanted something to occupy their time. Not one person did it as an income generator and all of them got sick and tired of it after a while.
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