TEFL in Rio de Janeiro
iTTi Rio TEFL center is located in Rua Siqueira Campos off Rua Atlantica in Copacabana. It features large classrooms with large windows overlooking a residential area of Rio de Janeiro—10-minutes (walk) away from the world-famous Rua Atlantica in Copacabana with its awesome beach. It couldn’t be better situated.
TEFL Classes run between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays students have to reserve study time from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. After one week of continues study of TEFL methodology and classroom management, teaching practice starts with Week 2 of the program. It continues daily up to the end of Week 4.
iTTi Rio TEFL center features access to Internet, a copy machine and a small library of classroom resources. Our EFL students are tourists and locals from Rio de Janeiro.
As a bonus, Portuguese classes for TEFL students can be arranged for at 10% off the regular tuition for such instruction.
Course fee contains tuition, certificate, moderation, career support and one complimentary specialization in either Business English, Young Learners, or TOEFL preparation. Our on-site TEFL trainees receive free Portuguese classes (2/week) throughout the duraction of the program.
The certificate is the same as the one issued upon completion of the onsite program. This is due to the teaching practicum that comes with the combined course. Both TEFL programs are eligible for university credit if the TEFL graduate decides to move on to an MA Ed. Career support guidance is part of the program. We assist you in setting up a professional resume/CV and a cover letter. You will receive a list of Brazilian or international schools depending on your desired destination. We will also supply you with actual job leads as they are provided to our TEFL school.
TEFL Hiring Season
The school year in Brazil starts in February and finishes in December, with a short break in July. While hiring takes place prior to the start of both the February and July semesters, EFL teachers can begin teaching at anytime during the year. TEFL jobs are available in 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 primary and secondary school system and run on a two-semester schedule. The school year begins in February and lasts until December, with vacation in July to break up the two semesters. The summer vacation, 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 popular, 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, TEFL teachers are hired year round.
Teaching Business English is in high demand in Brazil as is 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 runs from early March to mid-July and then again early August to mid-December.
Private tutoring is quite common in Brazil, as the TEFL teacher can be flexible with teaching hours and can earn substantially above the normally low teaching wages. TEFL teachers can receive an average of approximately R$25 – 50/hour for private EFL 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 the Jobs in Brazil
There are many resources available to TEFL teachers searching for English-teaching positions in Brazil. Our TEFL trainers will gladly help you identify teaching positions throughout Brazil. We have school lists available that will be useful in the application process.
Large Chain Schools in Brazil
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.
This well-established English language school has centers all throughout Brazil.
With over 200,000 students enrolled in their centers, CCAA offers English and Spanish classes throughout Brazil.
Summer Jobs Teaching English
The North American summer doesn’t coincide with the summer in South America because it’s reverse. If you are looking for a short-term assignment, your best bet would be private tutoring or contact volunteer agencies for short-term positions. Ask us about a listing of volunteer agencies.
Tips for Foreign EFL Teachers in Brazil
Engage in learning Portuguese. The average person in Brazil doesn’t always speak English.
Always carry your identification around. A photocopy of the passport is 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.
Be aware of petty thieves who are after your cell phone.
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.
Take a year’s supply of your skin-care articles. Some may be available; however, they will be much more expensive.
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.
The requirements and guidelines below are listed for TEFL 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:
120-Hour TESOL certificate
Native English speaker
Non-native English speaker with excellent English skills in both speaking or writing
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 EFL 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.
The cidade maravilhosa is called Rio de Janeiro because the Portuguese explorers who landed there on January 1, 1502 mistook Guanabara Bay for a river.
Later, Portuguese settlers founded Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro, and the city became wealthy exporting diamonds, gold and sugar.
It was the capital, and home of Brazil’s monarchs, until Brasilia was built in the 1960’s. Because of its beauty, Rio is one of the top destinations for world travelers.
Things to Do and See:
Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro
The list of ideas is long, and we are certain that you won’t have the time to do all of these great things and spend a lot of time at the gorgeous beaches. At least, you will never run out of things to do in Rio.
Nightlife is fantastic in Copacabana, Ipanema and other districts for dance clubs, nightclubs, bars and classical arts performances.
Catch a soccer game at Maracanã stadium, with seating for 200,000.
Go up to Corcovado by the miniature train through the rainforest for a great view of Rio and a visit to Cristo Redentor.
Take the aerial tramway in late afternoon or evening to Sugarloaf for panoramic views of the city and beaches and Guanabara Bay.
Attend a Samba school in preparation for carneval or merely to watch the rehearsals.
Tour the Sambadrome and the Carnival Museum.
Visit the Amsterdam Sauer Museum on Ipanema’s Diamond Row for a display of colorful gems and a replica of a mine.
For more gems, and to see how they are shaped from rough stone to precious jewelry, visit the H. Stern Gem Museum.
The Museo Carmen Miranda displays the singing star’s fabulous headresses and baiana costumes.
The Museum of the Indian contains pottery, wood, straw and feathers from various indigenous tribes.
The Sambodromo is the locale for the competing samba groups at Carnaval and hosts sporting events, conferences and concerts the rest of the year.
Acrive sports include golf, hang-gliding, parachuting, cycling, bowling, diving, squash, tennis, water-skiing and windsurfing.
Stroll Praca Floriano to enjoy the outdoor cafes, samba musicians with a stop at the Teatro Municipal, home to opera, orchestra and vivid architecture.
Tour the jungle-like Parque Nacional de Tijuca, only 15 minutes from Copacabana.
Take a helicopter ride for an Arial Tour of Rio.
RIO DE JANEIRO WEATHER
Rio de Janeiro is at sea level, near the Tropic of Capricorn. It has a hot, damp, tropical climate. Being on the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, just as in Australia and Africa.
Summer is probably Rio’s most popular season. It starts to get hotter around October, and summer vacations start in mid-December. On sunny days, digital thermometers in Ipanema and Copacabana may read 40° C, about 104° F. The tropical summer sun is very hot after 10 a.m. If you have fair skin (and even if you don’t), take it easy and do not push your luck. Some sessions at a tanning salon to condition your skin before you go on board may be a good idea. Only it will not save you from a wearing a serious sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Summer nights are fresher, but not necessarily fresh.
According to a popular song, March is rain season, and the beginning of fall. Sometimes fall takes a while to catch up. A sure sign is when the hundreds of amendoeira trees in the streets start turning gold and red, before losing their leaves. Nights are cooler, and sometime around June winter eventually comes along.
Winter vacations happen in July. Winter nights can be chilly, with the temperature dropping to around 15° C (around 70° F). Laugh if you live in a cold country, but the fact is that thermal comfort is completely relative. Wind and dampness could make you feel even colder, and the homes do not have a heating system.
Even in the winter, if it stops raining long enough, it gets hot again. Locals call this veranico, or mini-summer. They last as long as one or two weeks, and the temperature goes up to almost 30° C (around 90° F). A cold front from Argentina always comes to spoil the fun, though, sometimes bringing a cabeça d’água, or sea storm. The ressaca (rough sea) makes great photos, but play it safe and do not get too close.
Spring is a wonderful season in Rio. With less humidity in the air, the sunny days are especially bright. This is when you get the most beautiful pictures from overlooks like the Sugarloaf and Corcovado hills. It is a wonderful time to visit the Tijuca Forest, Botanical Gardens, and the Flamengo Reclaim. Expect temperatures ranging from 20 to 30° C (70-90° F).