TEFL in Sao Paulo
The TEFL certification course in São Paulo takes place in a prime location in São Paulo’s most elegant district.
It is situated on the corner of Alameda Itu and Rua Augusta, near Av. Paulista and Rua Oscar Freire where the city’s main designer stores and luxury shopping centers are found. The area has a wide variety of bars and restaurants and is close to shopping centers, theaters and cinemas.
The school is also just a few blocks from Consolação metro station, providing easy access to the city center.
Please contact the school to arrange for a prepaid airport pickup.
Complimentary Portuguese classes throughout the duration of the TEFL program (1 1/2 hour/week)
We can arrange for Portuguese classes on a more intensive basis for a fee.
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.
Total course fee: US $1,800
27 November – 5 December
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.
The most widely used language in Brazil is Portuguese. Brazil is a growing economic power. As such, English is becoming more and more important because it allows access to the international trade community.
The country offers English teachers a wide range of full-time and part-time positions. If teaching English in Brazil is what you have on your mind, why not pursue it from the economic capital of the country. Sao Paulo is an excellent place for professionally oriented individuals, and there are countless opportunities in teaching business English.
São Paulo is, in fact, the financial heart of the entire South American continent. Full of high-risers and modern buildings, this city makes up for natural beauty through sheer modernity and opulence. Over the years, it has developed as the palpable symbol of Brazil’s rise up the economic scale. Brazil is a very exciting place to visit, and its wild beaches and beautiful forests attract a huge number of tourists each year.
The best method for finding work is to simply walk through the front door of a school and talk to someone. Make sure you’re well dressed, as Brazilians take presentation seriously, slow your speech down a little and avoid using slang or colloquial expressions. Speak clearly. These are simple points, but if the manager or secretary can’t understand you easily, how will the students?
Language schools in Brazil typically teach American English and use American teaching resources. Most culture in the form of television, music, and movies comes from North America, so students are much more accustomed to the American accent. This is why it is important, if you are not American, to slow your speech and pronounce your words clearly. Students might have a little difficulty with your accent in the beginning. Yes, some schools specifically teach British English, but American English is most predominant. Setting up a job before you arrive without any contacts can be a little difficult, but it can be done with patience and persistence.
When to look for work
The best time to find work with schools is before the semester commences. Good schools don’t change teachers in the middle of the school year, and schools do not wait until the week before class starts to think about hiring teachers. For the first half of the year, late January and early February are the best times to approach schools; whilst June or early July should maximize your chances for the second semester.
Schools want to know that you will be around for the long term. They’re not really interested in having you work for 3 months to help fund your vacation. If this is your intention, you’re better off going into to debt a little and working hard for 6 weeks when you get back from your holiday. Teaching English involves a commitment to your students which ties you down to one location.
This is always the biggest problem faced by foreigners wanting to work in Brazil. Teaching on a tourist visa is not impossible but with a 6-month limit on your stay, time is short. With a tourist visa you can not get a CPF (equivalent of a social security number) which also means you can not open a bank account. This obviously forces you to work for cash, but this isn’t a major problem. Typically, Brazilian work visas are easier to get when you are working for a multinational company in Brazil, or you have found an English school willing to sponsor you.
Teaching English in Brazil is not going to make you rich. Expect all your rewards to come in the non-monetary sense. Illusions of making easy money will see you walking away disappointed. Aim to cover your living expenses but don’t expect to be living the high life. You can eventually earn reasonable money (compared to Brazilian wages), but it takes some time and effort to set yourself up and develop contacts with business professionals who can afford to pay more.
The easiest place to find work, and the highest paying work, is in São Paulo. With almost 20 million people, São Paulo is the business capital of Brazil and largest city in South America. Consequently, there are a lot of wealthy business professionals in the market for English teachers. One issue is that the people who can pay good money work long hours, so demand for your services will be high either early in the morning or in the evening. The challenge is to fill the middle of your day with bookings.
Schools pay approximately R$22 – R$28 an hour. For private lessons, you can charge anywhere from R$30 – R$60/hour depending on your experience and ability to find high-paying clients. Students usually pay around R$50 – R$60 for private classes; so this is probably the upper limit of what you can charge. If you’ve got people paying these rates, consider yourself successful.
Remember: São Paulo is your best case scenario. This is where the money is and where the demand is. Most foreigners don’t want to live in São Paulo, so supply is restricted. Everyone wants to live in Rio or Salvador (for good reason), but less market demand and more supply means lower prices. That said the cost of living is also lower.
Now the largest metropolis in South America and the third-largest city in the world, São Paulo remains the most culturally diverse city in Brazil. Visitors to São Paulo get all the benefits of a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city.
They can eat at the finest restaurants in Brazil, shop at boutiques that even New York doesn’t have, browse high-end art galleries, check out top-name Brazilian bands almost any night of the week, and take advantage of one of Brazil’s most dynamic nightlife scenes to party until the morning.
The music and the nightlife never end. And they can do all this without ever experiencing the big drawback to this city, which is traffic. Also São Paulo wages are the highest in the country.
São Paulo has a rather tropical, mild climate, generally with good weather. The seasons are not well defined. Although other Brazilians sometimes complain of São Paulo’s cooler weather, it actually has much of the same weather as Rio. In fact, many of its beaches almost directly mimic the conditions on Rio’s beaches throughout the year (namely, they are perfect spots to spend a day in the sun with sunscreen.)
São Paulo is closer inland and not on a plateau. It has many of the climate characteristics of more southern towns in Brazil. Most of the time, the weather in São Paulo is nice and dry, not too hot. Winter (from June to August) keeps Paulistas at times well bundled in sweaters and light coats with temperatures ranging from 55 to 75º F (12 to 23º C).
In the spring (from September through November), the days are generally sunny. During summer, the weather becomes increasingly hot, with a few flash downpours (evidence of tropical climate) throughout the day. Temperatures may range anywhere from 68 to 85º F (20 to 29 º C). The humidity makes the day feel even hotter, and most Brazilians come indoors to beat the heat or escape to the nearby beaches. In the fall, from March to June, the days are mostly rainy and drizzly with temperatures ranging from 58 to 63º F (14 to 17 º C).
For this reason, people say the best time to visit São Paulo is during summer or spring from September through March. For those travelers, however, who are used to a much more frigid climate, any time of the year will be great.