• Want to Teach English in Brazil?

    Brazil is the world's fifth-largest nation, and contains within it all the diversity one would expect: dazzling beaches, lavish forests, diverse and colorful communities. Rio de Janeiro is among the most cosmopolitan centers in Brazil. The vast, modern metropolis perches between stunning beaches and graceful mountains. Magnificent views are everywhere, especially at sunrise.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Brazil:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course includes 140 hours of classroom time and, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students.

    The Training Center, located in Rio, offers the best of old and new: fully modern facilities in a historic downtown building. The completely renovated Center includes nine classrooms with audiovisual equipment, central air conditioning, phone and fax services, and access to e-mail and the Internet. Close to many bus stops, only two blocks from the subway, and within walking distance of dozens of local attractions, the Center is perfectly located.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Rio, Brazil is US$1,995

    Accommodations during the four week program are available with a host-family near the Training Center for an additional cost of US$1,600 (which includes two meals per day), or $1,200 (no meals included). Airport pick-up can be arranged for $100.

    If you are interested in learning or brushing up on your Portuguese and learning more about your new location, you have the option of one complimentary week of intensive group Portuguese classes plus cultural excursions. These take place in the week before or after your 4-week TESOL Certification Program. There is no cost other than housing and $50 for a book that is required.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

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  • Brazil Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Country Overview

    Brazil is the world's fifth-largest nation, and contains within it all the diversity one would expect: dazzling beaches, lavish forests, diverse and colorful communities. Brazil's cities offer a unique culture shaped not only by the religion, language, and European heritage of the Portuguese, but also by considerable African, Indigenous, non-Portuguese European, Arabic, and Asian influences.

    Rio de Janeiro is among the most cosmopolitan centers in Brazil. The vast, modern metropolis perches between stunning beaches and graceful mountains. Magnificent views are everywhere, especially at sunrise.

    Although Rio is also the headquarters to some of Brazil's largest national and multinational companies, the city is renowned for its festive atmosphere, especially the five days every year when Rio comes to a virtual standstill for Carnival. Then parties, dancing, dazzling arrays of costumes and floats, and parades of quick-footed samba dancers fill the streets.

    The Training Center in Rio offers the best of old and new: fully modern facilities in a historic downtown building. The completely renovated Center includes nine classrooms with audiovisual equipment, central air conditioning, phone and fax services, and access to e-mail and the Internet. Close to many bus stops, only two blocks from the subway, and within walking distance of dozens of local attractions, the Center is perfectly located.

    Rio de Janeiro is quite warm most of the year. Spring (September to November) tends to be dry, with temperatures ranging from 25� to 35� Celsius (77� to 95� Fahrenheit). Summer (December through February) is hot, with temperatures reaching above 35� Celsius (95� Fahrenheit) during the day, with hot and humid evenings. Fall (March through May) is quite nice, with temperatures from 20� to 30� Celsius (68� to 86� Fahrenheit) and occasional rain. Winter is also pleasant, though relatively wet. Daytime temperatures range between 15� and 25� Celsius (59� and 77� Fahrenheit).

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    Most EFL students in Rio are professionals who need to improve their English for their jobs. They are typically highly motivated, accomplished, eager to learn and rewarding to teach. Most classes in Rio are very small: with 1-3 students. Peak hiring season is March through August. You should earn enough teaching English in Brazil to live comfortably, although you probably will not be able to add much to your savings.

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  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    Lunch is the most important meal of the day for Cariocas (Rio de Janeiro inhabitants). While there are a number of cuisines native to this vast country, \"churrasco\" (eclectic barbecued meat) is almost universally popular, as is feijoada, a hearty pork and bean stew.

    Supper is normally a lighter meal than lunch, while breakfast typically consists of a cup of coffee and a slice of bread with butter or cheese, or perhaps fruit.

    Many restaurants offer buffets where you pay by weight. Restaurants offering regular menus are usually more expensive. Budget meals are typically US$4-10, while higher-end restaurants charge US$10-20.

    A 10% tip is customary at restaurants and bars, and it often comes included in the check. Tipping other services is at your discretion.

    Visitors to Rio should not drink water straight from the tap. Most people have water filters in their homes, and it is safe to drink from them. While on the street, drink bottled water. It is similarly not advisable to eat food cooked on the street.

    Vegetarians are relatively rare in Brazil, though fresh fruits are widely available (a�a� berries are reputed to be incredibly healthy).

    As Rio de Janeiro has a tropical climate, the lightest practical clothing is advisable. A jacket or sweater might be required some evenings in spring and fall, while winter sees the need for comfortably warm clothes that can be worn inside and out (central heating is almost nonexistent in Brazil).

    Brazilians dress quite casually by American or European standards, though when teaching or enjoying an evening out you will want to appear casually smart.

    Housing & Communication

    Accommodations are available during training, either in a shared apartment or with a host family. Most host families are retired ladies or couples in their 50s or 60s living either alone or with a grown son or daughter. Most of the families have pets (dogs or cats), few have young children. Brazilians typically adore their pets; if you do not, please let us know in advance.

    Most of the host families live near in \"Zona Sul,\" and almost all have easy access to public transportation.

    While living with your family, you will be an active guest, included in the activities and chores of the family. You will have your own key and may come and go as you want, but should be courteous and let your family know your plans - especially around mealtimes as your host family will provide breakfast and dinner for you.

    Long distance calls and cell phone calls are very expensive in Brazil, so you will need a calling card and a Latin-American facility with text-messaging. Telephone cards are sold at many kiosks and newsstands. The cards may be used in either public or private phones simply by calling the company indicated on the card (long-distance operators typically speak Portuguese, English and Spanish).

    While most remote areas in Brazil lack convenient Internet access, Rio itself is dotted with Internet caf�s and even free wireless access in many locations.

  • Excursions

    Rio de Janeiro tugs visitors two ways on a daily basis: white sandy beaches in one direction, lush green mountains in another. In between can be found one of the world's greatest social scenes, set to the rhythm of samba and the annual schedule of carnival.

    Beyond the city lie the famous Pantanal nature reserve, home to a huge percentage of all of the animal species found in the Americas; the Iguaz� Falls, the largest waterfalls on the planet, and one of our most beautiful wonders; and, of course, the vast Amazon river and rainforest: unique, delicate, and still vast.

    Nature-lovers and beach-combers sated, urbanites can head north to learn capoeira, or south to S�o Paulo, one of the world's largest cities and South America's fashion capital.

  • Travel Resources

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$[TESOL Certification min]-[TESOL Certification max]. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$[TESOL Plus min]-[TESOL Plus max] depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$[Volunteer min]-[Volunteer max] for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • TESOL Certification Program, Brazil

    The four-week training course includes 140 hours of classroom time and, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students.

    The Training Center, located in Rio, offers the best of old and new: fully modern facilities in a historic downtown building. The completely renovated Center includes nine classrooms with audiovisual equipment, central air conditioning, phone and fax services, and access to e-mail and the Internet. Close to many bus stops, only two blocks from the subway, and within walking distance of dozens of local attractions, the Center is perfectly located.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Brazil is US$1,995

    Accommodations during the four week program are available with a host-family near the Training Center for an additional cost of US$1,600 (which includes two meals per day), or $1,200 (no meals included). Airport pick-up can be arranged for $100.

    If you are interested in learning or brushing up on your Portuguese and learning more about your new location, you have the option of one complimentary week of intensive group Portuguese classes plus cultural excursions. These take place in the week before or after your 4-week TESOL Certification Program. There is no cost other than housing and $50 for a book that is required.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.