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Subject: Salary as a teacher.
Posted: 10 May 2010 at 14:12
It depends a lot on the area.
I was offered R$1700 to work 44 ours a week for you move in Taquara (Rio)
R$14 a class + VT to work for Yes! in Recreio/Taquara
R$24.70 per class + VT to work for a children’s English school in Barra
CCAA Barra pays R$18 per class.
Wizard pays R$12 in Barra/Jacarepaqua. Pays R$18 in Santa Cruz.
Fisk pays along the same lines.
Wise-Up pays R$15-20 depending on the neighborhood.
Brasas in Caxias pays R$17 (but almost everyone ends up leaving there after a short period of time because they loose their voices thanks to the teaching method).
The kid’s school in Barra was the only option I ever took seriously. R$25/hour to sit on the ground using what seem to be American phoenix books and playing board games everytime the kids finished a lesson.
I’m glad I found something that pays better for fewer hours of work.
If you are going to teach, either go for private lessons or try to find a business English school to work for(most of them pay R$25-30/hr). Chain schools are not worth the effort.
With Brazil’s Pre-Sal oil discovery, the petroleum sector will be generating lots of jobs over the next years. The best way to get in on these new jobs is via the international oil companies in the US and the UK and other companies located in Europe.
But the kicker is always the “work authorization” visa. Thus, many of these jobs are for Brazilians, but their problem is meeting the requirement for fluent English. But, that is easier to deal with than a Gringo trying to get a “work visa”.
Last week Nacional Asfaltos called me to interpret for them. They had two Dutch Engineers who were here to implant a new system for producing asphalt. Originally, a Dutchmen, who lives in Palmas, TO, was to accompany them, but he came down with Dengue and only arrived in Goiânia Friday morning.
It was an interesting three days, but stressful. Besides using vocabulary that is specific to producing asphalt, there was the heat, noisy and waiting. You can’t ‘interpret’ in the traditional sense, where person A speaks a sentence, you interpret the sentence, then the next sentence is spoken and so on. In this type of situation, person A communicates his/her thoughts and you summarize and re-organize and pass on to person B, who then replies or ask questions. So lots of back and forth before every one understands – including the interpreter! It helped to have a Civil Engineer who spoke intermediate level English who could clarify technical vocabulary.
This type of work is not common except in cities that have international conventions or multinationals. The last time I did something similar was over five years ago.
Written by John Fitzpatrick
Monday, 17 August 2009 19:41
Norman Normal, a middle-aged expatriate journalist, was awakened as happened every day in São Paulo by a pack of dogs barking. They howled and bayed crazily as they did at several points during the day and, as usual, their owners made no attempt to shut them up. Norman wished the Higienópolis Poisoner who had terrorized dog owners in that district in the mid-90s by feeding poisoned meat to their hounds was still around.
Once up, Normal looked down from his bedroom on the 13th floor at the crossroads where three avenues met and wondered why he had not noticed the location when he moved into the apartment years earlier. Although it was only seven o’clock, the traffic was already building up.
Going down to Rio for a few months and teach English sounds “cool”, but you face many hurdles.
Working on a tourist visa is illegal. The major ESL language schools will not hire you, which means you will have to give private classes and if you don’t speak Portuguese then it is almost impossible to find clients, discuss schedules, fees etc, unless the student is already at an advanced level.
I don’t know what the going rate per hour is for private English classes in Rio these days. I would guess around R$30-35 for conversation classes. If the English is more specialized (English for the Oil Industry, Aviation, etc) you can charge more.
There are lots of young, native speakers of English in Rio, who are also trying to find students. Thus, if you have ESL credentials and experience you will be able to charge more and hopefully find more and better quality students.
You have to get your money up front. Students should pay in advance for X number of classes per month. You will need a minimum of three hours of classes per day to make enough to get by and getting by is about all you can hope for. You will find the your classes will be very early in the morning, late at night and on Saturdays. You will spend considerable time going from one part of the city to another, which is non-income earning time.
The above is mostly true for São Paulo, except it has a larger ESL market and less young, native speaking gringos.
There are many more opportunities in the hinterland where native speakers are rare. In these cities the cost of living is lower and the lifestyle more laid back…..but they ain’t Rio.
Go to Gringoes.com’s Forum, sign up, then do a search for “teaching English”. There have been many discussions in the past.
UPDATE: 24 Oct 08
Young woman from California who is teaching English in Brazil. Click on the link below to get the straight scoop on the ESL life in Brazil.
LINKS: (major chain ESL language schools)
If and when you get by the visa and Portuguese barriers, you need to look seriously at how you will support yourself.
In my opinion, the service sector is the least difficult to break into and requires the least capital.
- you don’t know the system
- the bureaucracy is against you at every turn
- you must have trusted friends or family to help you
- there are many well-qualified Brazilians who will be your competition
- you are mostly likely not the first person to have your ‘get rich’ idea.
- in the end, can you implement, bring a project online, make it happen?
You are starting Brazil 101….easy to fail…..to get an A is very difficult. Will repeat what Jobim said “Brazil is not for beginners!”. Therefore, get your Tourist Visa, come down for as long as you can, put yourself on a budget that would be comparable to what you think you would be able to earn in Brazil. If that shows you can’t make in Brazil based on your lifestyle, then forget moving here. Save up and come on vacations for the next 20 years!
You will need to speak the language. Remember you have to make living and without Portuguese that is very near impossible.
You cannot work legally on a Tourist Visa. Thus, you must have either a Work Visa or a Permanent Visa.
To obtain a Work Visa, a Brazilian company must sponsor you. With many qualified Brazilians seeking work, a Brazilian company is not going to go through all the bureaucracy to get a Work Visa for foreigner unless you have some very, very special skill they need.
So you are left with the Permanent Visa option, but this will require that you invest US$50,000, set up a company. But don’t forget….Problem Number One.