Teaching English As A Second Language In South America
Welcome to part 6 of the TESOL Course destination series blog! For many of you, beginning the year with a vocational education and training course like the Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Course 40649SA) may be the greatest New Years Resolution yet! And for those out there who have recently (or are about to!!) complete their TEFL, CELTA, ESOL, ESL or TESOL Course Certification, CONGRATULATIONS!
While some of you may know exactly where you intend to teach English, other graduates now have to make the decision of which location they want to use their TESOL Course certification in! While there are some great opportunities in Australia, the large majority of TESOL Course graduates will head off overseas in search of a ‘working holiday’ type arrangement. With a TESOL Course qualification you are in huge demand internationally and have a variety of career options available to you, including teaching English to children and adults as well as utilizing your TESOL Course knowledge to teach Business English.
If a TESOL Course qualification like the Cert IV Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Course 40649SA) sounds like something you are interested in, OR you are simply keen to find out more, check out the course details or grab a free information pack detailing the latest pricing, specials and course information at >>> http://www.inspireeducation.net.au/courses/english-teaching-courses/certificate-iv-tesol/. To find out more about this weeks TESOL course destination, Brazil South America, read on!!
TESOL Course Graduates in South America
South America is hugely engaged with the United States political, economic and cultural practices and as such, English is a very important language for both business and personal life. While there is a demand of English teachers in South America, the pay and benefits are not comparable to those received in Asia. However, being a TESOL course student and English teacher in South America will allow you to live a comfortable life and offer you the change of a lifetime to travel the continent in between work hours!
Brazil and TESOL Course Certifications
Brazil is the worlds fifth largest country and is one of the most popular South American destinations, along with Chile, Colombia, Peru and Argentina. While TESOL Course graduates are encouraged to apply for work at any time during the year, the most popular application period is in January and February, as school in South America begins in late February and runs through until December (similar to Australia). The country officially speaks Portuguese and has a population of over 170 million.
To teach in Brazil there is no requirement for further study (like a bachelors degree) and there is no requirement for prior teaching experience – perfect for those with a TESOL Course certification. If you choose to work with a language institute you will be utilizing your TESOL Course qualification for tourism and business English. However, in the private sector there are many Brazilians learning English for personal benefit and these students can range from beginners to those with years of experience.
Where Can I Work in Brazil with a TESOL Course Certification?
Many English language teachers (graduates from TESOL Courses) will find employment in a private language centre in Rio. Many English language schools are located in the city centre giving both students and teachers easy access to transportation. Many of the students TESOL Certification graduates teach are adults and professionals who are interested in business English.
TESOL Courses and Brazil: Are flights and housing included?
Generally, accommodation is not included for TESOL Course graduates but employers may assist in helping you find accommodation. Also, flights are not included a TESOL contract but you will generally find your health care and visa are taken care of by your employer and your holidays will typically be paid. On average TESOL course grads are expected to work around 25 hours per week and sign a 12 month contract.
TESOL Courses and Brazil: What is the salary like?
In Brazil, the general wage for a TESOL Course graduate is around AUD800 – 1500 per month, depending on experience, your qualification type and whether you are within a private or public English language school. While this is relatively low in Australia, the cost of living is much different and although you may not save lots, there is lots of opportunity to travel the country on this salary. The cost of living in Brazil sits around AUD180 – 330 per month. Additionally, in most countries, like Brazil, it is likely you will find yourself supplementing your TESOL income with private language tuition in addition to your regular classes.
TESOL Courses: Should I Look for a TESOL Job Before Moving to Brazil or After?
While you can apply for a work permit abroad, generally you must search for a job in person, with many English language schools do not recruit from overseas and prefer to meet you in person before offering a contract. Living and working in Brazil also gives you access to nearby countries and the opportunity to teach throughout South America. It is also good to know a small amount of Spanish and Portuguese as many English language schools will not speak large amounts of English, this may distinguish you from other English language teacher applicants.
TAKE HOME NOTE: You must be in the country to take advantage of the huge TESOL Course market!
TESOL Courses and Brazil: Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janerio is famous for its nightlife and atmosphere. It is the MOST popular destination in Brazil for TESOL Course Graduates and offers many opportunities for English language teachers in private language schools as well as public government run schools. Rio de Janerio was rated 131 out of the 144 World Cities in terms of the cost of living overseas (with number one being the most expensive and number 144 being the least expensive). This shows that your money will go substantially further than say, Sydney (which is ranked at number 20) while living in Brazil. If your living in an Australian city like Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, these cities are ranked 67, 87, 88 and 95 out of 144 respectively. Check out the full list by Clicking Here.
TESOL Courses and Brazil: Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is the third largest metropolitan area in the world and with over 60 percent of the countries internationally business located here, it has a huge demand for business English and general TESOL teachers. Sao Paulo was rated at 128 out of the 144 World Cities in terms of the cost of living overseas (with number one being the most expensive and number 144 being the least expensive). This shows that your money will go substantially further than say, Sydney (which is ranked at number 20) while living in Brazil. If your living in an Australian city like Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, these cities are ranked 67, 87, 88 and 95 out of 144 respectively. Check out the full list by Clicking Here.
TESOL Courses and Brazil: Brasilia
Brasilia is the capital of Brazil. It is located in the centre of the country and due to size, boasts a lower cost of living than its counterparts, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio. Brasilia is a favorite among experienced TESOL teachers with many opportunities available.
TESOL Courses: What is it Like to Live in Brazil?
It is important to consider the cost of living of a country in comparison to your monthly wage. Also, if you have savings, check out the conversion rate online to see how long they will support you in your chosen TESOL Course destination. The currency used in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL). Approximately the BRL1 = AUD0.45. The cost of living can be relatively low, due to the huge gap in wealth distribution throughout the country. For a one bedroom apartment in the city centre, rent is approximately BRL1,000 per month and outside the city centre costs around BRL615 per month. For your convenience I have complied a list of the pricing of common items you might need while living in Brazil.
• Cheap meal BRL15 = AUD6.7
• Three course meal BRL64 = AUD28
• Take out meal BRL16 = AUD7
• 500ml Beer BRL3 = AUD1.3
• Cappuccino BRL4 = AUD1.8
• 330ml Coke BRL2.6 = AUD1.2
• 1litre Milk BRL2 = AUD0.9
• 12 Eggs BRL3.5 = AUD1.5
• 1.5litre Water BRL2 = AUD0.9
• One way transportation ticket BRL2.7 = AUD1.2
• Cigarettes BRL5 = AUD2.25
• Movie ticket BRL18 = AUD4.5
Below shows the distribution of living costs in Brazil, the data used to compile the results mentioned above and that in the graph is extracted from almost 9,000 entries from over 700 contributors. To see the original graph Click Here.
Next Weeks TESOL Courses Graduate Location
This week we have looked at the benefits of teaching English in Brazil! Latin America is an exciting location and offers a world of difference from Australia. If there are any questions you have in regards to TESOL in Brazil, TESOL Courses and Certifications, or TESOL locations generally, leave a comment below!
Have you worked in Brazil with a TESOL Course certification? If that answer is YES, how was your experiences? Share your comments, thoughts and inside information with us and help new TESOL students make informed decisions on starting their career in English Teaching.
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