Friday, October 24, 2008

Danielle's Tips for Teaching English in Brazil

Hey! Welcome to my blog. Check out the date on this post. It's a little old. It has some good general info, but click on my "about my blog" page or my "teaching English" label for more details and up-to-date posts.


I've been having bad luck with classes and students this week, and I'm home bored. So I've decided to write a list that I wish I had seen in my Google searches for "teach English in Brazil" before I came here. I hope it'll help some people who have the same idea.

Planning before you go...

1. Bring a lot of money with you. It's going to take time for you to get established as a teacher, and even when you are established, you'll still have months of ups and downs. Your American currency goes far here. So save, save save. Even if you start making money here, it may not be enough sometimes for you to pay for your living expenses. I would say to bring at least a couple thousand if you plan to stay for the entire 6 months of your visa, and be sure you've already bought a return ticket home that is refundable and that has changeable flight dates. (You'll actually need to buy the return ticket home to get the visa anyway.)

2. Try to find a Brazilian travel agent in your area. This may sound silly, but if you don't know much about the country or the visa laws, these agents can help you a lot. (The one I went to also sold Brazilian candies. Fun!) The one I went to also charged a really small fee (only 100 dollars) to go get my visa for me from the consulate. This is a great deal, because it's cheaper than the gas and missing work to get it yourself. In my case, the closest Brazilian consulate was 3 hours from my house on a good traffic day, and I had to go early on either Tuesday or Thursday morning to sign up, and then I had to go back to pick it up 2 weeks later. So do the math and figure out if it's worth it for you. If you're in the southwestern US, I recommend MargoTour, based in San Diego. They offered me the cheapest ticket by far, and were very friendly and helpful. (Also remember the candy.) They also will do some business over phone/email. Just be sure your ticket is refundable! http://www.margotour.com/index.php

3. Don't pay for vaccines in the US. I'm not saying to be silly and not get ANY vaccines, but I'm saying to wait and get them for free in Brazil instead of paying 300+ dollars to do it in the US. Neither I nor anyone I've talked to was asked to prove that they had gotten vaccinated in the US before they could enter Brazil. You just need them for youself so that you don't die for some dumb reason, like a preventable disease. So when you get here, ask around for where you can get the free vaccines. It's usually in the local hospital or "ambulatorio," which is like a government clinic. (I WISH someone had told me this!) You don't need to buy malaria pills unless you're going to be smack in the middle of the Amazon (not many English students there), and there's no vaccine for Dengue, which is actually your biggest threat. (So be careful with the mosquitos.) You can check out this CDC website for the vaccines that you need, but the doctor you see in Brazil will know what you need for the reigon: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationBrazil.aspx

4. Learn at least a little Portuguese. Don't be one of those Americans who thinks that English is the only important language in the world, and don't assume that everyone's going to speak it, especially if you go to a city that's not São Paulo or Rio de Janiero. Be respectful, and make your life and everyone's lives easier. It will also make you a MUCH better teacher, and it will give you the option of teaching beginning English classes (more $$). Check your local community college for a class, or at least get a book on Amazon. If you speak Spanish, you can get by here, but you won't be able to understand what people say, and all of the basic verbs are irregular in a different way. If you are a Spanish speaker, I recommend a WONDERFUL fabulous textbook called "Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers." Also remember that the word tem (or sometimes têm) is your friend. (It's pronounced "teng" or [t] for the linguists). It means "he/she/you/you guys/they" have, "there is/there are" and "is there...?/are there..?".


5. Learn how to teach English! Oh, this one makes me crazy. Please, please don't assume that, just because you speak English, you can teach English. Just because you know how to drive a car, would you walk into a mechanic's office and apply for a job? No. Do you know the difference between "make" and "do"? Between "for" and "to"? Do you know what a helping/auxilary verb is? What about an allophone? Or the communicative method? Do you know why we need "do" in the question "Do you know what time it is?" but not in the question "Are you hungry?" You have to explain things that you've never thought about before. Don't be a punk, and don't do a disservice to your future students. Many community colleges offer classes about teaching ESL/TESOL. You can also pay for a TESOL certification class for a few weeks, and get certification to boot. The Oxford one is pretty well known.

6. Buy some English textbooks and bring them with you. You will find that some schools are lacking in resources, or they only have textbooks that are made by non-native speakers. It is in your best interest to have some more options for yourself, and they can also be really helpful if you start teaching private classes. I really like George M. Rooks's Let's Start Talking series (There are other books with similar titles in the same series). I got a copy on Amazon for 3 bucks. These can be great, easy, time-consuming activities for intermediate and advanced classes. Any ESL textbooks by Cambridge are usually good. Oh, also, BRING A DICTIONARY. The vast majority of dictionaries here are made by Brazilians, and they have a LOT of mistakes and bad translations. My favorite is the Harper-Collins (not just Collins) English-Portuguese dictonary. My vesrion is paperback, and green and white. I paid 6 bucks for it at a used bookstore, and it has been one of my best friends here. It's very good.

7. Bring first-world living with you (to an extent). Food and healthcare in Brazil tend to be cheap, but everything else is expensive. Like, offensively expensive. There are things that you don't think about packing, but without them, your life can be very frustrating.

Bring: makeup (!), razor blades (or an electric razor, for the men... they can cost between 50 and 300 reais), a few pairs of your favorite jeans, shoes for all occaisons (though Brazilian women's shoes are amaaaaziinng), lithium or rechargable batteries, your favorite face wash and other beauty/grooming products. To give you an idea, Finesse Mousse (1.99 in the US) is 28 reais. A microwave is 300. Another big problem is buying any kind of electronics. If you may use them, bring your American cell phone (and any old cell phones you have-- maybe you can sell it or maybe your newest one won't work), camera, laptop, and MP3 player. Oh, also, I have yet to find an American-style hand can opener.

Another thing that's a bit of a touchy subject but I'll say it anyway, for the women: a month's worth of birth control can be as cheap as 5 reais, and you don't need a perscription-- you just need to know the chemical compound of yours, or the shelf name of your compound in Brazil. So if you pay for birth control in the US, don't worry about bringing a lot with you. You can just walk into a pharmacy here.

Don't bring: your nice work clothes. The style of dress is generally more casual here, especially for teachers. I wear jeans and a decent shirt and nice shoes to work. If the school wants you to dress up, they give you a uniform. I wasted a lot of space in my suitcase with this.

8. Have contacts in Brazil, preferrably someone to live with. I don't know much about finding a place to live as a foreigner, because I was fortunate enough to already have a living situation set up before I came here. But you won't be able to just want into an imobiliaria (like a leasing office, but the people with all the power in the apartment industry) and pick a place. From what I understand, in order to be the main signer on a lease for an apartment in the state of Sao Paulo, you have to already own 2 properties. It's really difficult and strict. So I don't know what you can do; I just know what you can't. If anyone knows anything else about how to find places to rent, please leave comments.

UPDATE: Blogger friend Lindsey wrote a very helpful post on renting an apartment in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Most of the rules about fiadores (co-signers) hold true in the state of Sao Paulo. Please don't leave us comments asking for more help on this matter. It's all the information we have. It's just to give you an idea.

9. Don't get caught up in any teaching scams. As a general rule, unless you're a rich college kid whose just using a teaching program as an excuse to convince your parents to pay for you to party in Brazil, you shouldn't have to pay to teach here-- they're supposed to be paying you! These programs can be convenient if they offer room and board, but more often than not, they're just scams. You shouldn't expect to find a job before you get to Brazil. You're better off showing up here with the money you saved up (see number 1) and applying to schools in the city you're in.

10. Pay your American debts before you go. Unless you have someone to help you pay your bills in the US, you will find this difficult to do. Santander bank has a thing where if you have an American bank account and a Santander bank account, you can send money for free between the accounts. However, you can't open a bank account here because you are working illegally and can't prove your income. So you have to pay to wire transfer money to your US account, and that can get super expensive. Plus, the exchange rate is bad. So try to finish up those credit card payments before you quit your American job, okay?

When you get here...

1. Put yourself out there. Apply to all the schools in your area, especially the ones in walking distance if you won't have access to a car. (We just opened the yellow pages and went to "escolas de inglês".) Also, have your Brazilian contact (see 8 above) help you make and put up flyers (in Portugeuse!) saying that you can teach private classes. Put them up at the local universities and private high schools (if you're willing to teach kids), and avoid places like shopping malls and hospitals (so you don't get calls from creepies). Also, don't worry about translating your resume to Portuguese. It's polite to offer, but no school took me up on it, since the owners/coordinators are fluent in English. Just note that flyers aren't a big hit. Your biggest source of students is going to be word of mouth, hands down.

2. Decide what kind of experience you want, but also keep your options open. You'll basically have two options in terms of English schools: the huge chains and the small franchises. They pay about the same-- you should expect between 10 and 20 reais per hour (10 being bad, and 20 being very, very good.) The huge chains, like Wizard and Fisk, and are typically very rigid about what and how you should teach. This can be good and bad. You don't have to do much prep work at home, but you have to follow a LOT of rules. (These rules usually focus on stupid crap, like seating arrangements, and ignore big problems, like how the test has nothing to do with the chapter.)  The smaller franchises will usually give you more leeway, but are VERY unorganized and inconsistent, and often don't have enough resources (see number 6 above). The bosses at the smaller schools are also more likely to make lots of big promises to you that they can't keep, so my advice is to make your decisions based only on what you can see for yourself at the school, not what they say that they're planning. No school is going to pay for a work visa for you. No school is going to make you full-time or give you any management positions. In fact, if you meet a boss like this in an interview who makes you lots of big promises, don't be naive like I was... run away! If you receive more than one job offer, accept 2 or 3. Here's why:

3. You have to think about yourself before the school. I know this can go against your American work ethic, but the industry is ruthless here, and you have to always do what's best for you. Take both jobs and then accept the classes/students that fit your schedule.  If you're working at more than one school, both bosses will pressure you to quit and work exclusively for them. Be polite, but don't do it. Like I said, neither one can offer you full-time, and neither one is going to fire you if you can't teach all the classes that they want you to teach. Almost all of the Brazilian teachers here teach at more than one school and also teach private classes on the side, and no one feels bad about it. If you can get between 25 and 30 hours of classes per week, consider yourself lucky.

4. Don't expect a 9-5. Your schedule is going to change every week. You'll probably need to have classes spread out from 7am -11:00pm. People change their schedules. Your bosses change your classes. Students come and go. Remember, you're teaching adults with families and full-time jobs. English classes are not their first priority. They're going to try to fit it in when they can. Speaking of which,

5. Expect many of your classes to be cancelled. This sucks, but it's true. Many students are F-L-A-K-Y Flaky. (See #4 for reasons why.) Typically, the schools won't pay you if you don't teach, even if the students don't call to cancel. So yes, you get ready, show up, wait, and don't get paid. (Sometimes the bigger chains are better about this, which is a benefit for working for them. Ask during the interview.) You can set the rules of your private classes, but remember, if you make a rule that students have to pay even if they can't come, it may be harder for you to find students. I had a rule with my private students that, if they call within 24 hours of the class to cancel, they have to pay half. Some people offer makeup classes if they give you this 24-hour notice. I was at a point where I had so many students that I didn't offer makeup classes at all. To give you an idea, if I have a week with 25 hours of classes scheduled, I end up teaching about 19. That's why I say, if you're choosing between groups at schools, accept the bigger classes rather than 1-1 classes if you're trying to decide. The bigger classes don't get cancelled. (Though put your own private students before the schools, because you make the rules!)

6. Don't expect to extend your visa for more than 180 days total. So here's the situation with visas for Americans. Trust me, I've become an expert! Your first visa is for 90 days. If you want to extend it for another 90 days, you have to go to the Policia Federal's website and print a receipt saying that you'll pay 60-odd reais. You take it to a bank to pay, and get another receipt. You take these papers to the Policia Federal office in your area. You fill out a form and give them everything, and then you get a stamp in your visa.
If you want to stay for more than 180 days, you have to get married or get a "civil union contract." If you don't have some job contract and you're not a student, then that's it. Those are your options. (See my earlier entries for details.) Like I said, the schools won't pay for a long-term visa for you. They have to pay a LOT of money and they also have to prove that they're being legit with their taxes, and they usually aren't. It's cheaper for them to just hire a Brazilian teacher.

For each day that you stay illegally, past 180 days, you have to pay $8.80 reais. I don't know if you have to pay in the airport or if you only have to pay if you try to come back, but you won't be able to leave and come back without paying, and I don't know if you'll get restricted from future visas or anything. You'll see below in the comments that people have had different experiences with this.

7. Get your CPF ASAP. A CPF is like a Brazilian social security card. A Brazilian address and the tourist visa in an American passport is enough to qualify for one. It's free, and it can come in very handy. You just have to go the Ministerio de Fazenda and fill out some paperwork, and then they mail it to you.

8. Have fun! I know this list makes it sound like teaching in Brazil is like getting a tooth pulled, but I promise that's not true. Teaching is fun and fascinating, and doesn't even feel like work. You'll meet so many interesting people, and you'll learn a lot. You won't get to travel much on your teacher's salary, but if you're in one of the big cities, that won't be too bad. It's an experience I wouldn't change for anything (except the same experience with more money, ha).

Thanks for reading!

UPDATE: I wrote this a while ago. I wrote another one. Read more tips here. It includes more about private classes. You can also check out my About Me and My Blog page (at the bottom) for more teaching-related entries.

35 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Danielle. What a wonderful blog. I'm sure you should get quite a few responses with this. How helpful all that could be to someone thinking about coming. Don't you wish you could have read something like that.
    On another note I got your papers off yesterday, but am having them sent to your mom to send back to you. She can get to the post office right away, whereas I have to wait for grandad to get home. and I know the sooner the better. (which may have been something you could have mentioned in the blog, about the If they have to send or get stuff from Brazilto America and vise versa, how slow the mail is)
    Ihave to get on with some stuff . but Love you lots xoxoxoxo

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  2. Danielle,

    I know that if a person doesn't have 2 properties in the state of Sao Paulo or someone who does to co-sign for them, there is the option to buy a sort of "insurance" to replace the lack of"fiador" which in some cases is equivalent of one month's rent per year.


    Ray

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  3. I agree, a wonderful blog. I should like to link it to www.paraibaparadise so more people will see it

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  4. Wow. That was really informative. Too bad you didn't have anything like this before you went. Anyway, home from camping. Our puppyluv is safe and mostly clean now. (she was actually a BROWN dog for the weekend.) Petsmart tomorrow for a real bath.
    Love to you both,
    Mom
    XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  5. Hey, Danielle


    Thanks so much for posting your experiences and being so candid. I was just wondering about the cost of an ESL/TOESL course. I'm considering going to Brazil to teach English for a few months, and I kind of want to come up with a rough estimate of just how much I should save up and set aside for such expenses. Thanks in advance.

    Asia

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  6. Hi Asia,

    When I looked into those classes, I remember seeing prices between 900 and 2,000 for a 6-week course. Oxford is a really famous and credible one, and it's in most big cities. Just do a Google search for TESOL certificate and Oxford will probably be the first one you see.

    Good luck!

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  7. Hi Danielle
    My boyfriend is from Rio, Im thinking about making the big move to go and live with him. Any suggestions for me? I would love to teach English, but are there any other jobs that you can think of that are possible without a work visa? I dont have a teaching degree. I am going to Rio for Christmas and New Years and I was thinking about just staying and not coming back to the states. After that intense blog do you really think I should go through with it? haha
    I love Brazil and would love to live there, but Rio is very intimidating! Any suggestions for that!?

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  8. Hi Cait,

    Do you have an email? I can't access your profile.

    I can tell you that living with a boyfriend in Brazil is a lot of fun! The majority of the problems come from job-related things, not boyfriend-in-Brazil-related things.

    If you have an email, leave it here and I'll copy it and delete it.

    I don't know how good your Portuguese is, but I think another option you'll have is as a nanny ("baba" in Portuguese). I imagine that, if the children are young enough, the parents will like the idea of you speaking English with the kids. But you have to have some Portuguese... what if you need to call 911? :)

    Other jobs are going to be difficult because there are plenty of Brazilians to do the service jobs (plus the pay would be bad) and places like retail stores are going to require fluent Portuguese.

    Good luck in Rio! I've never been there, but I've heard lots of good and bad things about it. :)

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  9. I'm glad I stumbled upon this blog!
    I'm doing a bit of travel myself (France, check! Currently in Italy) and Brazil is next (7 months away!!) so I decided to start gathering information now...one of my best ideas yet! Any other info you're willing to give would be great, beyond great...
    I'm already TEFL certified, but for some reason don't think Latin America will be as easy to make it in as Europe.
    Hopefully I'm wrong?

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  10. Hi Stacey, take a look at www.gringoes.com
    and www.paraibaparadise.com

    there is good adive there about teaching English as well as this blog of course. :)

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  11. Hi Danielle,
    Yes you can email me...
    Ryck_caitlyn@yahoo.com
    I leaving for Rio on Dec. 23 and I am supposed to be coming back Jan 2. I am not TEFL certified so that might be a problem.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks again,
    Cait

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  12. Hey Danielle,
    Such a helpful blog...thanks! I'm moving to Florianopolis in April with my boyfriend (He's Brazilian, has a condo there with his brother.) I taught ESL for two years in Kazakhstan while in the Peace Corps. I don't have a TEFL/ESL degree but my bachelor's degree is in English as I mentioned I have some experience. Do you think this will be a problem? Are you in San Catarina? Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks.
    Nicole

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  13. Hi Danielle,
    Found your blog through this page yesterday, and couldn't put my laptop down. I'm moving to Curitiba in July with my girlfriend (for 2-3 years at least, having never visited Brazil) so all your observations and comments make me feel a little more prepared to adjust. (The gf called it stalkerish that I kept reading... but I figure you wouldn't have it all online if that was a problem).
    I plan to teach/tutor English until I get fluent enough in Portuguese to get my nutrition degree. I'd love to ask you some questions about teaching, and about the civil union type of visa if you're willing to dole out some advice. You can email me at ajabryant@gmailspam.com (just remove the "spam") or tell me to post my questions here. Thanks so much!

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  14. NIC..
    i have a man in florianopolis too. he lives with his brother there. i want to go there and teach english. contact me.
    allisonayre@yahoo.com

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  15. Danielle.

    thanks so much for all the info you provided. this helps me a lot. where are you teaching english??? i want to in florianopolis. i have a man there, and many friends. i went there for a month in september, but want to go back for 6 months.

    allee

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  16. do you have Nicole's info??? NIC?? sounds like we will be in the same place..

    thanks!

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  17. I can help you out with some of the unanswered parts of your list, Danielle.

    After 3 months (and I'm sure equally, after 6 months if you extend), its a R$8/day fine for staying illegaly in Brazil although when you do decide to leave the country, its a simple trip to the Federal Police in the airport and an officer will sit you down, ask you why you overstayed then (in my case, shrug his shoulders) ask you to sign a paper saying you'll pay the fee you accumulated in overstaying upon your return to Brazil. They put a stamp in Portuguese in your passport stating you have overstayed.

    Anyways, I was supposed to pay R$500 or something (there's an R$800 maximum they can charge you), yet upon returning the next year, the immigration officer when entering the country flipped right through it...although I swear he paused to look at it...then let me keep going. No problems, no questions asked.

    Hope that helps!

    - Adam
    http://eyesonbrazil.com

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  18. hey, Danielle

    great blog. Very informative. I wish i would had read this before i came to brazil. I've been living in Brazil for three years teaching English. Most of what you said i learned by trail and error. But you did mention some things that were helpful. what part of Brazil do you live? By the way, i also lived in California before i came to Brazil. San Diego, CA. Anyway, thats so much!

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  19. hey there
    i just had a few questions what time of year is the best to go to brazil for work?i know you said you need to take a lot of money with you but one you are established with a job did you find that you had enough money to live off?Also does it benifit you to have your TEFL/Thanks heaps
    Lauren

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  20. Thank you for leaving such a detailed blog. I am currently studying portuguese in Portugal. I am very interested in teaching english in Brazil and am wondering if I could ask you afew more questions. My email is corissa2020@yahoo.com. I also have a blog if you'd like to take a look...it is keekeeportugal.blogspot.com. Thanks again for all your helpful information!

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  21. Thanks for posting this, I hate to bother you with my questions but here we go. A bit about me I was a stock broker and just got the boot because of the economic situation. I did an internship in Cotia in Sao Paulo State and I can speak Portuguese and Spanish fluently, is there a specific certificate that I need to certify me for both? Oh about the bank you can use Citibank they will help you do transfers to and from the U.S. Itau Unibanco also has an established Private Banking unit here in the U.S as well, but Im not sure about the cross border functionality. And are TIM phones still available I have my old prepaid one and I don't know if it can still be used?

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  22. Hello GameZE3,

    Thanks for the tips about the banks. The next time I go home, I think I'm going to open a Citibank account and try it!

    TIM is still the biggest company here. I have a TIM prepaid phone, so I imagine yours will work. Just make sure your actual cell phone has the right frequency so that you don't have to buy one here. :oP

    I don't know anything about any certification to prove that you speak a language. Usually, if the job requires you to speak or teach a language, they'll just give you a test in that language. :)

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  23. Still like reading this blog, lots of good info in it.

    To help gameZE3 I would definitely go for a CELTA certificate to help you teach English. With that and your fluency, the world is your oyster.
    Good Luck.

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  24. Great blog! very informative.
    I have a question for you (or anyone else), about the hiring season in Brazil. I heard from one source, that it is hard to find work unless it is within the months of march- august. this would kind of ruin my plans, i want to leave in september or october. Can anyone help?
    thanks!

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  25. Hey, came across your blog from a group on facebook. I'm coming down to Brazil around Sept 15th, and going to travel around when I first get there to see what areas I like the best but I'm thinking it might be Rio. Anyway, just curious to what city you are in because while I may know a few (basically nothing) sayings, I'm going to need a lot of help.. Either that or if you know anybody that would like a job as a translator for about a month.. If so shoot me an email at armyguydave69@me.com

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  26. Hi Danielle,

    I love your blog! It is very informative and of great help to travellers. MY friend and I are in Colombia right now and planning to go to Brazil next month. We might want to stay in Sao Paulo for a while if we get a job. Thanks a lot for the blog, really helpful.

    Have a great evening!

    Cheers,
    Jenny

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  27. As an English teacher (and blogger) in South Korea, I found your post very informative. Keep up the good work :)

    Chris
    chrisinsouthkorea.blogspot.com

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  28. Danielle,
    Thanks so much for this informative list! I'm from the U.S. and thinking about moving to Salvador, Bahia, at least for the 6 months, to be with my (brasilian) boyfriend. I'm thinking of teaching english, and this list is so clear and helpful, so THANK YOU! Also, the details about things like what books to bring for teaching are really useful. I came across the blog a few months ago, and have been reading religiously ever since, your posts are always so interesting/funny! Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. hey Danielle,
    What a great post- obviously there are tons of people doing the same thing, planning the same travels or whatever as its rare to see a post still receiving comments a year down!!!

    I am in Curitiba myself and Im Canadian. I don't have any certificates but I'm currently completing a TEFL cert online - good price, good quality, etc. I am on a one year visa but only because im on an internship here (unpaid). So i do have a few advices for those coming down- yes, theres always a need to learn english, but its NOT EASY here. Ive lived in Europe for 3 years and it was easier to find something there - visa, etc, all was easily arranged.

    here they have a lot of brazilian teachers who knows how to teach, and just because you are a native speaker doesn't mean you can teach english (well). I think one still has a good chance at landing something real good in Sao Paulo or Rio - but obviously, living expenses increase in these cities.

    Ive just been in CTBA for a short while but lived here for a bit back in 2006. If you are in the city or need info on this beautiful, relatively undiscovered city, let me know!

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  30. brush up on the smallest of rules, such as "a" and "an", the conditionals, the verb to be.. oh man i could go on forever about rules that became so "automatic" i never thought twice about them and have to go back and freshen up

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  31. Hi Danielle,

    Fantastic blog!

    I'm English and am doing my second English teaching job in France, having worked in a language school in southern Italy last year. I just wondered how strict schools are in Brazil about CELTA/TESOL certificate? Would they give me as job based on my experience alone?

    Basically I want to have an amazing experience and learn Portuguese. Some friends of mine recommended Salvador (Bahia)as a good place to be. Have you ever been there?

    Having sent my CV to dozen of language schools I've noticed that the majority are reluctant to offer me a job. Is this because it's the wrong time of year, or do I simply need to find a job once I get to Brazil?

    Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated

    Keep up the brilliant blog,

    cheers,

    Patrick

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  32. Patrick
    It depends if the school is individually owned, or part of a chain in my experience.

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  33. Oi Danielle,
    Your blog is awesome! I am trying to get a post college, post travel career going and it isn't quite happening here in San Francisco. I spent three months in Brazil dec-march 2009, and have decided to return to the sweet land down south.

    My plan is to get TEFL certified, and get a job with a school in Santa Catarina..Itajai to be more exact. I like somewhere with a beach, not too many western tourists and a decent economy. I believe that between Itajai and it's neighbor Balneario Camburiu, there will be some classes to find. I saw that Oxford has an agreement with a school there.

    The dream is to continue to teach English in placese like France and Asia, and keep learning new languages (I speak Spanish and pretty good Portuguese) Anyway...what do you think??? I don't know anyone personally whos taught in Brazil, so I would love your opinion. Oh and is going in September too closes to the Brazilian summer you think???

    Obrigado Danielle!!!!!! Bom dia!!!

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  34. Hey Danielle...is it a crazy ideia to quit a good job in the US to go open up a small english school in Brazil? I've got so many questions...how many students do you actually have? How do I email you pl...would love to chat some more via email

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