TEFL Course in Sao Paulo

An incredible destination for a TEFL course
Teach English in Brazil
An incredible destination for a TEFL course
TESOL Course in Sao Paulo
What can be said about São Paulo that you don’t already know?

“Whoever teaches, learns in the act of teaching. And whoever learns, teaches in the act of learning.”

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom Tweet


With 12 million people, Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. It is also the most culturally vibrant city in the country, featuring over 300 movie theaters, 150 museums, 20,000 restaurants, and over 100 parks within the metropolitan area only. No wonder you don’t know where to start.

Regarded as “Brazil’s financial heart,” Sao Paulo has the largest economy by GDP in Latin America. It is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange and to 63% of the multinational corporations established in the country, mainly in parts of the city such as Paulista, Faria Lima, and Luis Carlos Berrini Avenues, as well as Greater Sao Paulo, which are hubs of culture, finance, and trade. Consequently, there are many job opportunities for English teachers everywhere.

Travel the world through culture and food, even without leaving the city. A cosmopolitan melting pot, Sao Paulo holds the largest neighborhoods for the Japanese, Italian, Arab, and Portuguese populations. Take the subway to try some fresh sushi in Liberdade or taste the delicious Margherita pizza in Bixiga. At the Central Market, fondly called “Mercadao” by locals, you can get immersed in flavors and scents of exquisite fruit, cheese, spices, and cured meat.

Are you planning a getaway for the weekend? In just one hour from Sao Paulo, you can be at the coast in Santos, a city featuring the longest ocean-front garden worldwide and holding the biggest seaport in South America. Within 70 miles, you can also be in Guaruja, visiting surf beaches such as Tombo or enjoying calm waters in Guaiuba.

Home to main job opportunities in the country and a wide variety of entertainment, Sao Paulo is definitely a place to be. Work as a TEFL teacher and enjoy your free time visiting MASP (Sao Paulo Museum of Art), having a drink at Terraço Italia skyscraper, watching a soccer match, shopping at one of the 50 malls, or even relaxing by the sun at Ibirapuera Park. Sao Paulo is a never-sleeping city with endless options for every mood and occasion.

Our tefl Sao Paulo institute

Located centrally in Sao Paulo, our TEFL training center is easy to reach by car, bus, or subway. It shares the neighborhood with movie theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, pubs, and you can get everything you need nearby. Our school has all the infrastructure needed by the students, such as a high-speed internet connection, TV, and meeting rooms.

Our school features accredited 120-Hour TEFL Certification programs that are accepted by schools around the world. Besides covering the theory that a teacher needs to know, our trainees also have classroom practice, putting their knowledge into action .

It offers also Teaching Practice of 120-Hour Combined TEFL Certification, 120-Hour Online TEFL Certification and Specializations (Teaching Business English, Young Learners, TOEFL) and TQUK Level 5 OFQUAL-regulated TEFL (RQF) with prior preparatory work and special teacher training.


Education is compulsory in Brazil from the ages of 4 to 17 , a rule applied to both public and private schools around the country. The starting age at child care facilities is lower. The stages are divided as it follows:
  • Nursery and Kindergarten: 4 months to 3 years old
  • Preschool: 4 to 5 years old
  • Elementary School – Early Years: 6 to 10 years old
  • Elementary School – Middle Years: 11 to 14 years old
  • High School: 15 to 17 years old

    English as a second language is emerging vigorously among these institutions, mainly in private schools throughout the country. According to official statistics, there are over 1,200 bilingual schools in Brazil, over 100 of them are in Sao Paulo.

    Prerequisites to Teaching English in Brazil
    You definitely need a work visa. Your employer must apply for it on your behalf. The Brazilian authorities want to see at least two years work-related experience and a 120-Hour TESOL Certificate with Teaching Practicum in addition to a BA/BS in any field.

    If you aim high in terms of a teaching position, those jobs require specific teaching degrees in either pedagogy or English.

    Teaching Opportunities
    There are positions in public and private schools, language centers, vocational schools, universities, and international schools.

    Brazil has over 3,000 private English schools, which represent a great opportunity for English teachers. Accredited 120-TEFL certificates play an important role in such job opportunities at the most renowned institutions, as specific graduation degrees are not required. Hiring opportunities happen throughout the year, although the peak season is in May/June preparing for the regular groups happening in the second half of the year. Late November/December is also the peak hiring season, preparing for the regular courses to start in the upcoming year.

    Private Tutoring
    Although Brazil and Sao Paulo have a broad array of language schools, the percentage of the population fluent in English is still very small, close to 2%. Private classes, in person or online, are popular in the country and frequently sought by students ranging from teens to adults. The average starting price for a 45-to 60-minute class is 70 BRL. Working with small groups for in-company classes is also another great opportunity to do networking and scale earnings with multiple students at a time.

    Contract Length
    Teaching contracts are usually one year, maximum two years long. They are, of course, linked to the work visa. If the employer wants to keep you longer, the temporary work visa can be extended another two years. After working for four years in the country, your employer must apply for a permanent work visa. It allows you to live and work in Brazil.

    Salary & Benefits
    Salaries for teaching English in Brazil are often between US $800 – $1,400 per month, considerably more for administrators. You may increase your income by teaching privately. The average charge for private classes is US $15-25 (85-140 BRL) per hour. If you teach law or medical English, you may even charge more.

    Compensation packages usually include a monthly food and local public transportation voucher and an end-of-year bonus in form of a “13th salary” after each year of employment.  The benefit package also contains paid holidays, paid annual vacations, and paid sick leave—all regulated by the Brazilian labor law.

    The Brazilian government provides for free comprehensive health insurance of all legally employed foreign English teachers whose employers pay the proper contributions to the government. All others must buy private health insurance to go to a doctor or hospital.

    Healthcare System in Brazil
    Brazil’s healthcare system is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health. It provides free health care to all Brazilian citizens and legal residents. The system works like that of Europe, where people and organizations make monthly contributions to a fund controlled by the government. This fund finances healthcare for Brazilians and pensions for its elderly citizens.

    If you are uninsured in Brazil and must go to a hospital, the doctors will give you first aid, stabilize you, and send you away, unless you pay for additional procedures. Look for private insurance to make your stay in Brazil more pleasant.

    Pharmacies (Farmácia) in Brazil are subsidized by the government. They are generally well equipped with highly trained, knowledgeable staff, and the medications (Remédios) are quite inexpensive.

    Some pharmacies, such as the chain Droga Raia, are open 24 hours a day, but most of them open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm local time. Some prominent pharmacies in Sao Paulo are 1. Drogaria São Paulo, 2. Drogaria Fibersal, 3. Ultrafarma. 4. Drogasil. 5. Droga Raia, 6. Drogasil, 7. Drogaria São Paulo, and others.

    Important Emergency Numbers
  • Free nationwide ambulance service for medical emergencies: 192
  • Pharmacy Locator: 136
  • Federal Police: 194
  • Military Police: 190
  • Fire Service: 193

    Large private hospitals may also provide their own ambulance services, which can be contacted directly.

    Culture in Brazil
    The Federative Republic of Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and occupies half of the landmass of South America. It is also the fifth most populous country in the world, with a richly diverse culture from many different countries as well as the untouched indigenous tribes that live in the Amazon jungle. Brazil’s cultural diversity has been shaped by the dominant presence of European settlers who brought along ideas, innovations, beliefs, and African enslaved people, who influenced the local cultures with their customs and ideas.

    Languages Spoken
    Portuguese is the national language in Brazil and is spoken by 99% of the population, making it one of the strongest elements of national unity. The only exceptions are certain indigenous groups and immigrants who have preserved their native languages. There are major variations in the Portuguese languages spoken in Brazil and Portugal. In Brazil, there are no dialects, but regional variations in vocabulary and accent. 

    Religion is important in Brazil, as 80% of the country’s population is affiliated with a religion. The symbol of Brazil’s religious affiliation is the colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer that stands on the summit of Mount Corcovado in one of the country’s most famous cities, Rio de Janeiro. Roman Catholicism is the major religion in Brazil, with two-thirds of the population affiliated with the religion. 

    Food & Drinks
    Due to the long history of immigrants in Brazil, cuisines vary immensely across regions, with major dishes including Japanese, Italian, African, Middle East, and Chinese, Japanese, and Amerindian influences. Rice and beans are the staple diet in the country. Other common dishes include Feijoada, which was introduced by African slaves, Feira, Kibeh from the Middle East, and Coxinha, a common street food.

    To truly experience the culture of the country you are traveling in, you want to do things like a local, eat like a local and, of course, drink like a local.  Traditional Brazilian drinks are the coffee, Vitamina (a fruit smoothie), Cachaça, Caipirinha, Guaranà, coconut water, Chimarrão, and Tererê.
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    Total tuition: US $2,100 (incl. VAT)

    Deposit: $500, due at registration.

    Balance payment: $1,600 due five business days before the first course date. Tuition includes course fee, certificate, moderation and assistance in securing a teaching position.
    Course Dates
  • 31 July – 25 August 2023
  • 4 September – 29 September 2023
  • 2 October – 27 October 2023
  • 6 November – 1 December 2023
  • Course Dates in 2021
  • 5 April – 30 April
  • 3 May – 28 May
  • 7 June – 2 July
  • 5 July – 30 July
  • 2 August – 27 August
  • 6 September – 1 October
  • 4 October – 29 October
  • 8 November – 3 Dezember
  • 22 November – 17 December

    Teaching Practice Dates in 2022
  • 3 January 2022 – 28 January 2022
  • The in-class course price listed is a group price with a minimum of three people enrolled in the program.  The price for a semi-private class is $2,100, the price for private instruction is $2,500.


    75% on-line/25% on-site training

    Total tuition: US $1,000 (incl. VAT)

    Deposit: $500 due at registration.

    Balance payment: $500 due five business days before the first course date. Tuition includes course fee, certificate, moderation and assistance in securing a teaching position
    Course Dates in 2021
  • 5 April – 16 April
  • 3 May – 14 May
  • 7 June – 18 July
  • 5 July – 16 July
  • 2 August – 13 August
  • 6 September – 17 September
  • 4 October – 15 October
  • 8 November – 19 November
  • 22 November – 3 December

    Teaching Practice Dates in 2022
  • 3 January 2022 – 14 January 2022


    75% on-line/25% on-site training

    Total tuition: US $1,600

    Deposit: $500, due at registration.

    Balance payment: $1,100 due five business days start of the teaching practicum.
    Tuition includes moderation, certificate, and full career-support services (CV/resume setup, school information, interview guidance and departure support). Complimentary add-on: specialization in either Teaching Business, TOEFL Preparation, or Young Learners.

    You may start the online theory at any time and work at your own pace. Before you come for your Teaching Practicum, please finish the online part. You will need the knowledge to teach proper English classes.
    Teaching Practicum Dates
  • 31 July – 9 August 2023
  • 4 September – 13 September 2023
  • 2 October – 11 October 2023
  • 6 November – 15 November 2023
  • Teaching Practicum Dates

    • 4 January 2021 – 13 January 2021
    • 1 March 2021 – 10 March 2021
    • 3 May 2021 – 12 May 2021
    • 1 June 2021 – 10 June 2021
    • 6 July 2021 – 15 July 2021
    • 2 August 2021 – 11 August 2021
    • 7 September 2021 – 16 September 2021
    • 4 October 2021 – 14 October 2021
    • 1 November 2021 – 10 November 2021