Travel & Teach - Portugal


Global English students are working all over the world with their accredited TESOL certificates. Find out how TESOL training from Global English has made a difference to their lives:

Deborah do Carmo

I have a group of 6 (aged 8 and 9) children in Faro each Wednesday for 2 hours (we have an "intervalo" in between) ...and we are going full blast and having real fun in the process. Then I have a private student whom I teach twice a week in São Brás de Alportel. 12 weeks ago, he could not speak a word but … it is amazing what you can achieve with a motivated one-on-one student. His wife is German and speaks English quite well (but has no patience to give her husband tuition) and she tells me that all the English clients at the restaurant they own are really impressed with the English speaking chef!! It's great to deliver a service that is used daily.

I can see great potential in the Algarve for adult one-on-one tuition. The children are great and I have already been asked to do a summer course …and I will eventually concentrate on the mobile private adult market together with the translating I do.

Paula Ribeiro

Teaching in Portugal is very interesting and, as everyone knows, the Portuguese learn foreign languages quite easily. Although I have had some teaching experience, it has not been enough to be able to provide much information, especially since I have only worked in one institute.

What I can say is this: the weather is great, the people are friendly and the pay isn’t too bad. You can count on an average salary of between € 600 to € 1000, depending on the institute you work for. If, instead, you would prefer to work in a private school, you could earn a little more.

Accommodation can be a little expensive but what foreigners usually do is find roommates (which is relatively easy to do). The prices of apartments / rooms start from €130 (for rooms) up to €400 (for apartments) depending on the location.

All in all, Portugal is a fascinating country and you will find that good English teachers are much needed, especially now that the government has decreed English to be one of the most important languages to be learnt and has made the study of English compulsory for all students starting from kindergarten.

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