Teaching English in Portugal

a world of opportunities

Download Now! >

Join a global community of over 200,000 TEFL teachers working throughout the world! Enrol me!

How to Begin Teaching in Portugal

Cliff-top castles and medieval cobblestone fishing villages remind the visitor of the long history of this country.

Portugal is often overlooked as a TEFL destination, due to the draw of its neighbour Spain. This does not mean that it does not have attractions to offer. In fact, Portuguese culture is quite distinct from other countries in the region. Cliff top castles and medieval cobblestone fishing villages remind the visitor of the long history of this country. Visigoths and Romans are just a few who have left their mark on its history. World Heritage sites Tomar and Batalha, along with numerous others, all wait for the visitor to discover them. The Portuguese also left their influence on other countries during their illustrious sailing past. Apart from its historical attractions, the beaches of Lagos and Cascais, and the Serra Da Estrela mountain range, stand out for their stunning beauty. Lisbon,the capital city, is also a laid back but interesting place, with white and black cobblestones, museums, gothic architecture, bright yellow trams and cafe-lined streets in which you can while away your time. Getting lost in Lisbon’s backstreets also allows the visitor to discover secret delights hidden in the city.

The haunting musical tradition of Fado, in its raw evocative lyrics, reminds you that this is a country that is close to its roots and feels life with passion. The Portuguese also enjoy relaxing with each other over their unique cuisine. There are many culinary delights to explore. Plates of grilled fish, excellent wine, bread, olives, cheese and pastel de nata (custard tart) with a bica (espresso) all help you to adapt to the Portuguese way of life. The Portuguese are proud of their country and heritage. Anyone who embraces this culture and makes an effort to learn the Portuguese language will endear themselves to the locals.

With its location on mainland Europe, the most westerly point of the country is Cabo da Roca, a cape in the town of Sintra. Portugal is the most westerly country in Europe but it is technically not the most westerly part of the European Union, this is an overseas territory of France to be found in the Caribbean.

One of the oldest universities in Europe can be found in Portugal, the University of Coimbra and was founded in 1920, making it one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in Europe. Over 21,000 students study there and of this figure 10% are from overseas and give it its mantle of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities. Up until the 20th century, it was the only Portuguese-speaking university in the world.

Portuguese is spoken all around the world. Around 240 million people around the world are native speakers of the language. This makes it the 6th most spoken language on earth and it is the official language of 9 countries, spoken around 5 continents! The longest bridge in Europe can be found in Lisbon in the shape of Vasco da Gama Bridge. The 17 kilometer bridge isn’t the only much sought after world record that Portugal holds, they also have the largest dining table.

 

Teaching Opportunities

Teaching English in Portugal is a good option for those who have recently qualified. The increase in tourism has created a demand for EFL teachers, particularly in places such as Braga, Coimbra, Leiria, Lisbon and Porto. Business English and young learners seem to be the most in-demand sectors in the EFL market. Companies generally employ teachers who have a degree and a 120-hour TEFL certificate. The majority of teachers work on a part-time or freelance basis, which means that they work for several companies. Due to early morning or evening classes, teachers often have free time in the day to also privately tutor individual students. The cost of living is low, which means that you will financially have a comfortable life in Portugal. The best way to find work in Portugal is to look onsite in the country. The Portugal News advertises EFL jobs. The British Council in Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon can also help you to locate reputable language schools in these locations.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    not required
  • Typical Contract Length
    9 - 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    September - June
  • Visa Info
    EU citizenship or working visa
  • Typical Students
    Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    700-1,400 EUR
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    700-1,400 EUR

Your TEFL journey starts here!

Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world?

Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world's leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board...

Get Social

Follow us on social networks, join our newsletter - get the latest news and early discounts

Sign up to our newsletter

Follow us on social networks, sign up to our e-newsletters – get the latest news and early discounts

Accreditation Partners

The TEFL Academy was the world’s first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK. This means when you graduate you’ll hold a globally recognised Level 3 (120hr) Certificate or Level 5 (168hr) Diploma, meaning you can find work anywhere and apply for jobs immediately.

Product added to your cart

You have added to your cart:

Request call back

    Please leave your details below and one of our TEFL experts will get back to you ASAP:

    captcha Type characters on the left:

    Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

    Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

    Thank you! Your message has been sent!

    Download the TEFL World Factbook

      Please enter your details in order to download the latest TEFL World Factbook.

      Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

      Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

      Thank you for downloading the TEFL World Factbook!


      If the TEFL World Factbook did not download
      > Click Here To Download <.

      Download the Online Teaching Guide

        Please enter your details in order to download our Online Teaching Guide.

        Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

        Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

        Thank you for downloading our Online Teaching Guide!


        If the Online Teaching Guide did not download
        > Click Here To Download <.

        Download Prospectus

          Please enter your details in order to download our latest prospectus.

          Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

          Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

          Thank you for downloading our prospectus!


          We hope you enjoy reading our prospectus, we have tried to make it as useful as possible! Please get in touch if you have any questions.


          If the prospectus did not download automatically
          > Click Here To Download <.

          $
          $