Teaching English in Portugal


Your Life Teaching English in Portugal


From the bustling capital city of Lisbon to the secluded paradise of the Azores islands, Portugal offers an appealing range of attractions suitable for anyone. Settled since 29 BC, the Portuguese people are proud of all their country has accomplished in the meantime, and rightfully so. Midieval castles dot the countryside, and bustling university towns provide potential English teachers with a place to drink, dance, and take in the local student culture.  Sample fresh seafood and drink world-renowned wine while taking in Portugal’s picturesque coastline.  Awaken your sense of adventure and head inland to visit ancient villages and verdant flowering hills.

English teachers in Portugal typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most English teaching contracts i Portugal end in late June.  For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available throughout Portugal and the whole of Europe. Summer positions typically start in late June and early July. English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Portugal, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Portugal, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Lisbon, Oporto, Coimbra, Braga.


English Teaching Requirements in Portugal


  • Education: BA/BS; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at any of our Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL Course
  • Peak Hiring Months: Mid September, Early October & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Portugal
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals
  • Cost of Living per Month: 1,100 - 1,400 Euro; 1,400 - 1,800 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 1,100 - 1,400 Euro; 1,400 - 1,800 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 2,400 - 3,200 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Interesting Facts about Life in Porgugal


  • Portuguese wine is considered some of the finest in the world.  During the Roman Empire, the Romans associated Portugal with Bacchus, the god of wine. 
  • On May 31st, 2010, Portugal became the 8th country in the world and the 6th in Europe to recognize same sex marriage at the national level.
  • The first Portuguese university was established in 1290. 
  • One of the most popular dishes in Portuguese cuisine is dried Cod. 


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