At a Glance: Teaching English in Portugal

At a Glance: Teaching English in Portugal

Portugal is a relatively inexpensive country in which to live and travel. As a result, ESL teachers here spend more time off with less impact on their wallet. Must-sees include its bucolic vineyards, as well as the end-of-the-world cliffs, wild dune-covered beaches, protected coves, and long, sandy islands of the Portugal shoreline.

Monthly Salary*:
700 - 1,400 EUR
1,060 - 2,120 CAD (Mar 07, 2021)
Private Tutoring per Hour:
10 - 25 EUR
15.25 - 38.00 CAD (Mar 07, 2021)
Income Tax††: 15 - 23%
Ability to Save per year: 500 - 3,000 CAD
Airfare: Rarely included
Accommodations: Sometimes included or allowance may be given
Health Care: Usually included
Holidays: Sometimes paid
Teaching Hours per Week: 20 - 30
Typical Contract Length: One year or less
Typical Start Month(s): September/October, January, or year round
Application Timeline: 1 - 6 months
Work Visa: EU citizenship preferred
Minimum Requirements: High School Diploma; Bachelor's Degree preferred and Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
Additional Notes: Some schools prefer to offer freelance work on recibos verdes (green receipts) for temporary workers, whereby teachers must pay their own taxes and contributions; candidates are encouraged to apply in person

Other Western Europe Countries:

Austria ~ Belgium ~ Finland ~ France ~ Germany ~ Greece ~ Italy ~ Portugal ~ Spain ~ Sweden ~ Switzerland ~ The Netherlands

Portugal is the western-most country in Europe and typically features the warmest temperatures on the continent because of the vast amount of shoreline. Like many European nations, teaching ESL in Portugal can be hard for ESL teachers planning to work without EU citizenship.

The combination of Oxford Seminars' internationally recognized TESOL/TESL Certification and our Graduate Placement Service included with the course makes teaching English abroad a reality. Learn more about teaching English in Portugal and other opportunities teaching English abroad by calling 1-800-269-6719, or by attending an upcoming free Information Session in your area.

* Wages vary depending on the economy of the country.
Exchange rates are subject to change. Check for current rates.
†† You will be paying income tax while teaching abroad, and the tax rate can change depending on how much money you earn.

Oxford Seminars makes every effort to keep our information as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, individual teaching positions and experiences may vary with job market conditions. Specific information listed cannot be guaranteed to be applicable when you are seeking employment teaching ESL in a specific country.

Note that certain positions require additional qualifications and credentials that are not negotiable due to specific country legislation.