Portugal shares the Iberian peninsula at the south-western tip of Europe with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbour, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Although it was once one of the poorest countries in Western Europe, the end of dictatorship and introduction of Democracy in 1974, as well as its incorporation into the European Union in 1986, has meant significantly increased prosperity.
It is not difficult to find a teaching job in Portugal with teachers of children in particularly high demand. There are opportunities to teach English in companies and private schools, especially in small language schools. Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra are the most popular cities for teachers.
Average Monthly Salary
|US $950 – $1350
Average Monthly Cost Of Living
Peak Hiring Times
|Most recruitment happens in the beginning June/July since that’s when the academic year ends. There is also a second, smaller hiring period in end December/beginning January. This is usually due to freelance teachers who drop out after the first school term, making you a sub until June, with no contract and working on “green slips” (“recibos verdes”). This is usually a good way to make some extra cash and maybe to get a job for the next academic year.
|Most travellers can stay up to 90 days without a visa but work ones can be hard to get; you need a proof of accommodation (i.e. a water bill with your name), proof of health insurance, proof of income (Savings also count) and, if employed, proof of Social Security registration. If you have a contract your company should make it all smoother for you but if you are thinking on going freelance on teaching, any type of visa will be hard to come by, unless you go to school.
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