Teach in Portugal

Teach in Portugal

Portugal is known for its mild climate, lively cities and rugged countryside. Add to that 850 km of beaches and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, and it’s clear why Portugal is the perfect place for those seeking a mix of European culture and exotic flair.

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Options for teaching in Portugal

Experienced, qualified teachers looking to teach in private international schools will find opportunity in Portugal. Schools often look to hire teachers with a minimum of two years worth of relevant teaching experience.

For those interested in teaching English in Portugal, you’ll have the opportunity to work in either a public or private school setting. As with most opportunities in Europe, these positions are competitive and schools generally look to hire teachers with a TEFL certificate and a minimum of 100 classroom hours.

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Salary in Portugal

Depending on the avenue you take for teaching in Portugal, salaries will vary, though teachers are able to live comfortably. Some private schools in smaller towns may include boarding options in their salary package, however teachers are often expected to find their own accommodations. The average salary for teaching in Portugal per month is around 1000€.


Many positions in Portugal follow the standard school year — this means that more positions will open come August and September. The Teach Away job board will begin to list positions for this time of year in March or April. A smaller number of positions are often posted in the spring for summer courses, so those interested in arriving in Portugal for the summer, look at the job board around January or February.

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What you need to teach in Portugal


To teach English in a private language school in Portugal, employers often require candidates to have a Bachelor’s Degree as well as a TESOL or TEFL certificate from a reputable school.


Non-EU citizens looking to work in Portugal will need a work permit (called an Autorização de Trabalho). If you secure work in advance of your travels, your employer can apply for the permit on your behalf from the local labour office. Teachers will also need an entry visa from the Portuguese Immigration Office (Serviços de Estangeiras e Fronteiras).


Once you arrive in Portugal to teach, you will need to get a Residency Card (Cartão de Residencia). This official legal document is a requirement for all Portuguese residents that can be obtained from the Portuguese Immigration Office.

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Living in Portugal

As Portugal crops up annually on the Worldwide Quality of Life survey as one of the best places for great work-life balance, teaching in Portugal offers great opportunity to absorb some culture and history while pursuing a teaching career abroad. In a country that has been known for its friendly locals and a relatively low cost of living, teachers will be able to settle in quickly in their local community and feel right at home. 

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Things for teachers to do in Portugal

Portugal has something to interest every type of traveler, whether you’re an avid beach-goer, a culture junky, or a history buff. This Iberian nation was home to many: Romans, Christians, Moors, and Visigoths, so there is no shortage of great architectural wonders to explore. Roman ruins, colossal medieval cathedrals, and breathtaking palaces are abundant across the country. Many great weekend adventures lie just outside the bigger cities, so no matter where you’re situated, your time off from teaching can be filled with interesting activities in the surrounding areas.

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TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers

Many private schools in Portugal require applicants to possess a TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top Portugese private school positions.

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Portugal at a Glance

Country Information

Capital - Lisbon

Language - Portuguese

Population - 10,084,245

Currency - Euro (EUR)

Government - Parliamentary Republic

Quick Facts
  • Portugal is the oldest nation-state in Europe, founded in 1139.
  • Portugal is the largest producer of cork products in the world.
  • Portugal is one of the top-20 most visited countries in the world, with more than 13 million tourists visiting the country each year
  • Portuguese is the eighth most spoken language in the world and the mother tongue of over 220 million people - around 200 million of whom are Brazilian.
  • Lisbon runs the largest Casino one in Europe, called Casino do Estoril.
  • Portugal has won four Olympic gold medals in total, including both men’s and women’s marathons.
  • Portugal’s climate is the hottest in Europe, at almost 3,000 sunny hours a year.

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