Over the last few years it has become more difficult for non-EU passport holders to find teaching jobs in Portugal. But Americans and Canadians do find work, especially in Lisbon where some schools are willing to employ unqualified native-speaking tourists.


Embassy in UK:

11 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PP

Tel: 020 7235 5331

Embassy in USA:

2125 Kalorama Road NW, Washington DC 20008

Tel: 202 328 8610

British Council office:

Rua Lui Fernandes 1-3, 1249-062 Lisbon

Tel: +351 21 321 4500


Ü  Visa/Permits:

If you are lucky enough to get work before you leave (which is advisable), your paperwork should be sorted out in advance. A visa is not required for tourist or business stays of up to 60 days.

Ü  Requirements:

College Degree and a TESOL/TESL Certificate

Ü  Cost of Living:

Reasonable compared to the UK and USA

Ü  Currency:

£1 = € 1.49  $1 = € 0.76

Ü  Salaries/Taxes:

Annual income for a teacher ranges from £8,000 to £10,000. Tax is about 20% of your gross salary.

Ü  Accommodation:

Accommodation may be provided by the institute. You will pay at least £400 per month for accommodation in Lisbon.

Ü  English Language Media:

The News (weekly)