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Teach in Portugal Volunteer

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Information for term Teach in Portugal Volunteer

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $900
  • Compensation: Room and board with host family

Application Deadline

February 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $900

Application Deadline

October 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $900

Overview

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This three-month volunteer teaching program offers a low-cost gateway to the Portuguese culture and language, with lodging and meals included.

Volunteer as a Language and Culture Assistant, and help local teachers for 12 hours a week at a public or private school. As a native speaker of English you’ll facilitate activities that build your students’ oral proficiency in English and complement the lesson plans of local teachers. And, by living with a host family, you’ll improve your Portuguese while also helping your hosts learn more conversational English. This is a chance to dive into Portuguese culture, gain language skills, and explore this beautiful country.

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Term Start Date Deadline Duration
Winter January October 1 3 months
Spring March/April February 1 3 months
Fall October May 1 3 months



About Our Program Fees
CIEE, a non-profit organization, has been sending university graduates abroad to teach English since 1997. Our program in Portugal includes orientation on arrival, emergency insurance, and a high level of support throughout your experience (see all features below). To cover those costs, there is a program fee of $900. Once we accept your application, there is a $500 deposit to reserve your spot. The second and final payment ($400) is due a few months later when you receive a volunteer placement at a Portuguese school. CIEE alumni receive a 10% discount!

What's included

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What's included

  • Pre-departure teaching placement
  • Pre-departure assistance
  • On-site orientation in Lisbon upon arrival
  • One night of accommodation during orientation
  • iNext international insurance
  • 24-hour emergency support while you’re abroad
  • Transportation from Lisbon International Airport
  • Cost-free accommodation with host family

The Destination

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A trip to Portugal with CIEE is an adventure into a once-powerful seafaring empire, which has evolved into a charming, friendly, and laid-back destination. Framed by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south, and mountains along its border with Spain, Portugal offers superb natural beauty and diversions, as well as historical cities and relaxing beaches. Some of the most popular attractions of Portuguese culture are the haunting Fado music, fresh seafood, many Portuguese wines, and the amazing depth of history and experience of the Portuguese people.

The communities where the host schools are located are likely to be smaller towns, but public transportation is extensive and efficient and it will be easy for you to go exploring throughout the country, and even Europe.

The Take-Aways

  • Housing

    Cost-free accommodations with a volunteer host family in your community

  • Meals

    Two meals a day provided by your volunteer host family

  • Language

    Informal Portuguese tutoring provided by your school

Job Description

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Job Description

As a native English speaker with insight into U.S. culture, you’ll be responsible for providing cultural insights to your students and improving their English communication skills. You may teach entire classes or small groups of students, but you’ll never be left alone with an entire class, nor will you be responsible for grading, discipline, or the independent supervision of students.

The position is not only for teaching in English classes, but also to put together English activities and lessons in other subjects that are normally taught in Portuguese, such as history, art, social studies/civics, music, and physical education. This is for maximizing the students’ exposure to English, outside of their normal English class. In the higher grades, you may be asked to teach a conversation class or prepare students for exams that test their English proficiency. In some schools, you may teach English to members of the staff. Exact responsibilities vary according to each individual school.

Your students will be young children who study at a public, bilingual school. They will likely be more comfortable with reading and writing in English and you will have the chance to build their confidence with speaking English. Through informal tutoring, you’ll also have the opportunity to help your host family and colleagues at the host school sharpen their English skills.

Compensation

For your hard work as a highly valued volunteer, you'll receive:

  • Cost-free accommodations with a volunteer host family in your community
  • Two meals a day provided by your volunteer host family
  • Informal Portuguese tutoring provided by your school

  • Schools

    Most volunteer teachers will be placed in public schools administered by the Ministry of Education in Portugal but some placements in private schools are available. Location preferences will be considered by CIEE, but placements will be contingent on available schools.

  • Workload

    12 hours per week of volunteer time in a public or private school

What People are Saying

  • Trustworthy, reliable, safe, proven to execute everything promised and more.

    Teach Abroad Alumni
  • CIEE is so helpful, and has made my transition as smooth as I could have imagined. I am very happy to have found such a great organization!

    Teach Abroad Alumni
  • I loved the structure of ciee, everything is well planned, beautifully prepared. It's an incredible feeling to move across the world and meet like-minded people doing the same. 

    Teach Abroad Alumni
  • My experience with CIEE was great. I felt well prepared, and well informed about what information I needed.

    Teach Abroad Alumni
  • It's easy and everyone i've worked with and talked to has been extraordinary nice and the overall experience was streamlined and has been just fantastic.

    Teach Abroad Alumni

Qualifications

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Qualifications

There are a few simple requirements. These, plus the desire to immerse yourself in a new culture and connect with people eager to learn English, will make you a great candidate.

Requirements

  • Native English speaker
  • U.S. or Canadian citizenship
  • At least 2 years at the university level completed toward your Bachelor’s degree

To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications, such as:

  • Knowledge of Portuguese language
  • Experience teaching or volunteering, community involvement, experience with children (such as working as a summer camp counselor)
  • Experience studying, working, or volunteering abroad

TEFL Certification

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TEFL Certification

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence to make teaching abroad even more rewarding – both for you and those you teach. The CIEE TEFL 150-hour certification course can easily be added on to your program to ensure that you:

  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching nonnative speakers
  • Get personalized feedback from an experienced TEFL tutor
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Complete 20 hours of practice teaching experience to hone your skills

Learn more about TEFL.

Our Team

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