Teach English in Portugal to Youth & Adults

Take a week or two to each English in Portugal!  Since 2007, our teams have worked with teens and adults with varying English abilities in classrooms, offices, and community centers.  In the picturesque town of Beja – off the tourist trail – you help students improve their educational and career opportunities through easy lessons, instructional games and your own creativity.

FAQs: How to Teach English in Portugal

  • English Teaching

    Practice conversational skills – pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, sentence structure and the like. Choose assignments in public elementary and secondary schools, or with young adults in technical or trades schools. Each year, more and more classrooms are requesting volunteers as important student resources. As a native English speaker, you don’t need any formal teaching experience. You use the standard curriculum texts and established lesson plans, and at other times your lessons will become more free-form. For example, you may discuss North American culture, including discussions on history, daily lifestyle, sports, and school systems with your students. All contribute to mutual international respect and unity!

Food and Lodging

When you teach English in Portugal, your health and safety are our primary concerns. On the first night of the program, you stay in Lisbon at a four-star hotel near the Orient train station. After your train ride to Beja, you check into the popular Residencial Bejense, a lovely 24-room family-run hotel just steps from several outdoor cafés. All rooms are double-occupancy in air-conditioned rooms with telephones, private bathrooms with hot and cold water, closets and a small balcony.

  • Air conditioning
  • Television, telephone
  • Laundry service
  • Common area with fireplace
  • Breakfast room
  • Single rooms available for an extra fee

Portuguese cuisine is a mixture of Mediterranean and Atlantic traditions – seafood, olive oil, fresh vegetables and pork with interesting sauces containing cinnamon or curry powder. Hearty soups and breads are also served very often. Bottled water is provided daily. Vegetarian diets can generally be accommodated.

“Each day has been a bit like unwrapping a surprising package. After lunch, before we knew it, we were surrounded by students eager to talk, listen and help us with our visitor’s map. We let them circle anything of interest as long as they talked to us. Needless to say, we now have a map with lots of museums, churches and parks circled.”

Irene FinneganPortugal Volunteer

“We all arrived in Portugal with our dreams of helping to wage peace with another culture through mutual communication, interaction, and respect. I truly believe our dreams came true during our two weeks in Beja.”

Leon YoungpeterPortugal Volunteer

“I especially enjoyed seeing the growth in the students’ confidence throughout the two weeks. We had the freedom to do what we thought was best, within the conversational English guidelines. It was the perfect opportunity to use my skills as a teacher!”

Janice HemenPortugal Volunteer

“How quickly I became attached to our students. I don’t remember their names but I do remember who plays the piano, who likes to read Harry Potter and who is the mother of a 2-year-old son. What will they remember about us? Perhaps they’ll remember the storytelling, the performances, silly games and dances, or a photo of a cake-baking granddaughter, because they, too, bake cakes.”

Mary Sue VothPortugal Volunteer

Be The Change.

Through important, full-day volunteer assignments, cultural activities and time for personal adventures, you’ll learn about the Portuguese people and remain forever invested. Our time-tested and proven philosophy of service ensures your efforts help advance the host community’s vision and goals. You contribute to genuine development projects, and in doing so, you’re accepted as family. Our commitment to work in partnership on long-term community projects enables you, in just a short time, to serve as a critical link in a chain of volunteer support spanning three decades.

Volunteer Voices:

Learn how to teach English in Portugal by reading about our volunteers below or on our program blog.

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