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Finding a job in Rio de Janeiro in September!! Help me out!!

 
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william



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:16 pm    Post subject: Finding a job in Rio de Janeiro in September!! Help me out!! Reply with quote

Hi,
my name's William and I'm new to this site and to these kind of forums. I am planning (tentatively) to go to Rio in September and try and find a job teaching English. I am a qualified teacher and have been teaching for the last 8 years in Moscow. Before that I was in Spain, Madrid for 3 years and before that in France for a year, my first gig. What's worrying me a little is that in all my previous places I had a job set up and contacts. Going to Brazil would be completely cold, as in no set job, no mates or contacts and not knowing much about the scene. Please somebody tell me what the story is. Is September a good time to go? Will I be able to find a job relatively easy? What about accomodation? What's the story in general there? If anybody has been there and knows the ropes I'd be grateful for some info. I already know it isn't the place to go if you're lookin to make lots of cash. I would be happy to make enough to live on and enjoy life a little, learn Portuguese etc. Thanks and I look forward to your replies.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't look like you ever got the help you were looking for but did you ever make it to Brazil?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Brazil Reply with quote

Yeah, i did end up going to Brazil. i was there for 3 and a half months. I stayed in Rio for a month, rented a flat, uma temporada, a temporary flat. I have to say just for myself i was not really impressed with Rio. Thank God i had absolutely no problems and i was staying in Copacabana, near the infamous Avenida de nossa Senora. If you are an idiot, totally naive, foolish, a victim with a neon sign on your head saying 'rob me i'm a stupid foriegner', then you are going to have problems and i did hear alot of horror stories and met people who had been mugged, or heldup, whatever. Yeah, not at all impressed with Rio. After a while i set off and visited Minas Ouro preto etc then went up north along the coast up as far as Natal. I also went inland another two time times. Over all it was a very interesting trip. I liked the people and nature and the pace of life. I didnt like all the Putas or as they're called in Brazil ' meninas de programa', programme girls, ie they have an agenda when they meet a foriegn guy, a 'gringo'. That i didnt like, its not a moral thing at all, im quite liberal, i love girls, women etc. I lived in Moscow for 8 years and coming from there it was a bit difficult for me. In moscow or anywhere in Russia for that matter you will see absolutely stunningly beautiful women, amazing!! these girls are completely approachable, you can go up introduce yourself, if she likes you you'll exchange numbers, later meet and the rest is up to you, like anywhere. In Brazil(for me anyway!!) it wasnt like that. Any girls who made contact with me turned out to be programme girls which pissed me off. Anyway enough of that. Another thing that did my head in was the visa scene. You have to have a permanent visa to work although you can get around it. Teachers though are so badly paid it's not even funny, what's more you are looked down upon..... i kid you not dude!! In Moscow i was making a good living. I worked for the British Council, probably the best organisation in Moscow 16 hours a week and did maybe another 4-5hours a week private gigs and on those hours i rented a flat for $500 a month went out alot, always paid for any female companion i was with and saved a modest sum every month. I also went back to Ireland minimum twice a year and had 2 short break/holidays to places like egypt, turkey etc. I also had 5 weeks off every year and normallly i went away. In Brazil, teaching english that would be impossible!!
I'll go again but not for a while and i wont live there. I got it out of my system and im glad. Im going back to Dublin to live for a while and see can i do something different there. Over and out.
will
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 5:46 pm    Post subject: South America Reply with quote

William

I hope your post is read by many young adventurers, so that they are made aware of the hazards of travelling abroad. I just wonder why you weren't aware of the dangers before you went there? Did you not do enough research or did you just throw caution to the wind, and hope for the best? I'm afraid that's my main criticism of the Brits, they are just not aware of the dangers, even in their own country and just go about their business, as if it would never happen to them. I'm afraid it does and all too often but they never seem to learn until it is too late.
I was in Cuba but I was lucky enough to have a police escort, who gave us plenty warnings of how to avoid any problems throughout Cuba including Havana. Every disco we went into was full of prostitutes and their pimps. I'm afraid in these poor countries prostitution and thieving is a way of life.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I didn't see that in Cuba! Mind you, here in Mexico, prostitutes are really easy to spot for how they dress, where they congregate. I found most Cuban women dressed the same, and didn't see any obvious streetlamp types. Went to a couple of clubs and didn't really notice much either.

Nice that you got a police escort. All the cops did with me was beg for money.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:00 pm    Post subject: ..... Hey William ... Reply with quote

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Did you find a job teaching
English in Rio de Janeiro ? Idea
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