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Brazil has high unemployment, and visitors who enter the country as tourists are not legally allowed to take jobs. It’s not unusual for foreigners to find English-teaching work in language schools. The pay isn’t great (if you hustle you can make around R$1500 a month), but you can still live on it. For this kind of work it’s always helpful to speak some Portuguese, although some schools insist that only English be spoken in class. Private language tutoring may pay a little more, but you’ll have to do some legwork to get students.

To find this type of work, log on to a Brazilian web server such as Terra (www.terra.com.br in Portuguese), UOL (www.radaruol.com.br in Portuguese) or Radix (www.radix.com.br in Portuguese), and search for English academies. Also, look for ‘Professor de Ingles’ (English Teacher) in newspaper classified ads, and ask around at the language schools.

Business hours

Most shops and government services (including post offices) are open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday. Shopping malls usually stay open till 10pm Monday to Saturday, and some even open on Sunday (usually late, from 3pm to 9pm). Because many Brazilians have little free time during the week, Saturday morning is often spent shopping.

Restaurants tend to be open from noon till 2:30pm and from 6pm till 10pm; aside from juice stands and cafés, there aren’t many restaurants open for breakfast. Those that do generally serve it between 8am and 10:30am. Bars typically open 7pm to 2am, staying open until 4am on weekends.

Banks, always in their own little world, are generally open from 9am or 10am to 2pm or 3pm Monday to Friday.

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