The brazilian ITTT course is located in the amazing city of Natal. Aptly known as the ""city of sun"", Natal enjoys a pleasant 360 days of sunshine a year, with a comfortable average temperature of 28°C. Natal is one of the closest spots in Brazil to both europe and North America, receiving direct flights from a number of European cities.
Natal is also famous for having the best air quality in the Americas and is blessed with more than 20 incredible beaches with crystal clear waters and coral reefs along the coast - a spectacular destination for your TEFL course. Every year, thousands of tourists are attracted by the gorgeous dunes, balmy weather and calm ocean, making Natal one of the most visited places in the north-east of Brazil. If you prefer your water just as wet but not as wild, try one of the local water parks, catering for all ages and interests.
You could laze away your weekends during your TEFL course on the sun-soaked golden beaches if you wanted to, as the equatorial position gives overhead sunlight almost all day. But with so many other attractions and services available, you'll have plenty of excuses to escape the heat and make this not just a TEFL course, but a holiday to remember. This is definitely one time when small is beautiful: Natal is large enough to be exciting, yet small enough to explore its length and breadth.
Visitors and investments in the city's infrastructure have doubled in number since the welcome announcement that Natal will be one of the host cities in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Natal residents practice a special kind of dance and martial art specific to the northeastern states of Brazil: Capoeira is a vibrant mixture of dance, martial arts, and sports, developed by Brazilians in the northeast and very popular in Natal. It was developed many years ago by slaves brought over from africa, as an attempt to train themselves to fight in way that their masters wouldn't realize what it was. For those watching, Capoeira looks like an elaborate dance ritual - but for those in the dance, the movements are sharp, deliberate, and can be deadly upon contact.
Football is the favorite sport of Natal, played by everyone from children to adults to seniors, as it is all over Brazil. Though the city's professional clubs don't tend to leave much of a mark on the rest of Brazilian professional soccer, there are three clubs in the city: ABC Futebol Club, America Futebol Clube, and the Alecrim Futebol Club all of whom play at the Machadao stadium.
You will probably want to visit the Fort of Holy Kings some time during your TEFL course in Brazil. Natal's star-shaped fort, which still contains some old cannons, was built by Portuguese settlers in 1598, close to where the Potengi River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
The spectacular Faro de Mae Luiza lighthouse is also worth a visit. 37 meters high, the lighthouse offers easy access via a spiral staircase with 151 stairs. The Faro de Mae Luiza provides incredible views of Areira Preta, Genibapu and Ponta Negra beaches.
The Natal tourism center is a fascinating former prison. A handicrafts fair contains an art gallery of wooden, fabric and glass, showing the region's history through popular culture evolution. Another attraction is ""Forro con Turista""; a show with regional music every Thursday.
You certainly won't be bored during your TEFL course in Natal, Brazil!
Fun Natal facts:Natal is home to the largest cashew tree in the world. The tree is 500 meters around and takes up 7200 square meters of space, making it 70 times larger than a normal cashew tree! The word ""Natal"" means Christmas in Portuguese! Natal is home to Clodoaldo Silva, the greatest Paralympic swimmer in the world; in 2000, he won three silver medals and one bronze, and in 2004 he won six gold medals and one silver. At the same time, he managed to set four world records in swimming! In 2005, an official survey of the country identified Natal as the safest capital city in Brazil. Register now & get certified to teach english abroad!
The TEFL course in Natal, Brazil takes place at one of the most important professional training institutions in Brazil. Our Brazil TEFL training centre sets the standard for language learning and training centers throughout Brazil, providing students and teachers with a comfortable, modern, and well-equipped facility.
The Natal TEFL center is located near the downtown area, accessible to bus transportation to other parts of the city.
- Modern, well-equipped classrooms
- Wi-Fi access
- Computer lab
- Wheelchair access to all floors and classrooms
- Café – serving for breakfast, lunch and dinner
The TEFL training centre in Natal also offers a range of other courses, including language classes (Portuguese and Spanish) and professional courses in photography, web design, and gastronomy.
Local Weather Conditions
The Brazilian climate is predominantly sunny and tropical. The average annual temperature is approximately 28ºC in the northern region and 20ºC in the south. Extreme temperatures are rare, but they may occur: in Rio de Janeiro, in the peak of summer, the temperature may hit 40ºC. In Natal, the average temperature is 27ºC, with sunny and warm weather all year and tropical rains in the months of July and August.
The TEFL training center in natal will provide a list of hostels, posadas and hotels and help Natal course participants make reservations. Hostels start at around $25US per night, posadas and hotels start at around $50US per night.
Shared dorm-style accommodation will also soon be available at the TEFL centre in Natal.
Please check out our other course locations if you wish to attend a course before this one becomes available...
The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.
If you choose to use our accommodation, it should be paid for either by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the school at the start of the course.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Natal itself.
The balance of course fees is payable on the first day of class and can be made with a credit/debit card, cash or traveler’s check.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
After you have secured your place on the training course in Natal we will provide details of hostels, Posadas and hotels and will ask you to fill out an accommodation preference form and return it to us. We will then go ahead and book the accommodation of your choice. Accommodation costs for the full duration of the course start at US$25 per night.
Your accommodation can be available any time and we hope that you plan to arrive in Natal by the Saturday before the course begins as this will give you a chance to relax and get accustomed to your surroundings.
What travel documents will I need for Brazil?Expand
All visitors to Brazil are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after arrival date.
Visitors from the following countries can stay in Brazil for a maximum of 90 days without a visa:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Malta, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican.
American, Canadian and Australian nationals require a visa to enter Brazil both single and multiple entry visas are available from your local Brazilian consulate. Citizens from all other countries should contact their local Brazilian consulate to obtain current travel regulations.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The course runs full-time over 4 weeks, Monday to Friday. The first two weeks are comprised of 6 hours of classroom work each day, with two 15-minute breaks and one hour for lunch. The final two weeks are spent on lesson planning and teaching practice. On the first day of your course you should arrive for orientation at 10am and at this time you will be given a detailed course timetable.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We invite local Brazilian students to attend classes free of charge for your teaching practice. They are very keen and enthusiastic and split into classes according to their ability so you will have the chance to teach a variety of levels and abilities.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
Usually trainees from native English speaking countries such as the USA, U.K Australia etc but there will also likely be a few fluent non-native speakers on the course also.
Is there a dress code?Expand
There is no dress code as such for the input sessions and activities led by our trainers but when you are teaching smart casual clothes are required.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
A laptop computer is optional as we have a dedicated computer lab and computer access is freely available in the library. If you do bring your laptop then free WiFi access is available.
In addition, to secure a teaching job you may be asked to provide copies of your birth certificate, college degrees and transcripts. Rather than carrying these documents with you, you are advised to scan and email them to yourself so you will always have access to them.