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Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:23 am
by wander
Thoughts on living in Rio from anyone who has done it? Savings potential at EARJ?

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:38 pm
by Heliotrope
It's not allowed to discuss specific schools on the public forum (not even schools that get very mixed reviews), but you can read some first hand reports about living in Rio here: https://www.talesmag.com/real-post-repo ... de-janeiro
Most of these reports are written by US diplomats or their spouses, so their experiences might somewhat differ from those of international teachers.

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:37 am
by admin
Discussing the savings potential at a specific school is actually Okay on the Open Forum, so long as the discussion does not turn into a evaluation of the school or any its administration. Thank you Heliotrope, we appreciate forum members helping us to monitor forum activity.

Ben @ ISR

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:19 am
by GrumblesMcGee
Ben: Thanks for the clarification. Honestly, the forum has become a bit stagnant.

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:32 am
by indogal
Not sure about EARJ, but I do know that any school in Brazil will need to pay you in Brazilian reals, as dictated by Brazilian law. So, if you have any debts in your home country, how much you can pay off or save will vary based on how the Real is doing against your home country's currency.

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:30 pm
by Heliotrope
admin wrote:
> Discussing the savings potential at a specific school is actually Okay on
> the Open Forum, so long as the discussion does not turn into a evaluation
> of the school or any its administration. Thank you Heliotrope, we
> appreciate forum members helping us to monitor forum activity.
>
> Ben @ ISR


Thanks, good to know!

Well, in that case, if you have a BA and 8 years of experience, the school says the savings potential for single teacher is 12,000 USD, for a couple (both teaching) with 2 children it's 20,000 USD, and for a single with one dependant it's supposedly 12,000 USD.
The salary for teachers with a BA and 4 years is 41,000 USD, and for teachers with a MA and 8 years it's 48,000 USD.
The numbers are from the school's Search profile.
These numbers aren't always based in reality, the school can say anything they like. Usually, the numbers on the salary are pretty accurate (currency fluctuations might have changed them though), but savings potential might be very different.
Check out cost of living on Numbeo.com.

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:10 pm
by mamava
You have to check the cost every week sometimes! I currently live in Brazil--we lost 50% of our salary in our first year because of the currency devaluation. It crept up and has done pretty well, but it's recently tanked again. That means prices fluctuate in country, too. If you have no outside expenses (houses, bills in other countries) you can weather the changes pretty well. If you have to regularly send money back to your home country, it can get tricky in terms of meeting obligations and not getting soaked on fees. A couple years ago we lost about 26% of every money transfer back to the States.

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:44 pm
by aleconner
@heliotrope:
Is accommodation or an accommodation stipend provided by the school? I know that schools in Asia generally do, but I don't know whether schools in Latin America do as well.

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:04 pm
by Heliotrope
aleconner wrote:
> @heliotrope:
> Is accommodation or an accommodation stipend provided by the school? I know
> that schools in Asia generally do, but I don't know whether schools in
> Latin America do as well.


Housing Allowance: 20,000 USD per year.
Also annual flight home.

Response

PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:37 am
by PsyGuy
One of the more positive social regions if your a single woman. Not bad for a single guy either.

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:17 am
by Illiane_Blues
Maybe if you stay within the expat bubble. And even in that bubble safety is a bigger concern in Brazil than most other countries. But it's a nice city apart from that. As a single I would probably risk it.

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:45 pm
by shawanda
Please don't get me started on EA and Rio. I could write a book on my time in Rio. I will limit myself to ten words:

Wealth
Poverty
Extreme
Beauty
Ugliness
Sex
Drugs
Men
Women
Caraca!

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:01 am
by mistyknight
Shawanda,

Is this the school you were at?

Re: Rio and EARJ

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:58 pm
by shawanda
misty, girl, yes, but, luckily, now, one flew east, one flew west, and this one flew over and out of that cuckoo's nest #forevs