Employment can be found with tour operators, bars, restaurants and hotels in tourist areas in the Algarve region. The majority of employment agencies are based in Lisbon and Oporto. There are specially trained EURES advisers in all EU/EEA countries. Their job is to support those seeking employment in another EU/EEA country. For more information on working in Portugal, visit their website.

Au Pairs

If you are planning to work as an au pair in Portugal you will usually need some childcare experience. However, you won’t necessarily need to speak Portuguese. Au pairs live with host families, performing basic domestic duties and looking after children. Food and accommodation are usually included along with your wages.


If you are looking to volunteer in Portugal, work can be obtained and organised through the British Organisation, The International Voluntary Service.

Teaching English

There are many opportunities to work in Portugal with the TEFL qualification. Most schools won’t hire teachers without a certificate unless they have a lot of teaching experience. Visit the TEFL website for information about enrolling on a course. There are at least 20 International schools where English is taught. Check out the British Council website for a list of the schools.