Peak Hiring Months: Year round with peaks in September & January are peak but many jobs available all year round
Types of Jobs: Foreign Language Schools, Private Students, School Children
Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Russia and over the phone in advance
Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
Types of Students: Business professionals, School children, Private students
Cost of Living per Month: $535 - $1,025 USD (36,500 - 70,000 RUB)
Visas: Schools typically sponsor a work visa for qualified teachers. NOTE: Americans planning to enter Russia on a tourist visa should apply to the Russian Consulate 6 weeks prior to their planned day of departure.
Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even, limited opportunities to save
Accommodation Benefits: In some cases
Flight Reimbursement: In limited cases
Teaching English in Russia 101
Seeking to retain its status as a great power while transitioning to a globalized economy in the post-Soviet era, Russia represents one of the largest and fastest growing job markets for teaching English in the entire world. English teachers in Russia can find work all year round. Peak seasons for getting hired to teach English in Russia begin towards the start of fall in September and many prominent language schools will recruit for positions teaching English in Russia during the spring and summer. That said, the job market for teaching English in Russia is strong enough that jobs open throughout the year.
Most opportunities to teach English in Russia allow for interviews in advance for positions, but English teachers may also interview in-person should they enroll in the St. Petersburg, Russia TEFL course. Some schools will provide those teaching English in Russia with housing or possibly a stipend for airfare, however this is not always the case. Most who are teaching English in Russia live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers.
A solid hourly wage affords English teachers Russia to live a comfortable life. Schools typically offer 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. English teachers do not need to have a BA to teach in Russia, although it is preferred, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary. Major cities for teaching English in Russia includeMoscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhniy-Novgorod, Omsk, and Novosibirsk.
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TEFL Certification Options for Teaching English in Russia
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