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.
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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 include Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhniy-Novgorod, Omsk, and Novosibirsk.
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