Can I teach English as a foreign language in Russia?

Russia could be a great teaching destination for you if you want plenty of cultural experiences and room to travel in a country that is still a little off the beaten path. There are around 150 million people in Russia and many of them want to improve their English skills for work or travel purposes. Jobs can be found in most big cities, particularly Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

What is the recruitment process for teaching English in Russia?

Unlike several other European countries, there is no specific best time to look for ESL jobs in Russia as the high demand means there are vacant positions available at anytime of the year. Another difference with Russia is that it is common for employers to hire teachers in advance from within their home country. This can be very convenient for many people as you will already know important details such as your salary, the location of the school, and your accommodation options before you fly out.

What are the requirements for teaching English in Russia?

Another reason why Russia is becoming more popular with foreign teachers is the fact that a four-year college degree is not a requirement for teaching in an English language school. If you do have a degree you might find you have a wider choice of jobs, however, anyone with an internationally recognized TESOL certificate should have no difficulty finding a suitable job.

What are the benefits of teaching English in Russia?

Yet another benefit that Russia has over the more traditional teaching destinations in Europe such as Italy and Spain, is that language schools are usually happy to sponsor work visas for their overseas teachers. Thanks to this, Americans and other nationalities are able to legally live and work in Russia without any great difficulty. The average pay might not be as high as you could earn elsewhere in the region, however, it is common for employers to include free housing and even return airfares in your contract which can make a huge difference to your overall expenses.

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