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TEFL Jobs in Russia
There are 14 Former Soviet Republics (FSR) and each one is worthy of a TESOL teacher’s consideration. Kazakhstan offers wonderful opportunities. Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan are also turning out to be very good countries in which TESOL teachers can find jobs. Georgia, described variously as a part of Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East, has an incredible array of teaching options--not to mention fantastic food. Belarus is even making an entrance into the scene and might be a wonderful option for any nature lovers as the country is still full of wide open spaces.
Everything from tourism to commerce drives demand and natives who want to make the most of this free market recognize that English language skills are a must for maximizing their potential. Major capitals are now teeming with foreigners, and many TESOL teachers fall in love with the great ancient cities. The attraction for many professional TESOL teachers is the great salaries being offered by corporations related to the Caspian oil boom. This is transforming places like the Azerbaijani capital Baku. Sometimes, these compare favorably with the salaries offered by the oil-rich states of the Middle East.
The market in the region is maturing but it is still possible to walk into a job simply because you are a native-English speaker and you have a recognized TESOL certificate such as that offered by TEFL International. However, the better jobs will obviously call for better qualifications. Many volunteer organizations are at work in Russia and the new republics and they may have programs worth checking out for those who are simply interested in a life experience.
Outside of the official education system, there is a growing number of language institutes. These tend to look for well-presented, confident candidates.
Another thing to be aware of is that many companies run in-house English language training, and these tend to be the better paid, more stable and reliable TESOL positions. In addition to this, for those who do not wish to commit themselves to a full academic year, language summer camps are very common, and represent a fulfilling way of experiencing any one of these countries without having to commit yourself to a long stay.
Because of the huge variety of standards in education you can expect a varied student body. Some will have very poor language skills while other will speak English rather well.
Visas and Regulations
The visa situation with all the republics is somewhat relaxed and will change from country to country. One should enquire with the relevant consulate in your home country, and at the same time make it clear that you wish to go and teach there.
Your visa requirements and entitlements will depend on what your country of origin has fixed up with the host country. You’ll also want to think about what you have to do to renew your visa.
Getting a Job
The educational press continues to advertise jobs in these countries. In addition to this, there are a number of organizations that recruit directly into Eastern Europe.
Those organizations more orientated to North Americans include: Bridges for Education (www.bridges4edu.org) and the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) (www.ticon.net/cetp/).
You may also wish to consider getting a job on the spot. This gives you the opportunity to see the school campus, negotiate a salary, see the students, ask about timetables, teaching materials, hours and, possible accommodation. This will mean knocking on doors, so you’ll need originals of your educational certificates, and an error-free, well-presented resume. Local directories list universities, schools and language institutes and they are willing to interview candidates on short notice. Certified, organized and enthusiastic teachers are in short supply. If you do well in the interview, you’ll almost certainly have a job.TEFL Courses in Ban Phe
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TEFL in St. Petersburg, RussiaExpand
Date posted:2006-10-05 | Writer: Language Studio | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Language Studio is a fast growing, jointly Russian and British managed, full-spectrum language services company based in the centre of St. Petersburg. We have several vacancies for professional teachers wishing to teach in St. Petersburg. Experience in language teaching (group and one-to-one), a client-oriented approach and commitment are essential. Read more
Employment teaching EFL in Russia - MoscowExpand
Date posted:2006-09-11 | Writer: EF English First | Email: email@example.com
EF English First, a leader in language education with over 200 schools worldwide, is recruiting qualified EFL teachers and academic managers for positions in China, Indonesia and Russia. All positions offer competitive local salary, free flights, paid visa, health insurance and holidays.
Full time teacher required to teach TEFL in Moscow, RussiaExpand
Date posted:2006-08-28 | Writer: PtitCREF Zhukovka | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PtitCREF is searching for a native speaking English teacher for a one year contract from 1st of September 2006 till middle of June, 2007. The position is in a non government educational center of English, French and Russian Languages. We are offering a competitive salary and comfortable working atmosphere.
Full time teacher required to teach EFL in RussiaExpand
Date posted:2006-08-07 | Writer: EF English First | Email: email@example.com
EF English First, a leader in language education with over 200 schools worldwide, is recruiting qualified EFL teachers for positions throughout Russia. Candidates interested in working outside of Moscow, can take advantage of a slightly lower cost of living and opportunities for total immersion in Russian life. Career-minded TEFL teachers can take advantage of a clear career path rising to Director of Studies and beyond, while receiving excellent professional development. Read more
TEFL in Russia - St. PetersburgExpand
Date posted:2006-07-13 | Writer: International Language Academy | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ILA is situated in the center of St. Petersburg, with its main office in a business center on the Griboyedova Canal, opposite the Church of Spilt Blood. We also have an elementary school on Vasily Island, which is approximately a 10 minute metro ride from the main office. We are looking for teachers for both freelance and contract work as we have major new contracts with some prestigious names in the business community. Read more
Employment teaching TEFL in Moscow, RussiaExpand
Date posted:2006-05-04 | Writer: Windsor | Email: email@example.com
Windsor, formerly VJ-Study, is an English language school providing General English and ESP courses for students and professionals. Our main school is in the centre of Moscow with all its famous places of interest. We are opening new schools in attractive locations close to the city centre and are looking for new teachers to join our professional and enthusiastic ELT team. Attractive benefits package. Read more
Employment teaching TEFL in Russia - MoscowExpand
Date posted:2006-03-23 | Writer: American Language Association Russia | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
American Language Association Russia and its partners are in need of people friendly, qualified teachers of English. New graduates are welcome.
Next openings begin from the start of the school year in August. Read more
Job Teaching EFL in RussiaExpand
Date posted:2006-02-09 | Writer: EF English First | Email: email@example.com
EF English First’s Teacher Recruitment Centre is seeking several, qualified teachers for our schools in the Russian Federation. There are two short contracts running from February to June 2006 in Moscow and Tumen, Siberia. Our learners range from absolute beginners to advanced, age 5 upwards, which means your work may involve contact with children, teenagers, and adults. Read more
Teach English in RussiaExpand
Date posted:2006-01-30 | Writer: EF English First | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EF English First, a leader in language education with over 200 English language schools worldwide has several exciting opportunities in China, Indonesia, Russia, Malaysia and Vietnam. EF English First's recruitment package includes free flights, free accommodation, free health insurance and an excellent local salary. Opportunities for transfer within the organisation are positively encouraged. Read more
Job Teaching EFL in Moscow, RussiaExpand
Date posted:2006-01-26 | Writer: VJ-Study | Email: email@example.com
A small, family-run school is looking for a qualified native speaking EFL teacher for teaching General, Business English and exam preparation courses. 9 month contract, 30 academic hours per week (1 hour=45 minutes). Small groups, friendly atmosphere. Benefits include free visa support, shared accommodation, medical cover and paid holidays Read more