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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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Opportunity to Teach English in Moscow, RussiaExpand
Date posted:2009-01-07 | Writer: inlingua | Email: email@example.com
Founded in 1969, “Inlingua” is a well-established leader in language training. Our Moscow school is situated in the very heart of Moscow in a prestigious district of Patriarchi Ponds in a beautiful old mansion on Spiridonovka Street. We are currently looking for someone with TEFL qualifications and experience of teaching English as a foreign language. The role offers a competitive salary and a free course in Russian. Read more
Job Teaching English in Russia (3)Expand
Date posted:2008-09-08 | Writer: CREF-R Moscow | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CREF is a well established and renowned school situated in the centre of Moscow providing education in French, English and Russian language. We are currently looking for TEFL qualified natives and Russians to teach groups of students in-house, (children, teenagers and adults at all levels), as well as providing in-company classes for our corporate clients. Read more
Teach English in Central Russia.Expand
Date posted:2008-08-03 | Writer: Centre of International Studies | Email: email@example.com
Centre of International Studies is looking for young, energetic,outgoing and enthusiastic TEFL qualified native English teachers.We are situated in Oktyabrsky, republic of Bashkortostan, which is in the middle of Russia. We teach Business and General English to children and adults.
Groups are not big, usually 7-10 students. Benefits include a free private furnished flat. We offer good pay so you can certainly enjoy life. Russia is a beautiful country, with nice people, good and healthy food and comfortable climate. Read more
Position Teaching English in Moscow, RussiaExpand
Date posted:2008-07-20 | Writer: Windsor School | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Windsor is an English language school providing a range of general and specialized courses to students and professionals. In addition to general English, our school provides ESP courses in Business English, as well as in finance, law, medicine, IT, engineering, and exam preparation. We are currently looking for TEFL qualified English teachers who are available to start work in September or October of this year. We offer an attractive benefits package including a highly competitive salary and generous end of contract bonus. Read more
Energetic Teacher Wanted to Teach English in RussiaExpand
Date posted:2008-05-12 | Writer: English-In | Email: email@example.com
English-In is by far the biggest English teaching school in Klin with more than 10 years' of experience. We currently have only one location in the centre of Klin, but from the next academic year we are planning to set up schools in Konakovo (a small town on the Volga River, which is 20 minutes far from Klin) and Vysokovsk (a small town very near to Klin). We are now looking for EFL teachers to work in Klin and Konakovo from September 2008. Read more
Enthusiastic teacher wanted to teach EFL in Moscow, RussiaExpand
Date posted:2008-04-01 | Writer: English Unlimited Language Centre | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
English Unlimited Language Centre is a centrally located private language school in Moscow. Our teachers enjoy small class sizes and may also give private lessons. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with ability and experience. We also provide our teachers with a variety of local support, including Russian language courses. We are currently looking for full-time, contract English language teachers to start at the end of April. Working hours consist of 26 academic hours (45 minutes each) per week. Overtime pay is provided for teaching hours beyond this. Read more
Enthusiastic teacher wanted to teach TEFL in Moscow, RussiaExpand
Date posted:2008-03-02 | Writer: British Business Language Centre | Email: email@example.com
Professional, qualified native speakers of English needed on 12 month full time contracts for immediate start to teach corporate clients in the centre of Moscow in a large British-owned and run language school. We expect to have further opportunities available in the summer and autumn of this year. Read more
Enthusiastic teacher wanted to teach EFL in RussiaExpand
Date posted:2008-01-30 | Writer: Windsor English Language School | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Windsor is an English language school providing a range of general and specialized courses to students and professionals with high English level. In addition to general English, our school provides ESP courses in business English, as well as in finance, law, medicine, IT, engineering, and exam preparation.We are currently looking to fill two positions. We require a senior teacher with a business background to start up a new school in St Petersburg as well as full-time or part-time teachers to teach in Moscow. We offer an attractive benefits package for both positions. Click on the heading for more details. Read more
TEFL in Russia - MoscowExpand
Date posted:2007-07-02 | Writer: English Unlimited Language Centre | Email: email@example.com
Moscow is a modern, vibrant city of more than 10 million inhabitants and is the political, cultural and historic capital of Russia. English Unlimited Language Centre is a private language school centrally located. As our clientele grows, so does our staff. To accomplish this expansion, we need additional native-English language teachers beginning August 1 and September 1. Our teachers enjoy small class sizes and may also give private lessons. We offer competitive salaries commensurate w Read more
TEFL in Tobolsk, Russia.Expand
Date posted:2007-05-03 | Writer: Polyglot school of foreign languages | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Polyglot school of foreign languages in Tobolsk is looking for a qualified teacher of English for a 9 month contract, starting in September. Benefits include accommodation, local transport paid by the school and airfare subsidy. Read more