The English language is gaining in popularity in Belarus – particularly with younger people and those who wish to use it for business purposes. However, there are not many teaching opportunities and outside Minsk there are almost none whatsoever. Be warned that because of the low number of employment opportunities you may not meet many other English teachers.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||800 – 1,000||Various but sometimes 6 days a week||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||2,000 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate.
1. International House is the best language centre to try to find a teaching position with because most others offer only part-time work.
2. Ask a potential employer if introductory Russian language lessons can be included in your contract. This will make your day-to-day life much easier.
3. Expect students to be accustomed to a disciplined, learning-by-rote teaching style.
The bureaucracy can be somewhat complicated and it is much better to have employment arranged before you arrive in the country as visas are rarely granted upon arrival. Be warned that there are strained relations between the USA and Belarus at present.
Cost of living
Low – accommodation, food and transport.
Tax and salary information
Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.
|Students are generally very keen to learn||Not many teaching opportunities|
|Demand for English tuition is beginning to grow||The government has a rather anti-Western stance at the present time|
|Safer than many neighbouring countries||Quality teaching resources and opportunities for professional development will be sparse|
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