Teaching English in Belarus

Belarus Overview

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


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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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.

Red tape

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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1 Comment

  1. bamosis says:


    I am first of all glad to know about this offer. I don’t have CELTA certificate, but a university degree holder in Englsh Studies. I have taught English in Romania and Hungary through an international organisation called AIESEC. Besides, I have also taught the same language in my country (Morocco) in privae schools as well as language centers.
    I would welcome the opportunity to teach in Belarus.

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