The level of demand for native speakers in the enormous nation of Russia far exceeds the supply. Although the winters can be difficult for some, in such a huge country it is no surprise that there are some incredibly beautiful places to visit. The far east is particularly fascinating. Do your homework before signing any contracts because the quality of employers, the salary and the benefits all vary dramatically. Language centres pay reasonably poorly but are the usual way to get one’s foot in the door. Much of the work is geared towards business contexts so any prior experience in Business English would be seen in a very favourable light. Private schools offer much better wages to experienced teachers with initiative.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||1,000 – 2,000||Various shifts||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|Private schools||1,500 – 2,500||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday||7 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||2,500 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Moscow, St Petersburg plus most other towns and cities.
Degree, TEFL certificate.
1.Because the demand exceeds the supply, you can afford to be very choosy over which contract you sign. Negotiate as much as possible with regard for return airfares, free accommodation and whether or not you are paid for travelling to do in-house tuition.
2. You may need to supplement your income with extra, private one-to-one tuition which can be very lucrative.
3. Basic Russian language skills are desirable and almost essential in the far east of the country.
Be prepared for a real headache when dealing with the bureaucracy in Russia. The more your employer promises to do for you (in the contract) the easier it will be for you.
Cost of living
Living costs vary from region to region. As you might expect, accommodation in Moscow and St Petersburg can be rather expensive so be sure to ask if it can be included in your contract (especially if this is your first visit to Russia).
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.
|Huge demand for English tuition||Lots of red tape for everyone!|
|Generally keen students and friendly locals once you get to know them||Difficult without basic Russian language skills|
|Salaries can be good once you have experience and contacts||Harsh winters|
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