If you are looking for a cultural adventure that is a little off the standard European teaching path, Russia is certainly worth a look. Jobs are plentiful in most major cities as many Russians are keen to improve their English for work or travel reasons. The two main destinations are Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
How and when can I get a job teaching English in Russia?
As demand is high and the number of foreign teachers available is relatively low, jobs can usually be found at any time of the year. This year-round availability is unlike many other parts of Europe, as is the fact that employers routinely recruit teachers before they leave their home country. This is a popular option as knowing where you will be working and your salary details before heading off can take away a lot of anxiety, particularly for those who are new to foreign travel and teaching abroad.
What do I need to teach English in Russia?
If you have a degree you will be eligible for most teaching jobs on offer. However, one of the big attractions of teaching English in Russia is that a degree is not required to work in a private language center. As long as you have a TEFL certification you should have little trouble finding a position in one of the main cities.
What are the main advantages of teaching English in Russia?
Another reason why Russia might be a better option than some of the more traditional teaching destinations in Europe is that employers are generally able to help their teachers obtain an official work permit. Because of this it is typically quite easy for Americans and other nationalities to live and work legally, which is often not the case in countries such as Italy and Spain. The average salary might not be particularly high, but accommodation is often provided which can make a huge difference as rents in major European cities are notoriously high. Paid airfares are also a possibility with some teaching jobs in Russia.