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Has anyone here ever taught english in Russia? I'm really interested in teaching English there, but i'm confused. I have read from multiple places that Russia doesn't require English teachers to have a college degree, but I have looked at hundreds of jobs and every single one of them say they require a bachelor's degree. So what gives? Is it possible to get TEFL jobs in Russia without a college degree or not? I am planning to get an online tefl certification within the next few months and I will be visiting Russia in May or June. Is there a good chance english schools would be interested in hiring me if I show up to apply with my tefl certification in hand?
It would probably depend on the job. There's a difference between the country itself requiring a degree in order to grant a work permit, and a particular job requiring it.
As far as I know, Russia itself doesn't require a degree for EFL teachers, but some jobs in Russia will. For higher paying and higher status jobs, expect a degree to be a basic requirement.
I think you could possibly start in Russia at International House or English First and then work up. Check out Dave's ESL Cafe. I don't know much about Russia as an EFL market.
If you don't have a TEFL, CELTA or other qualification yet it would be good to do a program in country, after which you would receive immediate job finding help.
Here's the site for International House: http://www.bkcih-moscow.com/
EF English First is a huge company in Asia, but it is also in Russia:
EF will sometimes cover TEFL courses for their teachers.
Thanks.I signed up on Dave's. Still waiting for him to activate my account so I can post.
So how did it go GoingAwol? Did you ever find a job in Russia?
Back in the day you could make a good amount of money teaching English in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Pity the jobs have dried up since the Russian economy went South.
ESL CAFE has a slew of Russian jobs posted right now. Nobody wants to go there because of the political situation.
I changed my plans. I decided to wait till I have my associate's degree in May. I'll go there after that and take the Celta. I'm sure i'll be able to find jobs then.
I looked at the situation years ago. Peanuts pay, having to travel all over the place so being paid even less per actual hour etc. f**k that, and it seems to have gotten worse. You do that if you don't need the money.
I recall reading a thread (I think it was on ESL cafe) about how although new teachers in Russia only make about $1000 a month (or less), an experienced teacher who was willing to work their way up for a few years could make about $2000 a month. I laughed. There are tons of newbie ass-hats who come to China and make $2500 a month with fuck-all in the way of quals. If anyone goes to teach in Russia, I guess it's because they really want to be there. No one does it for the money.
Maybe it will be like the 90's again, when any guy with an American passport could score a Russian babe
Hopefully. That's why I hope the overall living standards for most Russians (and everyone in Eastern Europe) collapses.
Part of the problem with hoping for that is the local women won't seek you just because of how bad their standard of living is, but also how based on how well your country is doing. Just about everyone these days knows that the U.S. is in dire straights and has become a shithole of sorts.
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