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Last edited by Ghost on November 30th, 2018, 4:19 am, edited 1 time in total.
If memory serves, Jackal was doing it in Hungary for several years, and Think Different in Germany and Prague. But you'd have to PM them, as they haven't posted in a long time. Then there's your old buddy Yick, who I think did it in Russia, but I can understand if PMing him might be a bridge too far, unless it's to tell him to go f*ck himself.
And welcome back, Ghost.
I wrote a very extensive guide on that topic here: http://moscownightguide.com/teaching-en ... sia-guide/
-Don't do it for the money
-Don't do it if you haven't got another goal
-Don't do it for the girls
-Don't do it for a long time
-Don't do it if you're socially awkward
-Don't think you'll make good money if you don't put in the effort and haven't got a clue what you're doing
Do it if you're ready to hustle hard, be at it constantly, have a talent for communication and languages and are a self-starter.
Thanks for this. I'm planning on doing a CELTA in Moscow beginning in October, and all of this is very helpful. One question: How much are you using your voice during a typical one-hour lesson? My main concern is that mine would wear out easily over the course of a 24-hour work week (which is the most I would ever do -- I have a small passive income supplement).
Or to summarise:
-Don't do it
To address the questions:
-I only do 1-on-1 tutoring and hence have to use my voice all the time. Needless to say that having 3-4 sessions a day is draining as hell. Class teaching isn't much different.
-Don't do it for the money as in don't think you'll start teaching English and live a good life. Uhm, no. Unless you work your butt off you're better off doing something at home in terms of standard of living.
-Don't do it for the girls as in don't take a shitty job in a foreign country only to chase tail. I cannot comment too much on how girls view English teachers, I speak a bunch of languages and they're impressed by that. It might be different for your run-of-the-mill teacher with bad to no local language skills.
I really cannot find a lot of reasons why you should do it. I got into it myself more out of necessity but I have a talent for languages and good social skills so I can carve something out. As a "regular teacher" you're a commodity, there are lots of them out there. Not a good niche to pick.
I taught English in Moscow once. I didn't have a degree or certificate. But it was a shady school that takes anyone willing to work. You don't need a work visa. But such schools are not accredited. They will pay you less and often pay you late too. So such schools exist. It's just that you will have to take lower pay and sometimes late payments too. It's a bit shady, but better than nothing.
On the other hand there are accredited English schools like English First, that are professional and high quality, but their standards or admittance are going to be higher. You will need a TEFL or TESOL certificate or something like that. I tried to apply there but never heard back from them.
I also worked for a business gazette too, writing business news articles. You can get those too, if you are a good writer. Or work as an editor in some English publication there. You get like 50 dollars per article. Not bad. But you gotta live on the outskirts of the city to get cheaper rent. Or stay in a hostel everyday. lol
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What do you mean by socially awkward? I think a large number of guys might be socially awkward if they go abroad to get a woman.
Well, then these exact guys should not be teaching English as well.
I was in Russia for other reasons before that (study,work) and that was the financially most viable route that opened up for me. As I said, it is not easy at all and I'm rather good with both languages and social skills. So I'd not recommend it to anyone really.
As far as resources go, I want to use that as content upgrade but haven't gotten around to implementing it yet. There are a ton of schools out there but most of them are trash and pay funny money. English First among them.