English Teaching Jobs –
Moscow and Russia

English Teaching Jobs – Moscow and RussiaIf you are looking for English teaching jobs Moscow is one of the most interesting places to work in.

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The capital of The Russian Federation and a center for both tourism and business, Moscow is a busy city with a lot to keep you occupied when you aren't working.

If you like history, high culture or popular culture you will find something to fascinate you there.

Some facts about working in Moscow

Moscow is large

Public transport is good but doesn't run 24 hours a day. Many language schools in Moscow require their teachers to work at different sites and travel between them, so make sure you check this before you accept a job.

Moscow is not a cheap place to live

Most cities in Russia are expensive, and Russia is almost as expensive as other European cities such as Paris or London.

Accommodation is particularly costly, so try to find a job where your employer organizes and pays for your accommodation.

The temperature in Moscow, and the rest of Russia, varies considerably

Summers can be as hot as 40 degrees Celsius, and winters can be as cold as minus 40 degrees Celsius.

Although you can buy clothes for every season there, you may find they are more expensive than you are used to.

Buildings are usually very well heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer.

Learning Russian

You will probably need to learn a little Russian to make the most of your time in Russia. Even if it is only the alphabet, this will help you find your way around the city and the transport system.

Documents and visa

Be wary of accepting a position if your employer is not preparing all your documents and arranging your visa. You could run into problems if your paperwork is not correct.

Russia is a very bureaucratic country and mistakes with your documentation could be costly.

How to find English teaching jobs in Moscow

Sites such as www.tefl.com often advertise jobs in Russia, most of which are in Moscow.

In addition to this, other sites such as www.eslbase.com have lists of language schools in The Russian Federation, although not every school is listed.

ESL forums may provide you with some links, and if you have contacts who are already there you will be able to find further information.

Working in Russia

The English language schools in Moscow are a combination of general schools and business English schools.

As it is such a large commercial area, business English is very popular there, and if you have experience teaching in this area you may find that you are in great demand.

The downside of this is that you may have to travel around the city to different locations, and travel time isn't usually paid.

Most teachers in Russia will teach a mixture of young learners (probably teenagers) and adults.

Hours can be long and in split shifts, as some classes are held before the working day and some after work. But this is not always the case.

Outside Moscow

Moscow is a vibrant city, but there are many other cities in Russia and the number of English language schools grows every year.

If you can't find a job in Moscow, it is worth looking at other locations, and then possibly moving to Moscow once you have some experience in the country.

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