Russia The world’s largest country, Russia claims over 6 million square miles (15 million square km) of towering mountains, winding rivers, and miles of desolate tundra—plus culturally rich cities and towns.
The demand for EFL teachers remains strong in Russia-especially in the larger cities-despite the difficult economic conditions of recent years. Private English schools are popping up throughout the country; Moscow alone is home to an estimated 200 language schools, seeking qualified foreign teachers. Your students in Russia will range from young pupils gaining their first exposure to the language, to business professionals looking to increase their participation in foreign markets. The Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) English exam is also incredibly popular in Russia, so many secondary school students need help preparing for it. Many schools in Russia offer paid housing and reimbursed airfare to TEFL teachers, making it an attractive country in which to teach English.
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Your English Students •K-12 •University •Adults •Business professionals
Best Time to Get Hired •August and December
Typical Start Dates • September and January
Length of Commitment •12 month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules •Full and part-time schedules available
Average Pay and Benefits • $500 - $2000 USD per month depending on location • Reimbursed airfare upon completion of contract (from some schools) •Free housing (from some schools)
Average Cost of Living •$500 - $2000 USD per month depending of lifestyleá
Requirements •Bachelor’s degree •TEFL certification (on-site required) •Native speaker or fluent in English •HIV test
The Russian Federation is the largest country on the planet, covering more than 6 million square miles (15 million square km). Northern Russia is comprised of desolate tundra, vast forests, and thousands of mystical lakes. The snow-capped Ural Mountains cover 2,500 miles (4,022 km) of eastern European Russia, and the rocky, remarkable Caucasus Mountains span the southern part of the country from the Black to Caspian seas. Though the Russian people can be reserved at first, you will soon find that they rely strongly on the support of their friends and family, and that they maintain long-lasting relationships. Known for their honesty, sense of humor, and literacy, Russians also take pride in their long history and traditions.
Moscow, Russia's capital, is one of the world's biggest metropolises with almost 10 million people. The city's historic churches and magnificent cathedrals date back to the 15th century, and its modern performing arts scene is world-renowned. Further north is St. Petersburg, Russia's former capital and its second-largest city. Built on 42 islands, St. Petersburg's numerous canals and 300-plus bridges have earned it the nickname "Venice of the North."
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Russia at a Glance
Capital:Moscow Population:143,025,000 Currency:Russian Ruble Language(s):Russian, numerous minority languages Literacy Rate:100% Life Expectancy:65 years
Russia Fun Facts
• Russia is almost twice the size of the United States. • Russia is so large it spans 11 different time zones. • Russia's Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and contains about 20 percent of the world's fresh water. • When giving flowers in Russia, only give an odd number. An even numbered bouquet is for funerals only. • Vodka, the national drink of Russia, used to be called "Bread Wine" and had a significantly lower alcohol content than the more traditional vodka of today.
Regions & Weather
Russia has a predominantly continental climate, with the same latitudes as Canada and Alaska. In St. Petersburg, the winter months of January and February are coldest with average temperatures around 10░F (-12░C). June through August is the warmest time of year, with temperatures around 60░F (20░C). In Moscow, the mid-summer months of July and August are pleasantly warm, with occasional hot spells in which temperatures exceed 86░F (30░C). Winters are dramatically different, with around six hours of daylight, snow blanketing the ground, and temperatures averaging 14░F (-10░C).