A Guide to Teaching English in Russia

Ever thought about teaching in Russia? Our guide will help you. Compared to other Europe TEFL destinations, Russia is often over looked. But with a year round need for English teachers, a good quality of life and high wages teaching in Russia can be a great option. There are so many different locations in the country and you will get to experience living and working in a new culture.


TEFL Courses in Russia

One of the best ways to get a teaching job is to take a TEFL certification in Russia. There are classroom TEFL courses available to book throughout the country where you will be trained by experienced staff and get to hands on tuition which is great if you have no previous experience.

These courses are an internationally recognized and accredited certification boosting your chances of getting a job teaching English in Russia and worldwide. Most TEFL schools offer packages which include accommodation, training, a certification and they also organise excursions and activities.

TEFL companies usually have excellent links with recruiters and some offer guaranteed paid jobs on completion of a course.


Best Places to Teach in Russia

There are TEFL schools and jobs throughout the country, popular places to work include: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhniy-Novgorod, Omsk & Novosibirsk.


Where to Find TEFL Jobs 

  • Private Language Academies, Schools & Colleges
  • International Schools
  • Freelance / Private Lessons


Peak Hiring Times

The best time to gain teaching employment is the end of August, Septeber and also October.


Hiring Process

You will usually need to pass an interview, this is sometimes arranged before you depart for Russia but you can also seek out jobs locally. If you are not yet qualified you might want to take a TEFL course in Russia.


Salary for Teaching in Russia

Generally around GBP£750 - £1200 (US$1,000 - $1,500) per month - this can vary depending on the employer and also if you give private lessons.


Cost of Living

Around GBP£500 - £1000 (US$750 - $1,500) per month - it is higher in cities like Moscow and St Petersburg.


Russia TEFL Reviews & Experiences

If you have ever been to teach in Russia contact us today to share your advice, recommendations and experience.


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