Teaching English in Russia


Your Life as an English Teacher in Russia


As it transforms itself from the largest bastion of communism to a modern capitalist state, Russia is one of the most dynamic countries in Europe.  Full of monumental palaces, grand cathedrals and lively street merchants, Russian cities are truly an experience unto themselves.  The largest country in the world in terms of landmass, Russia also contains an enormous and varied selection of rural escapes. A land where wooden villages, hot springs, and Byzantine cathedrals coexist, to understand the Russian character is to respect and admire it's enigmatic complexity. Russian cuisine is just as diverse as it's people and landscapes. Encompassing equal parts European and Asian, a Russian will tell you that there is nothing better than blini from a streetvendor. Then there’s the vodka.  Russians love their vodka- and with nine time zones, that means there are nine happy hours per day.  Budem Zdorovy! (Cheers!)

English teachers in Russia can find work all year round. Peak seasons begin towards the start of fall in September or October, and pick up again in January. Most Russian English teaching contracts end in late June. For those who wish to teach in the summer, there are countless summer language camps throughout Russia. Most of the English teaching job opportunities allow for interviews in advance for positions.  English teachers will be responsible for their airfare. Some schools will provide housing, however this is not the norm. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers.

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore.  English teachers do not need to have a BA to teach in Russia, although it is preferred, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhniy-Novgorod, Omsk, and Novosibirsk.


English Teaching Requirements in Russia


  • Education: BA/BS; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at any of our Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL Course.
  • Peak Hiring Months: Year round with peaks in September & January are peak but many jobs available all year round.
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Russia and over the phone in advance
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals
  • Cost of Living per Month: 18,500-25,000 RUB, 650-900 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 18,500-25,000 RUB, 650-900 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 1,200 - 1,700 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: Sometimes
  • Flight Reimbursement: Sometimes


Interesting Facts about Life in Russia


  • Russian born Dmitry Mendeleyev created the Periodic Table of Elements.  Mendeleyev also standardized the formula for Vodka at 40% alcohol to water.   
  • Russia has the world’s largest forest reserves, and its lakes contain 25% of the world’s fresh water.  
  • Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of landmass, covering more than a ninth of the Earth’s land area.    
  • Russia sent the first human into space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
  • Russia is home to 160 ethnic groups, speaking some 100 different languages.  


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