Teaching In Russia, What You Need to Know
Before you start teaching in Russia, there are a few things you should be aware of. For example, you might not understand the difference between working in a private center and in a state school, even though that seemingly small detail will have a drastic influence on your life. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve written Try the Borsch. I’ve put it together so that other potential teachers can learn from my experience teaching in Russia, and make the most out of their own teaching experience.
I cover topics like what to pack, how to find work, what to say in your application, what to ask the school that you’re applying to, and so on. It’s basically everything that I wish I had known before I went to Russia. I still had an awesome time, but if I had known about all this before hand I may have enjoyed my experience even more.
Your Life in Russia
If you make the choice to teach ESL in Russia, you’ll get to experience a historic country that is incredibly interesting. There is a certain draw about Russia which doesn’t want to let you go either. At my school, more than half of the teachers renewed their contracts, despite the legendary Moscow winter. Teaching in Russia will be a decision you’re glad that you made. You only live once, and I personally feel that Red Square is something that everyone should experience firsthand.
Of course, it is true that there’s animosity between Russia and the west right now. That’s been going on for a long time, and it will probably keep going on long into the future. However, what you need to know is that if you live and work in Russia, this will have almost no effect on you. I never had a single bad experience in Russia. Despite being obviously American (as one girl bluntly put it) in 240 days I never received so much as a single snide remark. When it comes down to it, I think that governments have more problems with each other than people do. So please, don’t let the politics keep you from teaching in Russia. You’ll be missing out one a potentially fantastic experience!
Go To Russia Today!
Well that’s my pitch, and I think it speaks for itself. If you’r thinking about teaching in Russia, this handy little guide really is a must read. I edited it down to only include the most useful, most relevant information. You can download it below for free by simply putting in your email.
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