In common with many Eastern European countries, demand for English is enormous in Russia as Russians appreciate the value of learning the international language of business and commerce. There is specific interest in ‘British’ English in some quarters and you may find that anti-American sentiment is fairly prevalent across all age ranges in Russia.
There are numerous English language schools. Presently, while demand is still high, conditions of work and salary are still lower than countries like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
However, if you are motivated by the experience more than the money, then Russia has got to be an experience work valuing. The country is culturally and historically diverse and interesting. The people are warm, welcoming and curious. They are also likely to be demanding in the classroom, respectful of education and highly motivated to learn English. Take plenty of materials with you as resources are still scarce in some places (the British Council libraries and resource centres in Moscow and Petersburg are good sources of English language material).
Teaching jobs are advertised outside on websites like TEFL.com. You might also consider teaching English online first with a large company to supplement your work in Russia, so you are not reliant on local teaching only. Find out more here about teaching English online.
Tips for teaching English in Russia:
We suggest one of these courses for this country: