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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it safe to teach English in Russia?

    Yes, Russia is generally a safe country for tourists and teachers, alike. Like in any city, be aware of your personal belongings, avoid alleyways, and don't walk alone at night. Although you probably won't be teaching in these areas, avoid Crimea and the North Caucasus due to current civil unrest. If you're unsure, check with your home government about travel restrictions.

  • How much do teachers earn in Russia?

    Typically, an English teacher in Russia will earn anywhere between $1,000 - $1,500, depending on the teaching institution. Private language schools have a lower salary but include perks such as housing and airfare. International schools will have a higher starting salary at about $1,200.

  • Do I need a degree to teach English in Russia?

    Although it is advisable and may help you find more job opportunities, a university degree is not always required. A TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA, however, is a requirement to teach English in Russia.

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  • Is Russia expensive to live in?

    The cost of living in Russia varies based on the part of the country you live in. In large cities, such as Moscow or St. Petersburg, the cost of living is high. For example, a room may cost anywhere between $700 - $1,000 in Moscow's city center. However, groceries, local restaurants, and transportation are affordable for most people.

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