Teach English in Eastern Europe & Russia

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Teaching Abroad in Eastern Europe & Russia

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75 Teach Abroad Programs in Eastern Europe & Russia

International TEFL Academy

Each year, thousands of people of all ages from a variety of educational backgrounds become TEFL TESOL certified. In a few months, you could be an International TEFL Academy graduate telling your friends how great it is to live and teach English abroad!

Teach English in Asia, Europe, or Latin America!

The LanguageCorps TESOL Certification Programs will give you the skills and methodology needed to be comfortable and competent teaching English abroad. While the particular details of the Programs vary by country, all include approximately 140 hours of training, and as many as 30 hours of actual teaching practice. The TESOL Certification Programs incorporate classroom instruction in effectiv...

GeoVisions

Venture to Europe while teaching in Poland, Turkey, or Russia with GeoVisions. Participants are paired with a host family where room and board are provided. Tasks include teaching conversational English to the family members for at least 15 hours a week.

Teaching Positions Abroad through Teach Away Inc.

Through Teach Away, you have access to the widest variety of teaching jobs within public and private schools overseas. Whether you are a recent university grad interested in teaching English, or a licensed teacher with years of experience, Teach Away has the teaching program for you.

Teach English in Russia with Language Link

Teach English at one of the top language schools in Russia with Language Link. Teachers may be involved in various academic program areas like General English, Business English, and testing and evaluation. To qualify for the program, applicants must be native English speakers and hold a Teaching English as a Foreign Language qualification (TEFL). Program offers a competitive salary, accommodati...

Teach with Projects Abroad

A fantastic way to experience the culture of Eastern Europe is by volunteering as an English teacher in Romania. Join Projects Abroad's international teaching program and work with children ages 12 through 18. This program is available to prospective teachers worldwide.

EFL Teachers Needed

Educa Russian Language Center is seeking English as a Foreign Language teachers for part-time or full-time employment. EFL teachers are needed for adults or teenagers and for preschool and primary school. Application procedure consists of CV submission, job interview, and a demo lesson. Only candidates currently in St. Petersburg, Russia, will be interviewed. Candidates with no teaching qualifi...

Summer Volunteer Teaching Positions in Poland

Volunteers in Poland mainly teach high school students, but occasionally some middle school or even elementary school students participate in the program. Class size will vary between 10 and 15 students. Volunteers will be responsible for teaching conversational English, basic grammar, and some lessons on American culture. All volunteers will have internet access, and some will also have comput...

Volunteer/teach in Siberia, Yakutsk, Russia

This offer an enjoyable experience for volunteers who wants to experience living in Siberia, Russia and help children to learn English, or ESL teachers with the equivalent certificates. For those who never get tired of exploring new places, and discover unfamiliar culture. Teaching volunteers English Volunteer programm will be held in Yakutsk, the capital of the national Republic of Sakh...

Edvectus

The government of Kazakhstan is investing heavily in the future of education within the country, and to this end is creating regional Centres of Excellence to conduct trainings where trainer-Consultants who will be able to consult and mentor colleagues, coach teachers and trainers, develop and present training programmes. Our client needs a Trainer-consultant in September 2015 to help develop a...

AIP Angloville

Angloville is a volunteering opportunity that offers you: - A free stay in a beautiful countryside resort, food included. - A chance to meet, connect and learn from successful professionals from Central – Eastern Europe / ambitious youth - Invaluable teaching experience (with a free TEFL certificate on completion of a Tandem House programme*) - A week full of memories, new friends, and an...

Teaching in St. Petersburg

Teacher of Foreign Language/Assistant of the teacher with Russian students. No experience and qualification required. This project is targeted at foreigners willing to spend more time in Russia to achieve the proper level of the Russian Language and to engage in practical work teaching different subjects at different secondary schools, colleges and educational institutions in St. Petersbur...

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Teaching Abroad in Eastern Europe & Russia

While many people have come to consider Western Europe overly commercialized and entirely touristy, Eastern Europe is home to lots of different cultures and sites that are unique, well-preserved, and extremely localized. Detached from the economic powers that make up the EU, Eastern Europe is an affordable way to experience the lifestyle of a European adventure, while earning a decent living and working in a world often forgotten by U.S. History books. In general, teaching abroad is a great way to immerse in a new culture while making money and contributing to the global community, and this region does not fall short of any expectations.

Locations

Individuals can teach abroad in Eastern Europe and Russia in almost every country, although a few offer distinct competitive advantages and unique vantage points to launch an international teaching career.

Kazakhstan, while not a popular tourist destination, is an incredible hub for international education. Teaching jobs in Kazakhstan are available year round as well as in nearly every subject, from Biology and Chemistry to Algebra and Calculus, as well as nearly every grade from Kindergarten on up.

Turkey is also home to many English teaching jobs for those hoping to work with ESL students, although other subjects (such as economics) are also available. Turkey can also be a very flexible destination as contracts range anywhere from two to four months to a few years depending on the school.

Russia offers lots of ESL teaching jobs as well. Most individuals who teach abroad in Russia end up being located in the capital cities, where most ESL students are. While the political climate of Russia in recent years has made it difficult for Americans to enter the country, due to both financial and governmental restrictions, Westerners can occasionally gain entrance for the pursue of teaching English abroad.

Many other Eastern European countries have great jobs for teaching English abroad. Hungary and Poland have a high demand for TEFL certified teachers, while the Czech Republic has some of the largest TEFL certification programs in the world.

Teaching Placements

Most international teaching jobs in Eastern Europe and Russia are in teaching English as a second language. For these positions, a TEFL or TESOL certificate is recommended, however, very little knowledge of the local language is necessary to teach abroad in most places.

That being said, Eastern Europe offers unique opportunities to teach abroad in a variety of subjects, especially Math and Science. Subject specific teaching jobs in Russia will require a working knowledge of Russian, although some are available in English. Subject-specific teaching jobs in Eastern Europe and Russia will typically only accept teachers with a degree in education or formal teaching certificate.

Most Eastern European countries follow a similar schooling system. Students between the approximate ages of five to 13 complete a fairly standard curriculum. Around 14, students branch off to either attend trade schools or continue coursework to prepare for college. Positions teaching English in Eastern Europe or Russia are available throughout the education system, but subject-specific placements are normally concentrated more at the 14 to 18 age group.

Depending on your host school, most international teachers will work between 10 to 40 hours each week as part of a contract ranging from a few months to a few years. Most English teachers in Eastern Europe and Russia can expect to work four day weeks with semi-flexible hours, but other placements may have more structured schedules.

Salaries & Costs

Eastern Europe is known for being a very affordable place for Westerners and expats to live and teach English abroad. Housing costs are normally very low, as is the cost of food and public transportation. This affordable lifestyle is in part due to the fact that most Eastern European nations have yet to adopt the Euro as their currency, giving the U.S. dollar very strong purchasing power.

Salaries for international teachers will vary, although many range between $1000 to $5000 per month, with the higher salaries typically earned by teachers outside of positions focused on teaching English abroad. Accommodations may or may not be included as part of a compensation package too.

Accommodations & Visas

Housing in most of Eastern Europe and Russia is often quite small by most Western standards. Many apartments were built during the era of communist occupation, resulting in very standardized and confined quarters. Apartment style housing is quite popular in larger cities and is often available to teachers when housing is provided.

In addition to cheap housing, Eastern Europe is notorious for complicated, and occasionally expensive, visa applications. Teaching abroad in Eastern Europe will require a work visa supplied by your host country. Many work visas for the region have extra complications involved, including long processing times that may exceed two months, required in-person interviews at the consulate in your home country, and high visa fees. During times of increased political tensions in the region, it can be difficult for Americans to obtain visas too, especially to Russia (either due to formal travel restrictions or visa fees exceeding $500).

Also, many Eastern European countries are part of the Schengen Zone, making travel and relocation between countries seamless as long as you have a visa for another Schengen Zone country.

Benefits
  • Affordable Living: Eastern Europe is a very affordable destination for teaching English abroad, and is especially great for Westerners who want to experience the convenience of travel in Europe while also staying away from the larger touristy cities of the West.
  • Diverse Teaching Jobs: International Teachers in Eastern Europe are not limited to teaching English abroad. Subject specific placements are widely available, although they may require a working knowledge of the local language.
  • Avoid the Tourists: Eastern Europe provides the charm and romance of Europe, the architecture, the art, the city life, but is far less touristy than the Western side of the continent.
  • Language Immersion: English is far less common in Eastern Europe than Western Europe, so teaching in Eastern Europe or Russia is a great way to practice your skills, learn a new language, and experience an adventure in a totally foreign world.
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