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Teach English in Russia

Language Link offers extensive TEFL employment opportunities to around 200 native English speakers every year. Considered as one of the top language schools operating in

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Study Russian in Russia

Language Link offers a wide range of flexible and affordable Russian language courses for all levels in comfortable, modern locations. Apart from the standard general, intensive,...

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Work-Study Programme in Russia

Language Link offers a work-study program in which participants spend about half their time studying Russian and the other half teaching English or their mother tongue as...

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Teacher Internship Program

Language Link offers teaching employment to about 50 applicants who do not have a TEFL certificate or teaching experience every year. By joining Language Link as teacher-interns,...

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Language Link Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Host School or Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

    9

A rewarding challenge that will enrich your life

I worked for Language Link for about one year as a teacher of English and Italian and looking back to my experience I can say with no doubt that I consider it as a particularly meaningful one and that I would do it again.

Living in Moscow is not a piece of cake, so you must know in advance that the adventure you are about to undertake will be challenging and you will sometimes feel that it is too cold, too stressful, too tiresome. You must also know that you will, one by one, overcome all the obstacles and anxieties until you will realise that you can handle it and, more important, enjoy it. All along you will have the support and help of Language Link’s friendly staff. The company’s strength is that they assist with Visa requirements, accommodation, housing and transfer from/to airport at arrival, which definitely makes your life a lot easier.

This was my first full-time job, so especially at the beginning I was afraid of my superiors’ judgement or of committing mistakes. I was working with people of all ages and levels, in schools and in-company, with groups and individual. My timetable varied greatly over the year but always left me enough spare time to attend classes of Russian and organize my lessons with ease. With time, I realized that the administrators of all the schools I worked in were very keen on helping me and tried to organize my schedule in the best possible way. They proved to be understanding, kind, interested in my well-being and this in turn made it easier for me to talk to them about every problem. The same goes for my students, who were passionate, hard-working and made it a pleasure to go and deliver the class. I always thought that teaching cannot be impersonal and indeed the bonds I built with some of my students outlived the academic year. I have to admit that I found a particular commitment to study among Russian students.

What about the country itself? Russia is a fascinating country with plenty of places that deserve to be visited: from the snow-kissed waters of the Barents Sea in Murmansk to the warmer Sochi, from the European atmosphere of Saint Petersburg to Kazan’s wonderful mosque and the fairy-tale allure of Suzdal', my advice is: travel as much as you can. The variety of landscapes and atmospheres offered by Russia is incredible and mirrored by Moscow’s eclecticism. Really, there is not a thing you won’t find in this city.

All in all, I am very happy that I had the possibility to work with Language Link. Over the course of the year I learnt a lot, both professionally and academically and I gained the experience and confidence which I needed to undertake a PhD programme in another country. I recommend LL to anyone who wants to teach abroad and is looking for an experience that will greatly enrich his/her life.

Program: Teach English in Russia

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Host School or Placement

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Compensation & Benefits

    7

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Community

    10

Opportunity abroad

Working for Language Link was one of the greatest experiences in my life. Not only did they give me the opportunity to work as a professional abroad through their internship program, but they continued to support me and help me grow as a teacher.

I have worked in many Language Link locations and while some of my housing left something to be desired, I was always comfortable and any problems that I had were addressed by the staff.

Globally, Russia is in a very good location, and Russia itself is full of beautiful countryside and architecture. The people there are also surprisingly friendly.

The hours I worked at the school varied greatly. My first location gave me shifts in the morning, afternoon and night; it was miserable. This can be the norm for some passionate teachers and so my advice would be not to let some of the managers take advantage of your willingness to teach, you don't want to get burned out. I transferred for my next years at Language Link and never had this problem again. My shifts were all reasonable and allowed for a healthy work/life balance.

My favorite thing about Language Link was the people. The friends I made in the work place have remained my closest friends to this day. Language Link created an environment that encouraged friendship and teamwork. The students I taught were also wonderful. Although teaching in Russia can be hard work, the people I worked with and the students I went to teach everyday made the whole experience more than worth while.

I can honestly say that teaching in Russia with Language Link was a wonderful experience and had I the chance to do it over, I would without hesitation.

Program: Teacher Internship Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

A life changer

Thinking of changing your career? Taking on a new challenge? Put something worthwhile back in but never thought it might be possible?
Well that was me seven years ago.
A long career in Advertising with numerous agencies and creative start ups behind me,suddenly I felt a strange veil of pointlessness to my life descend over me!
Whatever the past achievements and experiences, the awards nights and successful sales pitches, suddenly the world had changed the Ad' businesse,and to its detriment as far as my opinion was concerned!
So what was next on the horizon?
Clear the in-tray and spin the bottle!!
So this isn't your normal review for a company I now work for and enjoy.
Having been recommended to this little known and niche industry by an Italian teacher friend - I completed the Trinity Tesol course,and with certificate in hand descende on a summer camp in late Summer 2011.
First morning,first class and despite the nerves and slight apprehension, the veil lifted!!
OK! So the in- tray forgotten! Spinning bottle - left spinning!!
Where now?
Well luckily a teacher who was part of the academic group at the camp was working for Language Link, and stirred my imagination by suggesting Moscow!!
So after some Skype interviews and arrangements later I arrived on my first day having been collected from the airport and taken to my new digs...
Unlike so many other experiences of joint a new and strange work body - it was refreshingly open and accommodating.
With initial arrangements concerning visa,travel preperation and accommodation all in place before I arrived - the company and academic staff continued to support and prepare me for the coming days and weeks of the teaching experience ahead.
With continued professional development,teacher workshops and excellent academic support from the staff for myself and my colleagues, it has been a thoroughly enriching and satisfying journey I feel for all.Add to this the breathtaking culture,history and atmoSphere of one of the most vibrant and fascinating countries in the world,and you have an enticing choice in front of you.
Should you make that choice,make this company your first port of call.
It a special place in my humble opinion,which has your well being and future development firmly to the fore. Why wouldn't it?
And the reward?
It's real,and ready for you to check out!

Program: Teach English in Russia

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Compensation & Benefits

    6

  • Support Services

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Community

    8

A fantastic opportunity

If you want to teach English in a foreign country but have no experience- look no further!

Language Link's Teacher Intern Training Programme offers a fantastic opportunity to become fully equipped with the necessary teaching knowledge to take upon a role teaching English in a foreign country.

The company is supportive and assists with visa requirements, accommodation and also ensures it's teachers are a t a sufficient level to teach English professionally.

I found my time with Language Link rewarding and especially the students, fellow teachers and administrators at the Domodedova centre made my experience a wonderful one.

-Vanessa

Program: Teach English in Russia

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Compensation & Benefits

    8

  • Support Services

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Community

    10

Teaching for Language Link

From the time that I was an intern at Language Link I've been met with both support ranging from academic, pastoral, emotions, and financial. As a foreigner in any country, it can be quite nerve-racking from time to time, however there has always been somebody at Language Link to help me and to not make me feel alone.

The academic support for me has a teacher has been rich and on-going. From the beginning until now I've never been in a vulnerable position while standing up in front of my classroom because my company doesn't let me be ill-prepared or ill-informed. I have both the Academic Management and Administrative staff to thank for that.

I'd recommend Language Link for anyone who is interested in teaching in Russia and who wants to experience and be a part of the best possible option for it. Also I believe that our students are continuously satisfied with our teaching because they keep coming back year after year.

Program: Teach English in Russia

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