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Become an accomplished teacher and grow professionally while living abroad
Submitted by James | November 07, 2017
I moved to Russia in 2011 to work for Language Link on the Teacher Intern Program. It was one of the best and most transformative decisions of my life. Little did I know I would end up spending nearly 4 years living and working in Moscow.
From the moment I was hired, I was impressed by Language Link. The visa process was easy, staff was friendly and supportive, and I was always kept well informed as to the whole process of working in Russia as an expat. When I arrived I was greeted at the airport by the driver, and then driven straight to my apartment where a small welcome packet awaited me. I was also given instructions on how to find the main office, a metro map, and information on Moscow.
The Teacher Internship Program month-long training session was intense but well run and fun. I can honestly say that it really turned me into a well-rounded teacher, not only in knowledge of in-depth English grammar, but also in teaching methodology and how to work a classroom. The structure of the training was incredibly effective and has you teaching almost immediately, critiquing your peers, receiving feedback from the trainers, and employing every skill you learn and study each day. The mini quizzes each morning help you remember what you learned the previous day and the material used to teach the courses is very comprehensive and informative. And most importantly of all, staff are very supportive and are always there to answer any questions you have.
After passing the Teaching Internship Training, I began teaching several classes a day to students of all levels and ages. I had a unique post because I worked in the "In Company" department (highly recommended), where I was sent primarily to businesses around Moscow to teach classes to the Moscow business community. I absolutely loved this position because I had very interesting students from all industries and I was given a chance to travel around the entire city every day. By the end of four years in "In Company", I knew the city and infamous Moscow Metro like the back of my hand and had developed nice friendships with many of my students.
Language Link has a fantastic library of teaching material that is a gold mine for any serious teacher (and yes, you are expected to be a serious teacher). I enjoyed spending time in the staff room between classes (which is centrally located in Moscow and convenient for "In Company" teachers) and planning my lessons. Once you get the hang of it, lesson planning can be very fun and a great place to channel creative energy. Also, if you are in need of inspiration, the Directors of Studies are always nearby to help with planning.
I also immensely enjoyed teaching and giving presentations. Before I started working at Language Link, I was not a very strong public speaker or presenter. Now, I jump at the opportunity to give presentations, teach a class, or conduct a training. The skills you learn as a teacher have endless professional applications and are incredibly fulfilling to cultivate if you embrace the position.
After working for Language Link for 9 month under the Teacher Internship Program, I signed on for another year to work as a full-time teacher and ended up renewing my contract 2 more times (4 years in total). I was given a raise and more freedom, and ultimately assumed the position of International Programmes Coordinator, where had the opportunity to coordinate a study abroad program, the Work-Study Program, and the Intern Program, all while maintaining an active teaching schedule.
Language Link was the perfect job for me and it allowed me to grow significantly during my time in Russia, professionally, personally and academically (I became fluent in Russian). It is a truly merit-based company where hard work pays off and going above and beyond is acknowledged. I would recommend the Teacher Internship Program to anyone who would like to become a serious teacher while spending time living and working in Russia.
Program: Teacher Internship Program
Great teaching opportunity!
Submitted by Jill - Moscow Russia | August 23, 2017
Having worked at Language Link for the past 5 years, I feel I'm in a great position to pass along my highest regards for this company. Language Link has always bent over backwards to ensure that I'm happy in my position, have answers to my questions, and thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing.
As with any working situation, there are hiccups from time to time, however, what exemplifies this company is it's willingness to rectify any adverse situations. Though overall, the company works very hard to ensure teachers are properly trained, enjoy what they're doing, and supported all the way.
I can't recommend this company enough. The overwhelming majority of teachers I'm directly in communication with, as well as myself, are extremely happy here and have had amazing experiences as a result. I'm very happy with my decision to join the company.
Program: Teach English in Russia
A rewarding challenge that will enrich your life
Submitted by Vanessa - Pergola United Kingdom | August 16, 2017
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
Submitted by Sabain - Helena United States | August 11, 2017
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
A life changer
Submitted by Steve Hammond - Moscow Russia | August 09, 2017
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!!
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