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Bels
04-12-2007, 18:38
We really need more teachers for children. There's a heavy demand in this area. Many offer return lifts to their homes. So those who have classes in specific areas or those who are prepared to visit homes. The parents are generally wealthy enough to pay the full rate. Even my area needs this service.

Of course I will handle the ones who are prepared to come to me and join a group but I haven't got the time to travel around to different homes.

So where are you all.

Native teachers are in very high demand especially.

soo
31-12-2007, 13:49
Hi Bels,
Firstly I'm new to the forum so a big hello to you :D:
I'm interested in teaching children, but i haven't made it to Russia yet !
I have just gained my TESOL qualification and am now finishing an extra elective certification on teaching pre-school, grades 1 and 2. I'm interested in finding out if teaching young children in Moscow is a viable option? The thing is, I have wanted to visit Russia for some time now and initially, that was my teaching destination, but I was told and have read so many bad stories about ESL teaching in Russia (bad pay, long hours, split shifts, travel etc) that for my initiation into ESL teaching, I have been encouraged to look at teaching elsewhere first . I have to say that reading this forum has made me feel more encouraged about coming to Moscow again. It isn't nearly so negative as ESL teachers websites forums. Anyway, I was wondering if the scene teaching young children in Moscow is different to that of teaching Adults in Moscow. Is it more stable. less traveling, better schools, a pay I can live on etc. Any information gratefully received. Maybe I should start to scrub up on my Russian language again:hooray:

Bels
31-12-2007, 14:10
Income might not be very exciting for your first visit to Russia, only for those who can legally work here either self employed or without requiring an invitation or work permit. Especialy for those who have recently qualified, but an additional specialist child qualification helps a lot.

As this is your first I strongly advise you to choose a good reputable school who can truthfully legally employ you, and have a history of at least paying their teachers on time. I strongly suggest you contact either BKC or Languuage link, who will provide you the whole package including flight, visa support and accomadation. I don't find their offers very exciting, but at least they're safe, have reputation and are the only choice for newbies. Try their websites, they provide telephone interviews, so you will get your contract before leaving your country. They should be on this vacancy list from expat.ru

Vacancies :: Moscow's virtual community for English speaking expats and Russians (http://expat.ru/vacancies.php)

You have to start somewhere, and if you choose to stay in Russia,after let's say a year you might develop well on your own, as it's the only way to make real money here and yes there is high demand for teaching young children.

Bels
31-12-2007, 14:15
Don#'t get confused of rates you might see expected for private self employed teachers or freelancers. Those rates are completely different and rightfully so.

And I strongly advise you not to accept freelance work until first you get a proper legal contract from a respectable employer of expats

Bels
31-12-2007, 15:53
Is the scene different teaching children as compared to teaching adults? A big yes, the demand is bigger unles you can bill companies. It is the biggest direct contact demand, where the individual pays themselves.

The other difference is that you can work in the daytime. No need toi work evenings or weekends if you wish. These are big advantages, don't you think.

soo
31-12-2007, 17:00
:thumbsup: Thank you so much for all your useful information.


Is the scene different teaching children as compared to teaching adults? A big yes, the demand is bigger unles you can bill companies. It is the biggest direct contact demand, where the individual pays themselves.

The other difference is that you can work in the daytime. No need toi work evenings or weekends if you wish. These are big advantages, don't you think.

This is what i was thinking may be the case. :)

So it still may be difficult to work in Russia first up ? I know BKC or Language link would be safe options but i have read so many bad reports on the split shifts, travel hours and pay...??and i assume that they are mainly dealing with people in the Business sectors ??

So the thing is to base yourself with a reputable company for the first year, find your feet and then try to branch out....sounds sensible. I have an EU passport...does that make any difference to anything??as far as visa's and work in Russia?? :confused:Sorry to sound so basic..but it's good to find someone who knows what they are talking about.
Thanks again:)

Bels
31-12-2007, 17:16
:thumbsup: Thank you so much for all your useful information.



This is what i was thinking may be the case. :)

So it still may be difficult to work in Russia first up ? I know BKC or Language link would be safe options but i have read so many bad reports on the split shifts, travel hours and pay...??and i assume that they are mainly dealing with people in the Business sectors ??

So the thing is to base yourself with a reputable company for the first year, find your feet and then try to branch out....sounds sensible. I have an EU passport...does that make any difference to anything??as far as visa's and work in Russia?? :confused:Sorry to sound so basic..but it's good to find someone who knows what they are talking about.
Thanks again:)

I'm not going to go through the new laws of busines visa 90 days and 90 days out, as it's all here in expat.ru if you wish to read.

But to cut it short, it's all the more reason that you must get yourself a legal work contract, check up the websites of reputable and understand what you are taking on. Ask these companies the questions of your concern and be sure what your contract is. For the moment I go for BKC or Language link.

However if there are any other schools who have nothing to hide and wish to promote themselves, they are most welcome to communicate on the teachers folder of expat.ru and discuss why they might be a better school for new teachers coming to Moscow for the first time. To be honest I don't know any others.

Bels
31-12-2007, 17:24
I think the major problem of teachers coming to this city is that they didn't carefully consider the work contract and the cost of living in Moscow. They thought that the cost of living would be low, and that they would live on a salary what on what this particular school is still claiming to be of middle class standard.

That's absolute nonsense and that statement should be removed from that web-site. Yes, I know they want to sell but that's a lie. And such lies upset employees when they reach reality.INVESTIGATE AND TAKE CARE. DON'T BELIEVE DRESSED UP BROCHURES.

However, you must keep an open mind from what you read on the negative from teachers, they may well have had a bad experience, but that doesn;'t mean to say you will. Collect what you see as fact, and make your decision. Is a washing machine a must :)

kazachka
06-01-2008, 11:14
I love my kid job. The sh!tty part of it is I'm going to have to leave it come Feb because of the new visa laws.I was offered another job with work permit/work visa and my current job can't give me a 100%guarantee of that. It sucks in all directions because the kid is wonderful and the family are great ppl. It's not their fault but more so the agency that was unprepared for the change in rules. I've been working the new job part time since Nov and will go FT shortly after the holidays. Oh, and thanks to this crap of having to go to home country to get new visa, I had to scrap my plans to run the Rotterdam Marathon in April because I doubt I'll have my passport back by then (work has to convert new visa to ME) and I have to spend the $$$ to go all the way to the US:verymad::verymad::verymad::verymad:

nyinrussia
09-01-2008, 10:30
Bels
Thank you for your post. I am a teacher from Ny and I have been living here since July. Because I have a 1 yr old at home (but child care available for him) I am reluctant to waist too much time traveling around but would love to start teaching again. Do you have any advice on how to get started up privately? Thanks