Either way, the basic salary is enough to survive on, but you definitely have to budget well.Something that all of these schools have in common is a reputation for a kind of "churn and burn" approach.People are also recognizing how important it is for their children to learn, and there is an equally large demand for teaching children of all ages.For some ridiculous reason, an "hour" in teaching is equal to 45 minutes, so the hours quoted here are based on this figure [the reason is that the Russian universities practice so-called "Academic" hour, which is the length of a lecture or a seminar – 45 minutes - WTR].It's a massive worldwide industry, and there are numerous employment websites and even more places to obtain certification (see references below). The first is that you need a recognized TEFL qualification.In fact, as I discovered for myself when I started along this road, there may even be too much choice and information available. If you're not a native speaker of English, then there's almost no way to obtain work teaching it without one of these.If you manage to survive the first 9-month contract though, a renewed contract can be somewhat more lucrative.Several teachers I know at BKC re-signed for another tour of duty this year (although several have since moved on to better-paid positions elsewhere).
Others have no classrooms at all, just an office in which to access books and administrative resources." and "How much do I really know about the English language?" Sure, you can speak it well, but do you know a Present Perfect from a 2nd Conditional? English is the new "black" here in Russia (although black is unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon).Most offer only English, but some also teach other languages. The larger schools also offer teacher training (which you pay for), and all offer contract and casual positions.A full-time position will see you teaching around 30 hours per week.As a native speaker, it's definitely possible to make a living in the field unqualified, albeit with far more limitations, including the amount of money you're likely to make.