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  • LanguageCorps Programs in Russia

    The LanguageCorps program in Russia is located in St. Petersburg - a city of almost five million inhabitants. Known throughout the world for its beauty and culture, it is often described as the most Western city in Russia.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Russia:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The St Petersburg center is located in the heart of the city, near the Winter Palace, Palace Square, and the Hermitage. A variety of cultural, shopping, and entertainment facilities are located nearby.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in St. Petersburg, Russia is US$1,495

    Accommodations are available in shared apartments near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately $300 (accommodations are paid in rubles).

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €900, which has a fluctuating exchange rate. The price of the course includes tuition, course materials, and expenses to issue an invitation letter that allows you to obtain a visa.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

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  • Russia Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Country Overview

    St. Petersburg is quite rightly known throughout the world for its beauty and culture. It is quite unlike the Russian cities that came before it - its strict geometric lines and elegance are reminiscent of Europe's most alluring capitals. St. Petersburg is in many ways Russia's adopted child: too European to be Russian, and yet too Russian to be European. A powerful combination of both East and West, St. Petersburg is, more than anything, a city born of the passion of its founder, Czar Peter the Great, to bring an unwilling Russian nation into the fold of Europe and into the mainstream of history. Built on more than a hundred islands in the NEA Delta linked by canals and arched bridges, it is often called the \"northern Venice,\" and its elegant embankments are reminiscent of those of Paris. The city's focal point is the Admiralty; its most-visited attraction, a stone's throw away, the Winter Palace. Three major avenues radiate outward from the Admiralty: Nevsky Prospect (St. Petersburg's main shopping street), Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, and Voznesensky Prospect.

    However there is much more to the city than this. It features a huge variety of cultural and non-cultural entertainment, all of which is available to those on a limited budget. The food and transportation in the city are relatively inexpensive.

    The St. Petersburg training center is located in the heart of the city, near the Winter Palace, Palace Square and the Hermitage. A great variety of cultural, shopping and entertainment facilities are nearby.

    Winters can be cold and the summers hot, but St. Petersburg's climate is mild compared to that of the more inland areas of Russia. The city is on the Baltic Sea, which makes the seasons milder than elsewhere in Russia. It tends to be somewhat humid all year round.

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    The demand for English is enormous as Russians appreciate the value of learning the international language of business and commerce. Since there are many openings in St. Petersburg for newly qualified teachers, most participants have secured teaching positions before the end of the four-week program. Salaries are typically equivalent to US$600-800 per month, which is sufficient to live on and usually offers the chance to save a bit. The length of contracts can be flexible and typically is for 3-12 months. Some contracts include flight reimbursement and free accommodations.

  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    There is a great variety of places to eat in St. Petersburg and a wide range of prices. You can find wonderful authentic Georgian or Ukranian restaurants, Russian restaurants serving the most delicious Russian food at a reasonable price, trendy cafes, and budget fast-food places. A specialty of St. Petersburg is blini - traditional tasty pancakes usually served with a filling (home-made jam, cottage cheese, mushrooms or caviar). You can also try shashlyk (Russian kebabs made with meat and vegetables), Pelmeni (pastry dumplings filled typically with meatballs), and Borshch (beet soup), which is one of the most famous traditional Russian foods. There are also good Indian, Italian, Asian, and African cuisine restaurants. Usually, a meal in a good restaurant costs about $15-$20 per person, but it is also very easy to find more economical places, where one can eat for $5-$10. Many restaurants are open 24 hours.

    For those looking for nightlife, there is a wide and excellent selection of great clubs. The city hosts clubs of all genres: rock, pop, jazz, hip hop, R and B, and a lot more.

    Whatever the season, it is wise to bring your umbrella and a windproof raincoat or jacket. You should also think carefully about footwear. Depending on the time of year, you will need warm boots with a non-slip sole, waterproof boots or shoes, or comfortable sandals. In winter it can get very cold outside, but hotels and homes are reasonably well heated, which makes it a good idea to dress in layers. In spring it might be chilly at times, but in mid-May it gets warmer. You can wear shorts in summer, although not when you are teaching. Bring a sweater or light jacket for those chilly evenings. You are most likely to use your umbrella in autumn, though a Russian version of an Indian Summer (around mid-September) can be mild and fairly dry.

    When teaching, be sure to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. Business Casual is a safe bet.

    Housing & Communication

    During training, accommodations in a home stay are available, and include a single bedroom and breakfast. St. Petersburg home-stay families are typically middle-class, and may or may not have children living at home. All host families live in attractive homes in safe neighborhoods. In your host family's home, you will have your own bedroom and either a shared or private bathroom. You will be given a key to the house or apartment and are free to come and go as you please (though, as a guest living with a host family, you should be sure to respect the routine of the people you are staying with). Host families provide breakfast, and enjoy spending time during meals chatting with students - typically, home stays provide an excellent way to get to know the local culture and language.

    After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other teachers or locals. Some employers will provide accommodations as part of your contract, usually in an apartment with other teachers

    Internet access is available to all trainees, and internet cafes are available throughout the city.

  • Excursions

    The first stop for a first time visitor is Palace Square. The Square is bounded by the incredible Winter Palace, the stunning General Staff Building and the incomparable Admiralty with the Alexander Column standing proudly in the center. The sheer vastness of the square and the beauty of the buildings is breath-taking. The Winter Palace was the residence of Russian emperors, and the exquisite green and white baroque building really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The Hermitage Museum owns the largest museum collection in the world, which is located in 6 buildings, one of which is the Winter Palace.

    The imposing St. Isaac's Cathedral, standing not far from the shore of the Neva River, is one of the world's largest churches. Architect Auguste de Montferrand's vision took 40 years to complete with construction lasting from 1818-1858. Like most things in St. Petersburg, the cathedral is named in honor of Peter the Great: his birthday was on St. Isaac of Dalmatia's feast day. Whether viewed from the traffic-choked Isaac's Square side or from across the beautifully-tended gardens that lead from the cathedral to the Neva, St. Isaac's is a striking sight.

    For a trip outside of town head to Peterhof Palace. Not too far from the center, a visit here will allow you to experience what Imperial Russia was like. A truly exquisite estate with gorgeous gardens, fantastic fountains and picturesque palaces, Peterhof matches any in Europe and has been called \"The Russian Versailles.\" The estate consists of the Upper Gardens and the Lower Gardens which are separated by a natural 16 meter high bluff. On this bluff is the focal point of Peterhof: the Grand Palace and the Grand Cascade.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Life as a Teacher

    What about work visas?

    Visa requirements vary widely by location. In many countries, participants enter on a tourist visa and the hiring school will help sponsor a work visa after being hired. In Ecuador, a Cultural Exchange visa is typically obtained, which is unique to that country. The training center or your hiring school will assist with that process. In Asian countries, work visas are commonly obtained. In Costa Rica, most schools do not want to go through the bureaucratic, lengthy process to obtain a work visa, so the common practice is for teachers to do a "border run", or leave the country for 72 hours every 90 days in order to stay there legally. Most people there look forward to their border runs as a travel opportunity!

    Many schools in the Czech Republic and Russia will sponsor their teachers for a work visa. However, it is difficult for non EU citizens to obtain work visas elsewhere in Europe. Most schools do not want to go to the trouble to obtain them, as it is a lengthy process, and in fact, if a school sponsors you for a work visa, you would typically need to fly back to the U.S. and go to a consulate here to get the visa, and then return to Europe. Most people do not want to go through the hassle and expense of doing that. The common practice is for schools to hire non EU citizens for "cash-in-hand" positions, and most people just overstay their 90 day tourist visas. Many non EU citizens are in Europe teaching, and being a native English speaker along with a TESOL certificate (after you complete the four week course), makes you quite marketable.

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$1395-2295. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$2345-2995 depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$2595-2695 for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • TESOL Certification Program, Russia

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The St Petersburg center is located in the heart of the city, near the Winter Palace, Palace Square, and the Hermitage. A variety of cultural, shopping, and entertainment facilities are located nearby.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Russia is US$1,495

    Accommodations are available in shared apartments near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately $300 (accommodations are paid in rubles).

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €900, which has a fluctuating exchange rate. The price of the course includes tuition, course materials, and expenses to issue an invitation letter that allows you to obtain a visa.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.