If you want to work with very young learners and, well, babies, this is the route for you. Some of these set ups are pretty sweet for native speakers. They pair you with a Russian speaking TA, and you're basically just expected to be present and play with the children. In some nurseries, the hours are long and grueling (8-5, for instance), because there's a rule about Russian nurseries needing to be open a certain number of hours per day. You can often negotiate your salary in euros or dollars (an enormous plus!), but again you're contracted to the company's hours and schedule. Pro: Good for those who like consistent working hours in the same place. Con: Often long work days, conditions realllly depend on the nursery in question. Tip: Talk to someone who currently or previously worked for the nursery in question
Don't be fooled by the name. There are often classes scheduled in the mornings and evenings. These centers usually charge lots and pay pennies. And because of the split work days, you can end up spending 11 or 12 hours at the facility. Unless you live really close, but what can you really accomplish during the middle off the day knowing you need to go back to work in a couple hours? Pro: If you're lucky, you won't have to travel too much. Con: Everything else. This is my least favorite kind of English teaching job in Moscow.
There are lots of sub categories under this umbrella. There are conversation clubs, adult learning classes, business classes in-house and travelling, individuals lessons, etc. These can also be the parent companies of kids' learning centers (like Language Link). I also include Big Ben, Speak Up, and English First into this category. You will probably teach group or individuals within company facilities. You will most likely be asked to sign an hourly contract per week, which means they can fill your schedule up to 35 hours or X amount of teaching hours per week.
These companies hire you out to Russian state schools. You often have to travel to a different school every day of the week, but you may only work 4 or 5 hours a day. The work hours are often in the afternoons. You will probably have big classes with as many students crammed into each class as they can get. Pros: Probably shorter working days, can't negotiate how many days per week Cons: Travel time, big classes with little oversight and no TAs
Working as a nanny is unique because you are working with the same one or two children all day every day, Your hours are completely dependent on the schedules of the family and their needs. If they are very young children, you may work during the days until the parents come home. If the kids go to school, you may be expected to take care of them, play with them, and/or teach them in post-school hours. Some families provide housing within their own facilities. Others have nearby apartments for staff. It really depends case by case. Pros: Often pay quite well, and you should definitely negotiate in a foreign currency. Con: May be lonely and if the family decides to stop working with you, you're in a tight spot.
This is a broad category and there may be some overlap with big companies like EF. For this category, I am solely referring to the ones that hire out tutors on a mostly individual basis. These companies usually hire fewer tutors and are not actively advertised, so they can be considered off the grid. There are high range ones and low range ones. They are often run by expats themselves. Pay is usually by the hour rather than a weekly or monthly rate. You can decide if this is a plus or minus for you. You will probably find yourself becoming a new expert in a number of school subjects/ English profiency exams, Pro: Flexible work conditions Con: Less regulars work hours, travel time to students' houses
These are highly coveted positions! You probably need proper teaching credentials and teaching experience in your native country to be considered for one of these school. If you were hired without either of these, lucky you.
I hope that after reading these little blurbs, you may have a better idea of what options are out there and where you could see yourself fitting in, schedule and responsibility-wise.
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