Living and Teaching English in Russia - Habits, Customs & Curiosities
It is no surprise that the largest country in the world has some of the most impressive natural landscapes and historic attractions to explore.
On top of that, Russia also has a high demand for qualified teachers of English as a foreign language in many of the main cities.
If you like the idea of living and working in Russia, read through the following guides which cover a wide range of topics, including general travel tips, local culture and customs, must-see attractions, and how to read the Russian language in only 15 minutes.
As Russia is the largest country in the world and spans 11 time zones from its European border in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, there is obviously a huge area for visitors to explore.
You will also find some simple Russian words and phrases to get you started, and a few cultural tips to help you settle into your new surroundings.
This introductory guide to Russian travel provides a brief insight into places to go and things to see, as well as a few tips on tipping and foods to try during your stay.
Due to its huge size, Russia is home to a quarter of the world’s forests, has shores on 12 different seas, and borders 15 other countries.
For example, did you know that the smallest gap between Russia and America is only a mere 4 km?
If you are thinking about heading to Russia to teach English abroad, check out this infographic for a few more interesting facts about this fascinating country that you might not be aware of.
You might also be interested to know that there are around 10 million more women in Russia than there are men.
For anyone heading overseas to teach English as a foreign language there are many things to consider before departure, not least, how will I cope with an unknown language?
Although it is unlikely that you will immediately be able to breeze through a Tolstoy novel in Russian without difficulty, it should give you a basic understanding of the language before you arrive on the ground.
If you have chosen Russia as your destination then you should take a look at this useful guide on learning to read Russian in 15 minutes.
At a length of over 9,000 km and crossing seven time zones, the vast Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway line in the world.
There are also branch lines that can take you to several other diverse destinations, such as Beijing in China, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, and Pyongyang in North Korea.
Since 1916 it has connected Moscow in the west of the country to Vladivostok in the east.
If an epic rail journey across Russia is on your bucket list, take a look at this guide for information on the different routes available, how to make a booking and what to see along the way.
St Basil’s Cathedral is located in Red Square, right in the heart of Russia’s capital city, Moscow.
No visit to Moscow would be complete without exploring the many rooms and galleries that make up the nine individual churches on the site.
Although originally constructed as a Russian Orthodox cathedral on the instructions of Ivan the Terrible in the mid-16th century, this iconic building now houses a museum and is probably the most recognizable building in the country and a major tourist attraction.
The cathedral’s status as one of the world’s most celebrated buildings was further enhanced in 1990 when it was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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