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jpvanderwerf2001



Joined: 02 Oct 2003
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Location: New York

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Russia? Legal? Challenge? Sasha, I must learn more of what you write! I understand all of those words by themselves, but when they're together I don't quite comprehend.
Perhaps you know something I don't? Laughing
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hee hee, yes, I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but there actually is some effective labour law in Russia, and claims can be brought against offending employers. The mere threat of doing so is usually enough because most schools are up to their necks in tax evasion. Plenty of my friends and colleagues have extracted holiday pay etc. in this way. Mind you, you need to have an full exit strategy in place, obviously.
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bjp07



Joined: 12 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey,

I'm actually in the same boat. I'm currently teaching in South Korea and looking to head over to the motherland (studied Russian in college and eager to use it).

Aside from researching blacklisted schools, what are some red flags to look for when deciding whether or not a school is going to be good for you?
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fishmael



Joined: 12 Apr 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jpvanderwerf2001 wrote:
I'm in Vladivostok. PM me if this prospect interests you.


hey, I can't PM anyone yet, but I'd like more info about this.
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fishmael



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just curious but what makes a McSchool a McSchool in your opinion?
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Total shoddiness. Hence the high turnover rates of both staff and students.
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VTsoi



Joined: 30 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I've been back at home looking for Russian jobs over the past couple months and I seem to have reached a bit of an impasse.

It seems the vast majority of jobs listed on the internet are in Moscow or its suburbs. As previously mentioned I'm not interested in teaching there.

I had an offer from a place in Novosibirsk, but while the hourly pay was good, I would have been teaching on a student visa and would not have received financial assistance with my air fare or apartment. (Which, on top of summer and holiday lulls probably would have insured that I'd LOSE money). Now I'm fine breaking even, but I'd prefer not to go into a job expecting there's a decent chance I'll need to drop 4-6K to cover rent and a flight home when things go south.

My top choice remains Kazan, though I'm also at a point where I'd consider something in Vladivostok or Western Russia (Smolensk for example).

Anyway, I have a couple questions for the experienced posters of this board:

1. Should I simply hunker down until September when hiring picks up again? If I do, will I be likely to encounter job postings in the aforementioned areas online?

2. How might I find and get ahold of schools in the aforementioned areas that do NOT advertise job openings? Any pms, tips, or simple search advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks. Hope you're all enjoying the beginning of summer.
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smithrn1983



Joined: 23 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bjp07 wrote:

Aside from researching blacklisted schools, what are some red flags to look for when deciding whether or not a school is going to be good for you?


1. If they send you a job offer without even interviewing you.

2. If they offer to bring you over on anything other than a work visa.

3. If they won't let you contact someone who is currently working for them.

4. If they won't send you a contract in advance, written in both English and Russian.
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VTsoi



Joined: 30 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TL:DR version- anyone, please.

1. Are job openings in Kazan or Smolensk/Western Russia ever posted online? Will I be more likely to see them as September approaches?

2. If not, does anyone know of schools in these areas?

3. Any tips for finding schools that do not advertise postings?
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ancient_dweller



Joined: 12 Aug 2010
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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3. Any tips for finding schools that do not advertise postings?


type "школа английского языка + city" into yandex, then send a CV to the schools you find
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