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English Teacher (TESOL or TEFL) – Russia

Do you love languages, like people and enjoy teaching English? Could you help others learn and reach their potential? Then we need you!

Come and teach English as a second (or third) language to Russian speakers in a rural area outside Tikhvin.

Learn another culture, be up for a challenge and adventure. Pass on your skills.

Team up with an experienced worker and find opportunities to share Jesus.

Be prepared for basic living conditions.

Qualities & Gifts Sought

TEFL or TESOL certificate preferred. Some Russian language ability helpful, but not essential.

Empathy, patience, sensitivity and a sense of adventure are ideal for this role.

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About Teaching English

Fluency in English provides students with a vital skill. By teaching English you have a chance to build relationships with students, and can provide opportunities to share the gospel.

You can use your TEFL or TESOL training on a short-term mission experience with WEC. Have an opportunity to travel and experience a new culture.

TEFL training: You can study English Teaching online, or gain qualifications with one of our partners, ChristianTEFL.org

Every year there are opportunities in Brazil to teach our trainee missionaries. Here's a taster:

Jacquie taught English in Guinea-Bissau on a short term mission with WEC. Read Jacquie's story.

Get in touch with our UK Short Term team about our latest opportunities.

About Russian Federation

Russia is a sovereign country in Eurasia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with over 144 million people at the end of December 2017. The Russian economy ranks 12th by GDP.

The European western part of the country is much more populated and urbanised than the eastern; about 77% of the population live in European Russia. Russia's capital Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world; other major urban centers include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod.  

Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with 14 countries.  

Russia has an extensive coastline of over 37,000 km (22,991 mi) along the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, as well as along numerous Seas.  

Russia has thousands of rivers and inland bodies of water, providing it with one of the world's largest surface water resources. Its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's liquid fresh water.  

Much of Russia has a humid continental climate. However, most of northern Russia and Siberia has a subarctic climate, with extremely severe winters in the inner regions of northeast Siberia (with the record low temperature of −71.2 °C or −96.2 °F).  

Mountain ranges are found along the southern borders, such as the Caucasus and the Altai. The Ural Mountains, rich in mineral resources, form a north-south range that divides Europe and Asia.  

[Source: Wikipedia. Read more about this amazing country here].  

Russia has 180 people groups. 116 (64%) are unreached with little or no access to the good news of Jesus.  

The largest religion is Christianity at 57%. Of those, 1.2% are evangelical. 30% profess to be non-religious, and 10% are Muslims.  

[Source: Joshua Project]  

Pray with us for:
an ambitious faith-filled church planting vision
the challenges of alcoholism (the world’s highest) and drug addiction
political wisdom
christian leaders
the Russian Orthodox Church unreached peoples
youth and children

[Operation World, 2010 print edition]  
You can also use Operation World’s online prayer resources.  

WEC in Russia

WEC is working in rural North-West Russia, building a foundation of prayer and faith and joining in with Russian believers to see families and communities transformed through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

God is looking for those who he can anoint to bring good news to the poor, comfort the broken-hearted, free captives from the law, and speak out God’s favour.

There is also a Betel team in Russia, a WEC ministry principally focussed on reaching men and women around the world trapped in a life of brokenness through long term addictions and homelessness.  

If you are interested in knowing more about opportunities in Russia, particularly with children and youth, get in touch. We need you!  


Position Type
Translation & Literature
Education & Training

Contract Type
3-12 months i Ideal commitment between 3 months and 1 year

Leningrad Oblast
Russian Federation
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