Work-Study programmes

"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world."
Ludwig Wittgenstein
1889-1951, 20th century philosopher

For many, the desire to come and work in Russia is fuelled by a love for Russian culture, literature and language. It cannot be denied that the more you can communicate in Russian, the richer your experience of life here will be. Yet full-time teachers often find that the pressures of work make it difficult to devote as much time and energy to Russian language studies as they ould like.

Language Link's Work-Study programme is perfect for those who want to really immerse themselves in the riches of Russian language and culture during their stay. Work-Study participants spend approximately half their time studying Russian, and the other half working as a teacher of their native language (be it English, French, German or Italian). The programme thus provides a unique and affordable opportunity to greatly improve your Russian language proficiency, while simultaneously acquiring invaluable international work experience.

Teacher profile

Who are we looking for?

Language Link is looking for qualified teachers with or without experience, who are interested in acquiring or adding to their teaching experience whilst working in the Russian federation or Kazakhstan.

What are we looking for?

In hiring EFL teachers, Language Link looks for qualifications, personality, commitment and approach.


A TEFL or TESOL qualification forms the framework around which all other criteria are evaluated, and though these other criteria are of no less importance to the holistic approach that we take to staff selection, they are, admittedly, more difficult to measure. Acceptable qualifications include:

  1. Cambridge CELTA or Trinity College London Certificate, or an equivalent TEFL certificate*; or,
  2. Cambridge Diploma or Trinity College Licentiate Diploma; or,
  3. PGCE with TEFLA/ TESOL University degree or equivalent.

* Please note: an equivalent TEFL certificate programme should include 100 - 120 hours of face to face classroom instruction AND 6-8 hours of observed, practical classroom instruction. For more information, visit Non-equivalent TEFL Qualifications

Applicants with degrees in education (or who, though not having a degree in education, have one year's verifiable experience working as a teacher's assistant) as well as applicants with related university degrees (English, journalism, linguistics, etc.) and relevant EFL teaching experience are eligible to waive the TEFL or TESOL qualifications. For more information, visit Equivalent Non-TEFL Education.

Qualifications are important but they are only one of the elements that make for a successful teacher.


Much of the success that an EFL teacher will enjoy will result from his or her ability to be flexible, open-minded and outgoing. Equally important is having a keen interest in other peoples and cultures and an empathy for the needs of one's students.


You will never be an exceptional teacher until you understand and accept the concept that teaching is an investment in your future; thus it requires your time and energy. As such, a willingness to work hard and see the job as a significant step in a long-term career, either in or outside EFL is essential. So, too, is a willingness to give of oneself and one's skills to people who are depending upon them. No less important is a willingness to learn from one's students as well as to teach them.

In general students abroad are dedicated, hard-working and conscientious; they expect the same from their teachers. Remember that you are going abroad primarily to work, not to holiday. In other words, Language Link looks for 'teachers' not 'tourists'. You will find that whatever you invest in your students will be returned a hundred-fold.


Deciding to teach abroad should be a first rather than a last choice, the opportunity should be carefully considered and the decision made in a mature and informed manner. Language Link can provide you with information on the country and the teaching post of your choice prior to your departure, but this should only be a supplement to your own research.

Finally, be prepared to overcome problems, to adapt to a new way of life and to build friendships in a different environment.


Work-Study A

If you are full of enthusiasm for teaching, but have neither a recognised TEFL qualification nor significant EFL teaching experience, then you may apply for Work-Study A. This programme includes a four week intensive TEFL training course and then an internship, which leads to an in-house TEFL certificate. Please note that the Work-Study programme differs from Language Link's full-time teaching internship.

  • The first stage of programme A is for orientation and training in Moscow via the Initial Training Programme (ITP). You have time to settle into your new surroundings and learn about Language Link while undergoing a 4-week intensive, classroom-based TEFL training course.

  • The second stage of the programme is a TEFL internship. During this paid internship you teach 12 - 18 academic hours per week (up to the maximum in your contract); you are observed in action by your supervisors; you observe classes taught by experienced teachers and attend training seminars. The minimum academic hours of teaching per week is 12, but you may request more when agreeing your contract. You are paid for each academic hour you teach. Provided you maintain a high standard of teaching you will continue to receive pay increases at regular intervals throughout the programme. You also attend 9 - 18 academic hours of Russian language tuition each week (in accordance with your contract). The standard programme is based on 12 academic hours of Russian per week, but again, you may request more or less study when agreeing your contract prior to the start of the programme. Upon successful completion of the internship you receive a TEFL certificate and the status of qualified EFL teacher.

Programme Duration:

Work-Study A contracts last 14, 22 and 34 weeks plus the ITP (4 weeks).

Annual Start Dates:
We prefer participants to start the programme to coincide with one of Language Link's Initial Training Programmes (ITP) for new teachers. ITPs run in August and September.
Moscow, St Petersburg, Volgograd
You may choose between accommodation in a family home-stay (bed and breakfast or half-board), an apartment shared with a colleague or to opt-out of Language Link accommodation and find your own accommodation in Russia.

Work-Study B

Work-Study B is open to candidates with a recognised TEFL qualification and/or relevant TEFL/TESOL experience.

Throughout the programme you teach for 12 - 18 academic hours and attend 9 - 18 academic hours of Russian classes per week (the standard programme is based on 18 hrs/week teaching and 12 hrs/week study, but you may determine your own balance between teaching and studies prior to the start of your programme if you so wish). Academic support is provided by Language Link's Directors of Studies.

Programme Duration:
Work-Study B contracts are for 12, 16, 24 and 36 weeks.
Annual Start Dates:
September and January. We can be flexible and discuss the most convenient time for you to arrive when you apply. However, if you apply to Work-Study over the summer (June-September) please be aware that the number of English teaching hours we can offer during this period may be lower than normal.
Moscow, St Petersburg, Volgograd
You may choose between accommodation in a family home-stay (bed and breakfast or half-board), an apartment shared with a colleague or to opt-out of Language Link accommodation and find your own accommodation in Russia.

If you would like to participate in Language Link's Work-Study Programme, please apply online.

To receive an Information Pack with extensive information about the programme and different programme options, please contact us (indicate Work-Study in the subject title).


Work-Study participants pay a programme fee, which covers tuition, accommodation, visa support, medical services, migration fees, work-permission and airport transfer (plus the 4 week Initial Training Programme (ITP) for programme A).

The table below shows prices for the standard programme, which is 12 academic hours of general Russian tuition per week in a group of 2-6 people. There are three accommodation options offered by Language Link– shared flat, homestay bed and breakfast (B & B), homestay half-board (HB) – and you also have the option to opt out of Language Link accommodation. The prices for the various accommodation options are listed below.

Once you are accepted to the programme, you have the opportunity to tailor the programme to fit your needs, i.e. choose your preferred accommodation and preferred Russian course. The accommodation options are listed above; our Russian department offers individual and group tuition in general Russian, business Russian, intensive Russian, preparation for Russian exams, etc. You also can adjust the number of hours of Russian tuition you wish to receive each week. The programme fee will be modified accordingly.

The prices below are listed in US dollars; to calculate the price in a different currency at the current exchange rate, please go to

Fees- 12 academic hours of Russian tuition per week

Programme Duration Cost
shared flat*
(B & B)*
w/out acc.
Programme - Work-Study A
(Participants WITHOUT TEFL qualifications or experience)
4 week ITP + 14 weeks 3900 USD 3875 USD 4725 USD 2250 USD
4 week ITP + 22 weeks 5350 USD 5325 USD 6600 USD 3000 USD
4 week ITP + 34 weeks 7550 USD 7525 USD 9325 USD 4100 USD
Programme - Work-Study B
(Participants WITH TEFL qualifications or experience)
12 weeks 3175 USD 3150 USD 3750 USD 2100 USD
16 weeks 3900 USD 3875 USD 4650 USD 2500 USD
24 weeks 5350 USD 5275 USD 6450 USD 3200 USD
36 weeks 7500 USD 7475 USD 9200 USD 4300 USD

* accommodation prices in Volgograd may be slightly cheaper.  Please check with the programme coordinator.

Payment of the Programme Fee

Language Link has created an interest-free payment schedule that allows you to pay for longer Work-Study programmes in instalments. 12- and 16-week programmes are paid for in one payment, while 24-week programmes are divided into a down payment and second payment, and 36-week programmes are divided into a down payment, second payment and third payment. Prices are paid in your home currency at the exchange rate on the day of payment.

Programme Wages

On the Work-Study programme you are paid at an hourly rate for all the teaching you do. Provided your teaching is satisfactory, your rate of pay will increase at regular intervals throughout your programme. The standard programme is based on 18 academic hours of teaching per week (12 of which are guaranteed, and the remaining 6 are allocated on the condition that student demand is sufficient and your teaching is of a good standard). There may also be the opportunity for overtime work, but allocation of such extra classes depends both on your wishes, and on your success in the classroom. Teachers who demonstrate flair and enthusiasm in their work are given preference when teaching hours are allocated.

Wages are paid in cash roubles, around the 7th of each month (sometimes bi-monthly in the non-Moscow centres) for the previous month’s teaching work.

Programme: Work-Study A and B

Pay period Corresponding Calendar months Pay rate Monthly wage on standard programme
(based on teaching 12 ac.hrs/week)
August Start January Start
1, 2 and 3 Classes taught from September - November inclusive Classes taught from January - March inclusive 550 rub/ 29,040 rub/month
4, 5 and 6 Classes taught from December onwards Classes taught from April onwards 600 rub/ 31,680 rub/month

Cancellation and Refund Policies

The following cancellation fees apply to all Work-Study Programmes:

Cancellation up to four weeks before agreed arrival date 250 USD
Cancellation within four weeks of agreed arrival date 400 USD

If you decide to terminate your Work-Study programme before the end of your contract, you must give a minimum of four weeks' notice. The refund of monies due will be calculated from the end of this four-week period. Only fees paid in advance for tuition and accommodation are eligible for refund.

Please note: All information shown is for 2019-2020 and is effective for all programmes starting in or after August 2019.

To receive an Information Pack with extensive information about the programme and different programme options, please contact us (indicate Work-Study in the subject title).


Moving to Russia is a big step, and if you are considering applying for the Work-Study programme you are bound to have a lot of questions about what awaits you at Language Link. Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, covering everything from safety to school facilities and accreditation to accommodation. If you have a question that doesn't feature in this list, please contact us (indicating Work-Study in the subject), and we will be very happy to help.

About the Work-Study Programme it self

  • What nationalities are eligible for Work-Study?

    Your participation depends on Language Link's ability to issue you with a visa invitation. To be an EFL teacher, you must be British, American, Irish, Canadian, Australian or a New Zealander. We also take on other Western Europeans to teach other major European languages (French, German and Italian). If your nationality doesn't figure in this short list, then Language Link may not be able to offer you employment (for more precise information, contact us as Russian visa regulations do change). If you're asking "Why is this so?" the answer is that companies with permission to invite and employ 'foreign specialists' are usually limited to a given number of countries from which they may do so.
  • Can I take part in Work-Study without prior teaching qualifications or experience?

    Yes you can. If you are an aspiring teacher without a TEFL qualification or relevant teaching experience you are eligible for programme A. The only pre-requisites are enthusiasm for teaching, good language awareness and competence in written and spoken English. You will receive training via our Initial Training Programme (ITP) and continued academic support throughout your contract. If you are a newly qualified teacher with no classroom experience, you are exempt from the training programme, and are eligible for programme B. If you have relevant teaching experience (EFL or ESL) but no recognised qualification, you may be exempt from the training programme, but at Language Link's discretion.
  • What kind of classes will I be asked to teach?

    The majority of classes are general English classes for adults or young learners (the latter are 5-18 year olds). You may be asked to teach in-company if you have business experience, or if we judge you to be particularly suitable for such work (this means travelling to clients' offices to give lessons of Business or General English). The maximum number of students in a Language Link group is 12, and you may occasionally be asked to give students individual lessons. The majority of lessons are held in the afternoon or evening, although some classes also run in the mornings. Language Link runs many different courses for every level, from complete beginners to advanced exam preparation courses. Most courses are based on a particular textbook, but you will be expected to use supplementary materials to complement the textbook, which you can get from the school resource library or create yourself. There may also be the opportunity to teach in Russian schools, where class sizes average about 20.
  • How much will my Russian level improve during this programme?

    The longer you stay on the programme, the more effort you put in and the more hours you study, the more progress you will make. Previous participants on the 36-week programme have gone from very hesitant pre-intermediate level when they arrived to confident upper-intermediate fluency by the end of their programme (studying 15 academic hours per week). You can speed up your progress by studying more and teaching less, by opting for home-stay accommodation and by practising your Russian at every opportunity. Even on the shorter 16- and 24-week programmes you should be able to make a significant impact on your fluency level and understanding, as studying Russian in a Russian-speaking environment is 10 times more effective than studying Russian in the USA or UK.
  • How much free time will I have?

    The Work-Study Programme has been designed so that your time commitments should be no more than 40 clock hours a week (although Work-Study A participants may do slightly more during initial training). An approximate breakdown of these 40 hours is as follows:

    • 18 academic hours/ 13.5 clock hours a week of teaching

    • 6 clock hours for lesson planning

    • 12 academic hours/ 9 clock hours a week for language study

    • 4 clock hours set aside for homework.

    • The remaining 7.5 clock hours are set aside for travelling to and from where you teach

    We believe this balance of work and study ensures you get maximum benefit from your time and money, and you also have adequate spare time available to discover Russia. However, Work-Study is undoubtedly hard work. You will of course have 2 days a week off (Saturday and Sunday in all centres except Samara, where you may be given 2 weekdays off), but during the working week you should expect a full timetable, with Russian lessons starting in the morning between 9 and 10 am. Your teaching will usually start mid-afternoon, and not usually finish until around 9 pm. Although this programme is not easy, those willing to put in the work will reap great rewards in both their professional and personal development.

  • In which cities is the Work-Study programme available?

    The programme is offered in Moscow, St Petersburg, Volgograd and Samara. Although there are Language Link schools in many other cities, these are the only centres with 'Russian as a Foreign Language' departments.
  • How many Work-Study vacancies are available?

    Language Link offers around 10 Work-Study places each semester, of which 5-6 in Moscow, 1-2 are in St Petersburg, and 1-2 in Volgograd. This figure may be slightly higher or lower depending upon student numbers and the demand for teaching.
  • How long is the programme?

    The Work-Study A Programme lasts for 14, 22 or 34 weeks following completion of the 4 week Initial Training Programme, and the Work-Study B Programme (for those with EFL teaching experience/qualifications) lasts for 12, 16, 24 or 36 weeks.
  • What holidays will I get during the programme?

    Language Link observes all official Russian public holidays. As such, the school is closed on the following dates: January 1st, 2nd, & 7th; March 8th; May 1st, 2nd, & 9th; June 12th and November 7th. There is generally a two week break from teaching around Christmas and New Year, and a week-long break in the first week of May. You may choose to continue your Russian studies during these breaks, or take time off to travel. Russian lessons missed due to public holidays are made up either during the programme or by adding days on at the end of the programme. Russian lessons missed due to a requested break during the school's holiday period may either be taken over the remainder of the programme, or the cost of the lessons may be refunded upon completion of the programme.
  • Will my Russian studies at Language Link be accredited by my university?

    To answer this question you will need to speak to your professors and the Study Abroad Coordinator at your university/college. Working in our favour is the fact that Language Link runs accredited academic semester programmes for Dickinson College of Pennsylvania, USA, and RLUS of the UK (Russian Language Undergraduate Studies: the educational organisation which organizes year-abroad courses for many undergraduates studying Russian in British universities). The standard of tuition in our Russian Department is extremely high, and many of our teachers are specialists in academic fields (translation, literature, history, etc.) However, we understand that each institution applies its own criteria when accrediting study abroad, so accreditation cannot be guaranteed. We are happy to correspond with your professors/study abroad coordinators to discuss the issue, and to provide comprehensive course descriptions upon request.
  • What kind of visa will I get?

    At the moment, Work-Study participants on 12-week programmes get 3-month single entry visas, and all other participants receive 3-month single entry business visas that are converted to one-year multi-entry visas upon arrival in Russia. However, this is liable to change as the Russian government frequently alters visa legislation. You can be fully assured that everything about your visa and registration will be correct and above-board, as Language Link, Russia is one of the few English language schools operating in Russia with full permission both to invite and employ native English speaking teachers from the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
  • How and when can I apply?

    You can apply 3 - 12 months before you wish to join the programme. The first step in the application process is to complete and submit an online application form . Once we receive it, we will confirm whether or not you are eligible, and ask you to confirm that all the details on your application form are correct. We will then contact your nominated referees for recommendations, and meanwhile, if you are applying for Work-Study A, we will ask you to complete a pre-interview TEFL task. Provided two favourable references are returned, and the pre-interview task is completed satisfactorily (if applicable), we will invite you to a telephone interview, which will last ten to fifteen minutes, and will be paid for by Language Link. Following the interview you will be notified by email as to whether or not you have been accepted onto the programme.

    If you are accepted, we will ask you to decide on your preferred balance of teaching hours to Russian studies, to select a Russian course and accommodation type. We will draw up a contract and programme fee invoice based on your choices, and payment of the fee will secure your place on the Work-Study programme.

About arriving, living and working in Russia

  • How expensive is life in Russia? Will I earn enough to cover living costs? How much will my salary be?

    The money you earn as a Work-Study should cover around 80% - 100% of your living costs in Russia, although this does depend on the number of hours you teach, how often you like to go out and whether you plan to make lots of trips and excursions. Day to day living costs in St Petersburg, Volgograd and Samara are lower than in Moscow; provided you avoid expat hang-outs in Moscow, the cost of living there is still lower than in the West. The prices below should only be considered a rough guide (take the upper limits for Moscow and the lower limits for Volgograd and Samara, with St Petersburg somewhere in between):

    • Eating, Drinking and Dining: Your weekly grocery bill should be around $50-75 per person (all prices are in USD). You can buy a fairly decent three-course meal out for about $20 per person. If you eat out at lunchtime during the week, you can get a good three-course business lunch for around $7-10.

    • Evening Entertainment: A ticket to an English-language cinema costs $10-15, or you can see films in Russian for slightly less. Theatre, opera and ballet tickets can cost as little as $6 but expect to pay $12-20 for decent seats. Entrance to museums and art galleries can cost anything from 50 cents to $10, depending on the place and what discounts you can get. Cover charges for nightclubs, if there is one, usually average at about $6-12.

    • Transport: A monthly metro pass costs between $16 and $30. Bus, tram and trolleybus tickets cost 50 cents - $1 (for one journey, irrespective of length).

    • Trips and Excursions: You can arrange day trips (e.g. to Golden Ring towns) for $10 - $20. Train travel in Russia is extremely good value (a ticket from Moscow-St Petersburg costs about $50). Outside Moscow and St Petersburg it is usually possible to arrange accommodation for $30-60 per night, although that may mean Soviet-style hotels where service and decor leave a lot to be desired.

    • Clothes: It's worth buying winter items (hat, scarf, big coat, fur-lined boots) here, as they are better value than in the West and are more suited to the Russian climate. However, other clothes tend to be poorer quality for higher prices, so we recommend you do your clothes shopping before you arrive.

    Whichever accommodation option you choose (shared apartment or family home-stay), you will have no bills to worry about apart for telephone calls abroad (for these you should buy phone cards: a $20 card lasts 112 minutes when calling Europe and America from Russia).

  • What will my accommodation be like?

    If you choose to live in accommodation provided by Language Link, you may choose between an apartment (usually shared with one or two other Language Link employees) and a family home-stay. In both cases, your accommodation will be located within walking distance (20 minutes max) of a metro station, but it may be in any area of the city. Shared apartments are typically Russian style, with a single bedroom for each person living there, and a kitchen, bathroom and toilet which you share. All apartments are furnished and equipped with the necessary basics, including a fridge/ freezer, stove, pots and pans and bedding. However, a washing machine is not guaranteed.

    Home-stay families are all carefully selected by Language Link. Many hosts have years of experience working with foreigners, and will help you practise and improve your language skills. In a family home-stay you have a bedroom to yourself plus access to the bathroom/ toilet and the kitchen. You may opt for breakfast only (bed and breakfast), or breakfast and dinner (half-board).

  • What are the schools and facilities like where I'll be teaching and studying?

    • Moscow: Language Link’s central school is situated fairly near the city centre, within five minutes’ walk of the metro stations Novoslobodskaya (Новослободская) and Mendeleevskaya (Менделеевская). The classrooms are located on the 2nd floor of an office building. You will be provided with a map upon arrival. The Central School is also the place where you will find the English & Russian Department’s main headquarters, classrooms and one of our teacher prep rooms. If you are a teaching assistant, you can plan your lessons in the teachers’ centre near the school, which is home to a photocopier, a teaching resource library and English-language video library, plus a computer centre where you can access your e-mail. There are also many branch schools around Moscow where you may be asked to teach (most of these are classrooms in ordinary Russian schools which Language Link rents for evening English classes). Central Administration and the Translation Department are located in a ground floor office on the premises of the Russian State University of the Humanities (RGGU), a 5-minute walk from the metro and Central School.
    • St. Petersburg: As in Moscow, Language Link in St. Petersburg is in the heart of the city. The school is situated just off Nevsky Prospect, behind Kazansky Cathedral. The metro station Nevsky Prospect is a few minutes' walk away. Language Link has renovated two floors of a former factory building, and the classrooms are modern and well equipped.
    • Volgograd: Language Link's school and office moved in January 2008 to a beautiful new office building in the city centre. The school is situated between the railway station and the Volga river, on Komsomolskaya street just past Prospect Lenina (Volgograd's leafy main street). The office is open every day from 9 am to 7.30 pm, and offers free Internet access and a library of Russian literature. There is also a photocopier and EFL resource library.
    • Samara: Language Link's school and office in Samara is located in a recently-refurbished wood and brick building about twenty minutes from the city centre, and are easily reached by public transport. The office is staffed from 12 pm to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. The school currently has four classrooms, all of which are modern and comfortable, and outfitted with tape recorders and whiteboards. There is also a TV and video player available for use. There is an administrative office, a small staff room with a computer with internet, a photocopier, and a small library of reference and resource books.
  • Can you tell me more about Moscow, St Petersburg, Volgograd and Samara?

    Detailed information about life in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, and Samara can be found at the links provided.

  • What's the social life like at Language Link?

    Language Link's teaching staff (qualified teachers, teachers-in-training, Work-Study Participants and Volunteers) form a close-knit community, and social life is very much alive. Most nights after work there is the opportunity to meet up with colleagues in one of the various cities' bars to catch up on the latest events and gossip. Teachers often arrange trips to other cities and towns.
  • Is it safe to live in Russia?

    Is it safe to live in New York or London? Moscow and St Petersburg are neither safer nor more dangerous than any other large cities.  It's all just a question of common sense.  Wherever you live, it’s important to always use common sense, avoid reckless behaviour, and remember that you are in a foreign country.

  • Just how cold does it actually get in Russia?

    Russia can certainly guarantee you a 'real' winter, with plenty of snow and temperatures that remain below freezing for at least 3 months of the year. However, the climate is not as extreme as certain stereotypes would have you believe. In non-Siberian centres, first snow generally falls in late November, and the average temperature in December, January and February is minus 5 to minus 10 degrees Celsius. If you're reading this in California or Sydney that probably sounds cold, but with a big warm coat, hat and scarf, it's really not so bad. The most extreme cold you could be expected to face would be minus 30, but such temperatures usually only occur for a few days each winter, if at all. The colder temperatures may persist for longer in Siberia. St Petersburg is probably the coldest of the non-Siberian centres, as its proximity to the sea make the climate windier and damper than Moscow's. Volgograd's climate is the mildest, with average temperatures about 10 degrees higher than in Moscow.

    What many people tend to forget is that Russia (including Siberia) has a summer too. From May until the end of September, the weather can be lovely, and certainly sunnier and drier than the UK. July and August are the hottest months, when temperatures regularly rise above 30 degrees Celsius.

  • What will it be like arriving in Russia?

    Most people arrive at one of Moscow's three international airports, Sheremetevo, Domodedovo or Vnukova. After exiting the plane (generally directly into the airport building) you should follow the signs to passport control. There you will hand over your passport for inspection.  Once satisfied that your visa is in order, passport control will ask you to sign two copies of a migration card, one side of which s/he will retain with the other being placed into your passport.  Thereafter, you will go through to baggage collection and customs. Find the appropriate baggage conveyor belt for your flight and when your bag has been retrieved, go through customs.  Most likely you will go through the green channel (nothing to declare) in customs. Only if you are travelling with a large amount of money in cash (more than 10,000 USD) do you need to go through the red channel, where you will need to fill out a customs declaration form

    You will walk through to the exit, where people are waiting to meet the arrivals. It is here, on one side or the other that you will see someone with a 'Language Link' sign, who will welcome you to Russia and take you to your accommodation. If, by chance, you do not see someone with a sign, continue to the end of the 'aisle' and wait. Perhaps you missed him or possibly your plane was early. Do not worry: you will be met.


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At Language Link we do our best to provide high standard programmes ensuring that our Work-Study participants make good progress with their Russian and gain useful skills through teaching English as a Foreign Language. However, rather than just take our word for it here is what some of our more recent Work-Studies had to say about the Programme:

Adam Hayes
Adam HayesUSA
For anyone out there who is trying to decide whether or not going to Russia is a bad idea, stop. It's Russia; it will always feel like a bad idea at first. However, having been through the Language Link program, I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I've made. Although, it can be incredibly difficult at times to work and study, the rewards far outweigh the stress. Russians are so welcoming that you become fully immersed
Sarah Hardin
Sarah HardinUSA

Work-Study A in St Petersburg
I have enjoyed the people I have met at LL, and I have enjoyed the programme and truly learned a lot from it. Thank you for the opportunity to build and exercise some teaching skills and learn from a truly professional Russian teacher. Best of everything to all the LL staff!

Fiona Cooke
Fiona CookeUK

Work-Study A in Moscow
I really enjoyed both aspects of this programme. Training from the ELT Department was great, and everyone was always willing to offer help, ideas and general advice at any time. In the Russian Department, Lena was fantastic, lessons were fun and with a great atmosphere, lots of talking and an emphasis on accuracy through fluency rather than lots of grammar. Points have to go to Marina for being o

Tulip Chicoine-Piper
Tulip Chicoine-PiperUK

Work-Study A in Moscow
Having the chance to learn Russian with native speakers was a rare and wonderful opportunity for me, especially as I was also surrounded by the culture every day. There has never been a more rewarding experience than immediately being able to put into practice everything I learned in class for the day (even if I did not always have the time to dedicate myself entirely to it due to long English te

Jordana Farlow
Jordana FarlowAustralia

Work-Study A in Moscow
From my first enquiry about Language Link (about a year ago) to my departure plans, the administration for Work-Study has been extremely helpful, understanding and flexible. You have made my stay in Moscow hassle- and stress-free. Learning another language is very new to me and although I have found it very challenging I feel motivated to continue my studies. Nina is a wonderful Russian teacher a

Esme Farrington
Esme FarringtonEngland

Work-Study A in Moscow
What a fantastic and rewarding experience! I'm in love with Moscow, can't wait to come back and that is largely down to the friends I have met (both English speaking and Russian) and the experiences I have had. Living in a home-stay made it all so much better and I would recommend the Work-Study programme to anyone who wanted to see different sides of live in Russia. It is a challenge but I got s

Barbara Heuchling
Barbara HeuchlingUSA

Work-Study A in Moscow
I really enjoyed the conversation-focussed course, especially with the material relating to current events.  The quality of the teachers, and the fellow stduents, was superb not to mention the obvious fact that we were living in Moscow forcing immersion / use of the language.  I am very thankful for the staff in the Russian department.  They were not only attentive and available, but they were

Anna Frigo
Anna FrigoUSA

Work-Study A in St Petersburg
The administrative staff in the Russian Department were the general administrative staff. They were all very helpful and professional, so it was never a problem to speak with them. Our office had multiple workshops and tutorials for teachers to attend, and staff were always willing to help with any issues that arose.  Vika (our DOS) is very organized and takes her job seriously, so it was