Category Archives: Work in FSU

The Best Business to Open in Russia

This photo was taken by the author inside the lone McDonalds in Sevastopol, Ukraine on a weekday afternoon. The crowd size is standard.

It may not be chic, but if I were to open a business in Russia, it’d be a fast-food chain. In all my travels through Russia and Ukraine, I have never, ever encountered a slow McDonalds. There are always, always lines. The same goes for the Wendy’s I’ve seen, the Subway (Sandwich Shops) and the Sbarro’s Pizza. All these places are clearly making money hand over fist. Why? Because thanks to the trickle-down of their oil-economy, Russia has a growing middle class with money to burn, and they yearn for western-style fast food. That, plus Russian cities are finally developing ... Read More »

Teaching English in Russia and Ukraine

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Is it possible to earn a living teaching English in Russia or Ukraine? Yes, you can definitely earn a living teaching English here. As an English teacher in Russia or Ukraine the pay isn’t much, but nor are your expenses. As of 2013, you can make between $10 – $20 per hour, depending on the city and the school. And if you’re a go-getter, you can work as much as you want. There really is no shortage of language schools in Russia and Ukraine, and they all love having a native speaker on staff. And while on the subject of ... Read More »

Any tips on finding work in Ukraine?

Question: Any tips on finding work in Ukraine? Teaching English is the easiest and most obvious choice. You might be thinking, “But I have absolutely no experience teaching, and I don’t really know all the terms for grammar and stuff.” No problem. You wouldn’t be the one teaching them grammar. What you’d be doing is simply talking to them, and helping them with pronunciation. You may not realize it, but as a native speaker of English, you have an amazing, world-class skill: You can express yourself fluently in English, and you can understand virtually anything you hear or read in ... Read More »