Working in Russia can be an exciting, rewarding, enlightening, frustrating, insanity-inducing experience. There are still loads of Westerners employed by multinational and local companies. If you are interested in working in Russia, Jonathan Packer’s Live and Work in Russia and Eastern Europe is a good reference. English-language publications such as the St Petersburg Times also have job listings. These groups can provide a wealth of information and important contacts for doing business in St Petersburg:
American Chamber of Commerce (326 4525; www.amcham.ru/spb)
Russian-British Chamber of Commerce (333 0718; www.rbcc.co.uk)
Teach English abroad with an i-to-i TEFL Course
If you’ve ever thought about living and working abroad, then why not teach English as a foreign language (TEFL)? It could be the key to funding your travels and experiencing new cultures in a totally new way. You don’t need teaching experience or even the ability to speak the local language – although you might learn it while you’re out there.