Program Benefits: small stipend, room and board with a Russian family, three hours per week of one-to-one Russian lessons, teacher training and lesson planning assistance, a pleasant, well-equipped, and organized teaching environment.
Teacher obligations: Plan and teach up to five classes a week, hold office hours, present a brief lecture on any aspect of American culture, airfare to Moscow, visa fee, obtain TESOL certification.
Experience Russia in a uniquely supportive atmosphere and accomplish something worthwhile in the process! Live in the truly Russian city of Vladimir, gain an understanding of provincial Russian culture, and improve your Russian language skills—while you learn to teach effectively and make a positive contribution to the community. Former teachers have found good positions in education, government, and business, both in Moscow and the United States, and been accepted to major graduate programs and law schools.
Russian news report about the American Home’s American English Program (July 2013):
Letter from Dr. Ron Pope, Founder and President, The American Home:
Following are three factors that may be of concern to prospective applicants for our teaching positions at the American Home. We want to assure everyone that we are still “alive and kicking” in Vladimir.
1. Russia’s current economic problems. These have had a minimal impact on our enrollment for the spring term. We will adjust to these problems as needed to the extent possible. (We managed to weather the 1998 Russian economic crash.)
2. Anti-American sentiment. We have not encountered any manifestations of this in Vladimir. Over our more than 22 years of existence we have earned a positive reputation that continues to insulate us from negative attitudes toward the American government.
3. Ownership status of the American Home. Our recent disagreement with the Vladimir City Administration over the ownership of our original facility, the American Home, is being discussed. We have several classrooms offsite and we will continue that arrangement.
For the fourth year in a row we have a group going to Vladimir for our Alternative Spring Break program. For the third year we will have a group from the College of New Jersey taking advantage of our educational programming experience – with the assistance of a Department of Education grant. And both Drew University and Vanderbilt are moving forward with plans for one-month programs in the spring.
The American Home continues to do exceptionally well in terms of its programs and activities, despite the challenges inherent in working in Russia under current conditions.
We are definitely going to be hiring new teachers for the upcoming academic year and would appreciate your help with persuading eligible individuals to take a look at what we have offer, and to not hesitate to contact us if they have any questions.