Our Programs

Looking for an all-expense-paid opportunity to experience a new country? Look no further!​

Our Mentor & Au Pair Programs!

Both our Mentor & Au Pair Programs include:

  • Accommodation and utilities covered (while in Moscow)
  • Unlimited Moscow Transport Pass
  • Mobile Phone Plan covered
  • 15000 rubles per month allowance to start
  • Cultural and Entertainment Program while in Moscow
  • Orientation and Training in Second Language Acquisition
  • Airport Transfers (to & from)
  • Visa & Flight Reimbursement (for commitment of 25 hours per week)
  • One week paid vacation (for 6-month commitment)
  • Visa Support

Program benefits:

  • Experience a unique culture
  • Share your talents, culture & language with children and others
  • Easily travel to Europe, Asia & beyond
  • No need to know Russian with the opportunity to learn it
  • Travel with families
  • Expand your childcare experience internationally
  • A great first step for inexperienced individuals who are considering a career in child-care and/or teaching
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" ​This is all for committing to only 20 hours per week, plus trainings and cultural events. "
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The rest of the time our participants join in cultural activities and are free to spend their time off as they wish. Each has an unlimited transport card that works all over the city. Here are some of the schedules our current participants have are:

1. One participant spends all day Friday in one family with an 8-month old girl, 2.5 year old girl and 5 year old boy (separately and together when the activities are appropriate). All of them are being introduced to English through interactive playing. She spends Saturdays with two 7 year old girls who speak English very well. She has a few formal reading and writing lessons with them.

2. The second native speaker spends Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon with a family with 3 children; 2, 4 and 8 years old. They speak English fairly well.

3. The third participant spends Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a family with 2 children; 1 and 4 who both have lots of experience to English.

Our mentor program focuses on older aged children 5 and up and may already have a basic knowledge of English whereas our Au Pair program is typically for young children 1-4 years of age who may have had no previous exposure to English.


In summer, we have families looking to take an native speakers along with their family on vacation (Turkey, Latvia, Greece, Bulgaria, and other places). A native speaker sometimes joins the family part-time in Moscow and then accompanies the family on vacation. In addition to the guaranteed above package (20 hours per week) if a family is matched with a participants, reimbursements for visa and flight costs, additional monthly allowance, all other travel and accommodation including meals may all be covered.

Program Requirements:
1. 18 years old or older
2. High School Diploma or equivalent
3. Native English speaker
4. Genuine interest in experiencing Russia
5. Interested in working and great with kids (1-16 years old)
6. Experience working with kids preferred
7. Can commit to a minimum of the below periods:
January 12th to May 31st
June 1st to August 25th
September 1st to December 20th

Priority goes to candidates who can stay longer.

Program Options and Benefits:
1. Commitment of 20 hours per week – 15000 ruble monthly allowance, all expenses in Russia covered and $300 reimbursement at contract end.
​2. Commitment of 25 hours per week – 20000 ruble monthly allowance, all expenses in Russia covered and $450 reimbursement at contract end.
3. Commitment of 6 months – $600 reimbursement (20 hours per week) or $900 reimbursement (25 hours per week) PLUS one week paid vacation to Turkey.

1. One participant spends all day Friday in one family with an 8-month old girl, 2.5 year old girl and 5 year old boy (separately and together when the activities are appropriate). All of them are being introduced to English through interactive playing. She spends Saturdays with two 7 year old girls who speak English very well. She has a few formal reading and writing lessons with them.

2. The second native speaker spends Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon with a family with 3 children; 2, 4 and 8 years old. They speak English fairly well.

3. The third participant spends Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a family with 2 children; 1 and 4 who both have lots of experience to English.

Our mentor program focuses on older aged children 5 and up and may already have a basic knowledge of English whereas our Au Pair program is typically for young children 1-4 years of age who may have had no previous exposure to English.


In summer, we have families looking to take an native speakers along with their family on vacation (Turkey, Latvia, Greece, Bulgaria, and other places). A native speaker sometimes joins the family part-time in Moscow and then accompanies the family on vacation. In addition to the guaranteed above package (20 hours per week) if a family is matched with a participants, reimbursements for visa and flight costs, additional monthly allowance, all other travel and accommodation including meals may all be covered.

Program Requirements:
1. 18 years old or older
2. High School Diploma or equivalent
3. Native English speaker
4. Genuine interest in experiencing Russia
5. Interested in working and great with kids (1-16 years old)
6. Experience working with kids preferred
7. Can commit to a minimum of the below periods:
January 12th to May 31st
June 1st to August 25th
September 1st to December 20th

Priority goes to candidates who can stay longer.

Program Options and Benefits:
1. Commitment of 20 hours per week – 15000 ruble monthly allowance, all expenses in Russia covered and $300 reimbursement at contract end.
​2. Commitment of 25 hours per week – 20000 ruble monthly allowance, all expenses in Russia covered and $450 reimbursement at contract end.
3. Commitment of 6 months – $600 reimbursement (20 hours per week) or $900 reimbursement (25 hours per week) PLUS one week paid vacation to Turkey.

Why work with Encounter Russia?

Many Au Pairs try to connect with families directly. This is a good idea, however, can prove ineffective due to the nuances involved in the process. 

1. This process can take a LOT of time. Until you connect with a family you feel fits you, months and maybe even years go by. By working with us, we can speed up the process and get you here to Russia doing what you want to be doing instead of only dreaming about what you want to be doing. Whether you want to become an au pair or governor just for the sake of the experience or whether you are already experienced looking for your next position, you cannot afford to wait months and months.

2. There are too many country-specific regulations with au pairs, visas, cultural differences, etc which a family is not prepared to tackle. So you’ve found a good fit for a family. Now be prepared to wait several more months to prepare everything for your arrival while the family struggles to jump through the hoops of inviting you to their country. Many families give up on the idea of getting an au pair simply because it takes too much time and/or resources from their end to organize everything. We can assist you during the whole process and avoid these kinds of headaches.

3. Encounter Russia sets up in country support for the entirety of your stay. You always have someone to call about where to buy little oddities, how to get the best deals on travel during off time, which cultural events to attend to make the most of your experience and much more.

4. You are part of a team of au pairs/governors and teachers! You may be sharing accommodation with another au pair, governor or teacher. Or during your off time, get together with your colleagues and explore the city. Everyone knows experiences are much more memorable when shared with others. 

5. You are well taken care of! Encounter Russia sees to it that you will always have the things you need while away from home. We act as your mediator between you and your family if misunderstandings occur. Most problems can be solved easily through clear communication. We can facilitate that communication and make sure any small issues are quickly addressed and resolved. 

Our Teacher Intern Program!

A Teacher Intern is a person who is able to engage students in various activities and interact with them in a way that creates an environment for learning a language naturally and in an informal setting. A Teacher Intern may engage students through music, games, sports, reading, or simply by going on walks and observing surroundings with students.

We are looking for young individuals from all backgrounds who are enthusiastic about meeting new people and helping them express themselves in English. We do not require formal teaching experience. Our Teacher Interns above all have good communication skills, are sociable, creative, engaging and interested in working with people. They also know how to relate to people and use their interests in order to come up with activities relevant to their students.

Our Teacher Intern Program is meant for individuals who wish to:

  • Travel to Russia
  • Meet new people
  • Gain experience abroad
  • Learn a new language
  • Be introduced to teaching English as a second language
  • Be involved in a multi-cultural environment

How the program works

You, the Teacher, set aside up to 25 teaching hours per week to working with families and individuals on their English and Hudson Group covers your in-country costs and grants you a monthly allowance. Airfare and visa costs may be reimbursed (conditions apply). You spend time with a child or children, both in formal and informal settings, and create an English-speaking environment for him or her.

For example, you may be assigned to spend 1.5 – 3 hours, twice a week in families and 3 hours, three times per week at a children’s center with groups of children. Or you may be involved with children in camps or formally teach English to employees in-company. There is a wide range of areas you can gain experience in. The ages of the students vary greatly from toddlers to adults and their language levels range from beginner to advanced.

You use your talents and hobbies to engage students in various activities. Use your musical abilities, play board games, go for walks, play sports, draw and anything else you can think of, you do in English! You use every day, hands-on activities in order to help students express themselves in English.
 

 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

This program requires no formal teaching experience or knowledge of Russian. The program is for you if you are:
  • 18 or older, hold a university degree (associate, bachelor or master) or a vocational school degree
  • great with people
  • excited about a Russian experience
  • able to commit for a minimum of 3 months
  • committed to spending up to 25 teaching hours per week interacting with non-native English speakers in order to improve their English language skills
  • ready and flexible to participate in various settings such as camps and other outdoor activities
 

 

ADVANTAGES & BENEFITS FOR CANDIDATES

  • Experience a rich and unique culture
  • Get college credit for a variety of courses (talk to your program advisor)
  • Share your talents, culture & language with children and others
  • Easily travel to Europe, Asia & beyond
  • No need to know Russian with the opportunity to learn it
  • Possibility to travel with families
  • Expand your experience with people, especially children, internationally
  • Experience abroad is a definite eye-catcher on your resume
  • Minimize expenses while abroad and avoid going into debt
  • Monthly allowance
  • Transportation to and from airport

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