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Expat Experience: Polly Barks, Moscow
Who are you?
My name is Polly Barks, and I'm a 24-year-old English teacher. I'm originally from a tiny Northern Virginia town about an hour away from Washington, D.C. I attended university at Beloit College in Beloit, WI. I graduated in 2010 and majored in Russian Studies and International Relations.
Where, when and why did you move abroad?
I have been living and teaching English in Moscow, Russia for the past three years. Like many Americans, I had a lot of trouble finding a job after university. I decided that, since I had studied Russian throughout university (and briefly studied in Kaliningrad, Russia), I would take a job in Moscow.
Almost 100 percent of the jobs available in Moscow (bar high-level executive jobs, which are out of reach for the average 20-something) are either nannying or English teaching related. I chose to begin teaching at a large school and loved Russia so much, I just never left...
Read more about Polly's expat life in Moscow.
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