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23 December 2015

Participate in the American Travels, program, bring a friend to the same program, and get a $390 discount off the program price. So you can buy a week-long tour of the US East or West Coast for as little as $ 600! For more information, contact your representative of the International Exchange Center or send us an e-mail —

14 December 2015

In this competition, the participants had to tell about their summer American adventures, about what went well and what could have been done differently, about what they liked in America and what they would like to remake in it, what stereotypes were destroyed after travel as well as the stereotypes that were confirmed.

The main prize — free participation in the Work and Travel program, is received by Natasha from Vitebsk for the witty blog Tell the teacher we’re surfin’: surfin’ U.S.A.

Danagul from Karaganda and Elena from Kursk shared the 2nd and 3rd places with the stories America has not gone anywhere, settling in my heart and America: far and near. For 2nd and 3rd place — prize $100.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all students who took part in the competition. Several of the best blog pages will be included in the next edition of Discover America.

14 December 2015


On Friday, December 11th, we awarded the winners of the contest HOW A TRIP TO AMERICA CAN CHANGE MY LIFE?

We share the results with you!

3rd place — Alexandra Orlova, 3rd year VGSPU, prize — ISIC international student card

2nd place — Yangaeva Lyubov, VGSPU, prize — a discount on the program “Work and Travel USA”

1st place — Fokina Daria, 1st course, Volgograd State Medical University, prize — “Free Work and Travel USA program”

Plus! We gave all the participants of the competition an incentive gift — the membership fee of 4000 rubles was canceled for everyone, wants to take part in any IEC program!

Take part in our contests and events! We help to see the world with new eyes!)

10 December 2015
If you have already participated in the program Work and Travel USA and would like to go again, we have a great offer for you: bring 5 friends who sign a contract to participate in any program IEC, and you can participate in the program free of charge.

The offer is valid until December 31, 2015.

At least 4 of your friends have to actually participate in the program. If fewer than 4 will participate in the program, you will receive a $50 discount for each friend that travels.
26 November 2015

Competition for participants of the Work and Travel USA of the 2015 season and previous seasons. Tell us about your summer American adventures on Exchange, what you did and what could have been done differently, what you liked in America and what would you change in it, what stereotypes collapsed after this trip, and what was in line with expectations. In general, tell us that AMERICA IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. Minimum — 5 pages of text, each must have at least 5 photos. The main prize is free participation in the Work and Travel program in 2016. For 2nd and 3rd place — $ 100.

The date of the announcement of the results of the competition has been postponed to December 14.

4 November 2015


Tell us about why YOU are worthy of the main prize and what will change in your life if YOU visit the USA ?!

Send your essay by December 5, 2015 to and get a FREE PARTICIPATION in the Work and Travel USA 2016 program (in value terms — about 800 US dollars) !!!

Program Work and Travel USA is

  • A unique opportunity to visit America;
  • A possibility to receive a work experience in a foreign company and earn good money;
  • Improve English in a real language environment;
  • Get an unforgettable travel experience in the USA.

The conditions and procedure for the competition are posted on social networks: (WORK AND TRAVEL USA 2016, IEC-Volgograd)

! A prerequisite for participation in the competition is to repost the entry about the competition to your VK page.

Additional information on the competition:

IEC (Volgograd, Mira st. 15, Gorky Library Building, entrance from the back side)

Phones: 8 (8442) 90-25-80, + 7-906-170-2531

15 October 2015

Here is what Aleksei from Nizhny Novgorod, who recently started program Teach in China writes:

1. I decided to go to China because I wanted to see Asia, and China is its very heart. Prior to that, I traveled to the United States on Work&Travel program. When I arrived in China, the program sponsor met me at the airport, rented a room in Beijing, paid the expenses to get to the place of work. And this is understandable, because without knowing Chinese, I would most likely just get lost here.

2. The whole process of preparing for the trip took me a little over a week. I was still waiting for the approval of my documents from China. During this time, I had to pack my things, say goodbye to all my friends, collect the last documents and many other little things. The trip promised to be long, so I constantly tried to scroll in my head, what would I not forget. Well, roughly speaking, pedagogical experience was required, without pedagogical experience, only native speakers are taken without problems. But I had tutoring experience, so everything was OK. I choose the material for teaching myself, schools do not give me strict frameworks and conditions for teaching materials.

3. The school I am in is quite different from Russian schools. Studying here starts at 7 am and ends at 11 pm. Schoolchildren live right there on the school grounds in dormitories. Honestly, I don’t understand how they learn like that — you have to be really iron people in order to study more than 12 hours a day. Of course, they have hourly lunch and dinner breaks. Plus, at 1 pm they have a special quiet hour when they all go to their classrooms and sleep at their desks. Interestingly, children do not go to classes like ours, but on the contrary, teachers come to their class. On average, there are 60 students in a class, sometimes even 70+. The classrooms are equipped as standard: single desks, chairs, two boards — in front and behind, a projector and a screen, fans on the ceiling, because it is very hot here. I can’t say how much smarter or more disciplined they are than Russian children. Perhaps the level is about the same. After all, these are children! But they are more athletic, there are very favorable conditions for sports: a football stadium, several basketball courts, table tennis tables. Therefore, during recess, everyone tries to play something, and not just rest.

4. My standard working day starts at 8 am, when I go to the dining room for breakfast, then I come to the office, where I prepare for classes for 2 hours or just kill time, then usually I have one lesson before lunch, then lunch itself, and after lunch from 1 to 4 lessons. Then I go to dinner and, if I don’t need anything in the office, I go home, which is a 2-minute walk from the school. On the issue of communicating with children, it is really difficult, because their level of English is quite low. Even with high school students, sometimes you have to communicate with gestures or explain something in the simplest words. All students, of course, expect me to suddenly speak Chinese, and they constantly ask, “Do you speak Chinese?” But the miracle doesn’t happen ... because I don’t know Chinese. I try to learn, but it is a difficult language and I don’t have much time to study it.

5. I have not received my salary yet; October 10 will be only the first one. But the contract must be 6,000 yuan. As the rest of the teachers tell me, this is a rather high salary, although if you look at China, then this is average money. According to my colleagues, they themselves receive about 4000-5000 yuan, but I don’t know how true this is. The prices, in general, are the same in Russia, something is cheaper, something is more expensive. But 6,000 yuan can really live pretty well here. The only problem is that I live in a small town where you can’t really walk around, even if you have a lot of money ... It’s very difficult to find European products, and I’m have not see any European restaurants at all.

6. I live in an apartment rented by a school. I live alone. Conditions are tolerable, although they could have been better. There is nowhere to cook, but the kitchen is not equipped. The school says: “But you can eat in the cafeteria for free.” I don’t spend money on rent.

7. So far, I have only been to Beijing, where I spent two days and did not really have time to see anything. Just the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the Temple of Heaven and the Performing Arts Center. Now I live in a small town (about 200,000), it is very picturesque here. It is located in a valley surrounded by mountains. There are a lot of traditional colorful buildings and structures here, but, as I said, it is difficult to find something non-traditional here. By the way, although the town is small, houses with a height of 30+ are being actively built here.

8. In my free time, my colleagues drag me around to all sorts of local restaurants and tell with admiration what wonderful dishes are here. But it’s almost impossible to eat it, because it’s either very spicy, or it’s not clear at all what it is. The best thing about a traditional restaurant is the hot pot. In the center of the table, on an electric stove, there is a cauldron of bubbling broth, where you can throw anything from the table to cook it there, then fish it out and eat it with a blissful look. But only the Chinese did this, I myself did not dare to climb into the hot-pot, it scares me only by its appearance. The most wonderful pastime here is playing mahjong. This is very exciting. The mahjong table alone is worth something — fully automated, with two sets of dice. He mixes them, he distributes them, it’s just a miracle of technology. Perhaps, mahjong captivates by the fact that you always play it only for money. The first time I played mahjong for 6 hours without a break. I also walk a lot around the city, everything is very beautiful and unusual, I have not tried anything else from local entertainment yet. Although they promise to take me to a village where one of the colorful Chinese nationalities lives.


3 September 2015

We’re opening the 2016 season (our 26th season!) And we’re giving students the opportunity to participate in the program for a super price of $ 499!

To do this, you need to sign an agreement to participate in Work and Travel program before the end of September and bring 2 friends to participate in any IEC program.

15 June 2015

Now is the perfect time to book a course and get up to — 20% for studying in England and in the United States schools. Take advantage of our offer and you can save up to $400 for a month of studying in the United States, or up to 250 pounds in the UK.

If you are already a have B1 / B2 US tourist visa, you will be able to start an “English on Holiday” course within a week, subject to availability at your chosen school.

23 April 2015
If you speak French and want to work at least 2 months, then this offer is for you!
Available vacancies in the South of France — hotel administrators.
Free accommodation, salary up to 500eur per month.
Don’t miss your chance!

15 January 2015
с 1 января в Ирландии принято постановление, по которому всем студентам, проходящим обучение — в том числе и курсы английского языка — на территории страны, разрешается работать не больше 20 часов в неделю во время учебного семестра и до 40 часов во время официальных зимних и летних каникул. Минимальная заработная плата в Дублине — EUR 8.65 в час. В основном студенты работают в сфере услуг в различных барах, кафе, ресторанах, магазинах или отелях. Но можно получить и более высокую должность. Поиском работодателя студенты занимаются самостоятельно, но школа предлагает помощь в составление резюме и подготовку к прохождению собеседования на английском языке.

Стоимость курсов в Дублине 24 недели — EUR 7000. Каждая следующая неделя +EUR 280. При бронировании курса до 24 января стоимость 24 недельной программы — EUR 6000. Начать программу можно в любой понедельник.

При бронировании курса академический семестр (длительность 24 недели) с фиксированными датами начала программы:
  • февраль 16;
  • март 16;
  • апрель 7;
  • май 16;
  • июнь 15;
  • июль 27;
  • август 31;
  • сентябрь 21, 28;
  • октябрь 12

Стоимость программы — EUR 5900. При бронировании курса до 21 февраля стоимость академического семестра — EUR 5340.

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