There are few countries in the world with as much to offer in the way of culture as Russia. Apart from the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre, the famous Russian sights everyone knows about, and world-class galleries, such as the Tretyakov, Moscow has many other less well-known tourist attractions. Even if you were to visit one every weekend, you would still not have scratched the surface of Moscow's history after a nine-month stay.
You will have a chance to visit numerous historical sites in two Russian capitals Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as ancient towns of the Golden Ring of Russia. For instance, you can take a sightseeing bus tour from Moscow to Vladimir (a 900-year-old Russian city some 200 km north-east of Moscow) for as little as $15. Entrance fees to Russian museums, exhibition halls and entertainment parks are also surprisingly low.
Russian people are known for not smiling in the streets, and there may be some truth to this. However, one must remember the Russian proverb "Only a fool smiles all the time".
But as soon as you get to know them better, you will find them as open and friendly as any of your acquaintances at home, if not more so. When you have made a friend in Russia, you have made a friend for life! Moreover, Russians are extremely well educated and cultured people, so you will definitely find dozens of topics to discuss with your new friends - from Henry VIII to Van Gogh.
You will find that teaching English to Russian people can be extremely satisfying. They are very motivated language students and make your job as teacher very easy and rewarding!