Vadim: In 2004 while serving as a camp counselor in the suburbs of Saint Petersburg, I became acquainted with a group of young people from Australia who were there on holiday. They were very friendly and I had a great interest in getting to know them better, but unfortunately I was unable to communicate with them because of my poor English. My lack of English speaking skills was a big shock for me, because I had recently graduated from school and had received the highest grade of 5 in English. After they left, I made a promise to myself that I would learn English no matter what.One year passed, and my English had not noticeably improved.
Although I studied a lot on my own and read many highly recommended grammar books, my progress was slow due to a lack of practice with native English speakers. I wanted to attend a language school, but I could not afford to, so I had to find another way of getting the necessary practice. Around this time I discovered Skype, and I began using it to find international friends that I could communicate in English with.
Then I realized that there were a lot of people online like me who were searching for the same thing. I decided that I could help them, so I took a course to become TEFL certified and when it was completed I began to look for students. I had become best friends with a teacher from America, and together we came up with the idea of EnglishRepublic.