Teach English in Kazakhstan

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Kirsten Colquhoun
August 18, 2023

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If you’re not keen on city life, there are many smaller mountains, desert towns, or villages based around markets. For fun in Kazakhstan, you hike mountains, visit museums, or experience falcon hunting. If you are keen to go somewhere a little bit alternative, consider the home of the cosmodrome site, which is where the first manned orbital flight by Yuri Gagarin took place.

Cuisine in Kazakhstan might not appeal to all tastes, especially vegetarians. The typical diet consists of mostly meat and vegetables and everything seems to have a slightly meaty flavour. A popular speciality is horse meat or horse sausage, washed down with some vodka or Kumyuan – fermented camel’s milk. There is a large Korean population here so it’s easy to find Asian-inspired restaurants.

The country name “Kazakhstan” has an interesting meaning once translated from the ancient Persian language. The word Kazakh represents the word “wanderer” or also “outlaw”, and “adventurer” in ancient Persian. And the word “stan” has the meaning of “land” or alternatively “nation”. As a result, the name Kazakhstan was often referred to as the “Land of the Wanderers” or “Nation of Adventurers/Outlaws”.

The term “outlaws” is probably more relevant to the fact Ancient Kazakhs were the first horsemen in the world, taming wild horses to domesticate them for farming and hunting.

Looking at the world map, it’s very notable that Kazakhstan is one of the largest countries in the world. Although with a population estimated just shy of 19 million, the population density stands at only 6 people per square mile. Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world but incredibly still owns a navy, based in the Caspian Sea.

Travelling around Kazakhstan can be quite easy. They have an unofficial taxi culture across the country. Simply wave at passing vehicles, any member of the public can pull over, you say your location and price and off you go!

Teaching Opportunities In Kazakhstan

As one of the fastest-growing economies in Central Asia, education in Kazakhstan is becoming more and more important. There are many new international schools to cater for the children of more well-off citizens. Positions at these schools are usually well-paid and the contract conditions are good: flights are paid for, accommodation provided and often a settling-in allowance is given. You need to be responsible for applying for your visa but your employer should assist with this.

Kazakhstan is definitely the new kid on the block when it comes to TEFL, but you’ll be surprised how many job opportunities there are and how lucrative they can be, provided you can deal with a lifestyle and culture that’s probably quite different from yours. If adventure’s your thing, think Kazakhstan.

Teaching Requirements In Kazakhstan

Teaching English in Kazakhstan offers an exciting opportunity for educators seeking to make a difference in a diverse cultural setting.

A BA/BS degree is required as a standard qualification for English teaching positions, ensuring a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise.

The typical contract length ranges from six to twelve months, providing a significant duration to immerse oneself in the local educational environment. Peak hiring seasons occur in June and July, offering favourable timing for teachers to secure positions.

To work legally in Kazakhstan, teachers generally obtain a work visa, ensuring compliance with immigration regulations. As an English teacher, you can expect to work with a wide range of students, including both children and adults, allowing for a varied and enriching teaching experience.

The average monthly cost of living in Kazakhstan ranges from 165,000 to 275,000 KZT, providing a reasonable standard of living and affordability. Moreover, English teachers can anticipate an average monthly salary between 220,000 and 330,000 KZT, which reflects the value placed on language education in the country.

Teaching English in Kazakhstan not only offers the chance to inspire and educate students of different age groups but also provides a competitive salary and a vibrant cultural experience in a country known for its stunning landscapes and warm hospitality.

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If you’re not keen on city life, there are many smaller mountains, desert towns, or villages based around markets. For fun in Kazakhstan, you hike mountains, visit museums, or experience falcon hunting. If you are keen to go somewhere a little bit alternative, consider the home of the cosmodrome site, which is where the first manned orbital flight by Yuri Gagarin took place.

Cuisine in Kazakhstan might not appeal to all tastes, especially vegetarians. The typical diet consists of mostly meat and vegetables and everything seems to have a slightly meaty flavour. A popular speciality is horse meat or horse sausage, washed down with some vodka or Kumyuan – fermented camel’s milk. There is a large Korean population here so it’s easy to find Asian-inspired restaurants.

The country name “Kazakhstan” has an interesting meaning once translated from the ancient Persian language. The word Kazakh represents the word “wanderer” or also “outlaw”, and “adventurer” in ancient Persian. And the word “stan” has the meaning of “land” or alternatively “nation”. As a result, the name Kazakhstan was often referred to as the “Land of the Wanderers” or “Nation of Adventurers/Outlaws”.

The term “outlaws” is probably more relevant to the fact Ancient Kazakhs were the first horsemen in the world, taming wild horses to domesticate them for farming and hunting.

Looking at the world map, it’s very notable that Kazakhstan is one of the largest countries in the world. Although with a population estimated just shy of 19 million, the population density stands at only 6 people per square mile. Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world but incredibly still owns a navy, based in the Caspian Sea.

Travelling around Kazakhstan can be quite easy. They have an unofficial taxi culture across the country. Simply wave at passing vehicles, any member of the public can pull over, you say your location and price and off you go!

Teaching Opportunities In Kazakhstan

As one of the fastest-growing economies in Central Asia, education in Kazakhstan is becoming more and more important. There are many new international schools to cater for the children of more well-off citizens. Positions at these schools are usually well-paid and the contract conditions are good: flights are paid for, accommodation provided and often a settling-in allowance is given. You need to be responsible for applying for your visa but your employer should assist with this.

Kazakhstan is definitely the new kid on the block when it comes to TEFL, but you’ll be surprised how many job opportunities there are and how lucrative they can be, provided you can deal with a lifestyle and culture that’s probably quite different from yours. If adventure’s your thing, think Kazakhstan.

Teaching Requirements In Kazakhstan

Teaching English in Kazakhstan offers an exciting opportunity for educators seeking to make a difference in a diverse cultural setting.

A BA/BS degree is required as a standard qualification for English teaching positions, ensuring a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise.

The typical contract length ranges from six to twelve months, providing a significant duration to immerse oneself in the local educational environment. Peak hiring seasons occur in June and July, offering favourable timing for teachers to secure positions.

To work legally in Kazakhstan, teachers generally obtain a work visa, ensuring compliance with immigration regulations. As an English teacher, you can expect to work with a wide range of students, including both children and adults, allowing for a varied and enriching teaching experience.

The average monthly cost of living in Kazakhstan ranges from 165,000 to 275,000 KZT, providing a reasonable standard of living and affordability. Moreover, English teachers can anticipate an average monthly salary between 220,000 and 330,000 KZT, which reflects the value placed on language education in the country.

Teaching English in Kazakhstan not only offers the chance to inspire and educate students of different age groups but also provides a competitive salary and a vibrant cultural experience in a country known for its stunning landscapes and warm hospitality.

Start Your TEFL Journey With The TEFL Academy

Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world? Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

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