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Kazakhstan is a very interesting country which has only recently become a destination on the tourist map.
It is a country which not many people have heard of or at least don’t know much about. Kazakhstan is a landlocked Central Asian country which borders Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It is a former Soviet state but it gained independence in 1991.
Kazakhstan’s mystery lies in the fact that it has continuously evolved through its history and its associations with different countries, including Russia. It has large oil and natural gas reserves and recently this has led to a huge influx of capital. As a result, new cities are springing up and more and more business opportunities are developing.
If you’re not keen on city life, then are many, smaller mountain or 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 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 a interesting meaning once translated from the ancient Persian language. The word Kazakh represented the word "wanderer" or also "outlaw", "adventurer" in ancient Persian. And the word "stan" than had 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 name "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 Kazakhstan is one of the largest countries in the world, 9th in fact. 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 own a navy! Based in the Caspian Sea.
Traveling around Kazakhstan can be quite easy. They have an unofficial taxi culture across the country. Simply you wave at passing vehicles, any member of the public can pull over, you say you location and price and off you go.
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 assistance 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.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|BA/BS required||6 – 12 months||June, July||Work visa||Children, adults||KZT 165 000 – KZT 275 000(£600 – £1 000)||KZT 220 000 – KZT 330 000 (£800 – £1 200)|