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RiverMystic



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:44 am    Post subject: Kazakhstan, anyone? Reply with quote

I've applied for a position as an advisory teacher at Nazabayev Intellectual school in Kazakhstan. I haven't been offered a job yet, so my inquiries are preliminary at this stage.

Locations include Astana, Semey, Kokshetau, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Taldykorgan and Uralsk. For research, I've been watching my DVD of Borat repeatedly. However gaps remain in my knowledge.

Yeah, I am joking about Borat. There's actually some pretty good videos on Youtube about the school. I'm just looking for some first hand info from anybody who has been there or taught there, especially with this school. What's good and bad about the place, and what should a teacher expect?

I know Kazakhstan is unbelievably cold, and very much a developing country. From the videos, it reminds me a little of the developing parts of China. I imagine that Astana is by far the most developed and modern city, and the other locations might be rather more "backward" (for want of a better word). Maybe I'm wrong.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

RM
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Dedicated



Joined: 18 May 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

River Mystic,

You might want to repost under the Russia and CIS board where there are lots of entries about Kazakhstan.
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RiverMystic



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Dedicated. I didn't know they dealt with Kazakhstan there!
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nur1s



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Smile

Last year I graduated from NIS Astana.

My skype acccount is captivating_n .
I'll be more than glad to help you with anything.
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RiverMystic



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nur1s wrote:
Hey Smile

Last year I graduated from NIS Astana.

My skype acccount is captivating_n .
I'll be more than glad to help you with anything.


Thanks, nur1s. If I get an interview I might just skype you!
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Sir Winston



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My roomie taught in Astana for 5 years and says he had a great time. It is cold but he said the beautiful friendly woman are lined up to keep you warm. He said the language is a bitch to learn though.
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timmytopee



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:54 am    Post subject: Kazakhstan Looking Bad Reply with quote

The Government SUDDENLY decided to devalue the currency from 155 Tenge to the $1 USD to 185 Tenge. So basically, overnight, everyone got a 20% salary reduction!!! Yes there are protests, but I'd imagine you'll see a lot of job posts for Kazakhstan soon as everyone starts running for greener (more lucrative) pastures. It is NOT an inexpensive place to live NOR get to/away from.

http://en.tengrinews.kz/unrest/Anti-devaluation-protest-in-Almaty-26081/
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