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Job offer in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Oztobeyond



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:30 pm    Post subject: Job offer in Tashkent, Uzbekistan Reply with quote

Hello fellow EFL educators,

I've been offered a position in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The pay is 1000 USD a month (clear of tax) with accommodation (self-contained apartment) included.

About me:
-24 years old
- English graduate
- CELTA holder

Questions:
- Is this package decent?
- What is the cost of living in this location?
-What sort of standard of living can I expect?
-Any other tips / words of wisdom?

Thank you all,

Matt Smile
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$1000/Month...are you kidding? I have colleagues teaching EFL there earning twice and more than that alone....?? Shocked
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Oztobeyond



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi EFL Educator,
Thanks for the input. Genuinely was not sure what the going rate would be for someone starting their EFL career in this place.

The impression I get is that the cost of living there is extremely cheap.

Any idea what kind of standard of living I could expect with this sort of pay? I'm not looking so much to save, more there for an experience. However while there I desire a comfortable standard of living.

Cheers,
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oztobeyond wrote:
The impression I get is that the cost of living there is extremely cheap.

Any idea what kind of standard of living I could expect with this sort of pay?

Take a look at Numbeo.
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Oztobeyond



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi nomad,

Thanks for that, however some of the numbers seem dubious to me - for example transportation costs. My understanding is that for these Uzbekistan is cheap - for instance someone told me cabs are routinely around $2 per trip.

My feel is that Numbeo is a little off at times... anyone with more first-hand experience please let me know Smile
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Oztobeyond



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoops, my mistake, I must have been looking at the wrong numbers. Actually transportation costs are what I would expect Very Happy
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oztobeyond wrote:
My feel is that Numbeo is a little off at times... anyone with more first-hand experience please let me know Smile

Then ask on one of the numerous, general Uzbek expat forums listed on the Net instead of waiting for a response here.
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Oztobeyond



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point, thanks nomad.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opportunities in Uzbekistan do not come up very often. I would go for it myself and utilise the opportunity as a springboard.

How many of us are ever given the opportunity to learn Uzbek by immersion ?
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opportunities in Uzbekistan do not come up very often. I would go for it myself and utilise the opportunity as a springboard.

How many of us are ever given the opportunity to learn Uzbek by immersion ?
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Oztobeyond



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks scot47, indications are that the wage offered is more than enough to live comfortably in Uzbekistan. The package was slightly improved and I've taken the job!! It's my first EFL job so I can't expect A1 wages first up.

I'm excited, what an exotic destination!
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Oztobeyond



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Russian is somewhat of a lingua franca in Tashkent.

Anyone have any tips as to the best way to brush up on it in a 4 week period? Obviously don't expect much fluency, and I haven't got much money to throw around.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Russian? Sure you can get by by saying"Ya Tibia Liblue" Smile
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oztobeyond wrote:
Apparently Russian is somewhat of a lingua franca in Tashkent.

Anyone have any tips as to the best way to brush up on it in a 4 week period? Obviously don't expect much fluency, and I haven't got much money to throw around.

The Internet is your friend, my friend! Do a search on russian language free ebooks.
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Oztobeyond



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks nomad soul, will do. Sorry Smile

I've also downloaded some audiobooks and podcasts, been listening to them for a good proportion of the day.

Haha EFL Educator, I have come across that already but I can't recall what it means. I think it's a greeting? :S
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