Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools
If you're looking for a teaching job in Kazakhstan then you'll be interested in hearing about the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. They are a group of 11 existing schools in Kazakhstan which will grow rapidly to 21 by 2014.
The Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools are state funded and very selective, aiming to educate the future intellectual elite of this prosperous and highly literate country. The schools are currently in the major cities such as Astana, Uralsk, Semey, Kokshetau, Ust-Kamanogorsk, Taldykorgan, Shymkent, Karaganda, Aktobe, Taraz, Atyrau, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar.
Uniquely, the children in Nazarbayev Intellectual schools (NIS) are educated in a tri-lingual environment in Kazakh, Russian and English. Most NIS schools are for children aged 12 to 18.
Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) are a part of a wider programme of educational reform, which includes the establishment of Nazarbayev University, the Centre for Educational Excellence and further initiatives to focus on teacher training and development. Named after the president of the country, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the NIS schools are intended to change the way education is delivered to gifted and talented secondary (high school) aged children. Besides teaching their subject, teachers involved in this project are also expected to informally mentor local Kazakh teachers and introduce best practice especially with respect to critical thinking and co-curricular activities.
Class size never exceeds 24 students. Depending on the subject the class is divided into 2 groups which means that the teachers will be working with max 12 students in a group.
The school curriculum is Kazakh National curriculum which has been developed with support from Cambridge University. Therefore it includes the best of Kazakh and international curriculums.
Salary and benefits
Quotes from recently placed teachers
"I felt very welcome and appreciated and I haven't felt that in a long long time." Charlotte, Biology teacher.
"We arrived safely and are treated very well by the principal and staff. We are well settled in our comfortable apartment." Indira, English teacher.
"It is going really well here. The people are really friendly (foreign teachers and locals) and the induction has been pretty amazing. A bit surreal at times, but very cool." Paul, ICT teacher.
About the country
Kazakhstan is by far the largest of the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union. It has borders with Russia, China, and the Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. It is the world's ninth biggest country by size, and it is more than twice the size of the other Central Asian states combined. Kazakhstan is the richest country in Central Asia, due to its large oil and natural gas reserves.