Want to teach in Kazakhstan? Here’s what you need to know.
Thinking of apply for our vacancies in Kazakhstan? This blog tells you everything you need to know.
Kazakhstan may not be the obvious destination for teachers wanting to work overseas, but it is a country that has many excellent opportunities for teachers looking for a chance to experience an exciting and different country and to develop their teaching skills in the process.
What vacancies do you currently have?
Our current Kazakhstan vacancies are with Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. These include:
"I belive NIS attracts teachers who want to make a difference, that's why I am here. It's great being part of a welcoming community like NIS. Students have excellent work ethics and manners both inside and outside the classroom. Class sizes are very small and facilities and resources are adequately growing. Expect a lot of entertainment during lunch breaks from Kazakh children, as they love to dance and sing in the main hall.
My apartment is close to school and fellow teachers are mostly within walking distance. I came in winter and am grateful that all buildings, transport and schools are well heated and shops are in ample supply." Annie - NIS Oskemen
What are Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools like?
The Nazarbayev Intellectual School Network (NIS) has schools in the major cities throughout Kazakhstan. These schools are teaching some of the country’s brightest students and using English as the language of learning.
Pictured here is our Company Director Andrew, visiting the NIS School in Astana.
“The first thing you notice as you walk through the door is the friendly atmosphere; the students are very studious and highly motivated and all want to get into university. Those who I talked with during my visit were very proud of their school and hold the overseas teachers in very high esteem.”
Having visited these schools, TIC can provide a personal and in-depth recruitment service throughout.
"I am truly loving it. The staff are very supportive and I hope to stay for another 3-4 years." Debo - NIS Uralsk
"I am really settling in well at NIS. The children are wonderful, the staff are supportive and lovely to the international staff. Everything is going on well and I am really enjoying my new role at NIS Uralsk. Special thanks to TIC Recruitment for getting me to NIS." Ismail - NIS Uralsk
What is the salary and benefits package like?
NIS provide a fully comprehensive salary and benefit package. This includes an excellent salary, accommodation, medical cover, flights and much more.
When Andrew visited NIS Astana, he found that “most of the teachers working for NIS in Kazakhstan say they live very well on their salary and benefits package”
“Many say that it is easy to save, and several send money home regularly.”
He also found that items are cheap to buy in Kazakhstan, and that disposable income for an expatriate teacher is higher than in the UK. Teachers often have the opportunity to take part in sports and activities; pictured here is cross-country skiing in Kokshetau.
"Things are going well here. For all the differences, I'm loving Kazakhstan. The prople are amazing, the students ultra bright and the local staff are incredibly dedicated. There's nothing quite like a class of 12 super bright students to reminds you of the very reasons why you went into teaching in the first place! I definitely intend to stay if NIS will have me!" Lee - NIS Atyrau
"I am continuing to learn, grow and teach here. My department is amazing and I am really enjoying the children." Sabrina - NIS Taraz
What’s it like teaching somewhere as unique as Kazakhstan?
“The school is really amazing, and I think that as long as they like me, I will stay here for a long time”
“The team-teaching experience is really something that I am so passionate about. The teachers are generally very nice, and they are very positive about working with other nationalities. The students, which I only have twelve in each class, are really fantastic! They are well- behaved and very eager to learn. All in all, this Kazakhstan experience is a great one for me. I have never taught in a classroom as wonderful as the one we’ve got here.”
Belban, English Teacher at NIS Pavlodar
“The students have a positive work ethic here, allowing teachers to concentrate on teaching and to spend less time on class management”
“Class numbers are small; for English, Mathematics and Physics the average size is 8 to 12 students. Richard Evans, NIS Kokshetau
Great! How do I apply?
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