Why Kazakhstan is a hot spot for teaching overseas in 2021

Published on 30th June, 2021 by Andrew Wigford. Published in For Candidates / TIC News

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 who’re looking for a chance to experience an exciting and different country – and, not to forget, to develop their teaching skills in the process.
So, why is Kazakhstan a great choice for international teachers in 2021?

Breath-taking landscapes

Some of the top must-see landscapes of Kazakhstan include:

  • Kaindy Lake: one of the youngest lakes in Kazakhstan, this beautiful lake has crystal clear spring water making the underwater world clear to see.
  • Borovoe mountain: a mountain climb or helicopter trip means all its beauty can be admired easily.
  • Boszhira Valley: land of the moon on the Earth.

Kazakhstanis are famously hospitable.

Kazakh people are warm hearted by nature.
Food is very important to them, with it being a social obligation to provide a hungry guest with food.

Kazakhs are very proud, especially of their rich history and culture. They like to sing, play their national instrument dombra (similar to guitar), dance and their literature is on very high level.

How safe is Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan is generally safe and has low levels of petty crime, and even lower levels of serious crime. This makes it a great choice for international teachers.

Excellent international schools with state-of-the-art facilities.

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.

Company Director, Andrew Wigford, visited NIS “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.”

Trying new things

Traditional Kazakh foods reflect the nomadic peoples and also Middle Eastern influences. Horsemeat and mutton are the most common foods. Middle Eastern methods of preparing and seasoning rice, vegetables, kebabs (skewered meat), and yogurt have been added.

The most popular Kazakh dish is 'besbarmak'. It is the main dish of the national cuisine and is translated as 'five fingers', and because the dish is eaten with hands. Classic recipe of Besbarmak is usually boiling a broth with several types of meat (horse meat, lamb, beef and camel meat) and rectangle-shaped pasta.

Wealth of Heritage

The history and heritage of Kazakhstan can be admired from its many museums. The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan was established at the beginning of the 1930's in Almaty. The current building dates to 1985 and hosts four large exhibition halls, covering hundreds of unique Kazakh exhibits including spiritual and cultural material describing the thousand-year history of the country. A must see!

But don’t take our word for it, apply for one of our vacancies today and see Kazakhstan for yourself!

View our current vacancies in Kazakstan here

If you would like to teach overseas, view our vacancies today! Click here.

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Andrew Wigford

Andrew is Managing Director of TIC. He has been involved in international education both as a teacher and Headteacher for over 25 years and has worked in Germany, Colombia and Austria. He set up TIC recruitment in 2005 to help teachers find great jobs in great international schools.