TEFL Experiences: Teaching English in Kazakhstan

by Clair

28 February 2013

I had always wanted to travel but after finishing university I got stuck in a series of boring office jobs, there came a day when I realised that if I didn’t do something fast I’d be doing that for the rest of my life. TEFL seemed an obvious answer; getting paid to travel would be perfect! My friend and I booked onto the weekend course in Birmingham and completed the online and grammar courses.

Kazakhstan Charyn CanyonAfter finishing my course I began looking for a job, and there were hundreds! I really had no idea what I was looking for so mainly stuck to the jobs on the  TEFL Org UK website. One in particular caught my eye, in Kazakhstan, a place that, like many people, I had never heard of. I kept coming back to it and eventually asked for more info. An interview in London was arranged, where I was offered the job, teaching English in a Kindergarten, and it was agreed I would leave in August, 5 months away.

Kazakhstan The Tien Shan Mountains In Almaty

I really had no idea what to expect, but living in Kazakhstan has been a brilliant experience. I teach English to a mixed class of local and expatriate children, hours are long but the pay is good and the holiday is amazing! And Kazakhstan is a really interesting place, in summer it gets incredibly hot, but winter is freezing. I never thought I could survive -25C!

While I’ve been here I’ve seen as much of the country as time allows, (train journeys are never less than 12 hours because the country is so big), visited neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, learnt (basic!) Russian, begun snowboarding and made some great friends.

My time here is nearly over, and while it’s been great, I’m looking forward to the next adventure.

Follow Clair into teaching English in Kazakhstan with a combination of a TEFL Org course and a TEFL Job in Kazakhstan courtesy of our own TEFL Job Centre.

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