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Teaching English Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan Q&A with Jeffrey Stier about teaching English and living abroad

Kazakhstan English Teaching


What is your citizenship?

United States

What city and state are you from?

Baltimore, Maryland

How old are you?


What is your education level and background?

Bachelor's Degree

Have you traveled abroad in the past?

Some International Travel with friends, family, business, etc.

If you have traveled abroad in the past, where have you been?

Thailand, Japan, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan

What sparked your interest in going to teach English abroad?

My travels but specifically my trip to Kyrgyzstan. It opened my eyes to living and working abroad.


Why did you decide to get TEFL certified and choose International TEFL Academy?

International TEFL Academy Chicago ClassFrom my research they seemed the most reputable and had a large amount of information online. The locations were interesting as well but I settled on the Chicago location.

Which TEFL certification course did you take?

How did you like the course?

The class was amazing, very intense and complete. Gosia and Jan are both excellent teachers with very different styles. It made the class much more interesting and for me at least aided me in learning the large amounts of material included in the course. The course is very intensive and I learned just about everything I have needed in my job as a TEFL teacher abroad. The practicum was especially helpful as it gave me hands in experience with real students and immediate feedback.

How has your TEFL training helped you in your current teaching position?

Completely, I had no experience as a teacher when I attended International TEFL Academy. Everything I know about teaching came from them and none if what I learned has steered me wrong.Kazakhstan English Teaching In my conversations with more experienced teachers abroad I have seen how the methods we learned are working in classrooms and they have been universally impressed with my knowledge level for so new of a teacher. I know this stems from the through program I took at International TEFL Academy.


Which city and country did you decide to teach English in and why?

I decided to teach abroad in Kazakhstan.

How long have you been in this country and how long do you plan to stay?

Four months and I want to stay for at least two years.

How did you secure your English teaching job?

I applied through an online site.

How did you get your work visa? If you didn't get a work visa, please elaborate on working under the table without a work visa.

I received my visa with the school's aid. Working and teaching English in Kazakhstan with no visa is not possible. My company is very good in their support on visa issues.

Tell us about your English teaching job!

Classes: The Number of classes here are high but the classes are forty minutes, so it is easier.

Salary: The pay with my company is about double the average worker here.

Savings: I am able to save a couple of hundred dollars a month.

School Type: I work in a private school.

Students: My students are children. But my company also has adult students.

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