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Expat Guide to Living in BISHKEK

Whether you're already living in BISHKEK or preparing to move to BISHKEK, our Expat Guide to Living in Kyrgyzstan offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in BISHKEK. For answers to specific questions, visit our Kyrgyzstan Forum to talk with expats in BISHKEK.

Culture Shock in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

One expat shares her experiences adjusting to life in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She appreciates the folk music and handicrafts, but has had lots of issues with food poisoning and squatting toilets!

Dream vs Reality of Living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

One member of Expat Exchange dreamed of skiing in the winter, sunbathing in the summer and enjoying a healthy lifestyle in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In reality, the fall and spring are lovely, but the summer is too hot for sunbathing.

Culture Shock Report

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in BISHKEK handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to BISHKEK by filling out our Culture Shock Report.

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Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in BISHKEK - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to BISHKEK by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

Submit a Living Overseas Report

Moving Overseas Report

What should you take with you when you move to BISHKEK? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in BISHKEK? Help others moving to BISHKEK by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.

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International School Report

Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to BISHKEK with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in BISHKEK, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.

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Dream vs. Reality of Living in BISHKEK Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to BISHKEK. If you are already living in BISHKEK, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in BISHKEK:
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Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in BISHKEK by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in BISHKEK? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in BISHKEK by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in BISHKEK? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in BISHKEK? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

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