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skessell61 commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Culture-Shock-in-Bishkek
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Learn to squat before you come to KG. Be prepared for the smell of burning rubbish, and a lot of greasy/oily food. Vegetarian options are limited in most restaurants/cafes. (Continue)
skessell61 replied most recently with:
I worked in KG (Bishkek) for 4.5 months as a volunteer with an NGO. I didn't have any language or cultural training before I went. The toilet situation was never an issue for me because (1) I'm a guy and (2) I've traveled extensively in Central America where flushing of the TP isn't cool either. I, too, lost weigh but never because of being sick. There were times I just couldn't eat much of what was on the table. I resorted to Coke and Snickers for calories. Variety in food choices is not what I was use to. Only canned peas and corn, no familiar breakfast foods, etc. I felt very isolated at times because of the language barrier. Eventually I learned enough on my own to feel comfortable going out by myself to eat, get a taxi and the like. I found the people pleasant but no one really went out of their way to invite me to do things. All that said, I liked it enough that I am returning in late July 2015 as I was offered and accepted a teaching position at AUCA.
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property in KyrgyzstanModern facilities and services. Security gate, central heating and air conditioning. nicely decorated.
Hi everybody, Does anyone would like to grab for a drink soon or later ? It's better if I introduce myself : I am Gwen. I just came back from a long-stay abroad where I worked. I arrive in Bishkek next Wednesday and I'll stay less 2 months. I will be volunteer as a french teacher. I don't know anybody in Bishkek. So I will be pleased to meet people already on place. Of course, lot of people are welcome ! I am really sociable, and I like to share this kind of amazing experience with people that I appreciate around me :) Let me know if you are interested by a meeting ! Have a wonderful day Gwen
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silvrbill replied to the thread Meeting Americans in Bishkek on the Kyrgyzstan forum:
silvrbill initially posted:
Any good places or organizations to meet Americans here other than the Metro Pub? I'll be living here permanently and want to make some friends.
silvrbill replied most recently with:
Always looking to meet new friends. Most important requirement for me is for them to speak English. My Russian is terrible.
marcelgerrits replied most recently with:
HI, i'm not an American and try to avoid Metro Pub... Maybe American School, AUCA, or register at the Embassy and meet up at certain celebrations organised by the Embassy? There must be a ton of NGOs in the counrty as well that might have Americans on their staff. Though I hope you are alos keeping a open mind to meet people form other countries that are working/living in Kyrgyzstan... cheers, Marcel
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marcelgerrits replied to the thread Looking for work in Bishkek on the Kyrgyzstan forum:
olseninsk initially posted:
My name is Thomas Olsen and I will be studying in Bishkek at the beginning of August until May of next year. I would like to do side work teaching English conversation skills. I have taught before to adults and children in Arequipa Peru. I am very patient and encouraging and willing to work with anyone. I am willing to work in a number of fields, I have no problem with manual labor, I take orders very well, work very well with other, and also good at office work. If anyone has anything available let me know, I am not picky and open for anything. Thanks, Thomas Olsen
marcelgerrits replied most recently with:
Hi Thomas, It might be useful to check out the American School at Turusbekova. They offer English courses and other courses in English so they might need teachers. Why not drop by at them? Cheers, Marcel
cjapas replied most recently with:
Hello Tomas, There are several English language schools in Bishkek. One I would recommend is International Language Academy Central Asia. It is run by Mario. I have no idea if he is hiring currently, bou can contact him at mrabello@ilaca-academy.com. Best wishes!
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Jetblast25 replied to the thread Health care on the Kyrgyzstan forum:
Jetblast25 initially posted:
Any know a good, English speaking dentist in Bishkek?
Jetblast25 replied most recently with:
Thanks. Do you have the name or any contact info? How about Eng speaking Dr?
claudiajohnson replied most recently with:
there is a dentist office run by Koreans and it is modern well equipt and they speak English
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tbcobd posted lOOKING FOR A JOB IN KYRGYZSTAN on the Kyrgyzstan forum:
Hi Friends, I am a 40 years old male from Bangladesh having MBA in Marketing & PGD in Human Resources Management. I have 14+ years job experience. Does any of our member can advise me about the job possibility in kYRGYZSTAN. Thanking you.
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