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Expat Guide to Living in Astana

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

Culture Shock Report

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

Submit a Culture Shock Report

Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Astana - 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 Astana 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 Astana? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Astana? Help others moving to Astana by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.

Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Astana

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Astana. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Astana:
Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Astana. If you are already living in Astana, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

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 Astana 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 Astana? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Astana 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 Astana? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Astana? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

Submit a Working Abroad Report
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Culture-Shock-in-AlmatyAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Almaty, Kazakhstan

A teacher from South Africa decided to move to Almaty after experiencing significant culture shock while living in Semipalatinsk. He share why he enjoys life in Almaty.

A teacher from South Africa decided to move to Almaty after experiencing significant culture shock while living in Semipalatinsk. He share why he enjoys life in Almaty....

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