Hey Mcrobbie - I too will be moving to Almaty to teach English. I have a ton of questions as well (cell phone, internet, social scene). I will be pretty much going 'in the dark'. Hope your trip over went well and feel free to exchange contacts with me and I can look you up when I get over there. Also looking for a (semi-respectable) gym once I get situated over there. Take care and good luck!
Kazakhstan is offering many jobs to qualified international teachers right now. As part of a programme to develop the education of the country, the roles combine teaching students and mentoring local teachers using English as the language of learning.