Yep, although it seemed like an adventure and a good idea at the time, I've done my homework, read the forums and spoken to various returnees - and declined the offer. I don't mind a bit of crap. I don't even mind a lot of crap, but I do expect to be paid on time and as agreed, live in a place that is reasonable nice and close, expect expenses that were agreed to be honoured in a timely fashion and without hassle, expect holiday pay to be honoured without argument 6 months later etc etc etc. Oh well. Actually, it's quite nice not working at the moment!
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.