Hello everyone. I'm moving to Uralsk in Aug. to work as a Bio teacher, but I have a couple of questions. First, is there any urban bus company? I tried to use google maps transit info but nothing shows up. And about the weather.. is it too harsh? every single piece of advice will be really useful and appreciated. thanks kids
Hi there! Firstly, welcome to our community. I have lived and worked in Uralsk at said school for 3 years, so somewhat a veteran. Bus, 60 tt (under 20 US cents) no matter how far you travel. Buses come every 5 minutes, depending where you want to go. But Taxi's are cheap and quite easy to catch (now they are on whatsapp) I catch a taxi most morning and it costs 300tt (@90 US cents) distance approx 3.5 k. Weather - when you arrive in August it should still be quite hot, around 27c. But the weather changes quite quickly, moving up and down 10 -15 degrees within days, so by the end of September its fairly cool, and by December we are into the minus'. The weather in the depth of winter is bloody cold outside, but everything is double glazed and insulated, and heating is supplied to every home, so you are never cold inside. Things to bring - sheets for a double bed. The sheets here are thin and cheap, but very expensive so your landlord will only get cheap sheets that probably won't fit your bed. Coat - buy it here. They are not really that expensive and they are suited to the weather. Living here is quite cheap, but during winter, eating is carbs and protein - not really much choice in vegetables. (potato, onion, carrot, cabbage) You are arriving into a much smaller team this year, but we do enjoy having the occasional night out! Please don't hesitate to ask more questions. I took my position here because, quite ironically, an international biology teacher here answered my questions. We have only 8.3 weeks to go here before the break, so you will be here before you know it. Regards Kim
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.