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Atyrau, Kazakhstan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 22, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Atyrau, Kazakhstan is around 200,000 people. People describe Atyrau as a modern city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's friendly people, its proximity to the Caspian Sea, and its vibrant nightlife. The weather in Atyrau is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from an average low of -2°F in January to an average high of 86°F in July. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $600 per month.

What are the schools in Atyrau like?

"Be extremely careful to check the qualifications of the teacher teaching your child. Find out how many years of teaching experience in the grade and find out other parents' opinion. The school hires teachers without credentials and without experience. Parents need to join together to insist teachers have at least 5 years experience in the US and another couple of years teaching abroad. Lastly, make sure the teacher has no record of being dismissed from this school or another school for unprofessional behavior," remarked another expat living in Atyrau with children attending QSI Atyrau.

"If your most important thing is that your family stays together while one spouse works in the Kazakhstan oil industry, it's not a bad place. If you come with an upbeat, positive attitude, and look to be part of solutions rather than part of problems, you can do fine here. I have been happy with the quality of education my child has received, and more importantly, my child is happy here," said another expat in Atyrau with children at QSI Atyrau.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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