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Atyrau, Kazakhstan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Atyrau, Kazakhstan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What are the schools in Atyrau like?

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"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," added another expat with kids at QSI Atyrau in 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," commented one expat when asked about QSI Atyrau in Atyrau.

"I'm pretty satisfied and my child seems to be happy :) It's all about your expectation in education," remarked another expat living in Atyrau with children attending QSI School Atyrau.

"Don't exposure your children to this school, better to consider a rotational assignment and leave your kids at home. Some of the forty year old local Kazakh schools put this very expensive “International” School to shame," said another expat in Atyrau with children at QSI Atyrau.

"Don't do it! The Pre-School and High School are especially weak. Limited programs and teachers with questionable experience and qualifications - also non-native English speakers. In pre-school some kids have started speaking English with Filippino and other strange accents," remarked another parent with kids at QSI Atyrau School in Atyrau.

"Not good for High School and teenagers as curriculum, class sizes and teaching too restrictive and narrow. If checking out lower school, ask for proof of teaching credentials and language support given to non-English speakers in the classroom. Check out the standard of English of teachers in lower school and also those of classroom assistants. Talk to other parents on a pre-assignment trip.The school is not value for money and unaffordable unless a company picks up the tab for tuition. Ask for a copy of the school handbook Ask about staff turnover and religious affiliation. Look closely at textbooks and the so-called 'Mastery' learning system where students can only get an A or a B grade," explained one expat living in Atyrau, Kazakhstan.

About the Author

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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