Kyrgyzstan offers a small number of TEFL opportunities and demand for English tuition is growing slowly. However, information on these opportunities is relatively scarce. The vast majority of work is in Bishkek, a unique capital city which receives a lot of praise from visitors.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||800 – 1,300||Various but often evenings and weekend shifts||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||2,000 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate.
1. A working visa application should be begun well in advance. Speak both with your prospective employer and your local embassy.
2. The London School in Bishkek is a good place to approach – but bear in mind that they cannot employ anyone over the age of 40.
3. A basic knowledge of Russian (or, better still, Kyrgyz) is greatly advised.
Obtaining the necessary visa is a somewhat arduous process and requires plenty of time to complete.
Cost of living
Accommodation, transport and food are cheap.
Tax and salary information
Normally you will be paid monthly and income tax will have been paid automatically.
|Bishkek is a cheap and liberal-minded city popular with adventurous travellers||Not many job opportunities advertised|
|Kyrgyz culture is fascinating and the country has some beautiful landscapes to explore||Not much chance of professional development|
|It’s easy to meet other foreigners in Bishkek||It is not a good idea to walk alone at night|
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