Teaching English in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Overview

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


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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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.

Red tape

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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  1. Sean McGann says:

    Hi, my name is Sean McGann and I would really like to teach in Kyrgyzstan. I have two and a half years experience teaching English. I have taught in Nepal, Georgia and South Korea. I would love to start teaching around July, 2014. I have a B.A. degree and a CELTA.

  2. Ruslan says:

    Dear Sirs
    I would like to apply for a vacancy of an ESL teacher at your school
    My experience in teaching English is 14 years plus I have been working at schools in my country and abroad
    Though not a native speaker (I am a Ukrainian) most of the time i spent abroad and my experience and qualifications are sufficient for performing duties of an English teacher anywhere
    I started in Poland in 1998 and for 4 years I was working in public schools there From 2002 to 2003 I was employed at Volyn State university(Ukraine) as a teacher-assistant of affiliated for undergraduate student courses In 2004-2005 my work was in Poland at the agricultural school then university in Ukraine again and in 2006 I left my country to teach in China There I was employed at EF Aston and public schools
    While working i obtained additional teaching qualifications and certificates I would be happy and proud to start working at your school
    My contact:
    Ruslan P.

  3. Gwen Nankervis says:

    I would very much like to teach ESL in Kyrgyzstan.
    I like to go to out of the way places like this. I am also interested in the other “stan” countries. I have TESOL qualifications and I have taught English in China and Ethiopia.
    Gwen Nankervis

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