Teach in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan teaching opportunities for English speakers typically come as ESL instructor positions. Other teach abroad opportunities in Kyrgyzstan present themselves as international school positions.
Teaching in Kyrgyzstan
Teaching Jobs in Kyrgyzstan
Teaching English in Kyrgyzstan can be difficult, as foreigners may have a hard time obtaining a non-tourist visa. However, teachers who wish to travel to Kyrgystan to teach English may be able to do so through volunteer opportunities.
For teachers interested in teaching English, a TEFL certificate is always an asset.
Teaching in Kyrgyzstan - Hiring
The school year for private or non-profit schools starts in late August/early September and finishes in June. Schools will usually start recruitment for the coming school year in early spring. For volunteer openings, start dates may take place throughout the year.
To apply for a teaching position in Kyrgyzstan, teachers should apply via the Teach Away application portal.
Apply to teach in Kyrgyzstan
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Living in Kyrgyzstan
Geographically, Kyrgyzstan is mountainous, with lakes and other bodies of water in over 90% of the country. Activities for travelers include trekking and horseback riding. Visitors are able to take advantage of community tourism from Kyrgyz families looking to make an extra income, providing guests with opportunities to stay in a yurt (a traditional nomad dwelling), sample traditional foods (kymyz or fermented mares milk is a popular drink), or homestay.
Kyrgyzstan has experienced recent political unrest, so foreign travelers are advised to use caution when visiting. At the moment, however, most foreign governments do not have a travel advisory in effect, and only advise their citizens to exercise caution.
TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Kyrgyzstan require applicants to possess a TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top private school positions in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan at a Glance
Capital - Bishkek
Language - Kyrgyz, Russian
Population - 5.2 million
Currency - Kyrgyz som (KGS)v
Government - Republic
- With an average of 29.5 residents for each square kilometre of land, Kyrgyzstan is one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries.
- Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second city, is over 3,000 years old. The city’s market was a key trading point on the Silk Road, the overland route taken by caravans heading between Europe and Asia.
- The Silk Road, a major trade route between China and Europe, used to run directly through Kyrgyzstan.
- A popular drink in Kyrgyzstan is “kumyz”, which is made from fermented mare’s milk.