Teach in Turkmenistan
European and American curricula in international schools provide opportunities for teachers to find jobs in Turkmenistan. These positions involve teaching expat students in English.
Teaching in Turkmenistan
Teaching Jobs in Turkmenistan
There is not a great deal of paid work for foreigners in Turkmenistan, although volunteer teaching placements may be available for teachers interested in teaching English. In these cases, a TEFL certificate is always an asset. International schools, generally using an imported curriculum from Europe or the United States, hire licensed teachers to teach expatriate children in English.
Teaching Jobs in Turkmenistan - Hiring
The school year follows a similar calendar to North America, with classes starting in early September and completing for the year in June. Primary and Secondary schools begin their recruitment for the year in early spring. For voluntary or ESL teaching positions, hiring may take place throughout the year. Teachers should apply via the Teach Away application system for openings in Turkmenistan.
Living in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan may be considered one of the most unique Turkic states in Central Asia. Historically, Turkmenistan featured several important stops on the Silk Road, and although covered by the Karakum or Black Sand desert, is wealthy in natural resources. The President for Life, Saparmurat Niqazov or Turkmenbashi (“Leader of the Turkmens”) ruled Turkmenistan until his death in 2006, leaving a lasting impression on the country’s landscape.
While visitors need to be aware of local laws - which include a ban on any perceived slander of Turkmenbashi, the state or the Ruhnama (a book written for the Turkmen people by Turkmenbashi), there are fantastic unique sightseeing and adventure travel opportunities. Visitors can take in the architecture in the ancient cities of Merv and Dekhistan or visit the modern capital of Ashgabat. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to visit the Karakum Desert’s burning gas craters and multi-colored canyons.
TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Turkmenistan 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 Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan at a Glance
Capital - Ashgabat
Language - Turkmen, Russian
Population - 5.2 million
Currency - Turkmen manat
Government - Presidential Republic
- Turkmenistan is bordered by the Caspian Sea to the west, Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast and Iran to the south.
- Russia, Iran and Qatar are the only three countries with more natural gas reserves than Turkmenistan.
- Around 80% of Turkmenistan is covered by the Karakum (Black Sands) Desert.
- Electricity and gas are free in Turkmenistan.
- Karakum Canal in Turkmenistan is one of the longest irrigation canals in the world.
- The adult literacy rate in Turkmenistan is 100%.
- You can find real dinosaur footprints at Kugitang Nature Reserve in Turkmenistan.