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Astana, Kazakhstan • 21 December 2022

American Fulbrighters Compare North and South Regions in Kazakhstan and the US

Emily Ren and Kelsey Dabrowski share their experiences teaching English in Kazakhstan

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Emily Ren and Kelsey Dabrowski
Emily Ren and Kelsey Dabrowski
Emily Ren comes from Washington, D.C. and has a degree in public health and public policy. In 2019, she signed up to help with a social cafe project in Kazakhstan. Although the trip got canceled, Emily learned quite a bit about the country and when presented with another chance to travel, she specifically chose Kazakhstan
Emily Ren comes from Washington, D.C. and has a degree in public health and public policy. In 2019, she signed up to help with a social cafe project in Kazakhstan. Although the trip got canceled, Emily learned quite a bit about the country and when presented with another chance to travel, she specifically chose Kazakhstan

Teaching English in Kazakhstan

Kelsey Dabrowski [in the center] graduated from the University of Georgia, where she studied foreign languages and English as a second language (ESL). She has a few years of experience working as a tutor. A year before Kazakhstan she taught English in France
Kelsey Dabrowski [in the center] graduated from the University of Georgia, where she studied foreign languages and English as a second language (ESL). She has a few years of experience working as a tutor. A year before Kazakhstan she taught English in France
Kelsey Dabrowski
Kelsey Dabrowski

It just has to do with life experience and the way that a lot of them have children already. It gives students a big difference in perspectives on their independence and the level of responsibility. I think that’s been the main difference so far because it’s very rare for US students to be married already.

North vs South

Emily Ren and Kelsey Dabrowski
Emily Ren and Kelsey Dabrowski

So, the differences between the regions of Kazakhstan are similar to those in the U.S. Let me explain. In the North, there’s a stereotype that Northerners are work-oriented and not very friendly. The South is stereotyped to be hospitable with a slower pace of life, and usually traditional or religious.

Emily Ren
Emily Ren

A bit homesick

Kelsey Dabrowski
Kelsey Dabrowski
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