Teaching English in Kyrgyzstan

Teaching English in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Bishkek$800 – $1300

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 that receives a lot of praise from visitors.

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Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?

A working visa application should be begun well in advance. Speak both with your prospective employer and your local embassy.

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.

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.

Accommodation, transport and food are cheap.

Normally you will be paid monthly and income tax will have been paid automatically.

Fun Fact About Kyrgyzstan

An interesting fact about Kyrgyzstan for an English teacher is that the country is home to the ancient epic poem called “Manas.” With over half a million lines, it is considered one of the longest epic poems in the world, even longer than the Mahabharata and the Iliad! “Manas” is a vital part of Kyrgyz literature and culture, and it portrays the heroic deeds and legends of the Kyrgyz people.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Kyrgyzstan


  • Bishkek is a cheap and liberal-minded city popular with adventurous travellers
  • Kyrgyz culture is fascinating and the country has some beautiful landscapes to explore
  • It’s easy to meet other foreigners in Bishkek


  • Not many job opportunities advertised
  • Not much chance of professional development
  • It is not a good idea to walk alone at night