Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world by size but boasts a population of less than 18 million. Pavlodar is a medium-sized industrial city with well-developed infrastructure located in the north of Kazakhstan. It is subject to extremely cold temperatures in winter, often approaching -40 F or even lower. It is also windy most of the year. Fall and spring are brief, and summers are usually mild. Pavlodar often receives snow which can lead to ice on sidewalks and entrances to buildings. Due to the climate and transportation system, winter poses another challenge – namely finding a variety of fresh vegetables. Canned and frozen vegetables can be found, but winter offerings usually consist of carrots, potatoes, beets, onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes. It may be possible to find other fresh vegetables in the winter but those are usually expensive or available in very limited quantities. Public transport within the city is pretty reliable and cheap, and taxis are available as well. Traveling from Pavlodar to other cities usually requires flying to Astana and Almaty first.
Host Institution: S. Toraighyrov Pavlodar State University
S. Toraighyrov Pavlodar State University is one of the leading universities in Kazakhstan, and an important center for education, research, and culture in the northern region of the country. It was established in 1996 from what was formerly Pavlodar Industrial Institute, which was founded in 1960. S. Toraighyrov Pavlodar State University is a member of the Bologna Charter of Classical Universities of the World, the International Association for the Exchange of Student Internships (IAESTE), the Siberian Open University Association, the Association of Universities of Kazakhstan, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It is the only institution of higher education in the region that offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. More than 12,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at the university pursuing degrees in a wide variety of academic fields.
- The Fellow will teach general English and teaching methodology to graduate and undergraduate students.
- The Fellow will assist with the university’s English Speaking Club.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Participate in activities at the American Corner.
- Conduct seminars/workshops and give presentations to local EL teachers’ associations.