Teach English in Kyrgyzstan
An incredible destination for a TEFL course

TEFL Course in Kyrgyzstan

An incredible destination for a TEFL course

“What I would like to say today from the height of the past years to little ones: study better. Be especially good at learning languages. Otherwise, your languages will be your weakest point”.


Discover Kyrgyzstan with its combination of awe-inspiring mountains, clean air, and the extraordinary beauty of nature. Crystal-clear lakes, rivers, and rushing creeks; wide meadows and hiking paths offer an even more beautiful view behind every bend of the trail.
Kyrgyzstan is as special as its population–warm-hearted, simple people who marvel at archery and horseback riding. You’ll have a seat at their table even if you aren’t invited. They’ll always welcome you with open arms.
Bishkek is a modern city with offices, shops, restaurants, theatres, and universities. It is also the capital of the country. Originally a caravan rest stop, possibly founded by the Sogdians (ancient Silk Road people), on one of the branches of the Silk Road through the Tian Shan range, the location was fortified in 1825 by the khan with a mud fort.
Today, the city of over one million people is Kyrgyzstan’s financial center, with all of the country’s 21 commercial banks headquartered there. During the Soviet era, the city was home to many industrial plants, but most have been shut down since 1991 or now operate on a reduced scale.



Our TEFL Training Center is situated in Bishkek, in the Microdistrict Tunguch, at one of the famous universities in Central Asia: International Ala-Too University. We run accredited 120-Hour TEFL/TESOL Certifications which are accepted by schools all over the world. Certified TEFL teachers are always welcome at any educational institution. 

International Ala-Too University has modern buildings with rooms equipped with the latest technology and a pleasant square. It features air-conditioned auditoriums and Internet during the course. There is access to snacks and modern espresso and tea machines on the ground floor.

Except for the theory courses, our participants/trainees have the chance to gain in-class, hands-on experience in teaching English daily over a three-week period. It is possible to work with students of different ages from all over Kyrgyzstan at our center. 

Kyrgyzstan’s EFL students are taught at different proficiency levels (beginner, elementary, intermediate, and advanced) followed by immediate feedback and evaluation. also get the theory revision or teaching methods/ techniques to improve their teaching skills. The teaching staff is highly trained, certified, and experienced professionals in the field of English methodology. The participants will get individual attention and practical teaching and hands-on experience.

Why should we choose the TEFL course in Bishkek?  

There are some good reasons why you should choose our TEFL course at TEFL Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek:

  • 1. Accreditation

  • 2. Location (beautiful university)

  • 3. Course content

  • 4. Face-to-face instructors and teaching aids

  • 5. Gain classroom experience

  • 6. Career services

    What should I expect?
    The 4-week course is an intensive program with a content-based practicum. The four weeks go by quickly. You will gain the competence and experience to teach adults, young people, and children. Apart from that, you’ll feel confident about your future teaching assignments. 

    Can I take the course as a non-native English speaker?
    Of course, yes! Even non-native speakers may register and become the best English teachers. The prerequisite is a high level of English proficiency of at least B2 (and up). And there must be the desire to learn how to teach. 

    Will I have to speak Kyrgyz or Russian to take the TEFL course in Kyrgyzstan?
    No, you won’t. It is required to speak only English in the classroom during the lessons with students. It will identify complete language immersion.

    However, speaking a little Russian or Kyrgyz may be a valuable skill if you want to interact with locals. 

    Can the TEFL Center help me find a job?
    Yes, it can. Career support is included in the course program. In addition, if you want to improve your skills, taking one of the specialization courses will support your career in teaching English around the world. 

    Where can I teach with my TEFL certificate?   

    Anywhere in the world! If you want to stay in Kyrgyzstan, you can teach in all private institutions, such as English language schools, bilingual, and international schools. Kyrgyzstan needs qualified English teachers.

    The TEFL program focuses primarily on the teaching of adults; however, you are also introduced to teaching young learners and businesspeople. There is a big market for teaching at organizations and companies (in-company classes) and for private lessons. The process of teaching in public schools could be more challenging, but it is not impossible.
  • WORK IN Kyrgyzstan AS A TEFL  Teacher

    Education in Kyrgyzstan is compulsory for nine years, between ages seven and 15.  Following four years of primary and five years of lower secondary school, the system offers two years of upper secondary school, specialized secondary school, or vocational/technical school. Kyrgyz students can learn English in public schools starting in Grade 3 or in a private school. 

    Prerequisites to Teaching English in Kyrgyzstan

    Prerequisites for teaching English in Kyrgyzstan include an iTTi 120-Hour TEFL/TESOL Certification, native or near-native English proficiency, some teaching experience or skills, and a bachelor’s degree (not required but desired). Meeting these criteria opens doors to teaching opportunities. 

    Teaching Opportunities
    TEFL teaching opportunities in Kyrgyzstan are plentiful and diverse. Here are some facts about teaching English as a foreign language in Kyrgyzstan:
    1. Language Schools:  Private language schools and academies throughout Spain hire TEFL teachers to provide English language instruction to students of various ages and levels. These schools offer both part-time and full-time positions, allowing flexibility for teachers.

    2. Public Schools:  Many public primary and secondary schools in Kyrgyzstan hire English language teachers, either as language assistants or fully independent teachers. These positions are often filled through government-sponsored programs or local hiring processes.

    3. International Schools:  Kyrgyzstan is home to numerous international schools that follow an English-speaking curriculum. These schools seek qualified TEFL teachers to teach English as a subject or as a medium of instruction in various subjects.

    4. Business English:  There is a demand for TEFL teachers with expertise in teaching Business English. Many companies in Kyrgyzstan recognize the importance of English for professional purposes and require specialized English training for their employees.

    5. Private Tutoring:  Private tutoring is a popular option for TEFL teachers in Kyrgyzstan. It allows teachers to work one-on-one or in small groups, offering personalized instruction and flexibility in scheduling.

    6. Summer Camps:  During the summer months, there are opportunities to work in English immersion summer camps for children and teenagers. These camps focus on language development and cultural exchange in a fun and immersive environment.

    Salary for Teaching English

  • Language Schools: The average monthly salary for TEFL teachers in language schools ranges from $1,200 to $2,000.
  • Public Schools: Salary for language assistants in public schools ranges from $700 to $1,200 per month.
  • International Schools: TEFL teachers in international schools can earn higher salaries, typically ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 per month.
  • Cost of Living: While TEFL salaries in Kyrgyzstan may be moderate compared to some countries, the lower cost of living allows for a comfortable lifestyle.
  • Additional Income: Many TEFL teachers supplement their income through private tutoring or teaching extra classes.

    Contract Length
    Contracts differ from twelve months to 24 months. Public school teachers get eight weeks of paid vacation annually and free healthcare.

    Cost of Living in Kyrgyzstan
    Summary of cost of living in Kyrgyzstan:
  • A family of four estimated monthly costs are $1,541.50 without rent.
  • A single person’s estimated monthly costs are $428.60 without rent.
  • The cost of living in Kyrgyzstan is, on average, 61.20% lower than in the United States.
  • Rent in Kyrgyzstan is, on average, 77.3% lower than in the United States.

    Healthcare System in Kyrgyzstan

    Kyrgyzstan has a public healthcare system that is funded by the government and is free for citizens. The public healthcare system is called the Kyrgyz Republic Health Care System. Just under 70% of the country’s population of 6.6 million are covered by the health insurance system and many services require co-payments. 

    Foreigners (ex-pats and digital nomads) are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Kyrgyzstan; however, it is not used by many of them. Foreigners often have private insurance that allows for better services.

    When it comes to buying medication, you will need a prescription for controlled drugs; however, common medicine is easily available in pharmacies, some of which are often open 24 hours. 

    There are plenty around, they open every day, and some have weekend service. Pharmacies are an important place where to get health information.

    Important Emergency Numbers
    Ambulance: 103
    Fire Department: 101

    Police: 102

    Culture of Kyrgyzstan
    There is a wide mix of ethnic groups and cultures, with the Kyrgyz being the majority group. It is generally considered that there are 40 Kyrgyz clans, symbolized by the 40-rayed yellow sun in the center of the flag. The red lines inside the sun visualize the crown of a yurt, the traditional dwelling of nomadic farmers, once the main population of the Central Asian area.

    Languages Spoken
    Kyrgyzstan is the only former Soviet Central Asian republic to start out with two official languages: Russian and Kyrgyz.

    The dominant religion of Kyrgyzstan is Sunni Islam (91%). The Russian population is Russian Orthodox.

    Food & Drinks
    Kyrgyzstan is home to many different nationalities and their various cuisines. In larger cities, such as Bishkek, Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Karakol, various national and international cuisines can be found. On the road and in the villages, the cuisine tends to be standard Kyrgyz dishes, liberally flavored with oil or sheep fat, which are considered both delicious and healthy by the local population.
    Pilaf (paloo) is the national dish in Kyrgyzstan. Green tea is considered the national beverage.
  • TEFL Courses in Kyrgyzstan fill up quickly!



    Total tuition: $1000

    Deposit: $500, due at registration.

    Balance payment: $500 to be paid five working days before the first course date.
    Tuition fee includes course fee, certificate, moderation, and assistance in obtaining a teaching position.

    Course Dates

  • 2 September – 27 September 2024
  • 1 October – 25 October 2024
  • 28 October – 23 November 2024
    (7 November no classes)
  • 25 November – 20 December 2024


    75% on-line/25% on-site training

    Total tuition: $600
    Deposit: $300, due at registration.
    $300 to be paid five working days before the start of the Teaching Schedule
    Tuition fee includes: moderation, certificate and full career support services (CV/resume preparation, school information, interview guidance and departure support).

    Free supplement: specialization in Teaching Business, TOEFL Preparation, or Young Learners.

    You can start the online theory at any time and work at your own pace. Before you come for your placement, please finish the online part. You will need the necessary knowledge to teach English correctly.

    Teaching Practicum Dates

  • 16 September – 25 September 2024
  • 1 October – 10 October 2024
  • 28 October – 7 November 2024
    (07 November no classes)
  • 25 November – 4 December 2024

    Meet Our iTTi TEFL Bishkek Team

    Mrs. Ainuru Zholchieva is an Associate Professor who has been successfully working at International Ala-Too University, Social Science Faculty, Pedagogy Department in Kyrgyzstan for about 8 years. In addition, she trains teachers of English at Republican Institute of Requalification under the Ministry of KR Education. She is the co-author of Foreign Languages State Standard and English textbooks for secondary schools (4th-6th classes) in Kyrgyzstan. She has published several articles on pedagogy and psychology in CEEOL and ERIH PLUS editions in Europe.

    Dr. Ainuru is a Grant Holder of National Slovakian Scholarship Program in 2022. Currently, she is busy with post-doctoral research on Social Psychology. Furthermore, she is an experienced coordinator of Imperial English British TESOL Online Trainings. Her partners are: lmperial English UK in Birmingham, Lingua, Sapat – Cambridge International, Bilimkana, Governmental and Private Universities and Schools. She wants to make TESOL/TEFL famous and prestigious in Kyrgyzstan.

    Ainuru Zholchieva

    iTTi Kyrgyzstan - DIRECTOR OF STUDIES

    How to Apply for a TESOL Course

    Step 1

    To begin the admission process for iTTi Kyrgyzstan, you must first choose your starting date, complete the online application form, and pay a deposit of USD $500.

    Step 2

    An iTTi Enrollment Counselor will then contact you with instructions on how to complete the required English proficiency assessment test, if you are not a native speaker. You must obtain a B2/C1 level. A certificate will be provided by the iTTi School of English.

    Step 3

    Once you are notified of your acceptance to iTTi Kyrgyzstan, your remaining tuition balance is due 5 days prior to your course starting date.

    TEFL Course in Kyrgyzstan

    TEFL Course in Kyrgyzstan

    TEFL Course in Kyrgyzstan

    TEFL Course in Kyrgyzstan