Far East & Asia

NIS Benefits Package

A very competitive salary

The salary for teachers working in Astana and Almaty is paid in tenge and is equivalent to 4000 USD per month (pro rata). NIS offers the equivalent, again paid in tenge, of an additional 1000 USD per month (pro rata) regional living allowance to teachers working in regional schools.

Around 10% personal income tax is deducted from your monthly salary. Public holidays are not paid.

Accommodation provided

Accommodation is paid directly to the landlord and provided upon arrival. The accommodation package includes utility bills and internet. Teachers will not be asked to share accommodation.

The NIS strategy is to provide accommodation as close to the school as possible. Each apartment is furnished with some basic essentials.

Travel expenses

NIS offers 2 return flights a year on an economy class flight. The cost shall not exceed 2,500 USD for a one-way flight. Travel expenses are offered to the teacher, they are not offered to family members/dependents. Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the school within one month of the teacher’s arrival in the country. All teachers must retain their boarding pass stubs as they will be required to submit these in order to be reimbursed for flights. Expenses incurred on other modes of transport, e.g. car, bus, train, ferry, will not be reimbursed.

Airport transfer on arrival is provided.

Medical insurance

All teachers will be provided with medical insurance for the duration of their employment contract. Medical insurance is not provided to family members or dependents. This can be arranged for a reasonable additional fee.

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One-time settling in allowance


NIS offers a generous one-off settling-in allowance of 2000 USD. The allowance is paid in two installments: the first, after opening a bank account in Kazakhstan on arrival, and secondly, when a teacher successfully completes the standard three-month probationary period. This allowance is subject to a 10% tax deduction.

No supplementary documentation is required for a teacher to be paid the settling-in allowance. Teachers are at liberty to use this allowance to ship their personal possessions from their previous place of residence, and to purchase additional household goods in the country.

Education allowance for children

The NIS education allowance for children is equivalent to 4000 USD per year. The education allowance is subject to 10% tax deduction and requires submission of verifying documents.

Working time and annual paid leave

International teachers will have a five day working week, with Saturdays and Sundays being days off. There are 56 calendar days of paid leave for teachers each year. This includes any weekend days sandwiched between days of paid leave. Teachers may take their leave during the longer student breaks. Leave at other times must be agreed in advance with the School Principal. Professional development for teachers normally takes place in the last two weeks of August. 

Visa support


In order to travel to Kazakhstan to work, you will require apostillised birth and marriage certificates for your spouse and dependents (this is not applicable if you plan to travel alone); a valid international passport; an invitation letter from us; and, a visa from the Kazakhstan Embassy in your country. You should bring a recent CRB or disclosure with you and certificates which you used in support of your application, including degree certificates. When you arrive you will be required to undergo a medical.

To travel to Kazakhstan, you must have a valid passport which has an extra six months’ validity beyond the end date of the visa you will be applying for. NIS will pay for the cost of your visa, and the cost visa support for you and your spouse and dependents (your invitation letter and telex number), but will not cover the costs of your spouse and dependents’ visas.

If you plan to bring your spouse and dependent children with you to Kazakhstan, as of 1 July 2013, you will need to have your marriage certificate, and your children’s birth certificates ‘apostillised’.

Please see the following links for information on the procedure:

South Africa: http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/legalisation.htm 

USA: http://www.nass.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=262&Itemid=484 

UK: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised 

Canada: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/italy-italie/consular_services_consulaires/authentication_documents_authentification.aspx?lang=eng 

Australia: http://www.dfat.gov.au/publications/consular-operations-handbook/part5.html 

Language training

NIS offers Kazakh and/or Russian language courses for international teachers within the schools.

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