Category Archives: Intercultural Exchange

Travel Guide – Shymkent/SKO

Apologies for the blast from the past (unrelated to my current whereabouts!), but I realized I had written this up long ago and never posted it. South Kazakhstan Oblast (SKO) has something for every traveler — mountains and rivers, untouched … Continue reading

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South Kazakhstan International Model United Nations 2011

06.26.11 (backlogged) I am very proud to say that less than a year since starting our Model United Nations project in Shymkent, South Kazakhstan witnessed its very first full MUN conference for students from around the region.  This was the … Continue reading

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Nauryz, the coming of spring celebration, is one of the biggest holidays in Kazakhstan (they name the whole month of March after it!). It is celebrated on March 22 every year at the spring equinox. The festivities are a-plenty, and … Continue reading

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Temporary Hiatus in Blog Updates

Dear all,  Many apologies for the long silence on the blog.  For the last month and a half my poor MacBook pro has been in a state of complete darkness (I think the precise term that popped up on Google … Continue reading

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Visit to Taraz

> 11.02.10 (backlogged) In mid-October, I finally paid a visit to the capital ofneighboring Zhambyl Oblast, a pretty southern city that now goes by the name ofTaraz.  Examinations for theprestigious FLEX Program were being held, and a few of us … Continue reading

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Teacher’s Holiday Celebration

10.04.09 (backlogged) Today is the Teacher’s Holiday in Kazakhstan. I think this holiday is one of the things we should import from Kazakhstan to America. Being a teacher is hard work that I appreciate all the more by observing the … Continue reading

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