‘Any teacher who has stopped learning themselves has probably also stopped being useful as a teacher’ James Scrivener, ‘Learning Teaching’ I’ve been in Astana for a few months now, having previously worked for a language school in my hometown in Ukraine as well as given private lessons as a tutor. Bearing in mind James Scrivener’s quote mentioned above I decided to apply for a job in InterPress, Kazakhstan, to face new challenges alongside achievements at this highly professional language centre. There are few things I really love. Books, Films, Music are my main passions. And I admire the feeling when they become more important in my life than life itself. And yet, my students and my family are number one.
Hello there! I’m Marco. And yes I am Italian. I’m originally from a small seaside town called Anzio, even though most of the times I just say I’m from Rome, because I do feel Roman anyway. After getting my bachelor’s degree I went to Qingdao, China with an exchange programme, I taught English in a kindergarten, there is where I realised that teaching was what I wanted to do for a living. So I went back home, finished my Masters and did CELTA in IH Riga, where I worked last year, and eventually here I am working for IH Almaty. Teaching here is very nice and we use a lot of technology which is something I really enjoy and make learning a language more involving for the students. I like cooking, traveling, reading and learning new things, and naturally I love languages!
David is originally from London but has now been living In Almaty for over two years. Initially lured to Kazakhstan by the promise of untouched mountains he enjoys central Asia’s natural beauty and cultural diversity. He is a keen traveller and has been to 99 countries. David has completed the CELTA, Young Learners and Business English qualifications. Although he comes from a business consulting background he enjoys teaching a wide range of classes from beginners to advanced and from young learners to adults. Being British, he is often seen drinking tea or checking the progress of AFC Wimbledon the community owned football team he supports.
Hi, my name’s Natalya and I’m a Senior Teacher at InterPress International House Almaty. I am extremely excited about working here and being a member of an IH school gives me so many opportunities to develop professionally. I am a teacher at heart and I feel very lucky to have a job that I love! At the same time I am involved in academic management which is very beneficial in terms of professional growth. No two days are the same here at InterPress IH! I love having the opportunity of meeting so many wonderful students and helping them to make good progress in a very special and unique school! The atmosphere here is very friendly and welcoming. In my free time, I love reading, walking and exploring new places.
Osama is from Newcastle, County Down in the UK and has been teaching English for almost fifteen years. He graduated as an engineer from Leeds University in England and worked on the Channel Tunnel and Jubilee Line Extension projects in the UK before doing his CELTA in 2001. Prior to coming to InterPress IH Kazakhstan he worked as teacher and coordinator for the British Council, where he did his DELTA in 2005. He became a CELTA trainer at IH Almaty in 2010. This is his fifth year working for InterPress IH in Kazakhstan and he loves the amazing scenery, friendly people and the great camaraderie shared by everyone working for InterPress IH. He likes working in Astana because it is a great city; it is the new capital of Kazakhstan and it is developing and growing at an incredible speed with a variety of places for entertainment and having fun opening up all the time.