Almaty’s “well kept secret” sanatorium

mountainsyard and gardensHUGE sanatoriumYelena and viewsanatorium endgolf coursedouble rainbowman made lake

Thanks to American taxpayer dollars there were about 200 English teachers from all over Central Asia. I enjoyed meeting those especially from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan since they come from some real hardship posts.  Many difficulties to get their necessary paperwork done for some of these participants whose governments are rather suspicious of conferences such as this.  Some of those teachers I spoke with were SOOOOO very grateful for this opportunity to be exposed to learning new strategies on how to teach reading and writing in English better.  Andrea Schindler did an amazing job pulling this conference off as a Regional English Language Officer with her office and staff up in Astana. Yelena and I felt VERY privileged of the few of us who came from Almaty to take part as presenters and participants in this Central Asian Teachers of English conference.  I met many wonderful people and Yelena saw her Kazakhstani friends from years ago when she used to be president of TEA (Teachers of English Association). 

My friend and co-presenter, Yelena kept saying, as only a native Russian speaker can with their stress and intonation, “I LIKE this conference!”  Heavy emphasis on “LIKE” which almost made it seem like two words rather than one.  Yes, I did too and I felt the money was well spent on deserving teachers who are dedicated to the craft of teaching. I also believe that the setting is one of Almaty’s well-kept secrets!

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  1. 1

    Shadman Rashidi said,

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Need the address and the contact of the Sanatorium – in Almaty (pictuer above) Kazakhstan. Kindly forward the contact ASAP to my email addres

    Do appriciate your help

  2. 2

    leah said,

    hi i think we met outside the jazz concert. can you tell me where this sanatorium is and how to contact it? thanks.

  3. 3

    kazaknomad said,

    Leah, thanks for inquiring about the sanatorium, it can be found doing a google search. I recall that it was about a half hour west of Almaty but that is what I remember from going there a year ago. Sorry I can’t help you with more information than that. It is really worth the visit if you have a chance to go.

  4. 4

    Tatyana said,

    Hi, searching for ATEA info I came across your blog entry. Thanks very much for sharing your impressions! I wrote about the conference to livejournal, but later the biggest internet providers, Kazaktelecom and Nursat, blocked the website because of Karimov’s postings. So the weblog is only accessible from other IPs. We are launching a new website for English teachers in Kazakhstan. Visit for news, professional development opportunities, and other.

  5. 5

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful post. Thanks for
    supplying this info.

  6. 6

    Very good info. Lucky me I came across your blog by chance
    (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

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