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Ing. arch. Jan Pospíchal, CTU Prague, ročník 6

Faculty civil engineering
Field of study architecture and urban planning
Field of internship Architecture
Specialization of Internship- - - - - - - - - -
Internship period (from - to) 1.9.2016 - 6.10.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 4
Transport (means, price) flight, cca 6000 czk
Insurance/Insurance company CPP
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) yes
Price of Visa 100 E
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Kazakhstan, Pavlodar
Internship reference number KZ-2016-0006

About the country

Location of the place

Pavlodar is northen industrial city by the Irthis river. It´s about 450 Km to Omsk. It´s 8 hours of train to Astana, 1 hour flight.


The city is combination of old detached houses and modern funcional high building from 60s and 70s. The streets are long and straight. And there are really diference of main streets and the side streets. The main is big as our D1 highway and many of the side streets are just sandy paths. There are two trams lines. One of them have tram station next to the university. There are many buses lines. There are also many praks, shops, culture centers, pubs.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Kazakhstan is big country, so the distances is abnormal for people from the Europe. Most of people go to the river for a walk, for a piknick, for a weekend. You are in the middle of step, so for some trips somewhere you will need to have atleast two days free. The nearest is Bayanaul natiaonal park and it will take 4 hours by car to get there. It´s 8 hours by train to Astana and 1 day and 8 hours to Almaty. But the Russia is really near, but you have to have visa.



I was work for InEU. I was working with Mr. Zairovich on project placed in Pavlodar. It was in way of talking about my designs.

Work description

I was working on project called "goose flight". It is one place in Pavldar where acient bones were found and there will be build a paleontoligi museum. My project was design the conference hall and the museum. I was working on my laptop at the dormitory. There are not any free place to work at the University unless you will sit on a lecture. I had talk with Mr. Zairiovich twice a week and sometime it wasn´t easy. Mr. Zairovich dont speak english at all, so if there were some student who know some english he was translating. If there wasn´t any student it was czech-russia talking with drawing and showing.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

In O-from is writen: University provides free lodging and meals and pays student 20000 tenge for pocket money. I expect free meal an accommodation and 20000 for me. But it wasnt so. I get 15 000 for month, 5000 from the 20 000 was for accommodation, and I payed every meal in student cantine. The 15 000 tenge isn´t som much for one month. You have to take your own money or count every tenge you spend. The prices is about 75% of Czech prices.

Language requirements

It is better to know russia. Not much of students know english to be able to talk with you. Thay know some words in better case some phrases. Knowledge of Azbuka is necessary.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

I stayed in student dormitory next to the university. There were two rooms and bathroom accesible from antechamber. I was useing one of the room and I was alone in this whole apartement. The antechamber also work as a kitchen. There were eletric cooker, frige, electric pot, table and also some dishes. In the room were two beds and one table, for one person it was good, for two people it can be little unconfortable.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

Nasta and Madyiar wait mw at the Pavlodar airport. And we go to the city be car arrange by the university. In first days of my stay in Pavlodar Nasta and Madyiar showed me the town and give me tips for shoping and so on. I were no dinner with locel people from other faculty of the university and with them we made a sightseeing in town. With the architecture and design department we were at picknick by the Irtish river. I also mannage to borrow a bike from one of the techer so I made several bike trip out of town.

Meeting other foreign students

They want to know something about Europe and about Czech, but they don´t know much of english. And I dont know much of russian
But there is some of them who know something in english and they are try to talk to help just to be sure that everything is allright.

Sport and culture

At the university there is play ground, gym a.c. Because part of university is about physical education. in town there is culture centre and many restaurants and pubs.

Food, local specialties

Plov, Grečka, Blinčiky, Dastarchan, Samsa...

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Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

I bought kazakhstan Sim card with the phone internet. But sometimes the signal was weak or comletly without signal. But it is good way how to be in touch with Czech Republic and also with the local.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

learn russian and stay positive

What not to forget with you

laptop, money.

Benefits of the internship

You will meet new people, see the work on asia university,

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

The email comunication was fast and understantable. although at the weekend they will not answer you at all, same on holidays. Even if there is some prolems. But they really try to hel you in every possible way.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Overall I have good felling about IAESTE. They are trying to help you with every problems or questions, but in some case they cant affect everything.

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