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Bc. Jan Vaverka, Brno University of Technology, ročník 4

Faculty Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Field of study Physical Engineering and nanotechnology
Field of internship Physical Sciences, Other
Specialization of Internship- - - - - - - - - -
Internship period (from - to) 15.6.2016 - 5.8.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 7 and half
Transport (means, price) Airplane, ca 350 EUR
Insurance/Insurance company Alpenverein
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) Yes
Price of Visa 70 EUR
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Kazakhstan, Almaty
Internship reference number KZ-2016-0030

About the country

Location of the place

Almaty, SE of Kazakhstan. On the south side of the city center. Mountains on the south side of the city, on the north side is flatland. Climate si very continental: warm summer, cold winter and cold nights.

City

City was rebuilded after Kebin earthquake in 1911. In the city live approx 1,6 milions of inhabitants and it is huge. Streets have clasical net structure which is good for orientation. In the city you will not find historical building, only exeption is cathedral built in 1907 made of wood without using nails. You should also visit Green bazar, Arasan spa, Kok Tobe hill or state museum.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

You can get to mountains very easily with public transport or taxi. Easier to reach is valley of Malaja Almatinka, where is big ice skating stadium and ski resort with lifts operating during summer. In other valley is beautiful Big Almatin Lake. You should also visit NP Altyn Emel (desert) and Charyn canyon (smaller version of Grand canyon).

Employer

Employer

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Faculty of Physics, Department of solid state physics and nonlinear physics.

Work description

Construction of assamblies for Magnetron sputtering and Auger electron spectroscopy.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

40500 KZT/month, teoretically enough, but you travel because you want to see the world and if you want to experience Kazakhstan, you need minimum 60000 KZT per month.

Language requirements

English, A2 could be enough. Russian language is not required, but it's very helpful in everyday life.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

For free , provided by Uni, located inside of uni campus

Social life

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

My supervisor picked-up me. IAESTE members are helpful. Thery provide organised trips and helps with everyday problems like: no dishes in dorm. Their activity rapidly increased after new foreign students arrived, which was unfourtunately two weeks before I left.

Meeting other foreign students

Selforganised. Most of my stay we were group of 4 students.

Sport and culture

National sport is Kokpar. Something between polo and rugby with dead goat without head as a "ball". But you can't see it in the city. Than football. In the city there is a football club FC Kairat. Almaty is not really cultural city like Astana. I visited only us-kz festival.

Food, local specialties

Food is more fatty than european. Specialities are Beshbarmak (soup from horse or mutton meat with noodles), Shaslik, Plov (mutton or beef with rice), Kumys (alkohol drink made of horse milk), Šubat (alkohol drink made of camel milk) etc. You have to try horse steak.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Internet is everywhere in big cities and is cheaper than you could expect. 8GB cost 1500 KZT per month, thats approx. 4 euros

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Learn azbuka and basics of russian language. Get ready for warm weather.

What not to forget with you

RAID, it's not easy to buy it there. The rest depends on condition of your dorm.

Benefits of the internship

You can see "the world". See the diferences between euroatlantic civilization and rest of the world.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Harsh, in begenning. I was maybe for month pushing hard to get invitation letter which is necessary for visa procedure. I got it 11 days before depature, on late friday, so I had to travel separately to ambassy on monday (I wanted to use agency) and hope that I will get the passport back in time before depature. After I arrived everything was OK.

Overall experience with IAESTE

I will have overall experince after we will finish all procedures :-)

Student's website

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Employer's webiste

http://www.kaznu.kz/en/808/page

Other useful links

http://www.citybus.kz/
http://eco-park.kz/

Other comments

Spread your wings and travel around the world

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