“Bridging Gaps with Kazakhstan: Discover Inspirations and Build Networks”
“Bridging Gaps with Kazakhstan:
Discover Inspirations and Build Networks”
A week-long study trip to Kazakhstan, Almaty city (May 22- 25, 2017) organized by a group of young Kazakh scholars, non-profit leaders and experts on Kazakhstan and Central Asian region.
Mission: to educate international peers, enforce youth networking
Participants: International youth (limited number, up to 16 people)
Topics:youth in politics, human capital, employment, networking
Location: Kazakhstan,Almaty city
Time:May 22 – 25, 2017
Application deadline:April 23, 2017
Participation fee:400 Euro
Please send your application by April 23, 2017 at the latest, to [email protected] The application should consist of a short bio (up to 150 words), a Statement of Purpose (up to 250 words on why you think the Study Trip is for you), and links to any of your social media profiles (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Academia.edu, etc.).
What happens next?
When your participation in the trip has been confirmed, by April 28, we will ask you to sign the Agreement, and you should proceed with payment for your participation fee (400 Euro), no later than by May 5. We will also ask you to rank your preferences in themes for lectures, field works and activities, so that we can arrange an agenda that best suits the needs of all participants. We will send out a more detailed information on practicalities and logistics by May18as well as assist you to arrange your trips appropriately.
The organizers will cover the costs of accommodation in Almaty city for 4 days between May 22–25, meals (breakfast, coffee-breaks), and transportation during the Study Trip. You are responsible for your travel expenses to and from Kazakhstan (Almaty city) and for any additional,personal expenses.
For any inquiries please contact our team of organizers at Email: [email protected]
Interesting facts about Kazakhstan and Almaty city:
- Stan is an ancient Persian word meaning “land” or “nation,” and Kazakh means “wanderer,” “adventurer,” or “outlaw.” Therefore, the name Kazakhstan translates as “Land of the Wanderers.”
- Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country by area in the world with population of more than 17 million. It is so large that the distance from one end to the other is about the same as from London to Istanbul.
- The people who live in Kazakhstan represent more than 120 nationalities.
- Out of the 110 elements from Mendeleev’s table of chemical elements, 99 have been detected in Kazakhstan.
- Kazakh is a Turkic language that contains many words from Russian and Arabic, as well as Mongol, Persian, and other Turkic languages. It was not written down until the 1860s, using the Arabic script. In 1940, the Cyrillic alphabet, used in Russian, was adopted along with some extra symbols to write Kazakh.
- Almaty city used to be the capital of Kazakhstan until 1997, changing to Astana, and is now generally considered the southern capital of Kazakhstan, as well as the cultural and economic center. It is the largest city in Kazakhstan with about 2 million people.
- The name Almaty is believed to come from the Kazakh word for apple, translating as “full of apples”, deriving from the abundant wild apple diversity and is considered a source for the modern domestic apple.
- The economy for Almaty is growing as a financial, media, and transport hub for Central Asia, including a proposed highway from Europe to China and passing through Almaty.
- The Medeo Sports Center, located near Almaty city, boasts the highest skating rink in the world at 5,545 feet (1,690 m) above sea level. It also has a surface area as large as two football fields.
- The metro took 23 years to build and opened in December 2011. The deepest station is Abai’s station which was built 78 meters in depth.
- There are many parks and about 125 fountains in Almaty, including the Oriental Calendar Fountain, with 12 sculpture figures for the Kazakh 12-year animal cycle.
List of Visa-free countries to Kazakhstan:
Australia, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, UAE, Singapore, Great Britain, USA, Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland and Japan.
Austria, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Israel, Ireland, Island, Italy, Canada, South Korea, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Chile, Estonia, Indonesia, Macedonia, Philippines, Montenegro, Argentina.
Welcome to Kazakhstan, welcome to Great Steppe Country!
 If you need any additional information concerning possible reduction of the Participation Fee, please contact us. At the moment, we are working on the possibilities.