Remember your roots!

Alternatively, when in Rome (Almaty!)!

Our friends at Dala Almaty invite you to visit their photography studios with beautiful ethnic Kazakh style sets to have a professional photography shoot.

Open from 10am to 7pm at 50 Radlova Street, Almaty.

To find out more, visit dalaalmaty.kz

Tips for New Almaty Arrivals

If you are recently arrived in the lovely city of Almaty, welcome! If you are yet to arrive, we can’t wait for you to see this beautiful part of the world! The Almaty International Women’s Club is an international group, with many members who know just what its like to come from abroad and make a home in a very different place.

As part of our welcome to new arrivals, we asked our members what their tips would be and this is what they wanted to share:

Things to Bring 

  • Spices and spice mixes (taco seasoning, chili seasoning, vanilla paste etc) 
  • Vegemite or whatever other comfort food your home country does that you just know you won’t be able to get anywhere else.
  • Prescription and over the counter medications for you and your family/dog etc, common meds like paracetamol are easy enough to get but they may not be the brand you like, or in the form/shape you are used to, its also worth having a copy of any important medical records.
  • Cosmetics and toiletries (if you have a favourite moisturiser do bring spares!), including sunscreen (it’s QUITE expensive here).
  • Coffee capsules and pain killers with caffeine, if that’s what you need!
  • English board games and books (childrens and adults)
  • Children’s clothes – there are plenty of children’s clothing shops here, including H&M Kids, but prices are a little higher than in other countries.

Do once you’re here

  • Learn Russian or at least start learning the characters and sounds of the Cyrillic alphabet, and if you can make a start before you arrive you’ll be more prepared than most! If you are super motivated you might even learn a few words of Kazakh.
  • Join expat support groups such as FB groups (Expats in Kazakhstan, Almaty Expats, Expats in Almaty) and the AIWC.
  • Investigate all the supermarket options (non exhaustive list of supermarkets): 
    • Metro has a great range of expat friendly items and is great if you are a beef eater (Kaz Beef is the brand you must look out for) 
    • Colibri and Galmart also have a great range 
    • Magnum is more limited but you can still buy wine, beer and spirits (spirits not till after midday though)

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  • Instagram – Insta is HUGE here so everyone has a presence on this platform, follow any business you are interested in (including AIWC – we’re on both Instagram and Facebook).
  • Kaspi is a bank account and widespread here; its very useful if you’re going to use Yandex or shop at any of the markets; it has a great in-app shop with good deals, see if you can learn all the features (though it’s only in Russian so you may want to get a Russian speaking friend to help!).
  • Translation apps such as Google Translate or Yandex Translate – many of us use Google Translate with its handy real time camera function, but some members have found Yandex’s translation app to be more accurate.
  • Whatsapp is a messaging app which everyone uses – particularly useful if you want to communicate with a business and there is a language barrier!
  • 2Gis is SUPERIOR to Google Maps here in Kazakhstan. 
  • Yandex is the Uber of Kazakhstan… but way cheaper than you’re probably used to.

Keep in mind

Everything seems to take longer to achieve here, and supermarkets do not always stock what you were hoping them to stock, so do manage your expectations, and join a network such as the AIWC and use it – ask your network everything and anything, there’s always someone who has been there or done that and can help you!

If you want to find out more about joining our club, please check out the membership page. If you want to sign up here and now follow this link:

Membership Form 

Welcome and enjoy!

Art you happy to have seen this?!

Recent renovations at a former Almaty store, ‘Kazakhstan’, revealed this beautiful mural behind some drywall. The artists of this fabulous piece are Moldakhmet Kenbaev and Nikolai Tsivchinsky.

The mural is an example of sgraffito, a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting colour.

Pictured here is local tour guide and Kazakhophile, Dennis Keen, and the son of one of the original artists, Alpamys Kenbaev.

Another sgraffito mural by the same artists was recently restored and placed up on Kok Tobe.

Credit: Walking Almaty

Good-Bye Elaine!

We gathered for our regular coffee morning this week and it doubled as a goodbye to member and English Conversation Club leader, Elaine.

It was well attended, particularly by our English Conversation Club regulars.

Thanks for all your work for the club, @elaine.pounder, safe travels, and see you soon!

Feeling inspired by Kazakhstan’s July success at Wimbledon?

We certainly were!

Even as we relax our other regular activities we start up new ones, and so we introduce Monday Ping Ping/Table Tennis!

Congratulations to this week’s tournament champion, Lyutsiya!

If you’re interested in membership please contact us at membership.aiwc@gmail.com

Afiyet olsun! Bon appetite!

We were treated in early summer to a cooking masterclass by one of own, Ozlem, who showed us how to make a series of absolutely delicious Turkish dishes.

Never has a class tasted so good!

Tie-Dye For

The members of our Crafting Club were treated to a special session this week learning to tie-dye fabric, courtesy of the wonderful @purnimap.varma.

Thanks so much, Purnima!

Italian Conversation Group

Mi scusi!

Did you know we run an Italian conversation group?

Run every week on Tuesdays at one of the lovely cafes around town, our members can sit back, sip their espresso and chat (in Italian of course!).

If you’re interested in joining our club, contact our Membership Coordinator: membership.aiwc@gmail.com

The Sundowners- A New Special Interest Group

Sun up or sun down? We’ve formed a new monthly interest group called the “Sundowners”, once a month on a Friday after a long week of work or insane life with Littles, we relax and have great conversation. This special group doesn’t just include the Ladies of our club, but you can bring along your spouse/partner as well.

For more information about joining the club, contact Membership at membership.aiwc@gmail.com