Specialized Sites Links

A large number of the links on this page go to foreign servers, which can be very slow to load. All links are external [external link], unless otherwise noted, and open in the same window.

Banking and Finance

Banks

  • Citibank Kazakhstan has branches in Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Aktau
  • Almaty Merchant Bank (http://www.atfbank.com/), this site comes and goes, last seen September 2007.
  • American Express has travel service offices in Almaty, Aktau, Astana, and Atyrau through Central Asia Tourism.
  • ABN-AMRO bank is Dutch; they have a main branch in Almaty. They operate in the US as Standard Federal Bank (CA, IL, IN, MI, MO, OH) and LaSalle Bank (IL, IN, MI).
  • Kazkommertsbank
  • HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) is in Almaty. This corporation also has locations throughout the world, including the US (mostly in the northeast) and the UK.
  • Bank TuranAlem are all over Kazakhstan.
  • Eurasian Bank
  • Bank Pozitiv
  • Exim Bank

Want to find out about Kazakh money?

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange is in English.
Astana Finance, joint stock company

Education

Lesson Plans. Whether you are a teacher, an adoptive parent talking to their child's class, or you want to be able to provide material to your child's teacher, these may help get you started.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is an international environmental science and education partnership involving. The students collect data which are used in their own research activities and also by scientists around the world. In Kazahstan, there are 47 schools involved.

Coloring pages and arts/crafts activities.

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Government and Law

Government: Even if these sites have an English version, there is usually limited or no information available in English. They are often very slow to load. They also tend to come and go.

Law

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History

Many of the sites on the General Information page contain notes on history. Other sites are

Want to buy some fossil shark teeth from Kazakhstan? They are sometimes listed on eBay link in new window. You can also find information on fossil vertebrates and amphibians and reptiles; search the internet for other sources. Kazakhstan is rich in fossil fuels.

Petrogliphs of Semirechye.
Tamgaly Petroglyphs on the Stantours site.
Peter Tourtellotte's pictures of petroglyphs in Tamgali.
Petroglyphs in Southern Kazakstan survey of the site in 1998.
Petroglyphs of the Dzhungarian Alatau Mountains is a continuation of the above project.

Nature, Animals

Learn more about the nature of Kazakhstan. The following web sites go into a little more detail

Kazakh Eagle Hunters photo album
Ancient Falconry talks about archaelogical evidence of falconry.

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Kazakhs chase history with ancient eagle hunting.

Horses
Kazakh horse and Horses of Kazakhstan
Sandra Olsen is a research professor of anthropology with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. One of her interests is prehistoric horses.
Akhal-Teke, the only remaining pure strain of ancient Turkmen horse.

Did you know that there are two breeds of dogs native to Central Asia? The ovcharka and the tazi.

Although I only list the snow leopard and Bactrian camel here (because they are better known and you can find toys and books), there are lots of creatures that are unique to Central Asia.

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    • Race for the Big Cats [external link]: your free click generates a donation from their sponsors.
    • International Snow Leopard Trust [external link] has facts about snow leopards, a slide show, or buy a toy, shirt or poster. Also has links to other sites.
    • Adopt a cat [external link] is a program for WildLife on Easy Street in Tampa, FL, a permanent retirement home to exotic cats.
    • Search Education Planet [external link] for links for Snow Leopard.
    • Snow Leopard Conservancy [external link] does not have a program in Kazakhstan, but contains lots of information.
    • Snow Leopards new window link by Nicole Poppenhager, ages 4-8, published October 2006, "This picture book combines fact with fiction as the author presents the life of two young snow leopards. The siblings' mountain terrain is harsh and their daily forays into the ice and snow make hunting especially challenging. On one particular venture with their mother, Simi is lost in an avalanche. Alone and exhausted, he is able to drag himself to safety, but worries about how he'll ever locate his family. Siri continues to look for her brother, but a hunter's trap impedes her search. Eventually, they are reunited. This story is filled with details of the animals' existence, and its lovely, soft-focus artwork depicting their home and environment are lively and dramatic. An informative endnote gives additional facts about this endangered species.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information."
    • The Snow Leopard new window link by Peter Matthiessen, published June 1996. "When Matthiessen went to Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and, possibly, to glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard, he undertook his five-week trek as winter snows were sweeping into the high passes. This is a radiant and deeply moving account of a "true pilgrimage, a journey of the heart."
  • Bactrian Camel

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Organizations

United Nations (UN) related sites

SOS Children's Villages [external link] in Kazakhstan. "SOS Children's Villages provide orphaned and destitute children - regardless of race, nationality and creed - a new and permanent home, preparing them for an independent life as adults. In more than 131 countries SOS Children's Villages family is still considered to be the best alternative to the conventional orphanage system." In Almaty, Astana and Temirtau.

Soros Foundation is a public, non-governmental, charity organization. "The main goal of the Foundation is to assist the process of open society establishing and developing in the Republic of Kazakhstan." In Russian and Kazakh.

Asian Development Board activities and programs in Kazakhstan. "ADB is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific."

USAID (United States Agency for International Development) in Kazakhstan. Links, country profile, overview of USAID focus, contacts.

American International Health Alliance is an organization that establishes partnerships between health care entities in the US and foreign countries. Current ones in Kazakhstan are: Astana/Pittsburgh, Almaty/Richmond VA, Semey/Houston, and Almaty/Tucson.

Religion

International Reiligious Freedom annual reports, by the US State Department.

Russian Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan is in Russian.

History of the Greek Catholic Church in Kazakhstan.

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Russian Federation and other states; in Russian and German.

Catholic Church in Kazakhstan; links to dioceses in Astana (parishes: Astana, Kamyshenka, Makinsk, Pavlodar, Shuchinsk), Almaty (parishes: 2 in Almaty, Kapshagau, Talgar, Taldikorgan, Taraz, and Shimkent), Atyrau, and Karaganda (Temirtau, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Balchash, Zhezkazgan).

Jewish Community in Kazakhstan; Taraz, Almaty, Uralsk, Astana, Aktau, Aktobe, Atyrau, Karaganda, Kostanay, Pavlodar, Kzyl-orda, Petropavlovsk, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Shymkent. Also Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS.

Missions Atlas Project gives an excellent overview on religion in Kazakhstan.

Miscellaneous

These sites don't really fit into any of the other categories.

History of Coca-Cola in Kazakhstan.

Are you interested in stamp collecting?

Zastavka Kazakhstan driving rules and roadmaps.

Football Union of Kazakhstan (soccer)

Planetary Researches in Kazakhstan.

HiPP organic baby food found in some places in Kazakhstan.

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