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Koshpendiler (“Nomads” translated from Kazakh) – is a collection of stories about Kazakhs, modern nomads, living abroad.

The Kazakh, originally descendants of the Turkic and medieval Mongol tribes as well as ancient Iranian nomads like the Sarmatians, Saka and Scythians from East Europe, emerged as a distinct ethnic group in the 16th century.

Modern Kazakhstan is home to 131 ethnicities, including Kazakhs (63% of the population), Russians, Uzbeks, Ukrainians, Germans, Tatars, Koreans, Uyghurs and many other diasporas thanks to the various migration waves in the Soviet times. Therefore, when we say Kazakhs, we mean all these ethnic groups living in our beautiful country. Just like their ancestors, modern Kazakhs are very keen on travelling and exploring the world. With our project we share our perspective on the concept of a nomad in the interconnected digital age.

The projected was created by a group of friends: Julia, Alissa, Oraz and Arys. The idea to create this website came to our minds in May 2015, when Julia and Oraz accidentally met in Moscow and realised how cool it was to meet a fellow countryman so far away from home. Alissa joined our team in August 2015 and Arys joined in January 2016.

Our project pursues two major objectives:

Firstly, to unite all Kazakhs living abroad. According to public information, there are more than 5 million of us across the world.

Secondly, to show Kazakhstan to the global community through the stories of our people and through our blog. That is why our website is available in English as well.

If you know someone you think we should tell about – do let us know. We want to find Kazakhs in every corner of our planet.

We are also open for collaboration in Kazakhstan as well as abroad. If you have an interesting project in mind or you would like to join our team – contact us.

Our Team

Julia

Julia

Co-founder and head of the project, nomad in the 7th generation, has lived in Kazakhstan and UK, and is now in Germany. Comms professional. Loves the philosophy of a slow life movement. Get in touch: julia [@] kazakhs-abroad.com or via Twitter

Alissa

Alissa

Co-founder and editor of the project, now studies and lives in Stuttgart. Chemical engineer by professional, marketer by devotion. Loves travelling and smiling. Get in touch: alissa [@] kazakhs-abroad.com or via Facebook

Oraz

Oraz

Project inspirer, modern shaman, media artist, psychologist. Lives and works in St Petersburg. Follows his heart when decides on a new destination, blogs about the craft of shamanism. Get in touch via Facebook or Instagram

Arys

Arys

Co-founder and art director of the project, leads his own design bureau in Almaty, composes electronic music in his free time. Loves the art of Kazakh ornaments and garments. Get in touch via Facebook or Instagram

Maria

Maria Komarkovskaya

Project’s translator, Maria did her MBA in Singapore. Currently she lives in Almaty, and as our in her own words, is “in search for herself”. Business manager by education, Maria enjoys music, poetry and photography in her free time. Get in touch via Facebook or Instagram

Our Friends

Ray’s English – Ray is our English editor. Originally from the US, Ray is also a nomad & currently lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand. Ray is an education expert and works as a freelance editor and tutor.

Tengrinews.kz – the largest privately-owned Kazakh news agency.

The Steppe – a progressive Kazakh media outlet that covers the intersection of everyday life, work, and activities.

Almaty Friendly Map – the friendliest map of Almaty featuring top sights, food gems, and tons of useful information.

Media about us

For media and press enquiries please contact Julia directly via julia [@] kazakh-abroad.com

16.09.2016

News about the Koshpendiler project launch (Ru)

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Tengrinews

16.09.2016

News about the Koshpendiler project launch (Ru)

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Zakon.kz

20.09.2016

News about the Koshpendiler project launch (Ru)

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The Steppe

12.10.2016

Interview with Julia, Co-founder of Koshpendiler (En)

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The Astana Times