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FAQ’s, and also some photos


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Why is the camp called “Boomerang”?
The area where the camp is situated resembles a boomerang.
The territory of the camp is from 20 to 50 meters wide
and about 400 meters long. It is about
4 kilometers
to the nearest village.


How long has the camp been in operation?
The camp started in the summer of 1998. The first
native-speaking teacher was a Leeds University student,
Ursula Anastasia Dines (Scotland).


What practical benefits will someone receive
from participating in the program?
It is impossible to improve one’s English in two weeks if
there is no desire and motivation. Motivated people who
are interested in continuing their education abroad and
who wish to prepare for that eventually come to our camp.
 Here they find like-minded people and new friends,
practice English, acquire skills necessary for independent
living , and become acquainted with a foreign culture.
All this serves as a powerful push to make ever bolder
plans for the future!


What do program participants do?
Every day starts with obligatory morning exercises.
After that, participants can take a shower and must tidy
up their tents before breakfast. English classes run from
10.00 to 13.00. Lunch time is from 13.30 to 14.30. After
lunch there is free time from 15.00 to 17.00 during which
participants may relax, swim or play games. Tea time is at
17.00, after which the Hit of the Day takes place.
It might be team building exercises, Neptune’s Day, a
treasure hunt, hiking, rock climbing, a talent show or
a dance festival. There is a disco and a bonfire after
dinner. Bedtime is at 22.00 because the wake-up
bell rings every morning at 7:30.
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Are there sports facilities at the camp?
There is a sports field at the camp for playing volleyball
and football . There are also horizontal and parallel bars
at one end of it.
Participants, together with teachers and
staff,  play skittles , rugby, American and European mini-
football, team games and can familiarize themselves with
golf. A table tennis tournament takes place during each
session. Participants can play chess, checkers  and take
part in mini Olympic Games, fun games and relay races.
 
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Where do English classes take place?
English classes as well as group events usually take place
in the large tent, which doubles as the canteen. Sometimes
for debates or interviews classes are held outside on the
grass, by the fire, on the beach or other picturesque places.

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Who will help me if something unforeseen happens to me?
There is a doctor at the camp at all times whose
responsibility is providing first aid to all participants
and a camp head and assistant who have a car which will
take you to Taldykorgan, if necessary, within one hour.
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Are there health restrictions for participants?
Every participant must be in good health and be able to
hike up to
10 kilometers in the mountains. Having a stamped
medical certificate is obligatory! If you have any chronic
or specific diseases which do not prevent you from taking
part in the program, you must bring all medicines
prescribed by your doctor with you.
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How many people sleep in a tent?
All  participants sleep in 4-person tents. The double-layer
frame tents provide excellent protection from rain, wind
and cold. Metal beds with foam mattresses and warm
blankets are provided. However, every participant must
bring their own bed linen or sleeping bag with them.
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Is there a swimming pool at the camp?
Yes, there is a man-made swimming pool fed by  spring water
where you can swim. It is a part of the river blocked by
a dam. The maximum depth  is
2 meters, the width is about

5 meters
, and the length is 15 meters. The water is always
clean, and the temperature is about 18 degrees Centigrade.
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What do foreign English teachers do besides give lessons?
In addition to teaching English classes, they spend a lot of
time talking and meeting informally with individual
participants. Various topics might come up, from opportunities
for scholarships to questions about modern music, cultural
trends and the interests of modern youth. By spending whole
days with foreign teachers, participants have a fantastic
opportunity to practice their oral skills, acquire some
colloquial  English and  learn more about their peers abroad
from people in the know.
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From which countries do foreign teachers come
and what are the criteria for choosing teachers?

We only invite instructors from countries where English is
the official language, such as Great Britain, or one of the
official languages, such as India. The criteria are simple:
we recruit creative and enthusiastic people who enjoy an
active lifestyle, do not have any bad habits, can take
responsibility for their actions and can spend two-three
continuous weeks at the camp.
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Are there any interesting places near the camp?
The camp is situated in a picturesque canyon of a mountain
river  where many kinds of medicinal  herbs grow. It is a
camp tradition  to go on a hike to a nearby apiary where
participants can taste natural honey while the bee-keeper
describes the honey-making process.
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What are the criteria for choosing program participants?
We invite participants aged 16 and older with good health,
who love nature and and an active lifestyle and, most
importantly,  are interested in continuing their education
abroad. Participants’  English level should be at the
Intermediate level or higher.
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What are the criteria for choosing camp staff?
For our staff, we prefer people without bad habits, leading
an active lifestyle, who are professionals and have
experience with similar projects.
 
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Can parents visit the program participants?
The second Sunday of the session is a special day for
parents to come to the camp and see their children. There is
a special  program for the day with a variety show, sports
 competitions and games. Parents can see how their children
spend their time at the camp, meet the camp staff and
English  teachers, spend some time with their children
and reassure  themselves concerning  their health and safety.
It is not advisable for parents to visit on any other day
because it will disrupt the program.
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Can adults take part in the program and when?
Yes, they can. We have experience in working  with the staff
of  individual companies, who come to the camp to spend time
together once a year, thus combining business with pleasure.
They can devise their own program for their time at the camp,
which might include English classes, seminars, business
training and team- building  exercises. For this type of
program, the session length can be from 3 days to 2 weeks,
with no more than 20 participants.
 
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What should I bring with me?
Everyone who goes to the camp should bring personal hygiene
 articles (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, towel), sun
cream,  and insect repellent (there are no mosquitoes in the
 mountains, but there are sometimes gnats). In addition,
besides any  prescribed medicine, it is necessary to bring a
flashlight, bed linen or a sleeping bag, flip-flops, running
shoes,  warm socks  and a jacket, a hat or cap, a towel and a
swimsuit. For classes one should bring an English-Russian
dictionary,  notebook, pen, color pencils and markers.
A camera, mobile phone, laptop or tablet can be brought
as desired.
It is forbidden to bring and use drugs,
cigarettes or alcohol!
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Is there any link with the outside world?
At the top of the nearest hill, a mobile connection is
achievable. The camp is situated in the mountains, quite far
from any  settlements, roads, shops, and supermarkets. There
is no internet  cafe or telephone within
30 kilometers.
Participants are not  allowed to leave the camp premises
without supervision for any reason.

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How can parents get in touch with the camp?
If necessary, parents should call the Boomerang Training
Center  office where one of the teachers on duty will take
your message  and pass it on to the camp head or to an
instructor as soon as  possible. As a rule, children call their
parents every two days and after receiving an urgent message
in this manner, they can  return a call within 15 minutes.
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How do participants get to the camp?
All participants must arrive at the Boomerang Training Center
office in Taldykorgan by 09.30 on the morning of departure
 according to the session schedule for summer 2013. Buses with
 participants and staff leave at exactly 10.00. The drive to the
camp takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.  The camp head meets  
the buses near the camp, where all luggage and personal
belongings are transferred to a 4x4 vehicle and transported  
to the camp. Instructors and participants walk a 1-kilometer
 picturesque trail to the camp. It is difficult to find the camp
on one’s own, and impossible to reach it in a normal car!

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What is the schedule for the summer of 2013?
You are free to join any of the 3 sessions—just purchase a
voucher well ahead of time, as there is a limit of
30 participants for each session!

1st session- from 29 June to 13 July,
2nd session - from 13 July to 27 July,
3rd session- from 27 July to 10 August
 
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What modern comforts are there in the camp?
The camp has everything for a comfortable and safe stay,
including a plumbing system fed by spring water coming from
a 300-meter height for the kitchen, wash basins, showers and
 lavatories.  The water is clean and cold in any weather.
Water for showers is heated by solar batteries and there
is plenty of it to take a shower every day if desired.
For 2 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the evening an
electric  generator is switched on, which supplies electricity
to sockets and lights in the large tent/canteen and the lights
outside. The voltage is 220 V.
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How are the participants’ birthdays celebrated?
There is a special cake, a concert, a special dinner and
 congratulations from all the  participants and camp staff.
Visits by parents and close relatives can be arranged.  
Even though the official celebration starts after dinner,
from the morning people in the camp do not let the birthday
boy/girl  forget about this special day and give him/her
special attention. Handmade presents are more valuable
than the ones bought at the Chinese market.
You will never forget such a birthday! 
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Are all physical activities within participants’ abilities?
All physical activities are within anyone’s abilities.
Just as in any big family, there is a task for everyone, and an
 atmosphere of friendship and support reigns. We make special
 efforts to include everyone, especially those who are normally
too shy to step forward. What matters is that everyone takes
part. We do not have any weak links!
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How much time is spent on English classes?  
The “English in Nature” program gives participants the
opportunity to practice their English all day long.
There are classes before lunch  where participants spend three
 hours practicing their writing, reading, listening, and speaking
 skills. All activities in the afternoon are also in English.
By preparing and participating in these activities together and
 individually, children improve their English  through drama,
sports, teamwork activities, and life skill training.
They can practice their English with native speakers at any time
of the day except, of course, when they are sleeping.
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Who can become local instructors and what are their duties?
As  a rule, local instructors are selected from the Boomerang
Training Center’s English teaching staff. They are physically
fit,  have good organizational skills and some experience at
summer  camps. Knowledge of English is mandatory. Instructors
are  responsible for all participants and the program itself.
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When and where can I buy a voucher
and how much does it cost?

 You can buy a voucher through one of our local
representatives or at our offices by cash or bank transfer
starting from 01 May 2013. The cost of one session is
75 000 tenge.
 
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Are there any dangerous animals, reptiles
or insects at the camp?
 
It is impossible to encounter dangerous animals in summer as
they  migrate high into the mountains during that time,  
but there are  harmless squirrels who love nuts, seeds and
sweets and find them  no matter where you hide them.
There are poisonous snakes in the  mountains such as adders
and moccasins whose bites are  dangerous. There are ticks,
but every spring the territory of the  camp is sprayed with
anti-tick pesticides. There are no mosquitoes  but there are
gnats
(1-2 short periods all summer).
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Who among the camp staff stay at the camp with participants?
Camp staff consist of a camp head, his assistant (who doubles
as a security specialist), two local instructors, a cook, a nurse
and two native English-speaking teachers. Camp staff sign
working  agreements with our company.
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From what regions of Kazakhstan do most participants come?
Children from Kazakhstan, Russia and even Germany and the
USA  take part in our program. The majority of the children
are from  Taldykorgan, Almaty and Astana.
 

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What is on the menu for program participants?
As our program is international, there is food from different
 cultures, and in the course of the 2-week session,  dishes are
not  repeated. We use quality beef and poultry, fresh fruit
and vegetables, porridges and dairy products.
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What will the program participant receive at the end
of the program?
Besides good health, new knowledge and experience, each
 participant will receive a certificate of program completion
 together with test results. In addition, each will be given a
 commemorative CD with photos and videos of their time spent
with us.
 
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What is the weather like in summer and how often does it rain?
The camp’s height above sea level  and its proximity to the river
  endow it with a unique micro-climate. It rains no more often
than  in Taldykorgan. The weather can be checked on the
website
Gismeteo.  During even the hottest days a certain
coolness
emanates from the river, and at night the
temperature can fall to +10 C.
 
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How can I get to Taldykorgan from Almaty?
Every half hour there are buses from the Sairan bus station
in  Almaty to Taldykorgan. The distance is
260 kilometers and
the trip can take 5-6 hours, though the cost is quite reasonable
(in 2012--1300 tenge, less than $10 USD). It is possible to
hire a  taxi that will cut your travel time in half, but of course
it will be more expensive. Needless to say, we will arrange
transportation  from Almaty for any foreign teachers
arriving from abroad.
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Is it possible to drink spring water in the camp? 
Spring water in the camp, due to its outstanding purity and
mineral content, meets  all hygienic and sanitary regulations,
and in some respects exceeds international standards, as
reported   by independent analysis. For those reasons, one
should drink as  much of the spring water as one can during
the program!
 
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Where do foreign teachers sleep?
As a rule, local instructors and foreign teachers sleep in tents
with program participants, though in special cases
accommodations  in a separate tent can be provided.
 
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Who conducts quality control for the  program
and in what manner?
Every day, after dinner,  each program participant gives
point-by-point feedback on the  day’s activities, including
how useful and interesting the English  classes were and how
tasty the meals were. The camp staff then go over
the feedback and endeavour to make adjustments when 
possible. In this way, we better  understand how to meet the
needs  of the participants. At the end of each session,
feedback from participants and staff is again
collected, collated and analyzed, and in this way we
try to constantly improve our program.
 
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What documents and codes of behavior are camp staff
required to sign?
Each local employee of the summer camp is required to sign a
work  contract and job description after meeting with
management to  discuss expectations.  They also sign our Code
of Conduct and a document outlining rules of ethical
decision-making.
 
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Are any contracts or agreements signed with foreign
English teachers?
No, we do not conclude any written agreements with foreign
 teachers. After a careful screening process, they come to us
on a visitor, business or tourist visa and their arrival signifies
their  voluntary participation and consent to fulfill all
requirements and conditions of the program.
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The camp model

The rope course

Lezghinka dance

Solar shower

Tennis tournament

Participant from the USA

Excursion to apairy

Joshua-teacher from the USA

Toilet paper party

Rock climbing

Camper`s parent

Mr. and Ms. Boomerang

Session of "Bilim" program

Teachers from India

Guests from Australia

Beauty contest

The day of Olympic games

Flags of guests` countries

Chess tournament

A team game

Bee house

Wash basin

Lesson on the grass

Game of golf

Skittles game

Voleyball contest