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Disclosure: James Monroe isn't my real name, but I'm an American currently working for LTC. Even though this isn't going to be a bad review, I don't like using my real name on the internet.
To be honest I'm surprised by this intensely negative review for LTC. It really isn't all that bad and the money, students, and co-workers are great! Want to work in a drama-free environment teaching students who are (usually) motivated, and always get paid the amount of money stated on your contract without any shady business? Then come to LTC. Also the apartments they've provided me have all been really nice. I'm writing this in my apartment looking at an amazing view of Astana. I feel really lucky to be here. That's been my experience working at LTC. Also, the boss is not a "sociopath." I see him on a semi-daily basis and he's always interested in my well-being. Really, he's one of the more genuine bosses I've had - especially for an English school!
A few more points I would like to cover that the original poster brought up, because he touched upon some important issues English teachers have to consider:
-Yes! This kind of thing happens. Because this is Kazakhstan. This is not America or Europe. This is half-way across the world. This is a completely different culture. Here, there are different holidays and practices, and if you don't participate it can be really rude because it's basically like saying you don't care about your coworkers. And to wish women "have many babies" in this context is like a compliment. What's "bizarre" for you is not bizarre for the people here. Chill out and have a little tolerance.