Caroline Savage, U.S. Consul General in Almaty: “When women succeed, so does the state”
After that trip, I studied diplomacy at Georgetown University. I then went to study in Russia for a year, in St. Petersburg and Moscow, which I wholeheartedly fell in love with. That year I worked as an English teacher, lived with two host families, and my interest in learning about the development of the former Soviet republics grew. I worked in several countries of the former Soviet Union – Belarus, Azerbaijan, and Russia – and in each my knowledge of the Russian language, which I had studied for years, helped me considerably. When the opportunity arose to come to Almaty, I finally got my dream job.
Our responsibilities and areas of operation include three key domains:
Of course, during the pandemic we all had to become stronger and endure a lot, and the resilience of Kazakhstanis, which comes so naturally to them, is unrivaled. I am grateful to be surrounded by people with such a strong spirit. Speaking of drive, I also often think of the enthusiastic students I met, and the women enthusiastically engaged in their craft.
I came to Kazakhstan with my husband and our two children, and our family has been welcomed and supported every step of the way. Our first few months here have been wonderful, and I am very grateful for that. I have a very demanding job, but I also try to remember to look around and enjoy what a beautiful place I live in.