Turkey lies in the south east Europe and south west Asia, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria.

Turkey is a fantastic country with incredible amounts of history and a large number of diverse cultures. The people are very hospitable to guests, if not always to each other. There are many distinct cultures and lifestyles in every region and talking to all the different people is a real treat. Travel is incredibly easy here and very cheap. There are places to mountain climb, azure blue seas to swim in, ancient ruins to visit, caves to explore, ancient Christian and Islamic historical sites to visit. Turkey truly has a little of something for everyone.

One of the greatest things about working here is being able to travel the country. Turkey is also where Europe and the Middle East meet. Not only can you see the changes that the connection has made, but you can also witness the deep rifts that have grown within the society because of it. Turkey offers a unique vantage point from which to witness globalization in action. Here, the old world mixes with the new and there’s always something waiting to be discovered around every corner.

The main English teaching regions are Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. There are plenty of opportunities in private language schools, private secondary schools and private universities. General English, Business English, Academic English and English for Children are the main areas for teaching. People there are keen to learn English, and you will enjoy your teaching life in this fantastic country.

Average Monthly Salary
US $1000 – $2000
Average Monthly Cost Of Living
Reasonably low – accommodation, food and transport. This is reflected to some degree in the salaries but certainly not enough to enable the average TEFL teacher to save much money each month.
Peak Hiring Times
August / September and December / January
Visa Requirements
The level of bureaucracy encountered during the application process for the work visa is rather high. One of the good things about Turkey is that native English speaking teachers who are not holders of EU passports are able to work in the country just as easily as those that do.
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