Teaching English in Turkey


Your Life Teaching English in Turkey


In the ancient lands of Turkey, you can walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, survey the mythical battlefields of Homer's Troy, and haggle with merchants in the Great Covered Bazaar of Istanbul, the legendary city once known as Constantinople. Known as the crossroads of East and West, Turkey has been a melting pot of great civilizations for more than five thousand years. From the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Byzantines and the Ottomans, many of the great empires of history have left their mark on this country, which is now emerging once again as a major international economic and political power.  But it is not just history and monuments that bring English teachers to Turkey, the climate and geography plays a big part as well.  From stunning coastlines on the Black, Mediterranean and Aegean seas, to the spectacular rock formations of Cappadocia, Turkey’s natural wonders are just as impressive as its cultural and historical treasures.

Turkey possesses one of the largest job markets in the world for English language teachers, with some 30,000 positions available annually.  English teachers in Turkey can find teaching opportunities year round, and most interviews are conducted in advance, both over the phone and via email.  There are some schools that prefer to interview their teachers once they arrive in Turkey.  English teachers are expected to be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Turkey, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well.  Major cities offering most jobs for English teaching jobs are Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, as well as other larger cities.


English Teaching Requirements in Turkey


  • Education: BA/BS; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at any of our Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL Course.
  • Peak Hiring Months: September, January as peak times and hiring all year round
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools and public schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in country
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals, School children
  • Cost of Living per Month: $ 800-1,600 USD; 1,700-3,500 TRY
  • Average Monthly Pay: $ 800-1,600 USD; 1,700-3,500 TRY
  • Start-up Cost: $ 1,100-1,700 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: Many, not all
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Interesting Facts about Life in Turkey


  • Istanbul was recently named “World’s Hippest City”
  • Turkey is home to the world’s tallest man, measuring in at 8 Feet 1 inches. 
  • The tulip flower originated in Turkey during the Ottoman Empire.  
  • Turkey is also home of some of the largest bazaars in the world, where merchants sell some of the world's finest rugs. 



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