Turkey, now Turkiye, is a country with amazing diversity. Each region holds distinct culture, practices, history and beliefs. The country is intersected by Europe and Asia, creating an interesting juxtaposition of culturally mixing and clashing. The people are very friendly to foreigners, and the geography is stunning and varied.
Most of the jobs tend to be located in urban centres such as Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara. Due to the Lira devaluing and economic turndown, not many jobs are available, post COVID. Salaries are low, although cost of living is quite low as well. EFL teachers will most likely break even in this country with little savings.
SECURING A TEFL POSITION IN TURKEY
While positions can be occasionally be landed over the internet, it is best to apply in person in Turkey. Most schools prefer to meet a candidate in person before offering a position. Dress professionally; bring original copies of degrees and certificates, and if possible bring along a portfolio of prior lesson plans. If you don’t have experience, you can still create a few demonstration plans so the hiring manager can see you are a serious candidate.
The peak hiring times are in August/September and December/January. If working in Istanbul (where most of the demand is), commute times can be a nightmare. Try and ensure your place of residence is close enough to the school, or else you might regret it later on.
GETTING CERTIFIED TO TEACH IN TURKEY
If you want to start a life of teaching English in the Turkey you'll need to take the first step and get TEFL certified. This online qualification can be completed in 120 hours and gives you the training and know-how required by top schools in the Turkey, and around the world.