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Teaching English Abroad

Teaching English in Turkey



  • Education: 
    Bachelor's degree is typically required
  • TEFL Certification: 
    A minimum of 150 Hours TEFL/TESOL course in Turkey
  • Types of Jobs: 
    Year round
  • Types of Jobs: 
    Elementary schools, private schools and linguistic schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: 
    Skype or telephonic interviews
  • TAverage teaching hours per week: 
    25-30 hours of classroom as well as extra preparation time
  • Types of Students: 
    Business professionals, private students and school children
  • Cost of Living per month: 
    $550 - $800 USD
  • Visas: 
    Work visa issued by the Government
  • Average Monthly Pay: 
    $550 - $2000 USD
  • Start –up cost: 
    $1000 -1500 USD
  • Potential to save or Break-even: 
  • Accommodation Benefits: 
  • Fight Reimbursements: 
Teaching English in Turkey

Besides its stunning coastlines and few thousand years of rich history, Turkey is home to one of the hottest European economies. It also has one of the largest global job markets for in-class or online teaching English in Turkey.

There are several benefits of working in Turkey compared to some of the other European job markets. English teaching positions are available all-round the year with pre-arranged interviews being conducted over the phone or via email while local, in-person opportunities can also be found. Moreover, it is a common practice for English teachers in the country to receive a sponsored work visa when working in the country.

Stipend for housing and airfare is provided to some of the English teachers but should not be considered the usual practice. Teachers usually live in apartments vacated recently by the previous candidates while many share accommodations with their coworkers.

Turkey provides quite a handsome hourly wage, helping the teachers have a comfortable life. The normal work-week includes around 20-25 hours of teaching that leaves a lot of time for travelling and exploring around. Teachers frequently give private tuitions to enhance their pay.

Teachers may pursue online TESOL courses in Morocco and a four-year bachelor’s degree to find a suitable job. The biggest likelihood of landing a job is in the major cities such as Ankara, Izmir, and Istanbul among others.