My Transition to Adulthood Through An Istanbul TEFL Adventure

By Garrett Garcia

It was January 4, 2016. I had just arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, two days before. Fresh out of college, the owner of a TEFL certificate for about a month, and jet lagged beyond belief, I somehow had to survive my first day of teaching 3-year-old Turkish kids whose English knowledge barely exceeded numbers and shapes. 

This was also my first day in the so-called “real world.” 

Why I Started the 'English from A to Z' Online English Teaching Website

By: Ben Weinberg

I never thought that I would become an ESL teacher. It wasn’t one of those set plans that I had for myself from an early age. Sometimes, life can’t be predicted and you end up being somewhere else than you originally intended. I think that this happens for the better most times, and I can say for certain that my life has been better off with my past experiences of teaching English as a Second Language. It’s been a roller coaster ride but a fun and exciting one at that.

Follow Me to Turkey

By: Ana Santos

I fell in love with Turkey!

As a researcher in the tourism field, and being that Turkey is the only European country with a view over Asia, a developed country full of opportunities in all kinds of business, amazing transport connections and truly friendly people, it was obviously the best choice. Turkey is at the top of the tourism chain, ranking worldwide and it should be evident why. Turkey is a country that knows a great deal about tourism and hospitality, and I am aware I have much to learn from them. Also as a non-native English speaker, I believe I could find good arguments as a potential teacher as English is not the first language used in the country. 

The director of the school in Istanbul gave me the great honor of accepting me as the only Non-native English teacher and so far, so good! Highly qualified teachers have helped give me the confidence to achieve the goals in order to become a non-native English teacher. Improving takes the guts to look for criticism as well as the courage to write, and the time and patience to voice in another language. Besides, going abroad is a great experience for any student and with such diversity and activities, as well as tourism, on offer from Turkey was certainly the best option. 

Teaching English in Turkey - An Unexpected Career

By: Matthew Barge


I was getting close to the end of my college career and did not really have an idea what I was going to do with my life after I had graduated. For the past four years I had been studying art as well as working towards a history minor. I had not even thought about the idea of getting paid to teach English in a foreign country. This period of my life came shortly after a four month experience studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece, and I was really missing the experience of traveling and often wished I were living abroad again. I remember there were times I would be trying to work on an assignment and would often get distracted researching ways I could get out and explore more of the world.

From Arkansas to Turkey! My Grand Bazaar Experience Teaching English Abroad

By: Lindsey Baker

I made it to Istanbul, Turkey after a long 20-hour journey from Arkansas!

I flew over the whole city the night I got in.  Being lit up with bright reds and yellows the view was breathtaking.

You could see the enormous bridge that connects the Asian Istanbul to the European Istanbul over the Bosporus, as well as, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia.  The next morning I ventured out eager to see everything.  There are street vendors and little cafes all along the main roads and down side streets.  Even narrow alleyways have stores or food stands squeezed in-between them.  From freshly brewed coffee to the must of old buildings to fish piled on a cart to lamb cooking in the window to the breeze filling your nostrils with sea air, the mixture of smells will knock you off your feet.  Turks are all very well dressed and clean kept.  They are beautiful people with deep-set eyes and darker skin and hair.  They have a unique look to them, unlike any other people around the world that I have seen.