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.” 

Alumni Video: Teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey - Benjamin Jackson


A history buff from Muskegon, Michigan, International TEFL Academy graduate Benjamin Jackson jumped at the chance to teach English in Istanbul, Turkey.

In this video, Ben shares his experiences living as an English teacher on the Asian side of this beautiful city, where he says the hospitality of his Turkish neighbors and colleagues made it easy to settle in as a local. Ben also discusss how he got his job teaching with a major language center by interviewing over Skype, and provides an overview of his daily work routine as well as the process of getting his residency and work visa for teaching English in Turkey.


Born In Istanbul: An Account of My Life After Teaching In Turkey

By: Ayn-Marie Hailicka

Let me be the first to assure you that life after teaching abroad does exist. But I’ve learned that “life” has countless definitions. And let it be said, life before, during, and after teaching abroad are three very different states of being. Allow me to explain...


Alumni Video: Teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey with Sarah Tomlinson

Alumni Video:
Teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey with Sarah Tomlinson 

Seeking  a change from the political grind of the California State Legislature in Sacramento, Sarah Tomlinson took the International TEFL Academy's 170-Hour Online TEFL Certification Course and headed to Istanbul, Turkey to teach English.

From the caves of Cappadocia to the beaches of the Aegean in Izmir, Sarah discusses the joys of teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey, and how the experience changed not only her career path, but her life.

Istanbul, Turkey English Teaching Q and A with Ayni Hailicka


What is your citizenship?

United States

What city and state are you from?

Butte Falls, Oregon

How old are you?


What is your education level and background?

Bachelor's Degree

Have you traveled abroad in the past? 

Some international travel with friends, family, business, etc.

If you have traveled abroad in the past, where have you been?

Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Greece, Italy, France

The "Land of the Crescent Moon", Teaching English Abroad in Turkey

Bridging Asia and Europe both literally and figuratively, Turkey is the most oriental of the western nations and the most occidental of eastern nations. Once a centerpiece of the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, it has been a crossroads of civilizations traveled by great figures in history from the Homeric heroes of Troy and Alexander the Great to Suleiman the Magnificent and Winston Churchill. Bordered by eight countries -  Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Azerbaijan - and easily accessible by many others, it is easy to comprehend how Turkey has become such a fantastic melting pot of cultures, traditions and cuisines. If you are looking for the beautiful beaches and grand Classical monuments of a nation like Greece or Italy, you will find it in Turkey. 

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.