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. 

How I'm Funding Traveling in Asia While Living & Teaching English in Vietnam

By: Ana Santos

Exploring opportunities while enjoying diversity in Asia.

My passion for people, culture, and languages has inspired me to travel to more than 40 countries. It all started when I was a baby traveling and camping with my family in Europe. This allowed me to travel and made me curious about learning foreign languages as well as diversity. To fund my travel and research as a Masters student, I’ve decided to take TEFL class in Istanbul, and I’m currently teaching in Vietnam. I like studying, and at the age of 42, I thought it could be the right time to teach and inspire others in developing countries. With a focus on transportation and ecotourism while travelling and researching, I settled in Hanoi where I saw great opportunity to do what I like the most: traveling and learning. In between I’m funding my adventures through teaching English and online business.

Istanbul, Turkey English Teaching Q and A with Ayni Hailicka

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

What is your citizenship?

United States

What city and state are you from?

Butte Falls, Oregon

How old are you?

22

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

Teaching English in Turkey & TEFL Certification in Istanbul

Discover Turkey - One of the Best Job Markets for English Teachers in the World


  • Would you like to live and work in a land once traversed by Alexander the Great, Byzantine Emperors and Ottoman sultans like Suleiman the Magnificent?

  • Do you want to teach English in a country boasting more Greco-Roman ruins than Greece and some of the most spectacular beaches in the Mediterranean?

  • Can you see yourself living in a city that Lonely Planet noted is the most "Hippest" in the world?