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Teaching English in Turkey 101

In addition to thousands of years of history; stunning coastlines; and one of the hottest economies in Europe, Turkey boasts one of the largest job markets in the world for English language teachers abroad. 

Turkey offers several major advantages compared to other job markets in Europe. English teachers in Turkey can find teaching opportunities year round, and interviews are conducted in advance over the phone and via email as well as locally in Turkey. In addition, it is standard practice for English teachers in Turkey to receive a sponsored work visa. 


Some English teachers receive stipends for housing and/or airfare, but this is not always the case.  Many teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many share an apartment with coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage enables English teachers in Turkey to live a comfortable life.  Schools typically offer 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore the country's unparalleled natural and cultural riches. A four-year bachelor's degree is technically required to teach English in Turkey, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well.  Primary job markets for teaching English in Turkey include Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, as well as other larger cities.

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