Teaching English In Turkey: My Experience As An EFL Teacher
Published on June 24, 2013
This is a good article, thanks for sharing your experiences.
@ShamYes you do need a university degree in order to get a work permit and work legally. Unless your degree is in education or something like that you will also need some form of TEFL certificate (120hours minimum) as well as your degree. There are a few places that will still take you on for cash but I don't recommend going down that route at all if you intend staying any more than a couple of months.
Its a booming market at the moment and anyone with the right paperwork, some experience and a good work ethic can do pretty well teaching English in Turkey. You can definitely save money and its a good base to do some traveling from as well.
I have built up a little network of teachers and schools during my 4 years here and I can help newcomers get a job and get settled. I post all the info on englishjobsturkey.com if anyone is interested. Its all free :)
Hi Jonathan, great post. I can see what you mean about the private language institutes in Turkey. They are renown for working their teachers very hard! I've been in Istanbul for some time and recently launched an online start-up focused on getting Turks to speak English, come check us out at www.turkslearnenglish.com/tr. Would love to hear your thoughts (or anyone's who has experience teaching here!).
@Chris This is very interesting to me! I have been to Turkey, and would love to teach there in a year or two. At this time, I am preparing to depart for a year teaching in Chengdu, China, but I will consult your site after a few months about the next gig :)