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Teaching English in Turkey

Teaching in Turkey is fun. Class sizes are usually big in the private / public schools around 20- 30 in one class, and in language schools around 10 people.
Turkish people are moving towards joining the EU, so they are think it's really important for them to now learn English as a second language. In major cities there is a big demand for Business English, and you will be able to find company work. There is a great demand for private lessons too. You will get approached for this. Check our salary guide on the sample page for more details.
Normal school hours are 8.30AM – 4 PM Monday to Friday.
Language schools times differ with every school, you may end up working a lot of nights but no morning classes. Contracts are for the school year September to the end of June. Schools normally close for 2 months during summer due to the intense heat, especially in the major cities.
When talking to your school about your job, find out if they offer free accommodation, as well as some sort of flight allowance.

There are so many holidays in Turkey. They don’t celebrate Christmas, but your school may give you one day off. But in January/ February time there is a 2 week holiday (depending on when the dates fall), which is a good time to do a bit of traveling around Turkey. Although it is rainy during this time, it’s a great opportunity to explore - as there aren’t many tourist about. I suggest going to Pamukkale, you can get some great photos as there isn’t anyone there. I heard in the summer time it’s like an ants nest, with thousands of people crawling all over it.

Nightlife - Turkish people are very friendly and will invite you out, you will never be lonely in Turkey. I used to socialize with my fellow co workers, they love to dance and go out drinking. As a Muslim country, you would expect the women to cover themselves from head to foot - wrong! Most of the females dressed in short skirts and tight tops (in the cities that is). The men looked, and dressed, like male models.

There are many clubs where you can belly dance the night away!

If you are on a 1 + year contract, some schools pay for your 4 week summer vacation. So get down to the coast of Turkey and see the turquoise sea, white sands, learn to dive or you can just hire out a boat for the month.

All the coastal towns have a much more laid back attitude, so don’t expect fast service. Things in Turkey are a lot slower than in the rest of Europe. You can get around Turkey by flying but it’s pretty expensive on a teachers wage, The trains are a lot cheaper, but they take long time. Your best option is the fantastic Express coach service (this is a cheap and safe way to travel in Turkey, they have a hostess service and stop a local service stations to stretch your legs every 2-3 hours.) To travel from Antalya to Istanbul it will take 13 hours on an overnight coach, including the ferry ride to Istanbul (20 min’s) at no extra cost.

Turkey is a historically fascinating place, very beautiful (especially in the south), it has fantastic food, great wine. Accommodation is often good. Living is cheap, and the pay usually better than Spain or Italy, so with the free accommodation you can live well and save a little every month.

Once you get out of the big cities that the experiences that you have in this country change phenomenally. The larger cities can find replacement teachers really easily so they consider you quite expendable. However, in the smaller cities you become a great deal more valuable. Turkish people are extremely friendly polite and not in the least bit intimidating.

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