Istanbul - Where East Meets West
Istanbul, a world metropolis, has developed into the 9th largest city on Earth largely due to its geopolitical location. With an estimated 12-15 million inhabitants, it's the only city worldwide to have developed on two continents. The European side of the city is the trade and business center, whereas the residential side is located on the Asian side.
Our TEFL courses are held at our partner language training center located in Kadikoy, Istanbul. Kadikoy is a bustling seaside area with many shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, and bookstores. It is easily accessible by public transportation from almost any area in Istanbul.
Our facilities feature a teacher planning area, a resource and planning library, and instructional support materials for our teachers and students. Wireless internet is available at the center for use during the course.
The 4-Week TEFL Course
Our 4-week TEFL course is fully accredited and certified to meet international standards. The training involves up to 6 hours of observed teaching practice and 120 hours of classroom instruction. You will acquire the practical skills to teach English as a foreign language in any country around the world.
Classes run Monday to Friday, 9-4pm. Weekends are free to explore the local area but you will have homework assignments.
Turkish TEFL employers tend to offer free accommodation as part of your overall salary benefits package. The quality of this accommodation will differ greatly dependent on where in Turkey you are! If you’re teaching English in a remote part of the Urfa province (close to the Syrian border) then you could expect a small, stone building with no air conditioning whereas in Istanbul you could be in a city centre apartment with all the latest mod-cons.
If you would prefer to seek out your own accommodation then expect to spend around 45% of your teaching salary on rent, with a one bed flat in the city centre (including bills) costing around $448.
Getting Here & Visas
Airport pickup and transfer is included in the Advanced package. We recommend you arrive in Istanbul at least 2 days prior to the course start date. Visas are granted upon arrival at the airport. Ordinary passport holders of nationals of the following countries may obtain sticker type visas at the Turkish International Border Gates to enter into Turkey.
Citizens of Australia, Canada, EU countries, Iceland, Jamaica, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, and the US will obtain a tourist passport for 3 months upon arrival in the country. This is obtained by paying a small fee at the airport of arrival.
This will allow you enough time to complete your course and find your first teaching position!
Prospects for Teachers
The majority of English teachers look for a job online whilst they’re at home and with Turkish public schools alone requiring over 30,000 teachers there’s no shortage of work. However, there are missed opportunities, as not all institutions (particularly the smaller schools out in the Ankara province) advertise their vacancies online. If you’re from Europe and want to move to Turkey before finding a teaching job teaching English, take over a copy of your CV, TEFL certificate, degree and potentially a portfolio of planned lessons to speed up the process.
Demand is very high for English teachers in Turkey, with many TEFL candidates finding that they are offered a job within 1-2 weeks of applying. However, there are unfortunately issues with many teaching contracts, with institution owners caring more about money than staff welfare, so be sure to have a good look through the contract before agreeing to anything.
The majority of jobs teaching English in Turkey are available in private schools, teaching children between 5-15; and there are also limited opportunities in ‘Dershanes’ (a University prep school), and at Universities – which is particularly popular as the hours are less and the pay is higher!
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"My experiences have inspired me to apply to become a qualified teacher in the UK, and the overall experience has expanded my horizons and given me numerous happy memories, and I made some enduring friendships as well. In fact, I am already planning my next trip to Thailand - it has been said to me on many occasions that people rarely come to Thailand just once, and I would definitely agree with that. Making the decision to go away is a big one, but it is one you will never, ever regret."
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