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  1. 1anda2anda3

    Kolej Help

    Hey everyone, New to the forum and thought this would be the best avenue for my question(s). I'm currently working in a kindergarten but looking to move on hopefully to a kolej. I have a CELTA and about 7 years ESL teaching under my belt. I know that there are a lot of super qualified teachers that work in the private big schools here in Antalya but I was just wondering what my chances would be with just having a CELTA and experience? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Hi! I am from America, I am currently living in Izmir and privately teaching English. I am looking for something better and bigger. I am finishing my TESOL course in a few days and I want to find a good English teaching job. I have looked online and Im not finding anything great. Can someone give me advice or pointers! Thank you
  3. leila

    CELTA in summer

    Hi friends, I'm Leila,25 from Iran. I have applied for CELTA in Izmir university of economics for this July. Do you have any suggestion for me? I really don't know anything about Turkey and Izmir. ans another thing, Is there any job availability after getting CELTA in Turkey?
  4. I am completing my degree in International Security with a minor in Arabic next spring, and I am very interested in working at a Turkish university. Could anyone please provide me with some insight as to what kinds of qualifications I might need? How much Turkish do i need to speak? How much education? Would a bachelor's and a TEFL certification do? How much experience? Any other skills/credentials/etc. ? Thank you kindly and so much in advance!
  5. Hi, I am looking for English teacher who will prepare for ielts for two adults. Current ielts score is 5 (listening), 5 (reading), 5,5 (writing) and 6 (listening). Our plan is reach to 7 on each. Teacher who is preferably certificated (Celta etc) and experienced can give private lessons at our home in Halkali, Istanbul. Please contact to me via email [email protected] BR
  6. To whom it may concern, I need some general advice, or perhaps reassurance from anyone who is knowledgeable in the matter about my following dream: I was born and raised in Canada, and although English is my first (and better) language, I am very fluent in Turkish as well. I'm done getting my Bachelor's Degree with a Major in English this year and will be completing that TESL Certificate that's required for most ESL positions. I love Turkey so very much, and have always imagined I'd live there one day. I've got lots of family over there as well, and as much as I love Canada, the homeland is where my heart belongs. Long story short, how easily could I find a teaching position over there and how manageable will the salary be? I have both a Canadian and Turkish citizenship, and again, can speak both languages quite flawlessly. What's my future looking like, folks? Thank you, Merve B.
  7. Since I have discovered that working at most schools in Turkey requires a BA degree in order to get a work visa. Is it possible that after I get a certificate in TOEFL/TESOL/TEFL, could I move to Turkey and offer private English lessons as services? Should I know Native Level Turkish before I consider looking into offering private tutoring services when the time comes? What do you guys think? Another thing is would it be possible to get a job at a school with a TOEFL/TESOL/TEFL and without a degree, but rather then getting a work permit, apply for residency (I myself am a Turkish-American born and raised in the USA).
  8. Hey I have been looking for jobs in Turkey and have recently gotten a positive response from EFINST IH Istanbul. Do you know anything about them and whether they are a reputable school to work for? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Hi, I am a British citizen and I have lived in either the UK or the USA for all of my life. I am starting a CELTA course in January with the hopes of getting an English teaching job in the Konya area. The reason I want to go to Konya is because my fiance lives there. I have no experience teaching English to foreign speakers but I was a teacher at a community college in the US. My main worry is that I am a bit because I am 39 and I will be 40 in July next year. Does anyone have any advice as to how I can get a teaching job in Konya or Turkey generally, and does anyone think my age will be a hindrance? Thanks.
  10. I have some knowledge of the Turkish language and I was wondering, are there are any places where you can go teach English in Turkey without a BA, or just with a TOEFL certificate only? I am really looking into finding a way to where I can go and move to my family's native country and get a job there. Will they let you get work permits to get a English Teaching job with just a TOEFL certificate only.
  11. I apologize if it has already been posted, but I am currently looking at the possibility of teaching English in Istanbul. I don't have any credentials but an overwhelmingly passionate drive to teach. Can anyone give me any suggestions about the TEFL course/gaining work permits/Visa's? Also I have many native Turkish friends that live in Istanbul. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Note I do understand it may take some time to gain certain credentials and Im not expecting to get answers that will tell me I can just pick up and go with a certificate or two, so please be truthful. Haha.
  12. Hello everyone, Im thinking of making the move to Istanbul in the near future. I am currently teaching English in Taiwan, and I would like to continue teaching English in Turkey. I would like to teach in a university rather than a private language school. Everything I have read so far suggests that working in a university is far more relaxed. That being said, I will work in a private language school if that is all that is available. My question is: when is the best time to look for university jobs in Istanbul? Do I need to do an in-person interview? Is there any way I can begin my job hunt from Taiwan? Any information or resources would be of great help! Also, I have 4 years teaching experience, a BA from an American university and a TEFL certificate. Thanks again!
  13. Where to get the CELTA certificate? + Teaching English Jobs I am planning to get the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) in Istanbul for the purpose of teaching english in Istanbul. Which institute do you recommend I do CELTA at? I am currently leaning towards an institute called ITI (international training institute). My second question is, where to find good well paying english language teaching positions? I am currently checking craiglist, is there some other good venue, online or offline, I can check? Further relevant information: I am a native english language speaker I do have Turkish Citizenship (through ancestry) so I do not require a work permit. I do not speak functional Turkish I have a Master's degree from a top university in Ireland (in Business not English, though I hve taken many english courses and have top marks in all my english courses and a very good overall gpa).
  14. Hello. I was recently offered a job at a private school in Istanbul teaching english. I, however, ran into a problem with my paperwork with the Turkish Ministry of Education. I have all my credentials such as my BA degree in education and my teaching certificate. The problem was that the Ministry of education was not able to accept my teaching certificate since it is not an official copy. Unfortunately, my state (i'm from the U. S.) does not issue hard copies of my teaching certificate and you can only look it up online through a public site. My state can also issue an official statement letter saying that I have my teaching certificate but the school that hired me said that won't work either. Apparently the school said they found a solution to the problem. I didn't bother to ask what they did since I already asked the school many questions already. Would anyone possibly know what the school did for the Ministry of Education to possibly accept my teaching certificate? I just hope it ends up working otherwise my only other option would be to take the tofel or celta course. Has anyone run into this kind of problem? Thank you for any help.
  15. Merhaba ! I'm a newly qualified British ESL teacher with a BA in English and a CELTA qualification and have been in the process of searching for ESL jobs in Turkey. I'd love to work in Turkey as I've been studying Turkish history and language for some time now and to combine these two things would be really wonderful for me. However, the more I research the more complicated things seem to become. There seem to be so many dodgy schools with awful reviews online and I have no idea where to go to find legitimate, safe, reasonable jobs. I'm very thankful that such reviews exist, but at the same time, I am left wondering where to go. If anyone can provide me with any advice, that would be wonderful Teşekkürler :-)
  16. I've been looking at teaching in Turkey through the company 'teach to travel'. Their website says: 'You will have your Residency Permit applied for before you arrive in Turkey, however, you will need to pick it up from the bureau in Turkey within 90 days of your arrival. You will need to get a tourist visa at the Turkish airport when you arrive. You will pick up your residency permit after this. You will also be picking up your work permit in Turkey.' What I don't understand is why can't they put in the application for the Work Permit before I arrive in the country (the job starts months down the line after all) Any advice is greatly appreciated, thanks!
  17. I am currently teaching English in Turkey as an intern and I will be working for a year here for a leading language school. English has always been one of the official languages in my home city. I've got a Bachelor degree in English and will be studying for a TESOL master degree. I've got 2 years of experiences teaching at an international kindergarten and I am a private English tutor for about 3 years. I can teach IELTS and TOEFL too. I am just wondering what're the chances for me coming back to Turkey to teach English after I finish my master degree? Probably I can teach Chinese and English at the same time, would it be an advantage for me? Thank you so much for ur patience n help. I really need some advice.
  18. Hey I don't know if anyone is able to help. I've been searching on the Internet for work visa requirements for teaching English in turkey but everything is so confusing and everything contradicts. I don't have a degree but I have NVQ's and I wondering if they will work for a visa? They are in Hairdressing though. However I do have previous experience in teaching hairdressing but no formal qualification for it. Will I be able to get a visa with this and a TEFL/ CELTA? I have family in turkey that are turkish and know a little turkish and am taking a course to learn turkish which starts soon. Also just after general advice please if anyone could help. Thank you
  19. Hello everyone! I am a CELTA-certified, English BA-holding qualified teacher currently living and teaching in Vietnam. I am looking to move to Izmir in two months, but have had trouble finding many job prospects online. I've read the forum threads and people seem pretty confident about being able to find work in Turkey/Izmir. What I would like to know is: If I move to Izmir without a concrete job, how possible would it be to secure one (one which would pay for and support a work visa, at that) once I arrive? I have no problem going to Izmir without a job, but would need to know that it's definitely possible to secure one once I arrived. Thanks so much for reading this & I hope to hear from you all soon! You have a great community on this site-- v. cool.
  20. Hi everyone this is my 1st post, I've been accepted into a CELTA course this summer at Izmir University of Economics and curious how likely I could expect to find a job once I complete the course at the end of July. My previous education is a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Economics. I have not worked as a teacher per se, but my current job at a Wildlife Preserve in the States I have organised and conducted field trips and tours for children and adults. There are no local options for me to earn the CELTA where I live so to me it seemed logical to take the course in Izmir and go from there. Looking for suggestions and advice please.
  21. Dear friends, I'm an English teacher and planning to take a CELTA course in Istanbul. I did a Google search and found some centers providing the course but I'm kind of confused and don't know which to go for. Could you help and give me some advice on choosing the best and the most reputable one? Thanks.
  22. I have been searching high and low for an answer on this and the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles is giving me the run around. I have inquired at a couple of schools and get conflicting information. I have a technical degree certification not a 4 year university degree. I have been told that language schools will not hire me with out the combination of my CELTA (that's what I am possibly going to get) and a university degree. Another school told me that American teachers are in high enough demand that I can get a job and the Ministry wont really know the difference between a trade school degree and university degree. I don't want to pay for a CELTA course if I won't be able to get a work visa. Another friend said that I could get my CELTA, then get a job as a nanny (just to get my visa) and do private tutoring on the side. That doesn't sound legal and I don't want to get deported. Does anyone have any input on this? Thanks!
  23. I was wondering if anyone here knew of any jobs going in Izmir (the city and its surroundings...anywhere from Cesme - Izmir really) I'm from the UK and trying to find work as an au pair! I graduated from Uni n 2011 and there just isn't much for me here in terms of work! I have a TEFL qualification and experience of working with children, I have family in Cesme so I'd be more comfortable working in this general area (I.e. Izmir) as I'd feel a bit better having a safety net in Turkey. I could do live in or probably more ideally live out. I've registered for every au pair site I can find! If any one has a site they think is best site or maybe knows someone needing English lessons? Any suggestions?
  24. Hello All! I was wondering if any of you might have specific contact information for teacher recruitment agencies actually based in Turkey. I am looking for a EFL position for 2nd term or next school year in the Izmir area preferably, but will consider Istanbul. I have a degree, am a certified teacher in the US with full-time teaching experience, and also hold a 120hr TESOL certification. I have perused this forum thoroughly and followed much of the advice for finding job boards, cold contacting schools directly in the area, and also am registered with some international teacher agencies, but would also like to setup teacher profiles with local recruitment agencies. I have found Southwest Recruiting out of Istanbul and Marmaris Recruiting, but I'm unsure what the reputation is for these agencies. I was hoping maybe someone here might have direct contact info for local agencies in Turkey or even direct contacts at some of the schools in or near Izmir. Thanks for any help! Meredith
  25. I am currently undertaking a TEFL course and will be finished soon hopefully. However before I successfully finish I just wanted to know if anyone could give me an good tips and advice on how to go about trying to find a position in a private school or dershane in Izmir to teach English to students. I do know Izmir very well as my father is from Izmir and I have decided that I no longer want to live in the UK and want to settle in Izmir after completing this course. I would appreciate if anyone could advice me on any useful information they could give me?
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