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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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 :-)
  12. Hello! I was wondering if anyone knew of any English teaching vacancies in Izmir, with any reputable school? I currently work for the British Council in Jordan and would like to move to Izmir within the next couple of months. I have Turkish and British citizenship (although I left Turkey in 1972). I also have a degree, a postgraduate diploma and a CELTA. I've been teaching English for 7 years in various different countries and have good references. Since I have a good job at the moment, I couldn't really pack up and leave without having a job to go to - otherwise I'd be on the next flight! I have had a couple of offers of interviews, but then have read pretty poor reviews for the schools concerned, which is why I'd like to ask somebody who lives there for advice. If you can offer any advice or information at all, I would be so grateful to you. Best Suzan
  13. 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!
  14. arif

    Employment in Izmir

    Hi Guys I was born in Izmir but have lived in Australia since I was 18 months old. My family and I are planning to move to Turkey for a couple of years (or longer) and I am exploring employment opportunities. My partner (not of Turkish heritage) is a psychologist and also has teaching qualifications. She is most interested in working as a school counsellor as we have 3 teenage daughters and have been told you get discounts for your children if you are staff member at a private school. Either as a teacher, school counsellor or psychologist she seems to have many options. I on the other hand work in the area of equity and diversity/ social inclusion with particular experience in disability, sexual and gender diversity and cultural diversity. I also do training in mental health first aid. I have previous experience of teaching at TAFE (technical and vocational tertiary education provider, here in Australia). I currently work in a University. Sorry about the long detailed post but i am really unsure of where to go next. I have contacted several employment consultants, recruitment firms and responded to advertisements on employment sites (kariyer.net) and have literally had not response whatsoever. I do not know if i am a particularly unattractive candidate or am doing something wrong. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance Arif
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. My wife is a driving school instructor and running her own driving school in Algeria. As we plan to move to Turkey, can she work as a driving instructor, does she need a work permit? If any one can advise and give details and procedures thanks
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. Merhaba everyone! I've been reading through this forum but am still confused about how this information would apply to me so please forgive me if I ask repeat questions. I am very interested in teaching English in Turkey (anywhere in Turkey but preferably in Istanbul). I will graduate university with a BA in International Studies in a few months. I spent a semester abroad in Istanbul and volunteered teaching English to 9-10 year olds every week that I was in Turkey. I also completed an intensive internship teaching English and professional competency to native Arabic speakers in Palestine so I have a fair amount of experience teaching ESL abroad. My question is which direction to go as far as the TEFL certification. I want to be a competitive applicant but am not currently certified as an ESL teacher. There is not an (affordable) option for me to attend regular classes locally so I found the accredited online course for 40 hours for $220. Would it be worth it for me to get this basic TEFL certificate even though most places require 100 hours of TEFL and prefer the physical class setting? I'm hoping that my combined experiences will balance a limited TEFL certificate. Thank you so much for any advice you might have!
  22. 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
  23. 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?
  24. Hi everyone. I'm interested in teaching in Turkey but I can't find any information on vacation time. How many vacation days for winter, summer, and anything in-between do teachers usually get? If I were to work at a university versus a high school/language school what would my vacation look like? I've been reading over the internet that vacation days can vary from 15 days in the summer to 8 weeks. It all looks like it varies greatly. I'm a little lost here.
  25. Hello everyone, My husband and I are considering moving to Turkey. He's an English teacher, Canadian with TEFL and 7+ years of experience in 4 countries. Can he get a work permit or he must have a university degree?
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