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  1. 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!
  2. 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).
  3. How does one go about getting a English teaching job in Turkey? I've heard the best thing to do is just to fly to Istanbul and begin looking, but wouldn't working on a tourist/residency visa mean your open to exploitation by your employer? Is it even possible to get a work visa after this point? Thanks
  4. 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
  5. 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! Their Website: http://www.teachtotravel.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=14
  6. 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
  7. holding a " first certificate in english" and "cambridge english diploma" from london in 1982 can this help me get a job as a teacher, of course, I do not want "work permit" please advise
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Hello again everyone.I am planning to live in Turkey and teach English. I hold a bachelor's degree in English and I am planning to get my TEFL certification online.Money is tight, I found onlinetefl.com which offers a 120 hour course for only 299.00 USD.Does anyone have experience with this website? I know potential employers prefer some teaching experience, but it's not something I have.My girlfriend is a Turkish native and will be a great resource in evaluating potential employers. She wants to live in Izmir, but Istanbul is a possibility as well.I posted this here just to see what everyone thinks of this plan/ give me any advice. I will initially apply over the phone or online, with the possibility of moving there and applying in person if necessary.Everyone on here is always so helpful , thanks in advance!
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. Hello everyone, I would really like some help! I am applying for an english teaching job at this place called global ingilizce. They teach english to business professionals. I have an interview with them tomorrow but before that I wanna know if anyone else has had any good/bad experience with them. Their office seems to be in a nice place (world trade centre istanbul). And their website was presentable and they've been quite professional so far through their emails unlike most language school who when you call don't even speak english. I was hoping to initially teach at a private school in Istanbul but when I called a number of schools they don't know what I want and give me email addresses of people who never respond. I can't go all the way to istanbul before I have a sure contract with a work permit. So can any of you guys give me advice on any good private schools that hire international teachers and actually respond, in istanbul. secondly have u heard of global ingilizce? and thirdly hats a good salary for a single person living in istanbul. thankssss!!! id really appreciate the help!! Myra
  14. The Teaching English forum of Turkey Central has a lot of very good information in it about teaching in Turkey from current and former teachers. Please make sure you browse and search it first for the answers to your questions. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, or need additional information then post your specific questions on the forum. The English Language Office of the United States Embassy has a variety of resources for TEFL/TESL/TESOL teachers and those who wish to be. Resources include the following: [*]The English Language Specialist Program which recruits U.S. academics in the fields of Teaching English...for short-term assignments to Turkey. [*]The English Language Fellow Program brings U.S. educators...to Turkey on ten-month fellowships. [*]The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers online, graduate level classes to English teaching professionals in Turkey through the University of Oregon. Their Other Exchange Programs include: [*]The Fulbright ETA Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in Turkish universities - improving Turkish students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country. If you are seeking a teaching position at a high school, this list of High schools in Istanbul may help get you started, many of them also have elementary schools. Almost all of them have web sites which list the legal requirements and limitations for teaching in Turkey as well as open positions. For those who are thinking about university teaching positions, this List of Universities in Turkey will get you started. Please Note: pay and benefits of the non-private (state) schools will almost always be much less than the private universities even though the prestige and quality of some state schools is higher. Most of the private universities are quite young in comparison to their state counterparts so their quality is sometimes uneven. That being said, several private universities have risen to the challenge and may be equal or higher in quality in certain departments. Besides contacting schools directly you can also seek out secondary web sites such as Dave's ESL Cafe. TEFL.com seems to be another excellent resource with a lot of information for seeking teachers. Jobs in Turkey is mainly for those seeking to work in Turkey as their next destination. It offers a lot of advice on how to go about finding a job and what to look for in a school. Please Note: Jobs in Turkey is quite dated and although the general information is good some of it may no longer be relevant. You must be very, very careful about the positions being offered and try to make sure you will not be used, abused and taken advantage of job-wise. Work and residence permits should be a joint effort by the school and the applicant with the school taking the bulk of the responsibility. Sometimes housing is provided, more often it is not, ask! What are the benefits offered such as salary, lunch tickets, transport to and from school and others? Is the salary offered a net amount or gross (before taxes)? Net is best, the school pays your taxes and you pocket your income. Do not try to work illegally, there are many people who do and the authorities are trying to stop this practice. Turkish universities are somewhat easier to get hired into than elementary or high schools. Those universities which have an English Language Program (ELP) usually have a prepatory (prep) year for students with low or no English skills. The ELP is where most new teachers of English will start. The qualifications deemed highest for prep teachers are usually: (1) native speakers, (2) TEFL/TESL/TESOL (other), (3) university diploma (this is often the deal breaker). Write every school you have an interest in and be persistent. If you do not hear from them right away try them all again in a few months, keep trying until someone "nibbles" or tells you to stop. You might get a job right away or it could take you a year or more... Elementary and secondary school teachers from a foreign country who want to teach in Turkey are required by Milli Eğitim (the National Education governing board) to have elementary and/or secondary teaching certificates from a university, in addition to a university diploma, from their country of origin. Take a look a this Robert College page for prospective teachers which has a lot of very specific information for high school teachers and the qualifications necessary. In addition, most of the good Turkish schools look for actual classroom experience. Because almost all of these positions are with private schools, the pay and benefits are usually quite good and the positions are competitive. Many headmasters from Turkish private schools go to international recruiting fairs in the US and the UK to seek qualfiied and experienced teachers. This usually happens in the very early spring or late winter. Most of them reach their quotas and return with contracts in hand. Please Note: All social studies/history courses are taught ONLY in Turkish by Turkish nationals--following the regulations of the Turkish Ministry of Education. A person without a university diploma MAY be hired to work as a teaching assistant at a university. Any reputable university will, of course, attempt to find the most qualified and experienced teachers and many who come to Turkey have Master's degrees with experience and TEFL/TESL/TESOL and other language teaching certificates. If a university ELP does not have sufficient staff, they SOMETIMES may hire native speakers who do not have a degree. Applying in the fall is too late for most places as they usually have filled their quota for teachers. (Try anyway, be persistent) There is sometimes staff turnover in January and then the departments start looking again in March-April for the coming school year which starts in September. If a school does not have their quota by late July or early August they start to get "desperate" and a university may have a way to legally hire any native speaker who comes through the door. An elementary or high school by law cannot do that. If you move to Turkey without a job, visit all the schools you have an interest in personally with CV and credentials in hand. Make sure you bring your ORIGINAL diplomas/certificates, etc and not copies. Keep trying, (did I mention to be persistent?) Be sure to drink tea with anyone in any office who offers it to you no matter their professional position. That "clerk" or "secretary" with whom you speak may have influence beyond their station (then again, they may not.) In all cases, be cordial, sociable, polite, and ask questions about the person you are meeting with and their families without getting too personal and tell them how glad you are to be living in Turkey. Personal relationships mean a great deal in Turkey. Brits and Americans tend to want to get "down to business"; do not make that mistake! Whomever you are speaking with, if they are Turkish, or a long-time foreign resident of Turkey, they will eventually get around to "business" when it suits them. I brought my transcripts from the university when I first arrived, the university would not even look at them, they wanted to see my framed diplomas! My transcripts came in handy only when I took a position with the computer science department. I had grad level tech courses listed and the department head needed to show them to the Rector to get me transferred into his department. Otherwise, I never needed them. That being said, bring your transcripts, a course catalog with descriptions of the courses you took, and if necessary you can have them translated and notarized, which can be expensive. Good luck in your search.
  15. I am thinking of returning to Istanbul to teach. I feel I haven't the right experience or qualifications to teach in Universities. I have a degree (NOT English and TESOL cert). What are the best schools/chains? I assume most vacancies are not advertised - schools have people sending in CVs all the time. A minimum of 2500 TL salary seem about right?
  16. Hello guys such a fabulous and useful website you got, I've learned a lot since a registered here –and even before that - it totally changed my perspective. So many thanks. I got one question –for now - I would like to work as a teacher. My main obstacle is the lack of university degree, and yes I've read all about it here. This not my question the thing is I do have a 2 years community college diploma, does it count or only bachelor degree is needed here?? Thanx in advance.
  17. Could anyone please share, with honesty, the current condition for foreign (particularly British or American) English teachers working/living in Turkey (in Istanbul and Ankara)? Is it safe to work in Turkey as an English teacher given the current events unfolding today? And what are the challenges or possible issues to be had for English female instructors? Thanks for any insight.
  18. Hi, my name is dale, i just found this forum today and figured i had best try and get involved and get some help. I am currently a painter and decorator living in the uk, but have a very close relationship with a turkish national whom i am eager to be nearer. Based on this i decided that as i did not wish to continue painting, and would need a job in which would allow me to work in turkey i thought about teaching english. I was always interested in teaching and helping people but after leaving school i fell straight into the building trade. Anyway, now at age 26 and wishing to change not only career but country, i enrolled on the ittt tefl/tesol course scheduled for october and lasting 4 intensive weeks which i believed would allow me to start somewhere on my path to moving and working. However having briefly read a little in the section here, i am now worried that i may be in over my head ) i am enthusaistic and determined to try for what i want but sometimes it is not enough. If there is anyone here who has done similar to me or has experience in what i am trying to achieve i would be forever grateful for any help and advice you can give me on my quest i really want to make this a success but am now quite scared about my options and what i need to do. Thankyou for taking the time to read dale
  19. Hi Everybody, I recently found this site as I was searching for jobs. I like the tone a lot more than Dave's ESL! Currently, I'm in Korea teaching English. After a rough year, I've decided to leave the country and search for other work. Having lived on the border of Turkey (Batumi, Georgia) and visiting the country once, I've decided that I would love to try my hand at teaching in Istanbul. Something I've noticed, however, is that there aren't as many jobs postings as in Korea. I hear private (or public) highschools and universities are great jobs to get, but there are few postings on the usual websites. Should I just come to Turkey and search then? I would be arriving mid July... would that be too late to get a job? I've heard Istanbul is very expensive. What I'm wondering is if I were to live outside the touristy/hip neighborhoods would I be able to find better accommodation or a better job. From all my discussions, it seems I might have to be on the ground to land a job in Istanbul and Turkey in general. Do I have a chance to get something decent? Many thanks for any responses. I know I've asked a lot of questions. ~Karyn
  20. Hi I would really love to teach english in Izmir. I have a degree and a TEFL cert. I would love to find a job for the next academic year Any advice would be greatly appreciated Ciara
  21. Hello. In a few months I will be moving to Incirlik Air Base from the United States and I'm currently working on my TESOL/TEFL so I can teach English while I live abroad. In Adana, do they look for a TESOL or TEFL? When I complete mine, it gives me the choice to have one or the other. When is the best time to seek for a job? How's the pay? Any information would be great. Thank you.
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