Teaching English in Turkey

The pay for teaching English in Turkey is better than in Latin America. It’s more fun than the Middle East. You don’t experience as much culture shock as southeast Asia. Plus, it’s more accessible to Europe than other countries for teaching English.

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Overview

In Turkey, foreign teachers mostly enjoy Turkish food, culture, music, language, affordability, internal transportation, patchwork nightlife, ease of finding work, and the relatively high standard of living.

You can make anywhere in the $600 to $1,500 USD range (due to the falling lira currency). The minimum requirements for teaching English in Turkey are a university degree and a TEFL/CELTA certificate.

The pay for teaching English in Turkey is better than in Latin America. It’s more fun than the Middle East. You don’t experience as much culture shock as southeast Asia. Plus, it’s more accessible to Europe than other countries for teaching English.

Schools

Most English teaching jobs are in Istanbul and Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Istanbul is a great combination of modern services and traditional culture. Ankara is not as popular. It’s fairly mountainous, more conservative, and located in the middle of the country.

There are opportunities to work in universities, private tutoring, and language schools. At language schools, it’s mostly focused on keeping the students engaged in English language learning. You’re expected to dress professionally and put some effort into your lessons.

Students can pick up on inexperience. This is why it’s recommended to take a TEFL course to prepare you to teach English as a foreign language.  A TEFL course with a practicum will give you the proper training to develop lesson plans and put them into action.

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Salary

You can make anywhere in the range of $600 to $1,500 USD in Turkey. The exchange rate has gotten worse over the years for the Turkish currency so your take-home pay is less when converting to US dollars.

The starting wage for a TEFL or CELTA qualified English teacher is around 30-40 TL (lira) an hour. If you can work 30+ hours a week, then you can probably pull in 4000 TL (lira) a month

Turkey is relatively inexpensive so it’s possible to save money and not worry about day-to-day expenses. Try to find teaching jobs with subsidized rent because some schools are willing to pay part of the cost.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much can you make teaching English in Turkey?

You can make anywhere from $600 to $1,500 USD range.  The exchange rate has been steadily getting worse with the falling Turkish Lira currency.

What are the requirements to teach English in Turkey?

The minimum requirements for teaching English in Turkey are a university degree and a TEFL/CELTA certificate.

What are some of the downsides of working in Turkey?

Some foreign teachers do not enjoy the male-dominated society, politics, Turkish temperament, military, and noise in the city at night like honking.

Is it it easy to travel around Turkey?

The internal transportation system to get around Turkey is fairly efficient and cheap, so getting out and around isn’t difficult.

What do people enjoy about living there?

The tourist attractions, proximity to Europe, ease of finding employment, Turkish food, historical landmarks, and affordability are advantages of choosing Turkey to teach English.

Facts

  • As of 2018, there are 18 World Heritage Sites in Turkey. 16 are cultural and 2 are mixed.

  • The world’s oldest shipwreck (Ulubuun) was found in Kas, off the coast of Turkey.

  • Istanbul was formerly known as Constantinople.

  • Troy, Turkey is where the legendary Trojan War took place.

  • Homer, Aesop, and St. Paul the Apostle were all born in Turkey.

  • Ice cream street vendors also perform circus-clown performances.

  • The first-ever university is located in Harran.

  • Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) was born in Turkey.

  • Carpets are part of Turkish culture.

  • The first-ever coins were discovered in Sardis.