Besides its stunning coastlines and few thousand years of rich history, Turkey is home to one of the hottest European economies. It also has one of the largest global job markets for those looking to teach English abroad.
There are several benefits of working in Turkey compared to some of the other European job markets. English teaching positions are available all-round the year with pre-arranged interviews being conducted over the phone or via email while local, in-person opportunities can also be found. Moreover, it is a common practice for English teachers in the country to receive a sponsored work visa.
Stipend for housing and airfare is provided to some of the English teachers but should not be considered the usual practice. Teachers usually live in apartments vacated recently by the previous candidates while many share accommodations with their coworkers.
Turkey provides quite a handsome hourly wage, helping the teachers have a comfortable life. The normal work-week includes around 20-25 hours of teaching that leaves a lot of time for travelling and exploring around. Teachers frequently give private tuitions to enhance their pay.
Teachers ideally require a TEFL certification and a four-year bachelor’s degree. The biggest likelihood of landing a job is in the major cities such as Ankara, Izmir, and Istanbul among others.