I loved living and working in Turkey. It is a fascinating country that merges both Western and Eastern cultures which makes life there both more challenging and interesting. I also enjoyed working in both Ankara and Istanbul which are very different from each other.
Ankara is the capital city of Turkey. Most of the jobs for Turks there are civil jobs. As such most people earn the same amount of money. Maybe because of this and because of the type of person who is drawn to working for the government, Ankara even by its own citizens is described as “boring, but easy to live in”. It has good public transportation that normally is not too over-crowded and the standard of living is good. It’s also often possible to live within walking distance to your job.
Most English teaching jobs in Ankara will be in Kizilay. Kizilay is considered the hub of Ankara. It’s where the main bus stop and the subway merge. It is also where quite a few of the government buildings are. Kizilay is also where more of the night life is, so if you like being close to clubs and restaurants it is the place for you. If you don’t want to be in the middle of everything then there are areas such as Dikmen, Kavaklidere, etc. Also, as you look for apartments further away from Kizilay you will find cheaper places to live.
by Ferda Sonmez
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Making a difference? Making a change?
So, how about Izmir? Izmir – the pearl of the Aegean is waiting for you!
Izmir lies in the west of Turkey and is the third largest city. It’s a cosmopolitan and lively city all year round. There are lots of historical places such as, museums, historical sites, monuments, Kizlaragasi Inn, the Clock Tower, Saint Polycarp Church, Asansor quarter ( also known as the Jewish quarter), Hisar Mosque and more. Kültürpark is the site of the International Izmir Fair and contains an amusement park, restaurants and gardens.
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Does the thought of unwinding with a cup of hot kaavah and mouthfuls of turkish delight, against a backdrop of shimmer and belly dancers entice you?
Maybe its time to use your TEFL expertise as your ticket to a world where richness goes beyond the very word baklava in every sense and experience Turkey through the eyes of TEFL teacher.
You will come back with more than belly dancing skills and kohl lined eyes, that’s for sure.
By: Sam Lovell.
Sitting between Europe and Asia, Turkey has long played a pivotal role in history. From Alexander the Great and Achilles to the more recent infamous battle at Gallipoli. There are plenty of sights which stand out if you’re looking at Turkey through the eyes of a tourist or an expat TEFL teacher perhaps. Should you choose to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) here, you will see and experience so much more than you can truly imagine!
For one, the people are among the friendliest in the world. Islamic hospitality and a curiosity about Foreigners ensures that time spent teaching in Turkey will be a friendly one! Add to this their great beaches and the surprisingly throbbing night scene in Istanbul and you’ve got yourself a TEFLjob in paradise!