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TEFL in Istanbul, Turkey

Get TEFL certified and live in the only city to span two continents!

TEFL certification in Turkey

About Istanbul

Turkey is a diverse and truly spectacular nation that has evolved under the influence of some of the most important empires of the Eastern and Western world. Relics from the Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empires can be found across the country and the Bosphorus Strait runs through Istanbul forming the border between Europe and Asia. This makes Istanbul the only major city in the world to span two continents.

As one of the world’s most stylish cities, Istanbul offers art galleries, chic restaurants and trendy nightclubs mixed among historical Turkish hamam (bath houses), stately Byzantine churches and exotic Ottoman mosques. TEFL trainees can hop on a boat and cruise down the scenic Bosphorus Strait to take in the wooden villas, marble palaces, impressive fortresses and small fishing villages that line the shores. When teaching English in Istanbul, make sure to visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world and home to a massive collection of pottery, jewelry, carpets and spices.

TEFL Jobs in Turkey

The people in Turkey understand the important role of the English language in international business. Most English teaching jobs are available in Istanbul, although there are language schools in other cities. Jobs in Istanbul are typically at English schools that cater to adults while employment in primary schools can be more difficult to secure.

Most English teachers will work evenings and weekends with the days free to explore. The salaries are reasonable and the cost of living is very low, so you’ll have extra cash for exploring Istanbul, taking trips around the country or maybe even purchasing one of those famous Turkish carpets.

Recommended Courses

While employers in Turkey prefer teachers with TEFL certification received after completing a 4-week classroom course, some schools do accept online certifications, like the IDELT Online.

About the Training Center

  • Fully equipped: Amenities include six well-equipped and air-conditioned classrooms, a student lounge and Internet access.
  • Live with a Turkish host family: Students can stay with host families in Istanbul to get a truly authentic experience.

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