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Teaching English in Turkey

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How Much Can I Earn?
Monthly Salary:
2,400 - 4,300 TRY ?
830 - 1,490 USD
Private Tutoring per Hour:
30 - 150 TRY
10 - 50 USD
Income Tax Rate:
15 - 27%
Ability to Save per year:
500 - 12,500 USD
What Are My Benefits?
Usually included or allowance given
Reimbursement (full or partial) sometimes given
Health Care:
Sometimes paid
What Will Teaching Be Like?
Teaching Hours:
26 - 36
Typical Contract Length:
One year or less
Typical Start Date:
Year round
Application Timeline:
1 - 3 months
What Do I Need?
Work Visa:
Employer sponsors
Education Requirements:
High School Diploma; Bachelor's Degree preferred
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
Additional Notes:
Previous ESL teaching experience preferred

What to Know About Living in Turkey

Bridging two continents, Turkey is a thriving Eurasian country with a deep-seated history based largely on its proximity to numerous cultures and three seas. With a high demand for English Teachers, Turkey boasts an up-and-coming ESL market which matches well to those seeking adventure and eager to take on an exciting challenge.


Throughout Turkey are traditional Turkish-style houses which emphasize cultural roots dating to the Byzantine era. The Turks are known for using natural resources to build structures, shaping their homes to fit the surrounding environments, and while they might often appear visually homogeneous, they can vary greatly in style from region to region within Turkey, with city centers having many more apartment buildings than the suburbs. If living in a city like Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir or Antalya, you might be lucky enough to rent an apartment that catches a glimpse of the waterfront.

It is most common for ESL teachers to land apartment-style accommodations, which are sometimes offered through the hiring institution. This can be in the form of receiving assistance with finding accommodation, to having rent fees included as part of the contract. Teachers should note that as with most countries, utilities and internet costs are likely not included in the cost of rent and will still be incurred if one's school provides lodging free of charge.


Turkey boasts four major international airports, making it easy to travel to various locations in Turkey by air. Obtaining ESL contracts that include paid airfare is sometimes possible in the form of reimbursement, but this is usually at the behest of the school doing the hiring.

Health Benefits

Turkey's healthcare system houses numerous departments, many of which are overseen by the Ministry of Health. Healthcare is provided to all Turkish citizens, with the Ministry governing the building and operating of hospitals, training of nurses and doctors, and regulating of pharmaceuticals. Teachers should expect to receive state healthcare in Turkey as part of a teaching contract if securing a work visa from your home country, but this should be determined well in advance and ideally would be listed in the employment contract. In the event it is not offered, private insurance should be secured ahead of time.

While still improving, Turkish healthcare is not as established as in some other countries. Privately, the healthcare system tends to be more efficient due to better funding from independent sources. Overall and for the most part, one can expect more and better medical services in the bigger cities, while there may be limited access to top quality amenities in the rural reaches of Turkey. As such, it is important to understand one's surroundings if planning to travel Turkey's landscapes.

Retirement Age

Turkey at one point boasted the lowest retirement age, at 45 years. Since 2009, the qualifying age has increased to 60 for men, while women are able to retire at 58 years. For those seeking employment as a language teacher in Turkey, there is no clear cut-off point, meaning a wide age spectrum of applicants can usually be considered for teaching positions.

Technology and Advancement

Technology in Turkey is on its way up. Most Turks, you'll find, spend as much time on cell phones as they do talking in person. If bringing your own phone, it can be operated using international roaming for up to 60 days; after that time, the device should be registered to a network.

Internet access is widespread in Turkey and, despite some faulty connections it tends to be fast and inexpensive. Internet cafes are common throughout the country, especially in the larger cities.

Transportation in Turkey

Public Transportation


While tipping is a fairly standard process throughout Turkey, when paying a taxi fare you shouldn't expect to do so, outright. Rather, rounding the cost of the trip up is the common practice unless the driver is carrying around your luggage, in which case a modest tip is acceptable (between 5-10%).

If riding in a taxi and you notice the driver hasn't started the digital meter, be sure to point this out. Keep in mind that some taxis operate on a daytime or nighttime rate, where the latter will see you pay out up to 50% more for the trip. If you plan on taking a long taxi ride it is a good idea to agree with the driver on a set fare.

Train and Subway

Some of the larger Turkish cities like Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, offer efficient metro and tram systems. These are often simple and quick, costing only a small amount to use; some systems may require you to exchange money for travel coins, which are accessible throughout the stations.


Typically, riding city buses in Turkey requires purchasing a ticket ahead of time from a kiosk, for a fare similar to that found on metros and trams. Sometimes, private buses run similar routes to the city buses, on which the drivers are likely to accept cash in lieu of a ticket.

Dolmus bus - these are cheap and quick modes of transportation and are an easy alternative to city buses. The Dolmus bus stops are usually indicated by the letter "D". Some of these buses will travel long distances; these are considered minibuses.

Other Modes of Transportation


Turkey boasts a thriving bicycling culture with lots of scenic routes to take. Cycling to and from work, and to the market is common in most regions. It is important for cyclists to keep in mind that the quality of roads on which to bike will vary greatly from pristine to falling apart, so be sure to bring the necessary equipment and plan your journey accordingly. Turkish fuel stations are superb for "recharging" throughout a long bicycle trip, as there you'll find all the basic amenities including restrooms, with some stations even allowing cyclists to camp or take a nap.

Motor Vehicles

As is typical of most major city centers, taking advantage of the public transportation system is best. However, if you're keen on driving in Turkey keep the following in mind:

- Frequent government-controlled roadblocks for checking the car's papers
- Holding an international driver's license will help if stopped by police
- Many cars are equipped with an automatic toll-paying sensor, for which credit is often needed ahead of time (most rentals will already have a balance on these accounts which can be paid upon return of the vehicle)
- Weather conditions can severely impact one's ability to drive, from floods to scorching hot tarmac to icy surfaces

It is important to make sure to get your car insured (if you buy one). To rent a car, insurance will be part of the transaction and you may want to request documentation in English; rental companies will require proof of age (21+ years).

Etiquette in Turkey

Practicing general Turkish etiquette prior to departure will help gain favor with Turkish citizens. For example, it is quite common to see same gender hand-holding as well as frequent acts of touching (always above the waist); touching another's leg in public would be considered highly inappropriate. As well, Turks place a high emphasis on respect for its elders. With a deep history governing its customs, it is important to research Turkey's general etiquette as this will significantly and immediately improve one's day-to-day life as an expatriate in the country.

General Etiquette

Below are some general rules of etiquette in Turkey:

- Shaking hands and maintaining eye contact when greeting is standard; a kiss on the cheek or gentle pat on the back might be seen amongst close friends and family
- On occasion, when greeting the opposite sex, it is important to play off their social cues, offering a hand only the other's is presented first
- Removing one's shoes when entering a home is expected
- When an appointment is scheduled, make sure to arrive early as punctuality holds high value
- The standard verbal greeting is done in Arabic and reads as "Asalamu alaykum"

Eating Etiquette

Dining in Turkey can be a cultural wonder for expatriates, as mealtime is seen as an opportunity to take a break from a busy lifestyle, slow down and converse. There are some major differences between Western-style dining and that found in Turkey, for instance, splitting the bill is just about unheard of. Here are some points to keep in mind:

- Cigarette breaks throughout meals are to be expected
- Dinner usually will involve a taste of the popular Turkish alcohol, Raky, though some Turks will never drink alcohol for religious reasons
- Main courses almost always include meat or fish
- Coffee in Turkey is known for being thick and is served with coffee grounds in the drink itself; coffee and tea are usually served at the end of a meal
- If invited to someone's house for dinner, it is common courtesy to return the favor (or at least extend the offer)

Bathing Etiquette

Turkish bathhouses, or hamam, are commonplace in Turkey and are well worth trying out. At any given hamam you can expect to encounter a few different options, with the most typical being self-service or "traditional". Keep the following in mind:

- Rarely is there a time limit for how long you can remain in a hamam, unless it alternates times for the two genders
- Hamams will never be used by males and females at the same time
- Men usually will wear a towel around their waist; women will sometimes keep underwear on underneath the torso towel wrap
- Anticipate both a hot and cold water experience; if opting for the traditional style, you might not have much of a choice!
- Expect some rough treatment from the masseurs, as their aim is to "pound" out any ailments

Language in Turkey

Before leaving for Turkey, ESL teachers should learn the following Turkish phrases, which will help them during their stay. The language is used throughout the country and into Cyprus.

My name is______
How are you?
Thank you/You're welcome
Tesekkur ederim/Bir sey degil
How much does this cost?
Ne kadar?
Do you speak English?
Ingilizce biliyor musunuz?
I understand
I don't know
Good Morning
Excuse me
Pardon, gecebilir miyim?(to move by)
Pardon, bakar misiniz?(to get attention)

The above are some basic phrases, mostly in a formal tense; the more familiar you become with Turkish customs and the closer you are to the person with whom you're speaking, you may find that the conversation becomes more informal - more casual - and will use variations on the words and phrases you use.

Eating in Turkey

Turkish Cuisine

Turkey is known for the simplicity of its dishes, which are found and revered internationally. Here are some of the more popular dishes and standard cuisine terms you can expect to hear in a Turkish kitchen or restaurant.

- Kebab - Plain or marinated meat, most often lamb
- Patlican Slatasi - Eggplant salad
- Borek - Pastry stuffed with potatoes, meats and/or cheeses
- Raky - A grape-based alcohol
- Mezes - Turkish word for "appetizer", usually being offered directly following the serving of drinks
- Pilaf - A common side dish is typically made from rice; sometimes includes vegetables and meats<
- Kofte - Seasoned, minced meats mixed with onion and shaped by hand, then cooked
- Lokum (Turkish Delight) - A popular dessert even in the Western World, Lokum comes in a variety of delicious flavors
- Baklava - A delightful phyllo pastry containing chopped nuts and dipped in a syrup or honey

Whatever your fancy, Turkey offers a wide variety of scrumptious dishes that can appease the taste buds of many different people. Be sure to practice your Turkish dining etiquette before digging in at a Turkish friend's house to really impress.

American Food

Using forks and knives, as in the Western World, is usually how things are done in Turkey; in formal situations, be sure to hold the knife in the right hand and the fork in the left. You'll find there are plenty of American-style cuisines available in the bigger cities like Istanbul, including pizzas, burgers, steaks and even some breweries. Western-style groceries can typically be found at major international chain stores such as Carrefour and Tesco, which have hundreds of locations across the country.

Climate in Turkey

Climates in Turkey will range from piping hot to very cold, depending on one's location and the time of year. Here are the seasons you will encounter, and the climates they'll bring:

Spring - Turkish spring months typically last April through mid-June, seeing moderate temperatures throughout most of the country. While rain can be expected at the start, spring is often wonderful and tends to be used for some vacationing.

Summer - Summer, starting in June and lasting into September, is generally hot averaging at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Vacations to seaside resorts are popular in this season, which leaves some of the bigger cities like Istanbul with fewer locals and tourists.

Autumn - Autumn, lasting from mid-September through October, experiences mostly mild temperatures and shorter days. October in Turkey is known for being fairly rainy.

Winter - Winter, Turkey's longest season lasting from November through to March, is often cool to chilly, with some rainy spells. The sun shows itself now and again, but the days remain cold averaging at around 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

Natural Disasters

Of all the natural disasters, flooding tends to be most common in Turkey. That said, even these are not particularly common. If they do occur, it's often a result of too much rain or aggressive winds causing ocean water to spill over onto land.

Holidays in Turkey

Turkey observes a number of holidays, some of which are quite unique. In addition to those listed below, there are some dates that involve half days of celebration.

- January 1st - New Year Celebrated much in the same way as in the West, New Year's Day involves fireworks!
- April 23 - National Sovereignty and Children's Day This is a celebration where children symbolically govern Turkey for a day.
- May 1 - Labor and Solidarity Day Used to relax and visit family; sometimes used to advocate for better working conditions.
- May 19 - Commemoration of Ataturk (Youth and Sports Day) Young athletes boast the Turkish flag to commemorate their independence; various athletic competitions are held.
- Ninth month of Islamic calendar - Ramadan Feast Meant for visiting family and paying respects to one's elders.
- August 30 - Victory Day This day involves military parades and ceremonies, paying homage to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
- October 29 - Republic Day Parades and performances celebrating the Turkish Republic.

Teaching ESL in Turkey

Living and teaching English in Turkey allows you to explore a unique blend of European and Middle Eastern culture. Turkey is home to a variety of teaching opportunities for new and experienced teachers and, as English is the most common foreign language studied in Turkey, there is a high demand for ESL teachers.

Peak ESL Hiring Season in Turkey

Public and Private School System

Compulsory education in Turkey lasts for 12 years, 8 years in primary school and 4 years in secondary school. The basics of the English language are commonly taught in the primary setting and instruction continues into secondary school. Secondary schools are typically divided into two types: technical (meslek) or academic (lise). These types of schools are attractive options for ESL teachers due to the guaranteed school holidays in the summer and national holidays throughout the year. However, teachers are expected to attend after school and parent meetings on evenings and weekends throughout the year.

Private Language Schools

Many first time ESL teachers in Turkey will likely secure a placement with a private language school. These are private businesses that offer English lessons to supplement instruction received through the public/private school system. These types of schools also offer opportunities to teach adults and English for business or specific purposes. Private language schools exist throughout Turkey and are a great foot in the door for the Turkish ESL market, allowing teachers to gain valuable experience that will open up a number of other opportunities in the future. These schools will typically hire continuously throughout the year, with start dates every month. For exact details regarding the hiring process, talk to your Job Placement Advisor. For a list of the most common chain schools in Turkey please see the Largest Chain Schools in Turkey section of this report.

Universities and Colleges

The academic year for universities in Turkey consists of 2 semesters and runs from September until June, making it easiest to find a job in the months leading up to the start of the fall semester. In addition to positions teaching ESL in a university environment, there are also opportunities teaching other subjects in specific departments at Turkish universities mainly for Master's Degree holders in that field. As opposed to private language schools that tend to offer hourly wages, these institutions usually offer salaried positions, making them an appealing option for teachers. There is an abundance of opportunities available for qualified candidates, although most universities and colleges tend to hire teachers already present in Turkey.

Private Tutoring

Although there is a strong demand for private English tutoring in Turkey, many contracts will prohibit teachers from holding other employment. If the terms of your contract allow it and you are looking to conduct private lessons in Turkey, most teachers will secure positions through online advertisements and word of mouth. If you are already in Turkey, it could be beneficial to carry personal business cards, as sometimes locals might approach you on the street about English lessons.

Private English tutors can earn from 25 TRY/hour to 100 TRY/hour, depending on the student, the demand, and the location.

How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Turkey

Larger chains of schools in Turkey will advertise their positions on popular internet job boards, but many teachers find success in the Turkish ESL market by applying in person.

When applying in person, it is best to bring original copies of your degrees and certificates in case they are required for the visa process. You should also be prepared to present a demo lesson on the spot, so have a few sample lesson plans ready. Remember that when preparing you can refer to the wealth of ESL Teaching Resources provided through our website.

Other resources that may include ESL teaching jobs in Turkey are:

- Oxford Seminars' English Language Schools Directory
- ESLemployment: http://www.eslemployment.com/esl-jobs/europe/
- ESLJOBS: http://www.esljobs.com/
- Dave's ESL Cafe: http://www.eslcafe.com/joblist/
- Craigslist: http://istanbul.craigslist.com.tr/
- The Guardian: http://jobs.theguardian.com/jobs/tefl/

Largest Chain Schools in Turkey

- English Time - English Time was established in 1997 and is currently one of the leading local chain schools in Turkey providing general English, business English, TOEFL and IELTS classes to adults across the country. They have over 20 branches operating in various cities in Turkey, including Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa, Izmir and Konya. http://www.englishtime.com/
- Wall Street English - One of the largest international chain schools, Wall Street English has 6 centres in Istanbul alone, making them a popular choice for ESL teachers looking for work in Turkey. Since their establishment in 2001, they have grown to employ over 300 staff in 16 branches across Turkey. http://www.wse.com.tr/

Summer Jobs Teaching English in Turkey

As Turkey's school system starts in September and ends in June, there is a two-month break in the summer where there are summer camp positions available aimed at teaching English to school-aged children. With these types of short-term positions, airfare is usually not covered, but some schools may offer accommodations.

Tips for ESL Teachers in Turkey

- Turkish education is traditionally teacher-centred, which may cause difficulties when trying to use group work and discussion in the classroom. Teachers should be prepared to reinforce the benefits of group activities to their students to promote learning.
- It is recommended that female teachers dress conservatively for the classroom, which includes wearing long pants or skirts and avoiding shirts that may be too revealing. Men should also dress in business appropriate attire, as opposed to casual wear such as jeans and t-shirts.
- Religion and politics are not popular conversation topics and students may not be open to discussing their opinions on these matters.
- Some common challenges faced by ESL teachers in Turkey are lack of access to resources and limited training and feedback from administration. It is thus important to be self-directed and well-prepared for lessons. Remember that there are great ESL Teaching Resources on our website. Teachers who are able to overcome these obstacles find living and teaching in Turkey to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Moving to Turkey to teach English means that teachers must find someone they trust to manage their finances while they are gone. Some choose friends/family that they trust, while others opt to speak to a professional financial advisor. Many services can be suspended until a teacher returns from Turkey.

Teaching Requirements for ESL Teachers in Turkey

The requirements and guidelines below are listed for ESL teacher applicants to Turkey who are citizens of: United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.

Minimum Requirements to Apply for Teaching Positions in Turkey:

- TESOL certificate
- High School Diploma or Bachelor's Degree

Work Visa

Although some teachers initially enter Turkey on a tourist visa, teachers who secure positions prior to their arrival should usually be applying for a work visa beforehand. The work visa is a single entry visa that you will need if you are entering Turkey for the purpose of employment. The application will need to be done at an embassy or consulate in your home country.

Work Permit

This is issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security giving the teacher permission to legally work in Turkey. The application can be done from one's home country if a teacher secures a teaching job prior to leaving, or it can be done from within Turkey.

Standard Required Documents for Work Visa/Work Permit Application:

(Important to check with a Turkish embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur)

- Passport (valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested work visa)
- Completed work visa application form
- 1 passport-sized photo
- Copy of the work contract
- Notarized Turkish translation of the passport
- Notarized Turkish translation of relevant diplomas/degree certificates
- Residence permit or previously-issued work permits if applying from within Turkey

Work permits are usually issued for a fixed period of one year, with the possibility of renewal after completing a year of employment.

Residence Permit

Teachers planning to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within a 180-day period must get a Turkish residence permit.

Standard Required Documents for Residence Permit Application:

(Important to check with a Turkish embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur)

- Completed residence permit application form
- Original copy and photocopy of passport
- Four photos
- Notification regarding sufficient and sustainable resources for the duration of stay
- Valid health insurance
- Upon request by administration, information and document relevant to place of accommodation and travel plan

As work permits can difficult to obtain, many schools are willing to initially hire teachers who enter on a tourist visa, and then sponsor them for a work permit. Some ESL schools are willing to have teachers work on a tourist visa. While this is very common, deportation is a potential consequence.

Embassy and Consulate Information for Turkey

Canadian Embassy and Consulates in Turkey

Embassy of Canada
Cinnah Caddesi no: 58
06690, Cankaya
Ankara, TURKEY
Phone: 90 312 409 27 00
Fax: 90 312 409 27 12
Website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/turkey-turquie/offices-bureaux/embassy-ambassade.aspx?lang=eng#n2
Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday: 8:00am - 12:00pm and 12:30pm - 4:45pm, Friday: 8:00am - 12:30pm

Consulate General of Canada
209 Buyukdere Caddesi
Tekfen Tower - 16th Floor
Levent 4,
Istanbul, TURKEY
Phone: 90-212-385-9700
Fax: 90-212-357-1000
Website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/turkey-turquie/contact-contactez.aspx?lang=eng
Consular Services: Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

American Embassy and Consulates in Turkey

Embassy of the United States in Turkey
110 Ataturk Blvd.
Kavaklidere, 06100
Ankara, TURKEY
Phone: 90-312 455-5555
Visa Phone Line: 81 03 5354 4033
Fax: 90-312 467-0019
Website: http://turkey.usembassy.gov/contact.html
Working Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm Closed on American and Turkish Holidays)

Consulate of the United States in Adana
Girne Bulvari No:212 Guzelevler Mah.
Yuregir, Adana - TURKEY
Phone: 90 322 346-6262
Fax: 90 322 346-7916
Website: http://adana.usconsulate.gov/contact.html

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul
Istinye Mahallesi, Uc Sehitler Sokak No.2
Istinye 34460 - Istanbul TURKEY
City: Istanbul
Phone: 90 212-335 90 00
Website: http://istanbul.usconsulate.gov/contact.html
Working Hours: 7:45am - 4:30pm

U.S. Consulate Agent in Izmir
City: Izmir
Phone: 212-340-4444
Website: http://turkey.usembassy.gov/consular_agent_izmir.html
Appointments available by email: http://turkey.usembassy.gov/e-mail-izmir-cons.html

Australian Embassy and Consulates in Turkey

Australian Embassy
88 Ugur Mumcu Caddesi
Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara, TURKEY
Phone: 90 312 459 9500
Fax: 90 312 446 4827
Website: www.turkey.embassy.gov.au

Australian Consulate General Istanbul
16th Floor, Suzer Plaza (Ritz Carlton Hotel)
Askerocagi Caddesi No. 15, Elmadag
Istanbul, TURKEY
Phone: 90 212 393 8542
Fax: 90 212 243 1332
Website: www.turkey.embassy.gov.au

Australian Consulate, Canakkal
Kolin Hotel
Kepez 17100
Canakkale, TURKEY
Phone: 90 286 218 1721
Fax: 90 286 218 1724
Website: www.turkey.embassy.gov.au

British Embassy and Consulates in Turkey

British Embassy Ankara
Sehit Ersan Caddesi 46/A
Ankara, TURKEY
Phone: 90 312 455 33 44
Fax: 90 312 455 33 52
Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/turkey.tr
Email: info.officer@fco.gov.uk
Consular Hours: Monday and Friday between 9:00am and 12:30pm

British Consulate-General, Istanbul
Mesrutiyet Caddesi No 34
Tepebasi, Beyoglu
PK 33
Istanbul 80050 TURKEY
Phone: 90 212 334 6400
Fax: 81 066 281 1731
Website: http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy12544/
Email: istanbulukti@fco.gov.uk

British Vice Consulate, Antalya

GUrsu Mahallesi
324. Sokak No: 6
Antalya, TURKEY
Phone: 90 242 228 28 11
Fax: 90 242 229 21 51
Website: http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy12545/
Email: britconant@turk.net

British Consulate, Bodrum
Cafer Pasa Cad.
2. Emsan Evleri No:7
Bodrum, TURKEY
Phone: 90 252 313 0021 / 2
Fax: 90 252 313 0017
Website: http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy12546/
Email: britconbod2@superonline.com

British Consulate, Izmir
1442 Sokak No 49
P.K. 300
Phone: 90 232 463 5151
Fax: 90 232 465 0858
Website: http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy12547/
Email: bcizmir@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate, Marmaris

Barbaros Caddesi, No:7
P.K. 8
48700 Marmaris, TURKEY
Phone: 90 252 412 6486, extensions 36 & 39
90 252 412 4565

Irish Embassy and Consulate in Turkey

Embassy of Ireland in Turkey
Ugur Mumcu Caddesi No.88
MNG Binasi
B Blok Kat 3
Ankara 06700 TURKEY
Phone: 90 312-459 1000
Fax: 90 312 446 8061
Website: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/turkey/
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am-1:00pm

Honourary Consulate of Ireland, Basaksehir
IOSB ESKOOP, San.Sit, A3 Blok No. 172,
Istanbul TURKEY
90 212 482 1862
Fax: 90 212 482 2334
Website: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/turkey/
Email: jim@megamekanik.com

Honourary Consulate of Ireland, Izmir
Sheit Fethi Bey cad. No.55k.,
18 Heris Tower Pasaport 35210,
90 232 402 5353
Fax: 90 232 445 9696
Website: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/turkey/
Email: ireland@izmirconsulate.net

Honourary Consulate of Ireland, Izmir
Elmali Mah.Subasi Cad. 13. Sk.
Balcilar Is Mrk.No:10/5
07040 Muratpasa
Antalya, TURKEY
90 242 247 89 45
Fax: 90 242 243 0613
Website: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/turkey/
Email: irishconsulateantalya@gmail.com

New Zealand's Embassy and Consulates in Turkey

Embassy of New Zealand in Ankara
Kizkulesi Sokak No.11,
Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara, TURKEY
Phone: 90 312 446 3333
Fax: 90 312 446 3317
Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/turkey/about-the-embassy/contact-us
Email: nzembassyankara@ttmail.com
Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

New Zealand Consulate-General, Istanbul
Inonu Caddesi No: 48/3
Istanbul 34437 TURKEY
Phone: 90 212 244 0272
Fax: 90 212 251 4004
Email: nzhonconist@hatem-law.com.tr

Embassy and Consulate Information Outside Turkey

Turkey Embassy and Consulates Offices in Canada

Embassy of Turkey in Ottawa
197 Wurtemburg Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8L9
Phone: 1 613 244 24 70
Fax: 1 613 789 34 42
Website: http://ottava.be.mfa.gov.tr/ContactInfo.aspx
Email: embassy.ottawa@mfa.gov.tr
Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honorary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services. A full list of Turkish consulates in Canada can be found at: http://ottava.be.mfa.gov.tr/ContactInfo.aspx

Turkey Embassy and Consulates Offices in the United States

Embassy of Turkey in Washington, DC
2525 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: 1 202 612 6700
Fax: 1 202 612 6744
Website: http://vasington.be.mfa.gov.tr/ContactInfo.aspx
Normal Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honorary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services. A full list of Turkish consulates in the US can be found at: http://vasington.be.mfa.gov.tr/ContactInfo.aspx

Turkey: A Financial Snapshot

Salaries in Turkey are quite sufficient considering that the cost of living is rather low. Therefore, ESL teachers are normally able to save some funds while working in this location. With salaries typically starting at 1,500 - 3,800 TRY per month, and a population of approximately 77 million citizens, Turkey will continue to be a top pick for TESOL/TESL/TEFL graduates searching for positions within Europe.

Expected Apartment Costs

As with anywhere in the world, various factors influence the cost of housing in Turkey, including city, neighborhood, and size. Many employers will pay for housing or provide a stipend which will help any ESL teacher's saving potential. Although, if this benefit is not provided one should consider that as a foreigner it can be extremely difficult to find accommodation in a specific location that is affordable, safe and close to your place of employment. If the school does not offer housing assistance one should ensure to do thorough research on the location in which they will be living. Cost of rent in major cities within Turkey ranges from 400 TRY - 1,300 TRY per month.

Banking in Turkey

When working in Turkey, there are a few banks that one may encounter frequently, these include: Yapi Kredi Bankasi-Kocbank, Turikiye i? Bankasi (Isbank), Akbank and Garanti Bankasi. No matter what part of Turkey you are in, one of these banks should be present. Many sources have suggested that Garanti Bankas? makes a strong effort to offer English-speaking staff at most branches. There are foreign banks in Turkey as well, including: HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, and J.P. Morgan Chase.

Banks will require that you have a residency permit before you can open an account in Turkish lira, but some may make exceptions for customers making larger investments. If you don't have a residency permit, many banks will be happy to open you an account in Euros, British pounds or US dollars. The disadvantage to foreign currency accounts is that they pay less interest.

In order to open an account one will first need to register for a Tax Number. Upon completion of the required application form and the presentation of one's tax number, an account may be issued.

A current account is one that allows people to store and transfer money, as well as complete online banking so that you can arrange automatic bill payment. A savings account is another option, but please notes that these accounts typically need to remain open for a minimum of one month and that all interest earned is subject to a 15 % withholding tax which should be included in the interest rate quoted by your bank.

Most banks operate between 9:00am and 5:00pm, and during these hours you will have full access to all bank services. They typically remain open during lunch hours, but they have been known to have longer wait times during this time of day.

Food Costs

The following table provides ESL teachers with the approximate costs of food in Turkey. As a whole, it is cheaper to eat Turkish food rather than to purchase American-style food or to eat at American-style restaurants.

Average restaurant meal per person: Cheap - 13 TRY, Mid Range - 50 TRY
- 12 eggs - 5.09 TRY
- Liter of milk - 2.4 TRY
- Loaf of fresh bread - 1.37 TRY
- Domestic beer (17oz bottle) - 5.15 TRY