"Living in Turkey has been an experience I couldn't have fathomed having anywhere else. The people are amazingly nice and willing to help. You don't know Turkish? That's okay, they want to practice their English with you. You know a few words? Even better they will teach you more. Acclimating to the lifestyle here is relatively easy, if you are willing to adjust. The students are eager to learn, thirsty for teachers who care and want them to improve. The education system is the biggest culture shock of anything, but with Turkish teachers who are so willing to lend a hand you can't help but succeed. Your success is up to you, but the people in Istanbul do everything they can to aid you. The students love you and are sad when you leave. In a word, working and living in Turkey is wonderful". - Nicola Anderson, USA

TEFL Job Summary

Teach to Travel’s Turkey TEFL jobs are all based in and around Istanbul, and on both the European and Asian side of the Bosphorus. The positions themselves are in well funded private schools, catering for Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary positions. Positions also exist in Ankara, the capital of Turkey as well as Izmir. These are all ESL / TEFL positions.

TEFL Job Location

Within Istanbul itself the schools are located in the following areas:

  1. Basaksehir
  2. Beylikduza
  3. Besiktas
  4. Bakirkoy
  5. Atasehir
  6. Bahcelevler
  7. Kadikoy
  8. Merter
  9. Cimili

Each of these locations have been heavily researched by Teach to Travel agents and have been confirmed as safe destinations for teachers to abide in.

The locations themselves are decided upon by the schools in Istanbul, depending on qualifications and interview. However, there will be a degree of flexibility with regards to this.

Class of 2012

Position Description

Type of School

Private Schools

Start Date

1st September

End Date

29th June

Length of Contract

10 Months

Age Group

Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary


2500-3300 TL, depending on experience Net of Tax

Class Size


Days Worked


Hours Worked

25 - 30 Contact Hours per Week

Time Worked

8:30am - 5pm

No. Native Teachers



Included for Sept. starts (1 week)


Residency and Work Permits Provided


Assistance offered in finding, no financial assistance provided


Not Included

Health Insurance

Basic Health Insurance Provided


500TL signing bonus + 2500TL paid on completion of contract


Job Requirements

All teachers will need to have the following criteria to apply for this position:

  1. English as a Native Language
  2. A University Degree
  3. A teaching qualification (such as TEFL/TESOL/CELTA/PGCE)
  4. Be less than 50 years of age

If you have all of the above, then we would be happy to speak to you regarding the position!

Please note, you will have to provide university transcripts and a background check when applying for your Turkish work permit and residency permit.



TEFL Course

If you need a TEFL Certificate, then please try out our recommended course providers:


If you enter TTF1007, then you will receive 10% off the course! These are online courses, which are accredited.

Notes on Accommodation

Accommodation can be researched before you come to Turkey. The full cost of accommodation is 500-650 TL per month. This does not include bills, which cost 100 TL per month (approximately), depending on gas, electric and water usage. Once you arrive, a representative from our partners there will assist you in finding an apartment near your school. It is likely that you will need to stay in a hostel or hotel for the first week of arriving in Turkey. Either way, you will have something set up for when you arrive in Istanbul.

The location of the accommodation is chosen based on experience of what teachers prefer. Normally this would consist of accommodation close to the westernized areas of Istanbul, in particular Taksim square, near the center of Istanbul and Kadikoy on the other side.

The Turkey Visa Process

The work visa process will vary according to the teachers’ qualifications and application dates. Our representative will provide the step by step information on the visa application process best suited for you. At the moment, there are two visas available for teachers: E-visa entry and regular work visa entry. Regular work visa application takes approximately 6-8 weeks and you will need to visit a Turkish consulate in your home country. If you currently reside in a country other than your home country, you can process your work visa application there as long as you are a legal resident. You will have to shoulder the initial costs of the work visas (between 300 – 500 local currency GBP, USD, etc.) but these will be reimbursed 100% on your first paycheck. You will need to keep all consulate receipts in order to have the visa fees reimbursed. You will need to submit the following documents:

1) Your Degree Diploma
2) Your teaching qualification
3) Your university transcripts
4) Your passport


The Cost of Living in Istanbul



Avg. USD


Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

7.30 $

4.70 £

Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

33.49 $

21.58 £

Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar

6.41 $

4.13 £

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

2.92 $

1.88 £

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

3.60 $

2.32 £

Cappuccino (regular)

3.20 $

2.06 £

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

1.53 $

0.99 £

Water (0.33 liter bottle)

0.61 $

0.39 £



Milk (regular), 1 liter

1.13 $

0.73 £

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

0.63 $

0.40 £

Eggs (12)

2.19 $

1.41 £

Fresh Cheese (1kg)

8.40 $

5.41 £

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)

6.58 $

4.24 £

Apples (1kg)

1.68 $

1.08 £

Oranges (1kg)

1.56 $

1.01 £

Potato (1kg)

0.81 $

0.52 £

Lettuce (1 head)

0.82 $

0.53 £

Water (1.5 liter bottle)

0.62 $

0.40 £

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

13.25 $

8.54 £

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

2.12 $

1.37 £

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

2.73 $

1.76 £

Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)

4.35 $

2.80 £



One-way Ticket (local transport)

1.10 $

0.71 £

Monthly Pass

69.19 $

44.57 £

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

1.48 $

0.95 £

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

0.90 $

0.58 £

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

16.48 $

10.62 £

Gasoline (1 liter)

2.48 $

1.60 £

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline

25,273.39 $

16,281.03 £

Utilities (Monthly)


Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment

125.48 $

80.83 £

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local

0.19 $

0.12 £


25.90 $

16.68 £

Sports And Leisure


Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

73.55 $

47.38 £

Tennis Court Rent

26.10 $

16.82 £

Clothing And Shoes


1 Pair of Levis 501 (Or Equivalent)

72.07 $

46.43 £

1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M)

46.04 $

29.66 £

1 Pair of Nike Shoes

77.02 $

49.62 £

1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes

71.10 $

45.80 £


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