Where we work / Turkey

The blend of both a modern culture and deeply rich traditions makes Turkey one of the most fascinating countries to live in.

Turkey

Literally and symbolically, Turkey is the country where “East meets West” because it is divided between Europe and Asia by a bridge that runs through Istanbul. Our teachers in Turkey experience a rewarding lifestyle where they build bridges of friendship with their students and colleagues on university campuses.

The work that we’ve been privileged to be a part of in Turkey is varied. We typically work on university campuses, but we have also seen opportunities to work with the refugee community and have even worked with corporate executives and other professionals needing to improve their English.

frequently asked

questions

How many hours per week will I work?

Teachers work about twenty hours per week teaching, and can usually expect to spend about ten additional hours of prep weekly.

What is the working relationship like with other faculty and teachers?

Teachers are assigned to units within the English prep department. These groups provide an opportunity to engage and build positive connections with other teachers.

What is the student demographic?

Most students have just graduated from high school and must pass the English proficiency exam in order to gain acceptance into university studies.

What will my first week look like? How will you help me get my life overseas started?

The first week for teachers includes in-depth orientations at the universities, getting set up in their apartments, and a fall kick-off orientation weekend.

What does ongoing professional/personal development look like?

Each fall during team orientation, we set team and individual goals for personal development. As a team, we hold each other accountable for these goals with check-ins and in other ways throughout the year.

Since each university has unique professional development units, teachers are required to fulfill these at their respective universities, and we work with teachers in any areas where the university feels they need improvement.

What is it like to raise a family overseas?

Turkish people love children and care for them well.

What are some things I might do to contribute to my team if my spouse is teaching, but I’m not?

Non-teaching spouses are active members of the team life and take part in all activities, including, at times, organizing get-togethers and meet-ups for the team or others in the community.

What kind of housing will I have? How far away are housing options from the school and other teammates?

For the universities that do not offer housing, we help new teachers find housing near their universities and their team.

What are some surprising things I might learn after the first 60 days?

It is surprising how friendly the Turkish people are and how helpful the Turkish colleagues are to new teachers.

What is the team structure like? How often are formal meetings, and what do they entail?

Typically we hold two team meetings per week, once for dinner and once for team encouragement and growth. Additionally, there are intentional one-on-ones each week as well as informal gatherings to simply be social and have fun together.