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TESOL Jobs In Turkey

TESOL Jobs in Turkey

Job Market

Turkey is a great country to find quality TESOL jobs! Turkey is making significant investments in English language instruction to bring the proficiency level of its people up to EU standards in order to join the European Union.

Turkey already has a well-established ESL industry in Istanbul and international language schools have opened chains in other regions. The ESL industry will continue to grow as new schools are sprouting up throughout the country.

Turkey is one of the few countries in Europe that accepts non-EU teachers and many of our Canadian, American, and Australian graduates have pursued successful careers in Turkey. Furthermore, large corporate chains often hire teachers and provide work permits before teachers arrive. Some schools pay recruitment agencies to help with the process of assembling all required documentation.


Teachers earn $1,500 to $2,500 per month and the cost of living is much lower than other European countries. Some schools pay for airfare once a year so teachers can visit their family.

Minimum requirements

University degree
Native Speaker
120-hour TESOL Certificate

Teach English in Turkey Guide

Learn more about the best Turkish cities for ESL teachers and how to get the best TESOL job in OnTESOL’s free Turkey Guide!

Cost of living

The cost of living compares very favorably with Western countries and you will find that you can live quite comfortably on your salary. As a teacher, your major expense will be accommodation. In many cases, accommodation is provided as part of your compensation package. While many schools provide basic furnished accommodation, you might find that you’ll be sharing this with other teachers.

Health insurance

Another thing you can reasonably expect from a salary package is basic health cover. The better jobs will provide you with private health insurance; indeed, this is one good way of evaluating job offers. Additionally, round trip flights to your home are sometimes included, or partly subsidized, as part of your remuneration.

Demand for native speakers

TESOL jobs are readily available for teachers of pretty much all levels of experience and qualifications, and you may be in a position of strength when it comes to discussing your salary package. Nevertheless, a TESOL certificate should be seen as a necessity.