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Published on August 26th, 2010 | by Paz


ESL Job Offers in Turkey

At this point in time I have 2 job offers with hopefully a 3rd close behind. It is amazing how different all ESL job offers are and can be. Now to make our decision.

  1. The first job offer is for a great private English School in Gumushane, Turkey. It is roughly 10 hours east of Istanbul along the Black Sea. The headmaster seems very vested in his school. They are offering normal pay and all accommodations paid for, this is very nice since it is hard to get an idea of what the cost of living actually is until you are there doing it. It comes with 2.5 weeks of vacation, health insurance, work visa, and 50% of travel costs paid.
  2. The second offer is for a much, much larger English School with many locations all over western Turkey. They roughly have 14 schools in and around Istanbul. They offer normal pay, a living stipend, housing assistance, health insurance, work visa assistance, and a flat travel reimbursement.
  3. I hope to add a 3rd offer here that would be from China…you will have to check back to see if I was awarded this job or not.

Now, you might be asking what matters to this family of 4 when looking at these job offers. Well if you know my husband at all you will know that FOOD is more than a number 1 priority. He wants to make sure that we will like the food, that it will be cheap, and that there are lots of carts on all street corners that he can purchase lots of food from. Another priority is public transportation. Most countries outside of America have a great public transportation system that is very inexpensive. Our other priority is living arrangement. We need to make sure that we can afford a modest apartment in a decent area near public transportation and cheap food sold at a cart. Now after all of that is taken care of our other priority is activities available. One of the reasons we are so excited about “living abroad” is the opportunity to experience the country and culture at a lower pace and immerse ourselves into the country. So what location gives us the most history, sites, feasible activities for children.

So there you have our main criteria for a location. These would obviously be different people, but for this traveling caravan this is what important.

Now…the decision.

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Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

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