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According to the OECD Better Life Index, Turkey is lagging behind many of its neighbors. Its leaders need to develop strategies for improving the quality of life for their 80 million citizens. That said, the living experience of western expatriates within Turkey tends to be quite different from most of their indigenous counterparts. Many expats reside in Istanbul which is a very cosmopolitan city that can accommodate just about any western taste or interest. Residents of Istanbul have access to a broad variety of entertainment options, restaurants and festivals. Also, while Turkey is 99% Muslim, westerners generally feel welcome, safe and able to live their lives in accordance with their values. That said, standards relating to modesty should be adhered to. Turkey has a number of other assets that may be of interest to expats such as ancient archaeological sites, beautiful seaside beaches and gorgeous mountainous regions. Read more..

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Turkey

numbeo-Turkey      internations.turkey      expatfocus-turkey      expatwoman-turkey      turkey.angloinfo

Cost of Living

Cost of living

Living in Turkey is certainly cheaper for the expat than living in most western countries. According to Xpatulator, communication, groceries, recreation, restaurants and hotels cost less in Turkey than the international average, whereas housing expenses tend to be more in the middle. So, while international school compensation packages may tend to be less generous in Turkey, the educational expat should weigh it against the living costs in the region of interest. They may find that they’ll come out ahead. Read more… 

Satisfying sites on cost of living in Turkey

numbeo-Turkey      numbeo-Istanbul      expatfinder-turkey


Turkey has a variety of climates. The coastal areas have a generally mild climate, the coast of the Black Sea is colder than that of the Mediterranean and the inland areas have a continental climate, with cold and snowy winters and hot and dry summers, but usually with cold nights. Summer is dry and sunny throughout the country, except on the north-east coast. In all inland and south-central regions, the driest months are July August and September. Find out more… 

Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions
Once you have a job offer from a school in Turkey you will need to obtain a work visa. The requirements for this often differ depending on your nationality and qualifications. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit the Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Your new employer will be your sponsor and will undertake most of the paperwork for you. You will however be required to supply the school with relevant paperwork and on arrival you will also have to attend a number of appointments to finalise this process find out more… Age restrictions often apply in the Middle East and this may make your application more challenging if you are over the age of 60. Family Visa’s are also subject to special conditions. Please ensure that you talk to your new school about this at the earliest opportunity. Required documentation you can prepare in advance :

Your full birth certificate (including travelling family)

Marriage certificate or proof of single status.

Criminal record check from your home/previous country(s)

Passport / ID copies (including travelling family)

Passport size photographs

Health record from an authorised clinic (incl any traveling family members)

Attested Teaching Degree Certificate

The Visa process can often be delayed Leopardfish recommend that you are proactive and plan well in advance of your arrival date.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office        US State Department         BBC World News           Al Jazeera         Good Morning Turkey