Teach conversational English in Istanbul, Turkey




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    I am Olcay, the director of an English Academy. We are a center founded in 2020 to teach English and create cultural exchange between foreign teachers and Turkish university students/adults. There is also the opportunity to learn Turkish as a result of this exchange. We are located in a quiet neighborhood of Sisli, Istanbul, a metro ride away from the city’s world-famous cultural attractions. We are an organization majorly based on Speaking Skills for every type of English levels (from the Beginner level to the Advanced level). The organization contains foreign aiding-teachers as well as permanent Turkish teachers for speaking activities including different types of discussions, games and role-plays. We would like to see new faces having diverse cultural background at our school.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    What you can benefit from this club is not merely restricted to learn about the Turkish culture, but also you can learn about the other cultures, since there will be another foreign aiding-teachers like you. The students are native Turkish speakers who can share their culture with you while improving their English. Meanwhile, your coworkers will be English speakers from all around the world – we have had people join us from USA, Canada, England, Brazil, Poland, Serbia, Russia, and more! This is a great opportunity for both the students and the foreign teachers.

  • Help


    We would like to have teachers who can participate to Speaking activities and help the students speak comfortably. Besides this, we are looking for foreign teachers who can contribute to our outdoor activities as well.

    Our current programs are as follows:

    - TEACHING: We are always looking for experienced English teachers to work one-on-one with our more advanced students. A TEFL certificate is a bonus, but not required. There is an opportunity here to teach both Business & General English, and get valuable experience on your resume.
    - SPEAKING CLUB: We are looking for advanced English speakers to act as conversation friends with our regular students. For this, you do not have to be an experienced teacher – just willing to be friendly and offer gentle corrections as needed. Speaking Club is every night M-F from 5-10 pm at our main office in Istanbul. We are thinking of adding weekend speaking clubs in the future, so we may be able to offer even more flexibility with this.
    - SPEAKING FRIENDS: We are working to develop a one-on-one speaking friends program where you would be assigned 1-2 students for your stay here and be asked to communicate with them daily in English. This could be texting, informal tutoring sessions, or even just spending time together socially. The options are entirely up to you. This gives our students the valuable experience of speaking English every day, and gives you the opportunity to make a local Turkish friend and get a new perspective into life here.
    - OTHER HELP: We could always use help developing our social media pages and finding new and innovative ways to attract new students to our programs. If you think you can contribute in this or others ways, definitely send us a message and we can discuss some options.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    It will be supplied by our club as free. The residence is not as a hotel room but as a house, and we are located in a quiet neighborhood very close to the metro. The house has a full bathroom, and a kitchen for you to use outside of class hours. We provide WorkAwayers with ingredients to prepare breakfast, and there is generally tea, coffee, etc. There is no laundry machine on site, but there are services you can use nearby.

    We are generally neat and tidy people, and ask that you keep the common areas presentable since we do work from the same location. Otherwise, your only responsibility is to be a good friend and resource to our students and help create a positive environment at the center.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We sufficiently guide our foreign teachers for touristic trips. The residence is almost on the center of the city which means that the transportation is quite sufficient and available to travel around.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have good WiFi and regularly have digital nomads stay. You are welcome to spend your non-working hours however you'd like.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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