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  • teachTurkey
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    22 January, 2012 at 13:09
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    :!: Don’t leave your present country until you receive a signed and notarized job contract from your future employer!

    Here’s why:
    Last October I entered into a week-long discussion with a Turkish boutique ESL language school. As you may know, boutique refers to a high-priced language school with ultra-modern building, swank furniture, high-tech equipment to dazzle potential students out of large amounts of money.

    As soon as I arrived the salesman, who was more like a slick time-share closer—squeezed $2000 USD out of a married couple. $2000 USD for 50 classes = $40 per hour! She, an Turkish English teacher herself wanted her husband to become fluent in English. He was assigned to me as my private student. I earned 10% of the gross. The relationship I built with the couple in the end was to be my salvation from the clutches of this organization.

    The general manager discussed everything with me that could possibly need discussing prior to my 3 flights spanning 4,000 miles–except for one item: who really runs the school.

    The agreement:
    1. 25 hours teaching per week
    2. Rent-free apartment near school
    3. Salary $1,200 USD a month
    4. Residency permit and health insurance promptly issued upon arrival
    5. Work permit would take between 1 and 2 months.

    Exactly NONE of the agreement was complied with because the General Manager is owned and operated by his wife, the accountant.

    1. 25 hours workload per week became 40.

    2. Rent-free apartment near school, I was hit with every imaginable bill for the run-down freezing apartment 30 minutes by cattle–car bus from school. The building was built about 30 years ago but had never been completed. There was constant construction on the floors above and below.

    3. Salary $1,200 USD a month became $1080

    4. Residency permit and health insurance promptly issued upon arrival became non-existent.

    5. Work permit would take between 1 and 2 months became lost in Ankara.

    Finally the showdown came on day 75. Since week 1, I had asked, begged and pleaded for the residency card, health plan and WORK PERMIT to no avail. I had no choice but to DEMAND these items because day 90 was approaching at which point I would have to leave Turkey.

    The wife of the general manager refused to provide me with anything–not even a SIGNED CONTRACT. Upon arrival they had me sign 2 contracts, but they refused to give me a copy. One clause I remember stated that if I were to leave the organization, I would have to pay them $13,000.
    Also, they took my documents and said they were in Ankara at the Ministry of Education: college diploma, teaching certificate, record of years taught, health report from previous employer. None of my documents was sent to Ankara.

    I was lucky to get my passport, diploma and teacher license back.

    turklishtefl
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    27 January, 2012 at 10:05
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    Reply To: Advice for ESL teachers going to Turkey

    A very common story in Turkey. In countries like Turkey, offer letters and contracts are not legal until a work permit is obtained by the employer. A signed and notarized contract would also mean nothing until that work permit is obtained.

    Below is a guide I wrote for working in Turkey if interested http://turklishtefl.com/for-teachers/jobs-in-turkey/

    naenae
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    19 August, 2012 at 11:19
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    Hi there,

    I’ve just received a invitation to work at HASAL (Hüseyin Avni Sözen Anadolu Lisesi) in Istanbul. I’m wondering if anyone has worked there and what the conditions are like? I need to make a decision ASAP so any help would be much appreciated!

    Zareenah
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    7 September, 2012 at 23:36
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    Hi, I also received a invitation letter from Hüseyin Avni Sözen Anadolu Lisesi.
    There was no mention of working hours, salary, contract time etc.
    I tried various times to get this information from the Headmaster.
    He told me I was stupid and find another job.
    Be careful, I am not sure this job is legitimate.

    Zareenah
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    8 September, 2012 at 0:43
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    Reply To: Advice for ESL teachers going to Turkey

    Hi there,

    I’ve just received a invitation to work at HASAL (Hüseyin Avni Sözen Anadolu Lisesi) in Istanbul. I’m wondering if anyone has worked there and what the conditions are like? I need to make a decision ASAP so any help would be much appreciated!

    I got the letter from them also. I really think it is a scam

    cerekin
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    14 September, 2012 at 18:54
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    Reply To: Advice for ESL teachers going to Turkey

    I received the same e-mail from hasal!!

    Dewald
    Participant
    20 October, 2014 at 15:55
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    Reply To: Advice for ESL teachers going to Turkey

    Good day,

    I want enquire if there is any volunteer work in Turkey, Ankara. I’m looking to start teaching in Ankara and to get my TEFL certificate but I first want to see if there is any opportunity for me. I will be in Ankara from Mid November 2014 till Midd December 2014 to visit my Girlfriend. She is from Turkey and works at a University in Ankara. Please let me know if this will be possible and how I will have to go about it. Thanks for your time.

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