City skylines offset by the contrast of skyscrapers with domed roofs and minarets denote Turkey’s cultural melting pot and 10,000 year history, which charts the rise and fall of such great empires as the Hittite and the Ottoman. Depending on where your heart takes you, the many facets of Turkey can feel like another era on another planet; sand drenched ruins hark back to biblical times while, Cappadocia has an otherworldly presence thanks to its moonscape valleys and underground cities.
Despite its historical features, Turkey is a rapidly modernizing country with a bevy of desirable beach resorts and bustling cities, together with a solid transport infrastructure. Istanbul, where east literally meets west, is a good marker of the country’s balance between the secular and scared, the contemporary and traditional.
- Beautiful mix of East and West
- Friendly people
- Lots of jobs
- Reasonable salaries
- A good chance of being able to save money
Things you might not know about Teaching English in Turkey
- St. Peter’s in Antakya is the oldest church in the world that’s still in use. It sits in a cave that, it’s believed, the Apostle Peter dug himself!
- Santa Claus was born in Turkey! No really, he (St. Nicholas) was!
- Turkey has an amazing richness of flora and fauna: over 9,000 species grow within its borders (there are only 11,000 in the whole of Europe!).
- Istanbul is the only city in the world which straddles two continents.