Monthly Support Estimate for One Person: USD $600.00
About the English Language Teacher Position
Turkey is a country with striking beauty, a rich history, friendly people, and amazing food. It is also a country that is 99.9% Muslim and in need of native English teachers. If you are called to teach and willing to invest in relationships, you can join a team that’s making a difference in Turkey. Teachers are required to have a Bachelors Degree, with a preference for education degrees. TESOL training is required and can be obtained as part of TeachBeyond’s pre-field training at Wheaton College.
About TeachBeyond in Turkey
Turkey Country Facts
79,414,269 (July 2015 est.)
Republican Parliamentary Democracy
Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)
Below Poverty Line
16.9% (2010 est.)
Country Summary (from the World Factbook)
Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the Kurdistan People's Congress or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives. After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2013, the PKK and the Turkish Government agreed to a cease-fire that continues despite slow progress in ongoing peace talks. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1963, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community; it began accession membership talks with the EU in 2005. Over the past decade, economic reforms have contributed to a quickly growing economy.
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