What makes the SEV schools such a great place to work? The short answer would be to tell you that Turkey, and Izmir in the Aegean region in particular, has a spectacular and immense richness of history, culture and natural beauty, not to forget the fabulous hospitality and foods based on the merging of many cultures. A quick internet search of the Izmir area will produce thousands of images of towns built among old castles and ruins, kilometres of seaside cafes, dazzling beaches and gracious and hospitable people. Izmir has the most European and liberal society in Turkey and again this shows through the cultural events, recreational opportunities, shopping and most importantly the people.

Prospective teachers need to know that working at the SEV schools in Izmir will be rewarding professionally, will allow them opportunities to increase their skills and collaborate with native and international professionals and will challenge their skills and creativity. The schools are run by a dependable, professional non-profit foundation with a sound governing body and are part of a larger organization in Turkey. The students are English-speaking and are highly motivated to learn. The schools are CIS accredited, and as such, are fully immersed in designing intercultural awareness, highlighting the environment and encouraging creativity and problem-solving.

I think teachers at this school would ask me to add the financial benefits of working at the SEV schools: Tax free salary, paid housing, excellent health insurance, a lower cost of living and international flights from an airport that are within three hours of most of Europe and the Middle East.

The most valuable information for me always come from people. If you have the opportunity, please read the teacher testimonials. I also encourage you to talk to people who work or have worked at the SEV schools because I believe their enthusiasm will certainly help your decision to apply with us. If you have questions please contact me at

Tim Huttemann