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Expat Report Jobs in Istanbul, Turkey by chrispoole was published
Jobs-in-Istanbul
What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
Try to visit the place a couple of times before making the move. Usually the pay and conditions are better if you are hired from abroad but there are more positions available to those who are already in country. Get a job first and then find a convenient place to live nearby. Adding a long commute in a foreign city to the other factors of a new life is not a good idea. Connect with as many people as you can who are doing what you hope to do, and find blogs like mine at englishjobsturkey.com to give you a less biased view than you prospective employer might offer! (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Istanbul International Community School in Istanbul, Turkey
Review-of-Istanbul International Community School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The 'in town' campus caters for preschool to grade 3 the 'out of town' campus caters for children from PreSchool to Grade 12

There are a range of after school activities and late buses are provided free of charge (Continue)

A reader replied most recently with:
My child is a MYP student and I would not recommend the school. The grading is subjective with very little ability to appeal. The criteria is not always clear. The administration does not do a good job of transitioning new students. There are some good teachers, but too few to overcome the many shortcomings of the school. It is a very expensive option for what little you get. The campus is in the middle of nowhere and as the city grows the bus ride to campus is becoming intolerable. I would be willing to put up with many of the obstacles if the curriculum was challenging and comprehensive. Also, it is almost impossible to get data from the administrators to show where IICS compares to other International Schools. Lastly, if you have a child that is very smart and wants to do their best on all assignments because of the way they grade they almost discourage your child to work hard.
A reader replied recently with:
I was a teacher for this school and I would not recommend it to any parent. Make sure you do not let the good looks of the school fool you. Ask the right questions. Ask about the curriculum and how assessments are completed and graded. Parents would be shocked if they found out the truth about what goes on behind closed doors.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Istanbul, Turkey
Culture-Shock-in-Istanbul
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
If you are a pale, blonde Western woman, expect to be sexually objectified. I really, really would not recommend that any woman go out alone (especially not in the Asian side of Istanbul or in a rural area) without at least a female friend (or better yet, a man). This is especially true if you don't speak Turkish well. Do not trust groups of men, even police officers. If you need help, find a Turkish woman to help you. (Continue)
markgrimes replied most recently with:
A very true picture!
A reader replied recently with:
Wow! I am really impressed by your report. Really honest and interesting! Thanks a lot!
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Istanbul, Turkey
Moving-to-Istanbul
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
I absolutely recommend contacting a specialist company, as we did. They made the whole process of finding a home, moving and settling in a fun process - rather than a stressful experience! (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
The rents of course depends on the compound, the luxury, the size and the tenant! If you are a foreigner or an expat, you expect that the rent would be higher and I think this is true for the most part of the world. The price indicated here tells me that this apartment is in a very well-maintained compound, perhaps with many expats or high levels and large apartments. Even perhaps with some view of the Bosphorus (a beautiful sea channel with a great view). Otherwise, a decent, good shape apartment in another compound with good neighbourhood should cost you around 2500 TL (app. 1700 USD). Make sure you have a local friend who knows the rental market with good negotiation skills. Otherwise, you would pay $3000.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Istanbul, Turkey
Moving-to-Istanbul
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Look around the city before deciding on where you want to live. Some people are more comfortable in compounds and others want to live in Turkish neighborhoods. Since the rents vary so much, even within a given area, it is important to take your time in finding a place if possible. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
Where is your 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath flat with bosphorus view exactly?? We are moving to Istanbul and will be looking for similar place end of February 2011. Any information on apartments/flats in the Asian side please, reply. Thank u. roslyn@starwon.com.au
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Expat Report Moving to Istanbul, Turkey was published
Moving-to-Istanbul
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Find a good relocation company and make sure that they show you everything on the market not only the houses they get commission from, or you will end up seeing houses without kitchen. (Continue)
Expat Report Culture Shock in Istanbul, Turkey was published
Culture-Shock-in-Istanbul
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
It is unavoidable...go with it and through it and then know you will miss the place you are when you have left it. (Continue)
Expat Report Culture Shock in Istanbul, Turkey was published
Culture-Shock-in-Istanbul
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Just expect a few problems but keep an open mind and be willing to try new foods and take on new customs. The benefits will be well worth it! (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Kemer Koleji Zeynep Mutlu Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey was published
Review-of-Kemer Koleji Zeynep Mutlu Foundation
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school buildings are relatively new, big and airy, the school looks very modern and progressive - this is very deceptive. There are clubs, drama, chess, sports etc. offered by the school, but the don't make up for the dull, rigid rote-memorization curriculum and the poor quality staff. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of ACI Primary School in Istanbul, Turkey was published
Review-of-ACI Primary School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school has a well equiped campus. Excellent well stocked library in both English and Turkish!! Super teachers! The school has a preschool-kindergarten campus in Levent, Primary School in Akatlar and New High School Campus in Bachekoy. The buildings are well designed and the overall atmosphere is colorful and welcoming! (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Bosphorus International Primary Schools in Istanbul, Turkey was published
Review-of-Bosphorus International Primary Schools
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Classrooms are well equiped. Preschool class was fully newly furnished after the hollidays (so I had a happy son!)The school has a big and nice garden with lots of play activities. This summer a prat of the playground was covered with rubber-material (so no muddy trousers to wash anymore).

The school offers a broad range of creative activities. eg: there is a separate pottery atelier in the garden and a pond (with fence around it) for nature topics. (Continue)

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