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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Sevgi Dunyas Anaokulu in Izmir, Turkey
Review-of-Sevgi Dunyas Anaokulu
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are great, with a wide range of activities for the pre schoolers such as: arts and craft, dance and movement, story telling, nursery rymes and puppet shows (all in English). Basic concepts of mathematics and science, music, literature, drama and role plays (these are just a few from the top of my head. (Continue)
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Thank you for posting this info, we are going to have a look tomorrow (:
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of MEF International School Izmir in Izmir, Turkey
Review-of-MEF International School Izmir
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
This is a very small school, which I liked from when I was told about the school however for the amount of money that is paid it is VERY under resourced with limited sports facitilities, limited play grounds and for the art department like art, music i.e it is very limited and I dont feel it encourages these areas to be developed in the students because of how limited the school is. I would expect alot more from a international school specially with the price per children (Continue)
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My experience of this school is similar. The quality of teaching is not good. Ofetn teachers are unclear about what and why they are doing it. The school struggles to keep it's teachers and recruitment is an ongoing problem. Teachers' salaries are very low even with assited housing. The school tried to get IB recognition, but gave up. The level of resources is poor. The teachers I knew there were frustrated at the lack of involvement of the administration. There are some good teachers there but many are inadequate. Not good value for money but rather a poor person's international school
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of MEF International School - Izmir (2011) in Izmir, Turkey
Review-of-MEF International School - Izmir (2011)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
School is attractive, nice classrooms and good facilities (Continue)
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How much did tuition cost and was lunch and bus service included in the overall fee?
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Expat Report Review of MEF International School - Izmir in Izmir , Turkey was published
Review-of-MEF International School - Izmir
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The campus is pleasant, quite charming. The buildings were renovated when the school opened. Although the facilities range from adequate to good (nice gym, decent pool, football pitches) there is limited green space and not a proper theatre. The Early Years playground is very nice but not spacious. The library is attractive and there is a conference hall which is decent.

There are clubs, activities and after school teams. The school arranges brilliant field trips (they call them educational excursions here) but sometimes it seems there are too many at certain times of the year (esp. May-June). (Continue)

A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Izmir, Turkey
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Just don't wait for the current stage of Culture shock you're in to pass. Take action and initiative to hurry it along. I'm usually not an angry person and so when I started having those feelings I didn't like it. I knew what I had to do to get rid of it and so I put forth effort and sought ways to remove it. Also, once I realized what the problem was (having limited to practically no contact with expats) I searched for groups online and asked others if they knew of anything. I realized for myself that I need to have balance. I have many wonderful Turkish friends, but I also need to have some association with expats with similar interests. (Continue)
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I totally agree about the "hearing so much Turkish all the time" part! I also am isolated and surrounded by Turks (no surprise there!), even though I am teaching English at a nearby school... It helps to have the music in your ears and block out all the 'blah blah blah'. My husband hates that though!
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Expat Report Moving to Izmir, Turkey was published
Moving-to-Izmir
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
I know an expat who moved her stuff from abroad to Izmir by boat and that was costly. I would suggest just buying furniture here there's lot of designs and styles.

Bring what you can from home in your suitcases and even if you have to pay an $50 bucks for an extra suitcase, it's worth it if the contents mean a lot to you.

Find a neighborhood that feels comfortable and pleasant to you. It's important to like what you see when you look out the window and walk down the street. I like how all the apartments in my area are different architecturally and it's pleasing to the eye. The streets are tree-lined and it's not very noisy. So, make sure you feel good about the place you're in. (Continue)

Expat Report Living in Izmir, Turkey was published
Living-in-Izmir
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There's the Izmir Turkish American Association which has various activities for Turks and Americans and some of them are free and for others there's a fee. They do things such as go on outings to historical sites, cooking classes, English lessons, poetry club and movie nights, just to name a few.

Also, there's the IWAI (International Women's Association of Izmir), which hosts coffee mornings, dinners, and other events. (Continue)

A reader commented on the Expat Report Jobs in Izmir, Turkey
Jobs-in-Izmir
What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?
I am IT & Control Manager in the retailing sector. Basically, I am in charge of the operational finance control and the IT development. This job was offered to me because of the past collaboration between my current company and my old employer. (Continue)
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Hi Im going to move to Izmir in March and i would like to know if you have any tips to search for a job? I already lived in Izmir for 1 year as an erasmus student,at Izmir University of Economics. Im graduate in International Relations in Minho University,Portugal. I speak both portuguese and brasilian portuguese,english and spanish. Regards André
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Expat Report Review of MEF in Izmir, Turkey was published
Review-of-MEF
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
There is variety of Clubs & Activities offered. Many port activities like basketball, swimming, volleyball, football and other sports. There is also dance and aerobics and variety of arts & crafts; music and academic activities including drama, foreign languages, games; as well as Primary and Student Councils. Each tri-mester most clubs change. The clubs are very well organized, interesting and our children have enjoyed participating in most of them. Our doughter have discovered her passion for drama after she tool part in drama production which was done in a very professional way. (Continue)
ulucan2007 commented on the Expat Report Review of MEF International School Izmir in Izmir, Turkey
Review-of-MEF International School Izmir
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
School facilities are nice and well organised however with rather small and limited sport places available.

Our daughter spent four years in MEF. In the begining the school offered a very poor choice of extra-curriculum activities. But with the new and motivated leadership and teachers the school improved extra-curriculum activities very much. The school offered drama classes, swimming lessons, publishing club, dance club, soccer club etc. (Continue)

ulucan2007 replied most recently with:
would anyone please give an idea how much the scool fees for a school year? i have son in 9th grade and we are planing to move to izmir. thanks Hal
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Expat Report Review of MEF International School Izmir in Izmir, Turkey was published
Review-of-MEF International School Izmir
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
There were very few extra curricular activities, facilities were inadequate. The classrooms were small-especially art, music, library and sport centres. There were small fields and a garden of dirt and sparse grass areas. There were too many offices in the school area. The business manager actually closed part of the grounds and classrooms off when the owner visited the school to hold meetings. (Continue)

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