Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip High School is the very first and the highest-ranking Anadolu Imam Hatip (school offering vocational religious training and intensive language and science education) that is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and Cambridge-accredited state school known for its wide range of social activities and history of academical success, located in Istanbul, Turkey.

As an Anadolu Imam Hatip state school offering IB diploma program, Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip High School harmonizes the governmental view of general national education, “to raise them (students) as constructive, creative and productive persons who are physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and emotionally balanced, have a sound personality and character, with the ability to think freely and scientifically and have a broad worldview, that are respectful for human rights, value personality and enterprise, and feel responsibility towards society.”, vision of vocational religious teaching (Imam Hatip), which is to create people who distinguish the importance of religion for individual and society, enlighten society in the subject of religion and can fulfill their need for religious knowledge, evaluate cultural heritage and adapt this heritage to modern life, possess sufficient knowledge of worships, beliefs and moral principles of Islamic religion, read Qur’an knowing that it is the primary source of information in Islam and demonstrate understanding of what is read, have the legitimate capability of leading Islamic worship services, are able to distinguish between the fundamental principles of Islam and their interpretations, comprehend the concept of prophethood and the importance of prophet Mohammed (pbuh) in Islamic religion, possess sufficient knowledge about history of Islam and its terminology, evaluate science, art and universe itself through Islamic viewpoints, can evaluate interpretations of religion in line with science and logic, are able to question when necessary and research to find answers, prioritize their knowledge and rational reasoning when solving problems, discern the Islamic influences in Turkish culture, appreciate different interpretations of Islam and have thorough comprehension of other religions ; International Baccalaureate mission, “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect”, and merges it with its own goals, as stated by principal Mitat Tekcam, “What I immediately think of when I am asked what is a student of Kartal like, is a person who is self-confident, successful and righteous, and would endeavor and prosper in his work wherever he is. … Students and graduates of Kartal are people who are versatile, diverse, and have advanced and triumphed in many aspects according to their own interests.”

The school was first established in 1985 as an all-boys school named Beykoz Anadolu Imam Hatip High School, the first Anadolu Imam Hatip, combining the English and German-based Anadolu curriculum with the Arabic-based Imam Hatip curriculum in Beykoz, Istanbul. In 1990, the facilities were moved to Kartal, Istanbul, causing the name of the school to change into Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip High School and the girls were admitted to the school in 1992. The very first graduates of the school included many high-ranking students on standardized tests despite the fact that they studied two curricula in the same amount of time. This line of success was carried on until 1998, when an educational crisis involving schools offering vocational religious education occurred in Turkey. In spite of this, the school’s successes did not cease. In 2013, an English-Arabic bilingual preparatory year was introduced and the first steps towards being an international school was taken, among which was the establishment of the Model UN Club. With this, the school has once again corroborated its motive to help students excel at both national and international fields. This approach has conducted to the students with perspectives on a broad and dappled basis, and raising them as cultivated peers, allowing them to have unbiased mindsets. As a result of this, the school became the only state school to offer IGCSE curriculum and the second to offer IB, being the leading Anadolu Imam Hatip high school in addition to numerous social activities and thus reaching a high national and international reputation.

The majority of the students speak Turkish as a native language. The school has one of the largest numbers of foreign-born students among state schools in Turkey as an outcome of the schools embracing approach and indulgent accreditation policy. Majority of the students are highly proficient in English, while remaining of them currently take their classes in English as a part of the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program. In addition to their bilingual Quran, Fiqh and Hadith classes in Turkish and Arabic, students take Basic Religious Studies and Sirat Al-Nabi (Prophetic Biography) classes entirely in Arabic, alongside their speaking-oriented Arabic classes.

The school also has sister schools in Canada, Indonesia, Kosovo, Jordan and Northern Cyprus, whom it has active relations and often visits with, and partner schools in England and Denmark with whom they cooperate for international projects.



  • To teach English to high school students during regular school hours for six week
  • To supervise the girls and boys while participating in social events, organize various activities in order to increase success with their English acquisition and personal development
  • To be leaders to the groups of girls and boys who are under their care
  • To establish reading contests, singing, games and other such activities which will help improve English through fun and group activities
  • To plan free­time activities and apply them
  • To plan competitions and activities between teams within the program
  • To be group leaders in the trips to various historical places and tours within Istanbul and Marmara area
  • To plan and be part of activities which will enable teachers themselves to learn more about Turkish culture and also have the opportunity to present their own culture to the students.

The girls and boys who stay at their own dorms come from diverse and often challenging backgrounds. The “Dorm Sisters” and “Dorm Brothers” must be patient, sympathetic, energetic, creative, extremely outgoing and social, and excellent communicators. Individuals who smoke or use any harmful substances will not be accepted. Those Volunteers accepted will reside in Turkey for a 6 week period. Female teachers will reside at Hayriye Cemal Gülbaran Girl’s Dorm and male teachers will reside at Kartal Anatolian Imam Hatip High School Boy’s Dorm and they will be expected to be with the students during the times the girls and the boys are at the classes and dorms and during group excursions. Free time will be given during the day and one day off at the weekend. Health insurance of the individuals, transportation and three squares a day food expenses will be provided. This is a volunteer and the payment will be an honorarium and all volunteers are dealt with in accordance with our equal opportunities policy.


• Improved leadership skills by organizing events and working as group leaders
• The opportunity to build different networks in the growing business world of Turkey
• Learn more about different cultures and expand perspectives
• Help young girls and boys with their development and asist them in becoming contributors to their community
• Learn more about Turkish culture and gain new knowledge with the help of the tours and organizations.
• Mentor young girls&boys and become a positive role model for them.

It is our hope that the benefits of the program would be two-fold. The students will have gained invaluable experiences, but additionally the mentors will have felt the experience beneficial. We hope that when “Dorm Sisters” and “Dorm Brothers” return to their country they will have learned a new culture and a different perspective. The experience that the individual gains within the environment, and the social culture of Turkey will give them a wider outlook.

Additionally, having helped those who need academic support, education and mentoring we hope it will boost their confidence and will have provided a new experience.


This Summer Program is established and sponsored by Kartal Anatolian Imam Hatip High School. The summer program will be an immersion English environment for the duration of the summer break. This program will provide the children with both teachers who are native English speakers that will come from abroad to teach at the summer program.And these native English speaking “Dorm Sisters” and “Dorm Brothers” will teach English to high school students during regular school hours in addition to supervising and mentoring the girls and boys, creating an immersion environment within their own classes and dorms. Being in an English speaking environment will provide a contribution to these students in areas such as personal and academic development, communication with a foreigner will help to broaden their perspectives of the world around them, and inevitably improve their English and fundamental intellectual attitudes while becoming a global independent thinker. By the end of the program, both the knowledge of English and the acquired self-confidence will open doors to academic successes and help these students to be better integrated into the academic curricula and community in their later lives. Our goal is to bring the experience of being abroad to these students within own campus. We want them to light up their own way and light up the way of others around them.

During the summer program, native English speakers will teach English in the classses and stay with the children in the dorms and will assist with daily activities and be mentors to the girls and boys while being language models for them. Throughout the day, reading, writing, listening, video watch and speaking lessons will be given in a classroom setting by volunteer English teachers.

Additionally, every weekend there will be trips to important historical locations in and around Istanbul. This will enable both our foreign guests and the girls and boys to learn more about Turkish culture and history, and to have the chance to create fun and lasting memories.


If you want your part time volunteer job application to be considered, you must have the documents listed below. A number of other documents may also be required depending on the situation. You must upload scanned copies of your supporting documents into the application portal. You do not need to send any documents by post. All applicants must fill out online application questionnaire form first and upload the Required Documents1. And all other remaining Required Documents2 as part of their application when shortlisted before interview day. Applications lacking necessary documentation will not be processed.

Prospective Volunteer Candidates who are admitted to English Summer School Project 2018  must bring with them all the original documents to Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip High School. KAIHHS will require admitted volunteers to present all original certificates, diplomas, etc. mentioned below, upon arrival. Volunteers failing to present all relevant original documents upon request may be denied or later told to leave the School, even after arriving in Turkey.

If your passport is damaged or needs to be extended, we recommend that you obtain a new passport or extend it before applying for the visa to avoid any delay in the processing of your application, because any delay occurs because of this will be at your own risk.

Required Documents1 (During Online Application):

  1. Online Application Questionnaire Form (must be filled out)
  2. CV /Resume (an updated one must be uploaded)
  3. Diploma or Graduation Degree and/or Student Id Card (Copy of it must be uploaded) 

Required Documents2 (After you have been shortlisted and chosen): ( all these original docs must be submitted to English Summer Program Coordinator upon arrival to Istanbul and must be uploaded here right after you have been informed and invited to come to interview as a shortlisted candidate!)

  1. Family Consent Form as signed by legal parents.
  2. Reference Letter as signed (and stamped if possible) must be genuine; no copies accepted.
  3. Health Check  completed by doctor stating clean of bill of health that shows you are eligible to travel to Turkey. If you have a medical condition that could have a bearing on your eligibility for this post, furnish a letter from your physician which discusses your current state of health. At the time you apply for this part time volunteer post, you are required to furnish from a doctor, specialist and/or other professional person familiar with your case a letter that addresses the following: diagnosis and relevant medical history of the your condition; current state of health;the likelihood of a need for care or hospitalization during your stay in Turkey;whether you, in the opinion of the doctor, are likely to remain in a stable condition during the trip, and are likely to cope with a strange environment; and details of any history of harmful behavior you have shown towards yourself, others, or property.
  4. Police Check  police checks must be less than 2 months old when you submit your application and must be genuine; no copies accepted.
  5. Copy of first pages of your Canadian Passport must be valid for one year or older at least. Documentation of name change must be uploaded if your name appears different in any document.

*Please note that we maintain the right to contact institutions, firms, associations and government agencies for the purpose of explanation and/or verification of uploaded documents.


Hala Faress

My experience with KAHIL was one I will never forget. The program is well organized, giving the volunteers the opportunity to explore, teach, and learn – all in one summer! The time spent in the classroom is as fun as it is educational. We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know beautiful, young locals on a one-to-one basis. Through dorm activities and excursions, I got to spend more time with my students, in authentic and meaningful ways. They were excited to teach me about the unique Turkish culture but were even more enthusiastic to learn English and about my life in Canada. I made friends to last a life time last summer and am excited to return one day to a beautiful and culturally – rich country. All in all, a humbling and worthwhile experience.


Zainab Attia

The KAIHL summer English program in Istanbul Turkey is a well organized and well respected establishment. Through this program, I had the amazing opportunity of teaching English to a group of such intelligent and eager young boys who consistently taught me something new everyday. They were exceedingly knowledgeable and their behaviour was outstanding. The students were so passionate about learning the English language and always looked forward to the time away from the books when conversations can be free flowing and intellectual. The administration was so kind and understanding. They provided us with such unbelievable trips and opportunities that I will cherish for the rest of my life. From the free time we had to roam the streets of Istanbul to the in class curriculum work, I will never forget this outstanding summer experience. I enjoyed every day in this program and I would recommend it to anyone who is eager to teach English abroad and be exposed to a new and beautiful culture full of rich history.


Yasmin Masalha

Where do I even start? The KAIHL summer English program, has honestly been the best experience of my life. It was such an incredible honor to have been given the opportunity to teach the students I had. I have never met more passionate, intelligent, kind and fun students. To know that you can become a role model to these students is so rewarding, and you can see it in thier faces when you’re with them.

The program itself was supportive, encouraging and loving, and the staff was so incredibly kind. I will always consider them as my second family now.

Not only did we have the amazing opportunity to teach, we were able to explore Turkey and all its beauty. The people, the culture, the food, the scenery…I miss it all so much. I consider myself so lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of this program, and I will forever be thankful!


Amina Hamoud

My experience with the KAHIL summer school program was one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my life. I was honored to have been chosen and given the opportunity to teach in an amazing school with outstanding students in such a beautiful country. This program provided an opportunity to teach students and learn from them as well and grow closer together to them through in class activities, afterschool dorm activities and excursions on weekends. The bond that each of us volunteers got to build with each of our students is one that is unforgettable, through being about the Turkish language and culture, what foods to try and places to visit, while also sharing information about Canadian culture and experiences. The enthusiasm of these students to learn English is what made teaching so much more enjoyable. In this program, I made life long friends, and I was so glad to have gone through this experience with them and be able to share such amazing memories with them as well. I loved this program so much and I do hope to do it again in the future.


Shuruk Ibrahim

The KAIHL summer English program is easily one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to learn so much about Turkey, my students, and myself. I have never met more enthusiastic and intelligent students at such a young age, and you can tell they are eager to learn the English language. The administration and the students made me feel so welcome, and the overall experience was so much better than I could have ever imagined. We went on amazing trips and learned about the rich history of Turkey. I was able to build beautiful bonds with my students in and out of the classroom, and I am still in contact with some of them, almost a year later. There are so many wonderful things about Turkey, and I will forever be thankful that I was able to experience them through this program.


Nilofar Bashtan

As an aspiring teacher, this program gave me the experience that I was looking for back home in Canada. Being able to teach English to a class of bright and intelligent students who wanted to learn the language I held knowledge to, was absolutely rewarding. I had the pleasure in being a part of a bond with the students as a mentor, and friend. Working together as a team with the students in further enhancing their English allowed me to apply the skills I had with teaching, and grow as an educator. With each day, teaching became more fun as we explored different topics, and applied the course content in a more interactive way. The school and faculty provided great support within all aspects of the course. KAIHL emits a warm and welcoming atmosphere which allowed me to feel comfortable in teaching each day. What made this program overall an unforgettable experience, was living in such a beautiful city, Istanbul.  While visiting historical locations, and exploring the city around me, I didn’t want to come back to Canada without absorbing the beautiful language, tasting the delicious cuisine, and interacting with the friendly people. Overall, this program allowed me to grow as an individual, and gain experience that is like no other.


Nada Afheel

Having the opportunity to attend the KAHIL summer English program, has truly been one of the best experiences of my life. Through this program, I had the chance to interact with many amazing individuals who were as passionate as I was. It was an honour to have such a wonderful group of students who were interested in the language and wanted to learn. As each day went by my wonderful students and I bonded, I had learned many things from them in return. The students were warm and welcoming and helped create a positive learning environment, by being interactive and absorbed in the material. Not only were the students very kind, but so were the rest of the staff members and administration. This program helps introduce you to many new people whom you begin to consider your family by the end of the trip. Although teaching English and the students should be the main focus, we were lucky enough to be provided with the opportunity to travel and explore Istanbul thanks to KAHIL. Each day was a new learning experience, and I would highly recommend this program to those who would like to teach English abroad. Overall, this is truly a once in a lifetime trip and there is so much to discover and offer as a teacher, I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to be part of this program and would love others to experience the same as well! You’ll come back missing Turkey, the food, culture, and students of course!


Yousef Al Muzaini

The KAIHL Summer 2016 English program was very successful in every aspect. Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip is one of the top high schools in Turkey, and having the opportunity to be a teacher there last year was a pleasure. I was privileged to meet and interact with intelligent and well behaved top students during my stay. The students were passionate and very eager to learn English and they were engaging in all kind of academic and physical activities, in and outside of school. This helped in improving their English language skills which proved very successful by the end of the program. The program was not only limited to teaching. We as teachers were also given the opportunity of experiencing and visiting some of the major attractions in Turkey which provided a sense of being a local having a taste of the culture and way of life. I am so thankful for this phenomenal and beneficial experience and I would encourage anyone to join the program and not hesitate.