We are a team of students, recent graduates, educators, and Syrian refugees working to provide digital access to education to those who need it most.
Paper Airplanes harnesses video technology to help conflict-affected individuals learn critical languages and marketable skills for their pursuit of higher education and employment.
We received nonprofit status on December 25, 2016, and are entering the next phase of growth as an official organization.
Learn More About What We Do
What We Do
Relying on video technology to provide one-to-one instruction.
Free language courses for those who need it most.
Our English and Turkish language programs make up the bulk of our programming. We match over 300 students and adult learners with individual tutors, who meet with them once a week over Skype to practice English or Turkish.
Unleashing possibilities with skills-based learning.
Newly launched, our professional skills program is focusing on providing coding lessons to Syrian women who have been affected by the conflict.
What we've done, by the numbers
Students served from our programs
Volunteers say the Syrian crisis feels close to home after tutoring a Syrian student.
Satisfaction rate among our students
Tutors say they developed mentoring and leadership skills while volunteering.
"[Paper Airplanes] enriched my English ... and helped me have new friends."
What Our Students Say
"It was a great experience to improve my language, and to make friendships with people I never expected to reach while still in my country."
--Jamal Habes, Syria
"When I started to meet with Seema, I was looking for someone who could help me with my IELTS preparation but I ended up learning many other things about everyday English, the academic system in the USA, and many interesting things about student life."
-Ahmad Habboush, Hatay, Turkey
Students Organize 4 Syria
Mission: Student-led Advocacy and Activism for Syria
Students Organize for Syria (SOS) is the student-led movement for Syria. We exist to assist the Syrian people in their effort to build a self-determined, pluralistic society by standing in solidarity with them, raising awareness of their cause, and helping to alleviate the current humanitarian crisis in Syria. We believe that students are the educated individuals who are key to this effort and so, we are mobilizing like- minded, ambitious students at campuses nationally to #organize4syria. Student activism is a vital tool for social change and together, we can make a difference.
Talent Beyond Boundaries
Mission: Placing Skilled Refugees in Global Labor Gaps
Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) was formed in 2015 to open a new labor mobility pathway for professional and skilled refugees. With funding from the U.S. State Department, TBB is conducting a pilot project in Lebanon and Jordan to prove that the hidden refugee talent pool can help global employers fill skills gaps.