• We support a world in which all individuals affected by conflict have the opportunity to pursue education, knowledge and growth.


  • Our Mission

    We are a team of students, recent graduates, educators, and former Paper Airplanes students working to provide digital access to education to those who need it most.

    Paper Airplanes provides free, one-on-one virtual language and skills instruction to people affected by conflict. Our goal is to help these 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.

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  • What We Do

    Relying on video technology to provide one-to-one instruction.

    Language 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.

    Professional Skills

    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


    Of our volunteers say the Syrian crisis feels close to home after tutoring a Syrian student.

    Over 80%

    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."

    --Obada Hijazi


    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

    Washington D.C.


    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.



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