• Providing free language instruction and breaking cultural barriers through Skype.

  • Our Program

    The program launched in November 2016, matching six pairs of students and tutors.

    We matched six students with individual Turkish tutors, who have been meeting once per week over Skype to practice Turkish. They have a list of additional practice resources online to use for instructional purposes.


    Turkish Program Director Kinda al-Zouby is a Syrian refugee currently living in Istanbul and getting her Master's Degree. She knows first-hand the importance of learning Turkish here, and is dedicated to expanding and improving the Turkish program.

  • A Language in Need

    Providing free language instruction and breaking cultural barriers through Skype.

    A Language in Need

    Turkey is currently hosting nearly 3 million Syrian refugees, the vast majority of whom did not speak Turkish before arriving. Now, as the Syrian war enters its sixth year, there is little hope the Syrian population will be looking to return any time soon. Helping Syrians integrate in Turkish communities is critical not just to the stability of Turkey, but for the future success of Syrians now living in Turkey.


    However, language remains a critical barrier to integration in Turkey. UNICEF estimates that nearly 40% of Syrian children in Turkey remain out of school, and language is a critical component to school access. Language also inhibits Syrian capabilities of navigating the Turkish legal system, Turkish companies, and Turkish higher education. Using our one-to-one Skype model, we hope to provide free Turkish instruction to Syrians who need it.

    Personalized Instruction

    We match Syrian students with personal Turkish tutors, who meet once a week over Skype to practice Turkish conversation. Our model targets not just individualized instruction, tailored to each student. It also fosters relationships and understanding between Turkish tutors and their Syrian students. Rising anti-refugee sentiment is a major problem in Turkey (see here and here for more information), one that won't be addressed unless communities actually interact with one another. We see this as one of many ways to help communities build trust and understanding.

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