Paper Airplanes is a start-up nonprofit using Skype to provide free, one-on-one language and skills instruction to people affected by conflict so they can pursue education, secure employment, and ultimately, rebuild their lives.
We are a team of students, recent graduates, educators, and former Paper Airplanes students working to provide educational access to those who need it most.
We received nonprofit status on December 25, 2016, and are excited to expand what we do.
What We Do
Relying on video technology to provide one-to-one instruction.
Free, personalized language training for those who need it most.
Our English, Turkish and Youth language programs make up the bulk of our programming. Each program matches over 300 students with tutors for 15-week sessions, providing an infrastructure, curriculum and personalized guidance as the pairs meet for two-hour weekly sessions.
Unleashing possibilities with skills-based learning.
Our professional skills program has two courses: a beginner coding course for women and a citizen journalism training course. Each course serves 10 students selected over hundreds of applicants for 12 week courses. The courses meet twice per week and follow a rigorous curriculum. Each student is also matched with a personal mentor, who assists with homework and provides personal support.
What we've done, by the numbers
Students served from our programs to date
Of our 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.
What Our Students Say
"[Paper Airplanes] enriched my English ... and helped me have new friends."
"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