• English is critical for accessing higher education, further training and employment. Our English program matches conflict-affected students from the MENA region with personal tutors, providing training, a curriculum, and personalized guidance to make sure they succeed.

  • How It Works



    Once selected, learners and tutors are matched based on their language abilities, age, gender, and interests.



    Tutors go through an intensive virtual two-week training course covering the Syrian crisis, working with individuals affected by conflict, and language pedagogies.



    Pairs meet on Skype for two-hour weekly sessions for 16 weeks, using an original, four-leveled curriculum written specifically for people affected by conflict. The goal is to provide guided, personalized instruction.



    Learning English is a means to an end, and we do our best to help our learners achieve those ends. During the course learners are required to write both a CV and personal statement, have access to professional development webinars, and receive individualized support from our staff.



    At the end of the course, students may apply for a modest test fund that support top notch students in taking the IETLS or TOEFL exam, covering basic traveling costs and exam fees. These tests can mean a future for many of our students.

  • Though pairs focus primarily on English, they often form close relationships that extend beyond the virtual classroom.

    Teaching English provides a medium for pairs to learn about each other, the cultures they come from, their personal lives, and how current events have affected one other. Our lessons promote cross-cultural exchange and understanding that goes beyond the screen, fostering relationships and a deeper compassion for those across the globe.

  • Our Successes

    Our surveys show high levels of English acquisition and satisfaction among our participants

  • Program Dates and Sign-Ups

    Winter/Spring 2018:

    January 27th - May 16th

    Applications are closed.

    Summer 2018:

    July 1st - August 20th

    Applications will open May 12th. NOTE: Applications will be open to tutors only.


    Fall 2018:

    September 24th -December 16th

    Applications will open August 10th.

    For more information on joining Paper Airplanes, contact admin@paper-airplanes.org.

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