The Financial Breakdown
Paper Airplanes relies on hundreds of volunteers and 40 staff members to provide basic instruction to people affected by conflict. With their help, we reach over 300 learners across the Middle East every semester. The value of these volunteers in 2022 alone was approximately $378,750. Yet, the need for language and professional skills training exceeds our current capabilities. Each term we are forced to turn away hundreds of students wanting to learn because we do not have the financial capacity to support them.
Our organization has reached a critical financial stage of growth. In 2023 we hope to take on 1,000 beneficiaries, grow our staff to include at least 75% former program beneficiaries, and invest in technological improvements to expand our programs.
Donate a one-hour lesson for a person affected by conflict.
Help us add a new lesson to our curriculum!
Donate the fee for the Duolingo English Test for a person affected by conflict, which is required to apply to many university programs and jobs.
Donate a full semester of English education to a person affected by conflict.
Donate the fee for the IELTS exam for a person affected by conflict, which is required to apply to many university programs and jobs.
Support a refugee high school class for a semester, including English lessons and peer-to-peer intercultural connections with partner high schools across the globe.
Help run a group course on test preparation or conversational English.
Help run the Women in Tech program for a semester, which teaches refugee women digital skills required for jobs or university.
Help run a professional skills development program (e.g. CVs, cover letters, job applications, and interviews).
Help run the English language program for a semester.
Our Returning Students
Our student retention rate is over 80%, more than double that of other ed-tech competitors. Help us continue unlocking employment and educational opportunities for refugees and other individuals affected by conflict.
Recurring Individual Donors Spotlight
In addition to the aforementioned organizations, we would like to extend special gratitude to the following recurring donors who make our operations possible:
Mike and Angela Sobaski