• Welcome, Tutors and Mentors!

  • Where to Apply


    Applications for the Fall 2021 semester are currently closed. The current semester ends on December 17, 2021. Each program publishes its own application, and there are currently no projected dates for the Spring or Fall 2022 application openings. All application openings will be posted on this page and on our LinkedIn and Facebook.

    Paper Airplanes will have two semesters, Spring and Fall, for 2022 and asks our students to commit to the full semester for which they sign up. Specific dates for these semesters are to be determined and will be mentioned in their applications.

    • Spring 2022: January - May
    • Fall 2022: September - December

  • FAQ

    What are the eligibility requirements?

    All programs share these eligibility requirements:

    • Age 18 or older (except for Youth Exchange Program, where tutors are high school students under 18)
    • Dedicated to assisting Paper Airplanes to fulfill its mission
    Student Advising:
    • Experience in applying to university and scholarships (academic pathway)
    • Established career in a particular sector (career pathway)
    Women in Tech
    • At least intermediate knowledge of Javascript, CSS, HTML, Python, R, or Excel.

    What is the time commitment?

    Tutors and mentors accepted into a program must complete a training hosted on Google Classroom, which takes several hours to complete and includes: the current status of the Syrian crisis, which platforms tutors/mentors and students use to meet online, virtual tools used and record-keeping, and Paper Airplanes's policies regarding conduct and safeguarding.

    For all programs except for Women in Tech, tutors/mentors meet with students for 1 to 2 hours per week. Women in Tech mentors dedicate 2-4 hours per week.

    What is the difference between a tutor and a mentor?

    Tutors primarily serve as teachers of curriculum and are utilized by the English, Turkish, and Youth Exchange Programs, while mentors mostly offer guidance and are utilized by the Student Advising and Women in Tech Programs.

    What additional characteristics does PA prefer for tutors and mentors?

    English Program:

    • Experience teaching English
    Student Advising:
    • Mentoring experience

    How are students and tutors/mentors matched?

    Paper Airplanes uses an algorithm to match pairs based on language ability, age, gender, interests, and availability. Matches are carefully reviewed by staff to ensure compatibility.

  • Do I have to create curriculum or homework assignments?

    No, all programs provide a well-refined curriculum, which includes assignments and supplementary resources students can use.

    What platforms do students and tutors/mentors use for communication?

    Pairs meet on platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, or others that suit their preference, and often use WhatsApp and email to stay in touch between meetings.

    Can I tutor/mentor with more than one program at a time?

    Yes, as long as you can commit to the full semester for all programs with which you'd like to tutor/mentor.

    What do I receive for my participation?

    All tutors/mentors receive a certificate of completion from Paper Airplanes upon successfully completing a semester. In addition, all programs regularly showcase exceptional tutors/mentors on our social media.

    Will I receive a reference letter from Paper Airplanes?

    Tutor and Mentor Coordinators (see here for more info.) are encouraged to write a reference letter for their tutors/mentors who satisfactorily complete a semester, though they are not obliged to do so.

  • More information about our programs

    Please also see these above program pages for their email contacts. Due to high email volume, we do not have the capacity to respond to general inquires regarding when applications will be open or how to apply. Please see this page for all updates regarding this information.


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